USMC Women’s Freestyle National Championships

Elizabeth Valenzuela Smith took second in the U15 – 46 Kg weight class. Her father, Josiah Smith, is a former Arizona state champion (1998) and her grandfather, Orlando Smith, was a 2-time state champion (1974 and 1975). (Family Photo)

Spokane: April 14-16


U15 WOMEN – 46
Elizabeth Valenzuela Smith (Tucson) Second Place
Epenesa Elison (CA) won by decision over Elizabeth Valenzuela Smith (AZ) (Dec 8-4)

U15 WOMEN – 50
Jacianna Beltran (Tucson) Eighth Place
Raenah Smith (WA) won by tech fall over Jacianna Beltran (AZ) (TF 12-0)

U20 – 50
Audrey Jimenez (Tucson) CHAMPION
Audrey Jimenez (AZ) won by decision over Nyla Valencia (CA) (Dec 7-0)

12U Girls – 65
Jasmine Buck (Green Valley) CHAMPION
Jasmine Buck (AZ) won by fall over Jaelyn Anderson (NE) (Fall 3:14)

Jasmine Buck (Family Photo)

12U Girls – 85
Maya Rodriguez (Green Valley) Third Place
Maya Rodriguez (AZ) won by decision over Marina Wince (CO) (Dec 12-8)

U17 Women – 46
Elizabeth Valenzuela Smith (Tucson) Seventh Place
Elizabeth Valenzuela Smith (AZ) won by decision over Brooke Corrigan (WI) (Dec 9-0)


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