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Elor repeats as champion and Jimenez named OW as U20 Women’s World Team set in Fort Worth

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | May 07, 2022, 3:56 p.m. (ET)

Audrey Jimenez of the Sunkist Kids hits a high single leg on Sage Mortimer of TMWC in the 50 kg finals. Photo by AJ Grieves.

FORT WORTH, Texas – The 2022 U.S. U20 Women’s World Team was set during an exciting best-of-three finals round in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Hall of the Will Rogers Memorial Center on Saturday morning.

California star Amit Elor of the Titan Mercury WC, a World champion on the U17 and U20 levels last summer, repeated as a U20 World Team member with a two-match sweep over New York’s Latifah McBryde of the Bulls WC. Elor had a pair of technical falls, 12-2 and 11-0, scoring takedowns and multiple turns in each match. In addition to winning two World titles last summer, Elor was also a 2019 U17 World bronze medalist. Elor was the only repeat champion in this year’s event.

Claiming the Outstanding Wrestler award was Arizona high school star Audrey Jimenez of the Sunkist Kids, who swept her 50 kg series against King University All-American Sage Mortimer of Team Tornado WC. Jimenez, a 2021 Cadet World bronze medalist, won the first match with an 11-0 technical fall, methodically getting takedowns and turns in a high-action bout. In the second match, Mortimer scored the first takedown and led 2-1 at the break, but Jimenez jumped ahead with a takedown and turn and finished with a 7-2 decision.

Eight of the 10 championship series were completed as two-match sweeps, with two weight classes needed a third and final bout.

2021 Cadet World champion Katie Gomez of California defeated Estrella Dorado Marin of Army WCAP in two straight dominant victories at 53 kg. Gomez led 8-0 then pinned Dorado Marin with a hip toss in the first bout in 2:56, then quickly scored a 10-0 technical fall in 1:01 in the second bout, with takedowns and multiple ankle laces.

2022 U.S. Senior Open champion Adriana Dorado Marin won her second major national event in eight days with a two-match sweep of North Central College All-American Amani Jones of the Cardinal WC at 55 kg. Dorado Marin opened up her offense in bout one with a 15-2 technical fall, then scored multiple takedowns in the second match for a 10-5 win.

Scoring a big win at 59 kg was Colorado high school star Savannah Cosme of the Sunkist Kids, who scored a two-match sweep over 2022 U.S. Open champion Nanea Estrella of the Titan Mercury WC. Estrella scored two takedowns to lead 4-0 at the break in the first match, but Cosme nailed a hip toss for a pin in 4:10. In bout two, Cosme was dominant in the second period, scoring all seven points in her 7-1 win. Cosme competed in the 2021 Cadet Worlds. She will attend Arizona State and wrestle for the Sunkist Kids RTC. Estrella, an NAIA runner-up for Menlo College, recently signed with Iowa.

New York star Sofia Macaluso, who is ranked No. 1 nationally in high school, defeated returning U20 World Team member and Colorado Mesa All-American Claire Dicugno in two straight matches. Macaluso displayed great counter offense in both matches, and won the key scrambles, claiming bout one 8-3, then closing it out with a 9-2 win.

With a dominant two-match sweep at 65 kg, Nevada native Reese Larramendy of Wyoming Seminary defeated Utah’s Elleni Johnson of Legends of Gold Las Vegas with a pair of 10-0 technical falls. Larramendy scored a variety of ways, including leg attacks, a body lock, crotch lift turn and an arm bar. She will attend the University of Iowa next year.

A second Army WCAP champion came at 76 kg, as Tristan Kelly won two straight 10-0 technical falls over Illinois high school star Rose Cassioppi of the Hononegah WC. Kelly was a takedown machine, scoring five takedowns in the deciding second bout. Both of her wins were finished in the first period. Kelly was on the 2018 U.S. Cadet World Team.

