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Broadus named to U.S. team to compete at Junior Pan Am championships

Plymouth’s Cara Broadus will be on the U.S. team at the upcoming Junior Pan-Am championships in Guatemala.

PLYMOUTH – Plymouth’s Cara Broadus has been named to the United States women’s freestyle wrestling team that will be competing at the 2019 Junior Pan American championships next week in Guatemala.

This won’t be the first international tournament for Broadus, who is wrestling at 65 kilograms (143.3 pounds). She was the bronze medalist at the 2018 Bill Farrell International in New York City.

Broadus trains with KT Kidz in Rocky Hill. She was second at the 2019 Junior World Team trials this year and fourth at the 2019 U-23 World Team trials.

The women’s freestyle event will be Thursday, June 6 in Guatemala City. Wrestling begins at 11 a.m. with the finals at 6 p.m. Fans can watch all of the action live on

The Americans will be sending a talented freestyle team to the tournament. Leading the U.S. women are Emily Shilson (50 kg or 110.2 pounds), who is the 2018 Cadet World and Youth Olympic Games champion and Tiare Ikei (53 kg or 116.8 pounds), the 2019 Senior U.S. Open champion and a 2018 Cadet World bronze medalist.

Shilson is from Maple Grove, Minnesota while Ikei is from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The only other East Coast wrestler on the team is Mia Macaluso of Minisink, N.Y., who will represent the Americans at 59 kg (130 pounds). She was third at the 2019 Junior World Team trials and second at the Cadet World Team trials.

2019 Junior Pan American championships
United States women’s freestyle team
50 kg: Emily Shilson (Maple Grove, Minn./Titan Mercury)
53 kg: Tiare Ikei (Colorado Springs, Colo./EAP)
55 kg: Alisha Howk (River Falls, Wisc./Sunkist Kids)
57 kg: Gabrielle Skidmore (Spooner, Wisc.)
59 kg: Mia Macaluso (Minisink, N.Y./Venom WC)
62 kg: Alex Liles (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP)
65 kg (143.3 lbs): Cara Broadus (Plymouth, Conn./KT Kidz)
68 kg: Alma Mendoza (Sequim, Wash./Colorado Mesa)
72 kg: Dymond Guilford (Lancaster, Calif./Missouri Baptist)
76 kg: Kenya-Lee Sloan (Knoxville, Tenn./Campbellsville)
Coach – Max Mejia, Minneapolis, Minn.
Coach – Shauna Kemp, Jamestown, N.D.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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