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2023 U20 U.S. Women’s Freestyle World Team Biographies

by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

Kennedy Blades being interviewed after winning the 2023 U.S. Open. Photo by Richard Immel.

Photo: U20 World champion Kennedy Blades at the 2023 U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Richard Immel, USA Wrestling).

 

50 kg – Audrey Jimenez (Tucson, Arizona/Sunkist Kids WC)

2023: Final X runner-up… U.S. Open champion… U20 Nationals champion… Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov International bronze medalist… Henri Deglane Grand Prix of France silver medalist…

2022: U20 World Championships silver medalist in Sofia, Bulgaria… Competed at U17 World Championships in Rome, Italy… U20 Nationals champion… U17 Nationals champion… USA Wrestling Girls National High School Recruiting Showcase champion…

2021: Cadet World Championships bronze medalist in Budapest, Hungary… UWW Cadet Nationals champion…

2019: U15 Pan-American Championships gold medalist…

High School: Will be a Senior at Sunnyside (Arizona) High School… Two-time AIA state champion (2022-23)…

Current National High School Ranking: No. 1 at 106 pounds and pound-for-pound…

Personal: Daughter of Denise and Guillermo Jimenez… Born on Dec. 18, 2005… 17 years old…

 

53 kg – Katie Gomez (Van Nuys, California/Sunkist Kids WC)

2023: Final X runner-up… U.S. Open champion… U20 Nationals champion…

2022: U20 World Championships bronze medalist in Sofia, Bulgaria… U20 Nationals champion…

2021: Cadet World Championships gold medalist in Budapest, Hungary… UWW Cadet Nationals champion… Fourth in UWW Junior Nationals…

2019: U15 Pan-American Championships gold medalist… USMC 16U Nationals runner-up… Eighth in USMC Junior Nationals…

High School: Third in 2022 CIF State Championships for Birmingham (California) High School… 2021 champion… Third in 2020...

Personal: Born on March 7, 2004… 19 years old…

 

55 kg – Amani Jones (Jonesboro, Georgia/Cardinal WC)

2023: Fifth in U.S. Open… U20 Nationals champion…

2022: Fourth in U20 Pan-American Championships… U20 Nationals runner-up…

2021: Junior Pan-American Championships gold medalist… Fifth in USMC Junior Nationals… USA Wrestling Beach Nationals runner-up… UWW Junior Nationals runner-up…

2019: USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals champion… USMC 16U Nationals champion… eighth in UWW Cadet Nationals… USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals runner-up…

2018: Third in USMC Cadet Nationals… Fourth in USMC Junior Nationals… Southeast Regional runner-up… Fifth in USA Wrestling Cadet Folkstyle Nationals… Sixth in USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals…

College: Will be a Junior at North Central College… 2023 NCWWC National Championships runner-up… Fifth in 2022…

High School: Three-time GHSA state champion (2019-21) for Ola (Georgia) High School…

Personal: Born on June 10, 2003… 20 years old…

 

57 kg – Cristelle Rodriguez (Fresno, California/Titan Mercury WC)

2023: U20 Nationals champion…

2021: Eighth in UWW Junior Nationals…

2019: Cadet World Championships silver medalist in Sofia, Bulgaria… UWW Cadet Nationals champion… USA Wrestling 16U Folkstyle Nationals champion… Third in USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals…

2018: U15 Pan-American Championships gold medalist…

College: Will be a Sophomore at Doane University… Third in 2023 NAIA Championships…

High School: Two-time CIF state champion (2019-20) for Buchanan (California) High School…

Personal: Born on Jan. 18, 2004… 19 years old…

 

59 kg – Alexis Janiak (Plainfield, Illinois/SPAR Wrestling Academy)

2023: U20 Nationals champion…

2022: Third in USMC Junior Nationals…

2021: Pan-American Championships silver medalist… USMC Junior Nationals champion… UWW Cadet Nationals runner-up… USA Wrestling National High School Recruiting Showcase champion…

2019: USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals champion… USMC 16U Nationals runner-up… Sixth in USMC Junior Nationals… Third in UWW Cadet Nationals…

2018: Third in USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals…

College: Will be a Sophomore at Aurora University… Runner up at 2023 NCWWC National Championships…

