World champs Maroulis, Pirozhkova, Gray get draws for Olympic women’s freestyle on Thursday

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The United States enters three past World champions for the women’s freestyle wrestling competition on Thursday.

Helen Maroulis (Huntington Beach, Calif./Sunkist Kids) at 53 kg/116.5 lbs., Elena Pirozhkova (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 75 kg/165 lbs. have all weighed in and received their first round draws for the Olympic Games, which continue on Thursday in Carioca 2 Arena.

Maroulis in the bottom half of the bracket, in the fourth quarter-bracket. She has a pigtail match, and opens against Yulia Khavaldzhy of Ukraine. Continue reading at