Sunnyside senior Audrey Jimenez qualifies for 50 kg U20 World Championships gold-medal finals

Sunnyside senior Audrey Jimenez will compete for her first gold medal in world competition Thursday in the 2023 U20 World Championships (USA Wrestling photo)

Information provided by USA Wrestling contributed to this report:

Sunnyside senior Audrey Jimenez has qualified for the 50 kg gold-medal finals at the 2023 U20 World Championships for the second consecutive year.

Jimenez, who earned a silver medal last year in her weight class, will go for the gold Thursday at the Princess Sumaya Lounge at Amman, Jordan.

Jimenez will battle Yanrong Li of China in the gold-medal finals.

She reached the finals after an impressive 12-2 technical fall over Slovakia’s Reka Hegedus of Slovakia, who was fifth in the 2022 U17 World Championships.

Hegedus opened with a takedown, but Jimenez responded with her own takedown to tie it at 2-0. Jimenez added five straight ankle lace turns to close out a 12-2 technical fall in just 1:05.

Jimenez opened with a 16-6 technical fall against Turkey’s U20 European silver medalist Zerda Demir. In the quarterfinals, she stopped Miruko Sakane of Japan, 4-2..

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