Sunnyside junior wrestling standout Audrey Jimenez advanced to the U20 World Women’s Freestyle Finals at 50 kg (110 pounds) after three victories on Wednesday in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Medal matches are set for Thursday at 8 a.m. Tucson time, live on FloWrestling.
Fresh off two technical-fall victories in Wednesday’s morning session, Jimenez faced 2022 U20 European silver medalist Natalia Wazclak of Poland, who jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. With less than 20 seconds left in the period, Jimenez scored on a single and put Wazclak to her back for a pin in 2:48.
Jimenez, who is graduating from Sunnyside in three years this school year to train for the 2024 Olympics, will face 2017 U17 World champion Umi Ito from Japan in the gold-medal match.
U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aug. 15-21 | Sofia, Bulgaria
U.S. women’s freestyle results
Wednesday – 50 kg (110 pounds) – Audrey Jimenez (Tucson/Sunkist Kids) – GOLD MATCH
WIN Gultakin Shirinova (Azerbaijan), 13-2
WIN Gabija Dilyte (Lithuania), 11-0
WIN Natalia Walczak (Poland), fall 2:48
Thursday – Umi Ito (Japan)