BAKU, Azerbaijan â€“ Culver Girls Academy junior Kayla Miracle, of Bloomington, Ind., won the silver medal at 56 kg/123.25 lbs. on the first day of womenâ€™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 Associationâ€™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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