High School: 2022 IHSA state champion for Plainfield South (Illinois) High School… 2019 IWCOA Freshman/Sophomore state champion…

Personal: Daughter of Kari and Matthew Janiak… Born on July 1, 2004… 19 years old…

 

62 kg – Adaugo Nwachukwu (San Jose, California/Titan Mercury WC)

2023: Final X runner-up… U.S. Open champion… U20 Nationals champion… U23 Nationals champion…

2022: U20 World Championships bronze medalist in Sofia, Bulgaria… U20 Nationals champion… Third in U.S. Open…

College: Two-time NAIA champion (2022-23) for Iowa Wesleyan University…

High School: 2020 CIF state champion for Silver Creek (California) High School…

Personal: Born on May 25, 2003… 20 years old…

 

65 kg – Maddie Kubicki (Kansas City, Missouri/Victory Wrestling)

2023: U20 Nationals champion…

2022: Third in USMC Junior Nationals… Third in U20 Nationals… USA Wrestling Girls High School Recruiting Showcase champion…

2021: Fifth in Junior Pan-American Championships… Cadet Pan-American Championships silver medalist… Seventh in USMC Junior Nationals… UWW Cadet Nationals runner-up… USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals runner-up… USA Wrestling Girls High School Recruiting Showcase champion…

2020: USA Wrestling Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals champion…

2019: Fourth in USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals… USMC 16U Nationals runner-up… Third in USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals…

College: Committed to Presbyterian College…

High School: Four-time MSHSAA state champion (2020-23) for Park Hill South (Missouri) High School…

Current National High School Ranking: No. 1 at 144 pounds and No. 6 pound-for-pound…

Personal: Born on Sept. 24, 2004… 18 years old…

 

68 kg – Isabella Mir (Las Vegas, Nevada/Iowa Women’s WC)

2023: Sixth in U.S. Open… U20 Nationals champion…

2022: Sixth in U20 Nationals… Fourth in USA Wrestling National High School Recruiting Showcase… USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals runner-up…

2021: Fourth in UWW Junior Nationals… USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals champion…

College: Will be a Sophomore at the University of Iowa…

High School: Four-time NIAA state champion (2019-22) for Centennial (Nevada) High School…

Personal: Daughter of Jennifer and Frank Mir… Born on July 1, 2003… 20 years old…

 

72 kg – Amit Elor (Walnut Creek, California/Titan Mercury WC)

2023: Pan-American Championships gold medalist… Final X champion… U20 Nationals champion…

2022: World Championships gold medalist in Belgrade, Serbia… U23 World Championships gold medalist in Pontevedra, Spain… U20 World Championships gold medalist in Sofia, Bulgaria… Final X champion… U20 Nationals champion… U23 Nationals champion…

2021: Junior World Championships gold medalist in Ufa, Russia… Cadet World Championships gold medalist in Budapest, Hungary… UWW Junior Nationals champion… UWW Cadet Nationals champion…

2019: Cadet World Championships bronze medalist in Sofia, Bulgaria… UWW Cadet Nationals champion… Western Regional champion in freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle…

2018: U15 Pan-American Championships gold medalist…

High School: College Park (California) High School…

Personal: Born on Jan. 1, 2004… 19 years old…

 

76 kg – Kennedy Blades (Chicago, Illinois/Sunkist Kids WC)

2023: Final X runner-up… U.S. Open champion… U20 Nationals champion… Ibrahim Moustafa Senior Ranking Series gold medalist…

2021: Junior World Championships gold medalist in Ufa, Russia… Senior World Team Trials runner-up… U23 Nationals champion… UWW Junior Nationals champion…

2020: U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up… Last Chance Olympic Team Trials Qualifier champion… UWW Junior Nationals champion…

2019: Seventh in Cadet World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.. USMC 16U Nationals champion… USMC Junior Nationals champion… UWW Cadet Nationals champion…

2018: Cadet Pan-American Championships gold medalist… USMC Cadet Nationals champion… UWW Cadet Nationals runner-up…

College: Will be a Sophomore at Arizona State University…

High School: 2019 National Prep champion for Wyoming Seminary (Pennsylvania)…

Personal: Born on Sept. 4, 2003… 19 years old…

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