Helen Maroulis is a star. She became the first American female wrestler to win a gold medal at the Olympics, she is an incredible advocate of the sport, and she recently left California and moved to New York City. Thanks to a passionate group of wrestling advocates, Maroulis and her long-time coach Valentin Kalika, were able to find an east coast home – and more importantly a place to train.
The New York City Regional Training Center (NYC-RTC) operates out of Columbia University and the Edge Hoboken wrestling club. Since moving to the Big Apple, Helen has won another world title – and put on one of the most dominating performances in wrestling history along the way. Maroulis did not allow a single point in five matches while earning five technical falls with a combined 52-0 score. She beat Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri of Tunisia in the finals of the 58-kilogram/128-pound weight class with an 11-0 technical fall.
Currently, the Olympic Champ is competing in the India Pro League during the month of January. Her first competition is today as her Haryana Hammers take on the Veer Marthas (a complete competition schedule can be found below). The competition is loaded with talent. Her team alone has World Champion Khetik Tsabolov of Russia and Olympic Champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia. Tomorrow (or tonight if Helen is reading this over in India as we post), Maroulis takes on Marwa Amri of Tunisia, whom she beat in the World Championship finals in Paris. Amri is the first Afrian female to win an Olympic medal in wrestling.
Remember, India time is 10.5 hours faster than east coast time in the United States. Helen will take to the mat at 8:30 am eastern time. You can also follow Gotham City Wrestling on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all the latest on NYC-RTC athlete Helen Maroulis
Wednesday, January 10 – Haryana Hammers vs. Veer Marathas
Result: Maroulis defeat Amri 9-1
Friday, January 12 – Haryana Hammers vs. Delhi Sultans
Tuesday, January 16 – Haryana Hammers vs. Punjab Royals
Saturday, January 20 – Haryana Hammers vs. Mumbai Maharathi
Tuesday, January 23 – Haryana Hammers vs. UP Dangals
Wednesday, January 24 – Semi-Final I
Thursday, January 25 – Semi-Final II
Friday, January 26 – Championship Final