BAKU, Azerbaijan – Culver Girls Academy junior Kayla Miracle, of Bloomington, Ind., won the silver medal at 56 kg/123.25 lbs. on the first day of women’s freestyle wrestling at the FILA Cadet World Championships Thursday.
Miracle had a 3-1 record during her competition, capturing her first three bouts to earn a spot in the finals. She opened by pinning Naveen Naveen of India, then stopped 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist Ekaterina Myagkova of Russia, 4-1, 4-0. In the semifinals, Miracle defeated Alyona Kolesnik of Azerbaijan, 1-0, 3-0. Wrestlers must win two-out-of-three to advance to the next round.
In the gold-medal finals, Miracle was defeated by Ai Kuradate of Japan, 3-5, 0-6.
Wrestling at 106 pounds In February, Miracle became the first girl to qualify for the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling finals in Indianapolis. The cadet age range is for girls born in 1996-1997 in the United States and 1995-1997 for international competitions.
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