Laurent Wins Gold at PanAms

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By Alex Strouf, The Denmark News

Photos by Richard Immel/USA Wrestling

Jayden Laurent just keeps adding on to her resume.

Just two weeks after being announced as a unanimous first team All-Conference selection for softball, Laurent was flying to Lima, Peru to wrestle for the United States.

No, this is not the same story as last year.

Last July, Laurent flew out to Lima, representing the USA, and won gold.

This year, it was the same thing, just a month earlier.

Photo by Richard Immel/USA Wrestling

Laurent rolled all four of her opponents, winning via pinfall, major decision, forfeit, and major decision.

The silver medal winner, Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez of Cuba, was pinned by Laurent in 66 seconds.

It was just another day overseas for Laurent, who won her second straight Junior Pan Ams gold medal.

“I just feel like I came out there and left it all out there, pushed through every period, just let it all out there,” Laurent told USA Wrestling. “My upper body stuff was going for me. I shot a couple times, but it didn’t work so well, so I just stuck to the upper body and it went well.”

Laurent, a 17-year-old to-be Denmark senior, has proved her point on the mat time and time again.

“No matter your age, you can still make it to the top. Just go out there and do your thing,” Laurent said.

As of now, Laurent, a reigning second team All-Conference selection for basketball, is leaning toward joining the high school wrestling team for her senior year. That’s most likely an effort to achieve her ultimate goal.

“I’m just going to keep training and hopefully world team pretty soon.”