In the same week Sunnyside senior wrestler Audrey Jimenez was recognized again as the top high school female wrestler pound-for-pound in the nation, she earned a bronze medal at the Gran Prix of Spain event Saturday representing Team USA.
Jimenez, competing at 50 kg, was one of six senior national team members for Team USA competing in Madrid, Spain.
She earned a bronze medal on Saturday in the freestyle competition going 2-1 with her lone loss a 10-9 decision to Jacqueline Mollocana of Ecuador.
Mollocana is 12 years Jimenez’s senior at 29, and she has competed internationally since 2017.
The latest high school wrestler rankings for the 2022-23 school year were released Friday by National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling. The previous rankings came out in May.
Jimenez remains as the No. 1 wrestler overall and at 106 pounds.
1. Audrey Jimenez, Senior, Sunnyside (1 at 106), 1 pound-for-pound last time in May
2. Shelby Moore, Graduated, Buckley, Wash., White River (1 at 127), 2 last time
3. Destiny Rodriguez, Graduated, West Linn, Ore., West Linn (1 at 152), 3 last time
4. Sabrina Nauss, Senior, Brighton, Mich., Brighton (1 at 180), 4 last time
5. Jasmine Robinson, Senior, Allen, Texas (2 at 152), 5 last time
1. Audrey Jimenez, Senior, Sunnyside (1 at 106)
2. Anaya Falcon, Senior, Yorba Linda, Calif., Walnut (2 at 106)
3. Paige Morales, Graduated, Clovis, Calif.. Central (3 at 106)
4. Julianna Ocampo, Junior, Elhart, Ind., New Haven (4 at 106)
5. Heather Crull, Junior, Modoc, Ind., Northeastern (5 at 106)
Elizabeth Valenzuela-Smith, a Tucsonan who was an eighth grader last year at Valiant College Prep, ranks 24th in the nation at 100 pounds.
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