World medalists Jimenez, Jaffe win women’s main events in excellent 10-bout Who’s Number One card

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Audrey Jimenez of Arizona locks up the ankle lace on Anaya Falcon of California in the Who’s Number One girls main event. (Photo by Sam Janicki)

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.


At Kenosha, Wis., September 2, 2023

Girls Results

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