At 62 kg, Iowa Wesleyan’s NAIA champion Adaugo Nwachukwu of the Swamp Monsters WC rallied to defeat New Hampshire high school star and 2019 Cadet World bronze medalist Skylar Hattendorf in three bouts. In an amazing shoot-out where both wrestlers hit big throws, Hattendorf claimed the first match 16-11. Nwachukwu adjusted well in bout two, scoring an 11-0 technical fall over Hattendorf. She came out with power and energy in the third match, shutting out Hattendorf again and finishing off her shots for a 10-0 technical fall.

Oregon high school star Destiny Rodriguez of All-Phase WC won the first match, lost in the second, then rallied in the third to stop North Central College All-American Tiera Jimerson of the Cardinal WC at 68 kg. Rodriguez opened with a controlled 9-3 win over Jimerson, scoring first and building a big early lead. In the second match, California native Jimerson repeatedly got behind Rodriguez to score takedowns on the way to a 9-3 win. In the deciding third match, both athletes got their offense untracked. Rodriguez jumped to a 9-4 lead, but Jimerson battled back, as the athletes traded scoring moves. Rodriguez scored when she had to and emerged with a 15-11 victory. Rodriguez won a U15 World title in 2019.

The winners of the championship series qualified to compete for Team USA at the U20 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, August 15-21. The United States is the returning U20 World Team champions in women’s freestyle.

USMC WOMEN’S U20 NATIONALS
At Fort Worth, Texas, May 6, 2022


50 kg - Audrey Jimenez (Sunkist Kids WC) dec. Sage Mortimer (Titan Mercury WC/Team Tornado WC), 2 bouts to 0
Bout 1 – Jimenez tech fall Mortimer, 11-0, 5:42
Bout 2 – Jimenez dec. Mortimer, 7-2
3rd Nyla Valencia CA (Bulldog Wrestling Club) tech fall Samara Chavez TX (Team Tornado Wrestling Club), 10-0 3:13
5th Brianna Gonzalez CA (Somar Wrestling Club) tech fall Julianne Moccia MD (Maryland), 15-4 3:55
7th Sydney Petzinger NJ (Cardinal Wrestling Club) tech fall Alexandra Szkotnicki MD (HeadHunters Wrestling Club), 12-2 5:07

53 kg - Katie Gomez (California) dec. Estrella Dorado Marin CO (Army WCAP), 2 matches to 0
Bout 1 – Gomez pin Dorado Marin, 2:56
Bout 2 – Gomez tech fall Dorado Marin, 10-0, 1:01
3rd Hannah Hall CO (Colorado) no contest Juliana Diaz FL (Florida)
5th Kendra Ryan MI (Cardinal Wrestling Club) inj dft. Alexis Montes TX (NXT Level Wrestling Academy)
7th Fernanda Lopez TX (Lake Highlands Club Wrestling) dec. Virginia Foard VA (Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club), 8-4

55 kg - Adriana Dorado Marin (Army (WCAP) dec. Amani Jones (Cardinal WC), 2 matches to 0
Bout 1 – Dorado Marin tech. fall Jones, 15-2, 5:52
Bout 2 – Dorado Marin dec. Jones, 10-5
3rd Melanie Mendoza CA (Team Tornado Wrestling Club) dec. Haley Vann OR (Empire Wrestling Club), 8-4
5th Torieonna Buchanan IN (Red Cobra Wrestling Academy) pin Carissa Qureshi CA (California), 0:30
7th Khaleah Kirk OK (Standfast Wrestling Club) tech fall Angelina Doral NV (Legends of Gold Las Vegas), 10-0 1:55

57 kg - Sofia Macaluso (New York) dec. Claire Dicugno (Colorado Mesa WC), 2 matches to 0
Bout 1 – Macaluso dec. Dicugno, 8-3
Bout 2 –Macaluso dec. Dicugno, 9-2
3rd Carolina Moreno AZ (Somerton Wrestling Club) dec. Jennifer Soto CA (Daniel Cormier Wrestling Club), 10-2
5th Sarah Savidge CO (Betterman Elite Wrestling) dec. Joanna Vanderwood WA (Washington), 9-4
7th Ngao shoua Whitethorn MN (Victory School of Wrestling) pin Anna Krejsa IN (Red Cobra Wrestling Academy), 4:04

