Girls Wrestling: Sunnyside wins Section III; Audrey Jimenez and Adacelli Noriega return to state

Mountain View sophomore Lillian Gradillas-Flores won the 145-pound division over Sunnyside sophomore Jenell Rodriguez. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)



Sunnyside scored 105 points to win the Section III tournament held Saturday at Flowing Wells High School. Pueblo took second with 70 points and Buena came in third place with 69.5 points.

Five wrestlers from Sunnyside will advance to the state tournament scheduled to take place at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum starting on Friday, Feb. 18. and the finals are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. The brackets will be completed on Sunday, Feb. 6.

Bisbee junior Adacelli Noriega won the 120-pound weight class and she will return to the state tournament after missing last year due to COVID restrictions. Noriega won an individual state championship as a freshman in 2020 and she was the first from Southern Arizona to do so. Sunnyside sophomore Audrey Jimenez won the 107 weight-class and she became the first individual champion from the Tucson area as a freshman last year.

Mountain View will host the Boys Division II/Section IV tournament next Saturday.

1 Sunnyside 105
2 Pueblo 70
3 Buena 69.5
4 Tucson 65
5 Canyon Del Oro 64
6 Marana 56
7 Cienega 43
8 Flowing Wells 42
8 Mountain View 42
8 Sahuarita 42
11 Mica Mountain 40
12 Bisbee 26
13 Salpointe 23
14 Amphitheater 17
15 Rio Rico 12.5
16 Rincon/UHS 10
17 Santa Rita 9
18 San Manuel 8
19 Desert View 6
19 Sahuaro 6
21 Palo Verde 4

100: Tatiana Hernandez (Sunnyside) 14-1, Sr. over Luciana Chavez (CDO) 27-5 (Fall 1:37)
107: Audrey Jimenez (Sunnyside) 9-0, So. over Destiny Pogue (Pueblo) 23-3, Sr. (Fall 0:48)
114: Sophia Gilbert (CDO) 26-3 over Miyah Palacios (Sahuarita) 18-3, So. (Dec 4-3)
120: Adacelli Noriega (Bisbee) 14-1, Jr. over Aysha General (Buena) 16-6, So. (Fall 2:47)
126: Jade Armstrong (Sunnyside) 11-4, Fr. over Anika Rodriguez (Pueblo) 8-4, Sr. (SV-1 14-12)
132: Mylei Seigla (Canyon Del Oro) 31-0 over Soleil Ponce (Sunnyside) 13-5, Fr. (Fall 5:56)
138: 1: Dalien Duarte (Pueblo) 2: Lahtahjah Cooper (Tucson)
145: Lillian Gradillas-Flores (Mtn View) 24-1, So. over Jenell Rodriguez (Sunnyside) 10-5, So. (Fall 2:40)
152: Ysela Gradillas-Flores (Mtn View) 22-1, Sr. over Makayla Roebuck (Marana) 14-5, Jr. (Fall 2:46)
165: Roxana Martinez (Buena) 16-3, Jr. over Ally Bonura (Cienega) 9-7, Sr. (Fall 4:44)
185: Davia Henry (Marana) 20-5, Jr. over Alexus Beans (Mica Mountain) 7-2, Sr. (Fall 0:45)
235: Ariselma Alvarez (Flowing Wells) 12-5, So. over Arianissa Guitard-Arvizu (Rincon) 0-1, Jr. (Fall 3:51)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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