Pima County proclaims “Audrey Jimenez Day,” honoring accomplished Sunnyside wrestler

Audrey Jimenez with Sunnyside coach Anthony Leon and Sunnyside Unified School District superintendent Jose Gastelum along with her proclomation by the Pima County Board of Supervisors declaring “Audrey Jimenez Day” for April 2 (Sunnyside photos)

Sunnyside senior wrestler Audrey Jimenez not only is a world-class wrestler and the top female in her sport pound-for-pound nationally at the high school level, but she also has a Pima County proclamation that April 2, 2024, is her day.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that they have proclaimed “Audrey Jimenez Day” in honor of the wrestler who has succeeded internationally, nationally and regionally.

Jimenez and Sunnyside coach Anthony Leon, principal Stephanie Ponce, athletic director Casey O’Brien, and superintendent Jose Gastelum attended the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.

At the meeting it was declared that, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Pima County Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims Tuesday, April 2, 2024 to be: AUDREY JIMENEZ DAY.”

Later this month, Jimenez will compete in the U.S. trials with the hopes of facing 2023 World Championships medalist Sarah Hildebrandt in a best-of-three series for the 50 kg spot at the Paris Olympic Games.

Jimenez announced in February that she will attend Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Among the accomplishments to this point of Jimenez during her high school career (which includes her being a four-time state champion, including against competition against boys this season):

— 2021-24 Ranked No. 1 in girls’ high school pound-for-pound rankings by USA Wrestling, Flowrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
— 2024 Pan American Games bronze medalist (110 pounds)
— 2024 AIA state champion boys competition (106 pounds/first female in Arizona to win a boys state title)
— 2023 U20 World silver medalist (50 kg)
— 2022-23 USA Today HSSA Girls Wrestler of the Year
— 2023 Gran Prix of Spain bronze medalist (50kg) representing Team USA
— 2023 US Open champion (50 kg)
— 2023 U20 World Team Trials champion (50 kg)
— 2023 AIA state champion (114 pounds)
— 2022 U20 World silver medalist (50 kg)
— 2022 U17 World teamer (49 kg)
— 2022 AIA state champion (106 pounds)
— 2021 U17 World bronze medalist (49 kg)
— 2021 AIA state champion (113 pounds/first female from Tucson to win a state championship)


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator in 2016 and is presently a special education teacher at Sunnyside High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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