World medalists Jimenez, Jaffe win women’s main events in excellent 10-bout Who’s Number One card
by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
KENOSHA, Wis. - The second year of girls action at FloWrestling's Who’s Number One was outstanding, in front of a sold-out crowd at the UW-Parkside De Simone Arena
In the Main Event, three-time age-group World medalist and 2023 U.S. Senior Open champion Audrey Jimenez of Arizona dominated two-time California state champion Anaya Falcon of California, in a 10-0 first-period technical fall.
Jimenez hit an arm drag to a step out to lead 1-0. Jimenez next scored a takedown on a crazy scramble to lead 3-0. Jimenez scored a counter takedown to make it 5-0, then scored three straight leg laces for the 11-0 technical fall.
In the Co-Main Event, 2023 U17 World bronze medalist Haylie Jaffe of Pennsylvania took control in a 10-2 win over two-time Junior Nationals champion Cadence Diduch of Illinois at 132 pounds. Jaffe opened with a sweet sweep single takedown to lead 2-0. Late in the first period, Jaffe scored a spin behind to a leg attack finish for a takedown and a 4-0 lead at the break. Diduch scored off the whistle with a takedown to cut it to 4-2. Jaffe answered with a high single to make it 6-2. Jaffe stretched it with a counter takedown for an 8-2 lead, then finished with another go behind for the 10-2 victory
Jaffe beat Diduch in the U17 World Team Trials. It was Diduch’s third appearance in Who’s Number One.
2023 16U Nationals champion Madison Niewenhuis of Michigan scored a 2-2 criteria decision over 2023 U17 World Team member Rianne Murphy at 100 pounds. Murphy scored first when Niewenhuis was placed on the shot clock and could not score, leading 1-0 at the break. In the second period, Niewenhuis was hit for passivity again and could not score, giving Murphy a 2-0 lead. Niewenhuis scored the first takedown on a scramble with 50 seconds left to tie it at 2-2. With no more points scored, Niewenhuis won by having the only two-point move.
Making her high school debut was freshman Taina Fernandez of Maryland, defeating two-time 16U Nationals runner-up Carley Ceshker of Wisconsin by technical fall, 10-0 at 127 pounds. Fernandez opened with a single leg takedown, followed by an ankle lace for a 4-0 lead. Fernandez added a double leg takedown to extend it to 6-0. She closed it out with two front headlock turns to secure the technical fall in the first period. It was a rematch of the 2022 Super 32 finals, also won by Fernandez.
2023 16U Nationals champion Kaidance Gerg edged 2022 U17 World silver medalist Valerie Hamilton of Illinois, 6-4 at 138 pounds. In the first period, Gerg was placed on the shot clock, but responded with a counter takedown for four points to lead 4-0 at the break. Early in the second period, Gerg extended it to a 6-0 lead on an exposure. Hamilton whipped over Gerg and nearly pinned her but could not finish it off, making it 6-2.. Hamilton scored a takedown off a hip toss and put Gerg to her back again, unable to get the fall. Hamilton was unable to score in the closing moments.
2023 Junior Nationals champion and two-time 16U Nationals champion Nebi Tsarni upended 2023 U17 World Team member May Prado, 10-4 at 144 pounds. Tsarni opened the scoring with a spin behind takedown to lead 2-0. Tsarni added a duck under takedown on the edge to lead 4-0. She added a knee pick for a takedown to lead 6-0. Prado scored a late counter takedown to close it to 6-2 at the break. A Prado go-behind in the second period closed it to 6-4, but Tsarni came back strong, scoring two takedowns in the last minute to close out the win.
2023 Junior Nationals champion Naomi Simon of Iowa finished her 164-pound bout quickly with a pin in 1:12 over Alexandria Alli of Ohio. It began with a go behind by Simon, which she turned into to a four-point takedown. Simon rolled Alli with a gut wrench and pressed it for the pin.
2022 U17 World silver medalist Gabriella Gomez of Illinois surprised two-time Junior Nationals champion Clare Booe of Florida, 7-1 at 112 pounds. Gomez scored four points on a counter throw, but Booe challenged, seeking a step out. The Booe challenge was denied, making it 5-0. Gomez added a takedown to stretch it to 7-0 at the break. Although Booe pressed the action in the second period, Booe only mustered a caution and one call against Gomez to make it 7-1.
U17 World Team Trials runner-up Isabella Marie Gonzales of California scored a comeback 4-4 criteria decision over 2023 U17 World Team member Karlee Brooks of Arizona at 117 pounds. Brooks scored a spin-behind takedown to open the scoring for a 2-0 lead, then added a counter takedown for a 4-0 lead at the break. With just 25 seconds left, Gonzales hit a counter four-point cut back to tie it at 4-4 and win by having the highest-point score. Brooks had beaten Gonzales three of the four previous time
2023 U17 World Team member Everest Leydecker of Arizona kept her No. 1 ranking with a strong 6-2 win over 2023 Junior Nationals champion Aubre Krazer of Pennsylania at 122 pounds. Leydecker opened the scoring with an ankle pick for a takedown and a 2-0 lead at the break. In the second period, Krazer was put on the shot clock. Leydecker spinned behind for a 4-0 lead and got an additional point when Krazer did not score on the shot clock. Leydecker added a step out to get it to 6-0. A last second exposure by Krazer made the final score, 6-2.
The boys version of Who’s Number One will begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time live on FloWrestling.
WHO’S NUMBER ONE
At Kenosha, Wis., September 2, 2023
100 lbs: #3 Madison Nieuwenhuis, SO, Michigan, dec. #2 Rianne Murphy, SR, Indiana, 2-2
127 lbs: #1 Taina Fernandez, FR, Maryland tech fall #2 Carley Ceshker, SO, Wisconsin, 10-0, 2:57
138 lbs: #2 Kaidance Gerg, JR, Idaho dec. #1 Valerie Hamilton, SR, Illinois, 6-4
144 lbs: #2 Nebi Tsarni, SR, Maryland, dec. #1 May Prado, SR, Georgia, 10-4
164 lbs: #2 Naomi Simon, SR, Iowa pin #3 Alexandria Alli, JR, Ohio, 1:12
112 lbs: #3 Gabriella Gomez, JR, Illinois dec. #1 Clare Booe, SR, Florida, 7-1
117 lbs: #3 Isabella Marie Gonzales, JR, California, dec. #1 Karlee Brooks, SR, Arizona, 4-4
122 lbs: #1 Everest Leydecker, SO, Arizona dec. #2 Aubre Krazer, JR, Pennsylvania, 6-2
132 lbs: #1 Haylie Jaffe, SR, Pennsylvania dec. #2 Cadence Diduch, SR, Illinois, 10-2
106 lbs: #1 Audrey Jimenez, SR, Arizona tech fall #2 Anaya Falcon, SR, California, 10-0, 1:51