Sunnyside’s legendary wrestling schedule added another historic chapter in March when Audrey Jimenez became the first woman from Sunnyside – and the city of Tucson – to win a state title in women’s wrestling.
Jimenez, a freshman in 2020-21, won in the fall in 3:53 against Valley Vista Brianna reyes to claim the 113-pound Girls Wrestling State Title at Gilbert Mesquite High School.
“It’s a great accomplishment for me and for the others,” Jimenez said. “I hope this will be the start of the growth of the girls wrestling at Sunnyside. I hope more girls follow in my footsteps.
For all of his accomplishments in 2021, Jimenez is the AllSportsTucson.com High School Athlete of the Year.
Two months after winning the state title, Jimenez won the 2021 United World Wrestling (UWW) Women’s National Cadet Freestyle Championship at 49 kilograms (108 pounds) in Irving, TX.
Jimenez beats Faith Cole of St. Louis in a best-of-three series winning the first two games with scores of 5-0 and 6-0. She also won the Outstanding Wrestler Award for the Cadet Women’s Freestyle Overall Competition. Neither wrestler scored a point against her in the competition. In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, she won by technical drop scores of 10-0.
“I felt really good throughout my games,” Jimenez commented. “I focused on scoring with good technique and picking up the pace at the start of the game. I am proud of my performance and my efforts. Now get back to work and get ready for the worlds.
Jimenez returned to Tucson from the 2021 Cadet World Championships in Hungary, Budapest, with a bronze medal in the 49 kg (108 lbs) category after his falling technical victory on July 22 over Romania. Délia Voiculescu.
Jimenez beat Voiculescu in 1:45 after generating a leg yaw and completing two laps to reach the 10-0 victory. Jimenez won her second international medal – she won under-15 gold at the 2019 Pan Am Games – after rebounding from an 8-6 semi-final loss to Svenja Jungo from Switzerland.
She made history on September 17 by beating another star Paige morales in FloWrestling’s first all-female card 106-pound competition of her Who’s Number One competition in Dallas.
The 10-fight map featured three # 1 vs. # 2 matches, with the main event featuring a pair of # 1 ranked wrestlers from different weight classes. The No.1 vs. No.2 final competition pitted Jimenez against Morales (a winner this summer at the championships in Fargo, North Dakota).
Jimenez, the No. 1 seed, was tied at 9 with Morales of Clovis, Calif., With 54 seconds left in the game. Morales’ attempt to throw was blocked by Jimenez, who rode Morales up and locked the pin.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor-in-chief Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, most notably when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News, and Baseball America, among many other publications. He is also the author of the book “The Highest Form of Living”, available on Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is currently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.