Olympic champ Maroulis wins second World gold with dominance, Leathers gets bronze at World Championships

PARIS, France – Olympic champion Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids) added to her legacy among the greats in American wrestling, claiming her third straight World or Olympic gold medal with a victory at 58 kg/128 lbs. at the World Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Wednesday.

She dominated 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri of Tunisia in the finals, showing spectacular technique on the way to an 11-0 technical fall in the gold-medal finals.

The gold medals were all at different weight classes, with a World gold medal in 2015 at 55 kg/121 lbs., an Olympic gold medal at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. in 2016 at the Rio Games, and now a 2017 World gold medal at 58 kg/128 lbs.

Maroulis had one of the most dominant performances in American history, not allowing a single point in five matches while earning five technical falls with a combined 53-0 score. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Olympic champ Maroulis reaches World finals, Leathers in bronze bout for USA women at World Championships

PARIS, France – Olympic and World champion Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids) won four matches by technical fall in the morning session to reach the gold-medal finals at 58 kg/127.5 lbs. at the World Championships on Wednesday.

None of her matches during the morning session at the AccorHotels Arena in the first session were even close. She outscored her opponents 42-0. All of this happened two weight classes higher than Maroulis competed in during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

She will face 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri of Tunisia, who became Africa’s first World Championships finalist, after defeating Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, 8-7 in the other semifinal.

“Things are good. I love wrestling. I had a great team that helped prepare me. I feel really good so far. I think I came in with the same mentality that I always did. I don’t think the weight class changes that. I wrestle for God. If I am at 116 pounds or at 127, I don’t think that changes that,” said Maroulis. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Draws set for U.S. women Maroulis, Leathers, Velte and Francis at World Championships

PARIS – Women’s freestyle kicks off at the World Championships on Wednesday morning at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, and four U.S. competitors have made weight and received their draws for the competition.

Olympic and World champion Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids) seeks to jumpstart the U.S. effort alongside first-time World Team members Becka Leathers (Choctaw, Okla./Titan Mercury WC), Mallory Velte (Sacramento, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) and Victoria Francis (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC) on the third day of wrestling in Paris.

“The women are excited to be here. They have had good camps this summer. They spent a lot of time together as a group. They are ready to be here and we plan to come here and make our mark,” U.S. National Women’s Freestyle Coach Terry Steiner said.

Currently ranked No. 2 in the UWW World Rankings, Maroulis begins her quest for a third-straight gold against Hanbit Kim of Korea at 58 kg/127.5 lbs. In addition to her gold medal at the Rio Olympics, Maroulis won World gold in 2015, World silver in 2012 and World bronze in 2014. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Coleman, Smith, Haight, Hafizov beaten in Tuesday morning Greco-Roman session at World Championships

PARIS, France – The final four members of the U.S. Greco-Roman team were defeated during the morning session at the World Wrestling Championships on Tuesday. None of the U.S. wrestlers were eligible for the repechage rounds when their opponents failed to reach the finals.

2012 Olympian and two-time Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) finished with a 1-1 record at 66 kg/145 lbs.

Coleman was dominant in his opener, scoring an 8-0 first-period technical fall over three-time Brazil Cup champion Diego Ribeiro Romanelli of Brazil. Coleman controlled all positions, earning two takedowns and four step out points to finish off the match quickly.

Coleman was defeated in his second match by 2016 European U23 silver medalist Mate Nemes of Slovakia, 3-1. The bout started with controversy, as officials penalized Coleman with a caution and two points to Nemes, when Coleman used a stiff-arm to Nemes’ neck during an active pummel. From that point on, neither wrestler could score, with each being penalized once for passivity. When Nemes was defeated in the quarterfinals, Coleman was not eligible for repechage. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Greco-Roman athletes Hafizov, Coleman, Haight and Smith receive draws for World Championships

PARIS – Four U.S. athletes have weighed in and received their draws for the second day of Greco-Roman action at the 2017 World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena.

A veteran group comprised of past Olympians Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP), Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) and Robby Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC), plus multiple-time World Team member Cheney Haight (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC), take the mat for America tomorrow in Paris.

“We’ve got four talented, capable athletes. I’m looking forward to seeing them go out there and compete up to their potential. If we do that we can win a few medals tomorrow,” U.S. National Greco-Roman Coach Matt Lindland said.

Making his first World Championships appearance for the U.S., Hafizov is set to face Armenia’s Vazgen Khachatryan in the first round at 59 kg/130 lbs. Hafizov was an Olympian and three-time World Team member for Uzbekistan prior to moving to the U.S. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org