Testing yourself against the best in the country is relatively easy with tournaments like the Super 32, Fargo, FloNationals, USAW Folkstyle Nationals, and so on, but testing yourself against the best in the world is a rarity. This week two Indiana high school stars will get to see what it is like to wrestle the best in the world. State Champion Mitch Sliga and Kayla Miracle are in Baku, Azerbaijan to wrestle in the FILA Cadet World Championships. Both won their respective weight classes at the FILA Cadet Nationals to earn this trip.
Sliga is a five-time Cadet National champion and is on his first overseas trip. He captured his first state title this year along with the FILA Cadet title. He also placed 8th at the FILA Junior championships against wrestlers aged 18-20 years old. Sliga will wrestle in the 85 kg/187.25 lbs weight class against many of the future young stars of the sport. He is schedule to wrestle on Tuesday August 21.
Miracle is making her second straight trip to the World Championships as last year she finished 9th in the world at this event. This year she became the first female to quality for the IHSAA state championships, where she dropped her first round bout to the eventual 3rd place finisher Hayden Lee. After the high school season she has tore up the competition in the women’s division. She has only suffered one loss this spring and summer and is looking to ride the high of winning a Junior National Championship into this event. She is scheduled to wrestle on Thursday August 23 and is wrestling in the 56 kg/123.25 lbs weight class.
Good luck to both of these fine competitors as they embark on a journey that will have a lifetime impression upon them. Follow IndianaMat and TheMat.com on Twitter and Facebook for updates throughout the week.
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