Kayla Miracle qualifies for the US Olympic wrestling team

UNDATED – Congratulations to Kayla Miracle, a former Batchelor Middle School student for qualifying for the US Olympic wrestling team.

When the U.S. women’s wrestling team travels to Tokyo, Japan for the Olympic Games this summer, one-third of its members will come from high schools within a 40-mile radius of South Bend, Indiana.

Sarah Hildebrandt, a Penn High School graduate, and Kayla Miracle, who spent four years at Culver Academies, each won their respective weight class April 3, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hildebrandt and Miracle each were granted byes into the championship round thanks to their dominance over the last few seasons.

Miracle — the only girl ever to reach the IHSAA state finals when she in high school — had a tougher challenge in her championship run, pulling out a four-point victory late in the first match against Macey Kilty, of Chapel Hill, N.C., with a 8-4 win. She then fell behind quickly as the second bout started and gave a 4-3 decision to Kilty.

In the rubber match to decide a champion, Miracle won after Kilty had to withdraw due to injury.

Miracle, 25, will travel this summer to compete at the Tokyo Games. 

She will compete in the 62 kg/136 pound weight class. Her discipline is Freestyle Wrestling.

She is coached by Mark Perry, and her father Lee Miracle.

Miracle graduated from Culver Academy in Cluver Indiana and attended college at Campbellsville.

World Championship Experience

  • 2019 Senior World Team member
  • Two-time Junior World bronze medalist (2014, 2016)
  • 2012 Cadet World silver medalist
  • Fifth at U23 World Championships in 2017 and 2018
  • Three-time U23 World Team member (2017-19)
  • Three-time Junior World Team member (2014-16)
  • Two-time Cadet World Team member (2011, 2012)

Other Career Highlights

  • 2019 Final X champion
  • 2018 Final X runner-up
  • Three-time U.S. Open champion (2017-19)
  • 2019 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion
  • 2015, 2016 and 2017 University Nationals champion
  • 2016 and 2018 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion
  • Four-time WCWA College National champion for Campbellsville (2015-18)

2019: Final X champion…World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion… U23 World Team Trials champion… U.S. Open champion…

2018: Grand Prix of Spain champion…Final X runner-up…Third in Pan American Championships…U.S. Open champion…Klippan Lady Open champion (Sweden)…U23 World Team Trials champion…

2017: Dave Schultz Memorial International champion (Nov. 2017)… Fifth at U23 World Championships…U23 World Team Trials champion… Third in Grand Prix of Spain… Third in Pan American Championships… Second in U.S. World Team Trials… University Nationals champion… Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International (Feb. 2017)… U.S. Open champion…

2016: Fourth in Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials… UWW Junior World bronze medalist… Fifth in Grand Prix of Spain… UWW Junior Nationals champion… Fourth in U.S. Olympic Team Trials… University Nationals champion… Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…

2015: Third in Bill Farrell International… Eighth in UWW Junior World Championships… Seventh at Grand Prix of Spain… Second in UWW Junior Pan American Championships… UWW Junior Nationals champion… University Nationals champion… Fourth in Dave Schultz Memorial International

2014: Minnesota Storm Holiday Cup champion… Bill Farrell International Open champion… UWW Junior World bronze medalist… Sixth in U.S. Open… Seventh in Pan American Championships… Fifth in Klippan Lady Open…

2013: Pan American UWW Junior champion… Second in UWW Junior Nationals…

2012: Second in UWW Cadet World Championships…

2011: Eighth in UWW Cadet World Championships…

Age-Group Achievements: Second in 2013 Junior Nationals… Second in 2013 UWW Cadet Nationals… 2012 and 2013 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2012 Junior Nationals champion… Third in 2012 Cadet Nationals…2012 USA Wrestling Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champion… 2011 and 2012 UWW Cadet Nationals champion… 2011 Cadet Nationals champion… Second in 2011 Junior Nationals…

College: 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 WCWA Nationals champion for Campbellsville… Coached by her father, Lee Miracle… One of just four women to win four WCWA national titles…

High School: Attended Culver Academy in Indiana, where she was a state qualifier competing against boys.