Black creating Girls (only) Club

Black creating Girls (only) Club
by Mike Finn| WIN Magazine | April 9, 2017

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Black creating Girls (only) Club 
by Mike Finn| WIN Magazine | April 9, 2017

Macey Kilty and Alisha Howk, like many of the young women who competed in the United States Marines Corps Cadet and Junior Nationals, have spent much of the wrestling career competing against boys.
Kevin Black, who heads the Victory School of Wrestling in River Falls, Wisc., where he also leads the boys high school program, believes it’s time for such gender battles to end … and uses Kilty and Howk as the best examples.
Both women, who helped Team Wisconsin claim three of fi ve individual championships in Fargo, N.D., in July, have found a girls-only club in this Wisconsin community, including Kilty, who won both Cadet and Junior titles one year after she claimed a bronze medal in the 2016 Cadet Worlds.
“This year, Macey and a couple of girls were going to move out to the Olympic Training Center, but Macey was a little bit injured (knee) after the Worlds so it was a slow healing process,” recalled Black.
“The situation with the Training Center fell through so her dad and I said, ‘We’re not taking any more chances and we’re going to assemble good women wrestlers and train and that we are done with boys high school wrestling.”
“It’s like an OTC in Wisconsin,” said Kilty, 16, who will be a high school junior this fall and created quite a buzz in 2016 when she reached they boys state high school fi nal. “We have a great group of girls and we have good practice partners and a good training program; something I missed earlier this year.”
Howk, who will be a senior at River Falls, spent most of her wrestling life in Blue Springs, Mo., where she qualified for the Missouri state tournament in 2016, was brought to Wisconsin last year to help Kilty train for the Worlds. After returning to Missouri this past year, she announced that she would end her high school career with Black.
“(Blue Springs) coach (Mike) Hagerty and the coaches there were amazing, but my time of wrestling with the boys is done,” said Howk, 17, who used her 10-8 victory
over Autumn Gordon for the 112-pound Junior title as a warm-up to the 2017 UWW Cadet Worlds, which will take place September 4-10 in Athens Greece. “This will help my
confi dence, especially with the strategy that I used here to take over to Greece with me.”
Black, 37, who won four state titles for River Falls before wrestling in college at the University of Wisconsin, believes both Kilty and Howk are at a critical time in their wrestling careers.

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