The teen from Stratford, Wis. gets up before daybreak and doesn’t stop until after nightfall. She works out and trains around the clock to attain her dream of wrestling in the Olympics.
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RIVER FALLS – Macey Kilty said she and her wrestling coach Kevin Black called it a business trip.
Well, Kilty — a Stratford native now living in River Falls — took care of business at the 2018 Women’s Nationals at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas, this weekend.
Kilty, 16, looked ready to rumble during the tournament as she sported a swollen, black-and-blue left eye she suffered in training. However, she was the one who handed out most of the punishment in Irving, punching her tickets to the world stage.
Kilty earned spots on the USA Women’s Wrestling World team in both the Cadet and Junior divisions.
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“It was a goal this year to make the world teams since I came up short last year,” Kilty said. “Now it’s all about going on the world stage, representing my country and to win some world medals. That is the ultimate goal this year and what I have been working towards.”
Kilty wrestled for Straford and made it to the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament in 2016 and became just the second girl to reach the championship match (106 pounds).
Kilty made the worlds two years ago at 108 pounds (49 kg) and will make a return trip at roughly 150 pounds (68 kg is 150, 69 kg 152 pounds).
Kilty secured her bid to the Junior World Championships by defeating 2015 Cadet World bronze medalist Kayla Marano, of Georgia, in the 68 kg gold-medal matches, 8-2 and 12-4 in the best-of-three finals format. The Junior World Championships take place in September in Trnava, Slovakia.
Kilty was dominant in the Cadet division. She strolled to the Cadet final at 69 kg by picking up two technical falls and a pin. She didn’t allow a point.
This is Kilty’s second Cadet World team she has made after winning a bronze medal in 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She took second at Women’s Nationals last year missing out on the World team. She defeated Kennady Blades, of Illinois, 4-2 and 6-2 in the best-of-three finals to punch another trip to the world stage.
The Cadet World Championships are in Zagreb, Croatia, in July. Cadets are typically school-age grades 9-12 and the Junior Division is typically for early college athletes or 18-to-20 year-olds.
“I think a key was what I did leading up to the competition,” Kilty said. “Me and my coach worked on little things like sitting position, creating pressure and winning the handfight, which add up into a big factor in matches. I was able to control the pace of my matches and it showed.”
Kilty won’t be alone at worlds, as her roommate, Alisha Howk of River Falls, earned a World Team spot as well at 53 kg.
“It’s awesome to go with her, we are pretty good friends,” Kilty said. “It’s good to see both of our hard work paying off.”
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