Sunnyside sophomore Audrey Jimenez traveled to Troy, N.Y., this weekend with Blue Devils coach Anthony Leon, and she is bringing back with her the Hammer Award for being the top wrestler in the 106-pound class for females at the Journeymen World Classic.
Jimenez, ranked the No. 1 wrestler in the nation at 106 pounds by USA Wrestling, Flowrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, won all four of her matches including the championhip match on Sunday over Ava Guilmette of Bristol, Conn.
She defeated Guilmette by technical fall (13-2) in 3:26.
Her trek to the championship match:
Jimenez won by fall in 1:04 over Leeana Mercado of Wallngton, N.J., in her first match of pool competition.
Jimenez won by technical fall (10-0) in 25 seconds over Akeelah Moore of Richardson, Texas, in her second match of pool competition.
Jimenez won by forfeit (6-0) over Tiffany Stoshak of West Wyoming, Pa., in the semifinals.
Jimenez, a two-time state champ as a freshman and sophomore, and Leon have mentioned that she will complete her high school graduation requirements as a junior next school year in order to start training for the 2024 Paris Olympics.