LAS VEGAS -- 2016 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis flashed the high-octane offense and technical skills that made her the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal on her way to a victory at her new weight class, 58 kg/128 lbs. at the Women's World Team Trials on Saturday night at the South Point Arena.
Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids) won both of her Championship Series matches by technical fall over 2017 U.S. Open champion Kayla Miracle. In her first match, Maroulis won 15-2 in 5:45. In the second match, she came back with 10 straight points to win 10-0 in 2:42.
Maroulis talked about her decision to return to competition after taking time away from the sport after her Olympic triumph.
"I struggled with that a lot. I hope I am doing the right things for the right reasons. I felt I needed to come back and its different this time around. This year, it's more about my character development and myself as a person. It is not so much about wrestling right now. I know that sounds weird. This is my profession and I give everything I have when I am doing it. Off the mat, I have to give everything I have as a sister, a daughter, a friend. There are a lot of things important to me right now," said Maroulis.
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Match 1: Anthony pin Pfau, 0:38
Match 2: Anthony tech. fall Pfau, 10-0, 0:57
55 kilograms: Becka Leathers defeated Sarah Hildebrandt
Match 1: Leathers won by inj. dft. over Hildebrandt, 3:50
Match 2: Leathers wins by inj. dft. over Hildebrandt, 0:00
58 kilograms: Helen Maroulis defeated Kayla Miracle
Match 1: Maroulis tech. fall Miracle, 15-2, 5:45
Match 2: Maroulis tech. fall Miracle, 10-0, 2:42
75 kilograms: Victoria Francis defeated Erin Clodgo
Match 1: Francis dec. Clodgo, 6-5
Match 2: Francis dec. Clodgo, 6-3