|Helen Maroulis named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Sept. 16-22|
By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./New York AC/USOEC) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Sept. 16-22.
Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level.
Maroulis swept 2001 World silver medalist Stephanie Murata in two straight matches at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. to win the U.S. Women's World Team Trials on Sept. 20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Maroulis continued her superb 2008 season after winning a Junior World bronze medal earlier this year.
Maroulis is believed to be the youngest U.S. World Team member in women's freestyle since Kristie Marano in 1996. Marano was 17 when she placed second at the 1996 World Championships.
Maroulis was one of seven American wrestlers to qualify for the World Championships in women's freestyle wrestling, set for Oct. 11-13 in Tokyo, Japan.
The third-seeded Maroulis beat the top-seeded Murata 4-2, 3-0 in the first match before coming back to prevail 1-6, 2-0, 2-1 in the second match with Murata. Maroulis, a senior in high school, downed an eight-time World Team member in Murata.
Maroulis has moved from her native Maryland to train at the U.S. Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich., while completing her final year of high school.
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