Audrey Jimenez, named the Roman Bravo-Young Wrestler of the Year by AllSportsTucson.com after winning a state title as a freshman at Sunnyside High School, is the Jet Sports Training Female of the Month for July for her performance in the Cadet World Championships.
Jimenez returned to Tucson from the 2021 Cadet World Championships at Hungary, Budapest, with a bronze medal in the 49 kg (108-pound) weight class after her technical fall win July 22 over Romania’s Delia Voiculescu. She defeated Voiculescu in 1:45 after generating a leg lace and operating two turns to reach the 10-0 victory.
Jimenez earned her second international medal — she won the U15 gold in the 2019 Pan Am Games — after rebounding from an 8-6 loss in the semifinals to Svenja Jungo of Switzerland.
“I was just wrestling to my best effort and scoring the next point,” Jimenez told FloWrestling about earning the bronze. “My semifinals match, I didn’t do that, so I was focusing on putting my full effort out there on my last match showing what I can do.”
Jimenez won four matches in the Cadet World Championships by technical fall using her potent leg-lace maneuver.
“I learned a lot (from the loss to Jungo) — it’s definitely not what I wanted,” said Jimenez, who tried to work her way back from 4-0 and 8-4 deficits against Jungo. “It was more of a mental loss. I wasn’t too focused out there. I kind of slowed my pace down when I thought I felt comfortable. I learned that I just need to keep pushing the pace and keep on trying to score the next point.”
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