59 kg - Savannah Cosme (Sunkist Kids WC) dec. Nanea Estrella (Titan Mercury WC), 2 matches to 0
Bout 1 – Cosme pin Estrella, 4:10
Bout 2 – Cosme dec. Estrella, 7-1
3rd Ella Schmit IA (Agoge Wrestling Club) pin Mia Macaluso NY (New York), 0:54
5th Jaclyn Dehney NH (Massachusetts Wrestling Association) dec. Piper Cadden AZ (Thorobred Wrestling Club), 7-2
7th Lana Perez HI (Hawaii) inj. dft. Anya Knappenberger MD (Maryland)

62 kg - Adaugo Nwachukwu (Swamp Monsters WC) dec. Skylar Hattendorf (New Hampshire), 2 matches to 1
Bout 1 – Hattendorf dec. Nwachukwu, 16-11
Bout 2 – Nwachukwu tech. fall Hattendorf, 11-1, 5:24
Bout 3 – Nwachukwu tech. fall Hattendorf, 10-0, 3:55
3rd Janida Garcia CA (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club) dec. Skye Realin HI (McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club), 10-5
5th Yele Aycock NM (Cardinal Wrestling Club) dec. Paige Wehrmeister MO (BullTrained Wrestling), 10-7
7th Emmily Patneaud CA (McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club) forfeit Addison Messerly KY (Kentucky),

65 kg - Reese Larramendy (Wyoming Seminary WC) dec. Elleni Johnson (Legends of Gold Las Vegas), 2 matches to 0
Bout 1 – Larramendy tech fall Johnson, 10-0, 2:59
Bout 2 – Larramendy tech. fall Johnson, 10-0, 2:10
3rd Maddie Kubicki MO (Victory Wrestling) pin Maya Letona CA (New York City RTC), 1:06
5th Chloe Ogden NC (Tar Heel Wrestling Club) dec. Isabella Mir NV (Gold Rush Wrestling), 1:55
7th Emma Walker TN (Tennessee) tech. fall Isabella Amaro OR (Empire Wrestling Club), 13-0 1:55

68 kg - Destiny Rodriguez (All-Phase WC) dec. Tiera Jimerson (Cardinal WC), 2 matches to 1
Bout 1 – Rodriguez dec. Jimerson, 9-3
Bout 2 – Jimerson dec. Rodriguez, 9-3
Bout 3 – Rodriguez dec. Jimerson, 15-11
3rd Clarissa Agostini CAN (Unatached) pin Aubrey Yauger TX (All American Wrestling Club), 5:03
5th Sarina Bertram MO (Kansas City Wrestling Club) tech. fall Celina Cooke NV (Silver State Wrestling Academy), 10-0 1:42
7th Lydia Krauss MI (Simmons Academy Of Wrestling) pin Kaylee Anderson VA (Shenandoah Wrestling Academy), 1:16

72 kg - Amit Elor (Titan Mercury WC/NYCRTC) dec. Latifah McBryde (Bulls WC), 2 matches to 0
Bout 1 – Elor tech. fall McBryde, 12-2 1:31
Bout 2 – Elor tech. fall McBryde, 11-0, 2:31
3rd Haley Ward MO (MO West Championship Wrestling Club) pin Alicia Pieper MI (Michigan), 0:54
5th Shannon Workinger WA (Ascend Wrestling Academy) pin Kayley Rada MI (Michigan), 0:44
7th Jessica Kemgne NY (New York) pin Autumn Perez OR (Oregon), 1:06

76 kg - Tristan Kelly (Army WCAP) dec. Rose Cassioppi (Hononegah WC), 2 matches to 0
Bout 1 – Kelly tech fall Cassioppi, 10-0, 1:42
Bout 2 – Kelly tech. fall Cassioppi, 10-0 2:43
3rd Brooklyn Hays UT (Champions Wrestling Club) dec. Alivia White WA (Ascend Wrestling Academy), 12-9
5th Emma Carter MO (Kansas City Wrestling Club) pin Lily El-masri CA (Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club), 4:27
7th Grace Doering IN (Indiana) dec. Fiona Mcconnell OR (Cardinal Wrestling Club), 5-4