U.S. World Team members Helen Maroulis and Adeline Gray after winning bouts at the 2013 World Championships. Photo by Tony Rotundo/Wrestlers Are Warriors.
There will be two international women’s freestyle matches between stars from the United States and Canada as part of the outstanding wrestling card at the 2013 Grapple at the Garden, presented by Suplay.com, at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, December 1.
2012 World champion and three-time World medalist Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/Titan Mercury WC) will face Canadian World Team member Erica Wiebe (Calgary, Alberta/Dinos WC) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gray has won World gold medals at the Junior, University and Senior levels. She has won a medal at the last three Senior World Championships.
Wiebe was seventh at the 2013 World Championships. She won a silver medal at the 2012 University World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2013 World University Games.
These two have battled a number of times, with both athletes winning bouts. Gray won the most recent battle last weekend at the New York Athletic Club International. Gray also beat Wiebe in the finals of the 2012 University World Championships.
“I am excited. I am looking forward to competing on the big stage and putting on a good show. I’d like to get a nice throw out there. Erica is tough. She beat the Olympic champion this year, and she has had a good season. It will be a very good match,” said Gray.
2012 World silver medalist Helen Maroulis (Rockford, Md./Sunkist Kids) will square off with Canadian World Team member Jillian Gallays (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Saskatoon WC) at 55 kg/121 lbs.
Maroulis has competed on four U.S. Senior World teams, placing second, fifth, seventh and eighth during her career. She won three medals at the Junior World Championships. Maroulis is also a three-time WCWA women’s college national champion.
Gallays placed eighth in the 2010 World Championships and also competed in the 2013 World Championships. She was fifth in the 2006 Junior World Championships.
“I was real excited when I heard I would be able to wrestle there. It is not a place I ever expected to wrestle. To go to Madison Square Garden to compete is a fantastic opportunity. Jillian is scrappy and strong. It is always fun to wrestle her because it is a battle,” said Maroulis.
There will also be a featured men’s freestyle bout between four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake from Cornell against NCAA champion Bubba Jenkins of Arizona State, who is now a mixed martial arts fighter with Bellator MMA.
Other international-style bouts featuring some top USA Wrestling Senior clubs will be included in the event, which will be announced shortly.
The second annual Grapple at the Garden will also showcase 16 college teams, competing in two rounds of dual meets. Included are 12 Division I teams, plus two Division III teams, and a pair of NCWA club teams from local colleges.
The full day of wrestling will include two dual meet sessions with the first starting at 10:00 a.m. with Maryland vs. Cornell, Rutgers vs. George Mason, Illinois vs. Bloomsburg, Hofstra vs. Army, Boston U. vs. Penn, Drexel vs. Princeton, and Stony Brook vs. West Chester CC. Session two will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature Cornell vs. Illinois, Rutgers vs. Maryland, Princeton vs. Army, Bloomsburg vs. Penn, George Mason vs. Drexel, Hofstra vs. Boston U, and NYU vs. Stevens.
It will also feature the finals of the Beat The Streets PSAL Thanksgiving Dual Meet Invitational, featuring 16 high schools. Moreover, the finals of the inaugural Grapple at the Garden middle school championship, produced in association with the Metropolitan Wrestling Association, will also take place. Registration is still open at www.wrestlereg.com
Tickets start at $20.00 and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.thegarden.com/grapple.
GRAPPLE AT THE GARDEN
At Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., December 1
Women’s freestyle international matches
55 kg/121 lbs.
Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (Sunkist Kids)
2012 World silver medalist… Fifth in 2011 World Championships… Seventh in 2013 World Championships… Eighth in 2008 World Championships… 2013 World Cup champion… 2011 Pan American Games champion… Four-time U.S. Open champion (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) … Second in 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Second in 2011 Junior World Championships… Third in 2008 and 2010 Junior World Championships…. 2012 Pan American Championships champion… Second in 2010 U.S. Open… Second in 2010 World Team Trials… Third in 2009 World Team Trials… 2013 Ukrainian Memorial champion… 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial champion… 2010 New York AC International champion… Second in 2012 Dave Schultz Memorial… Third in 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial… Second in 2009 Sunkist Kids International… 2008, 2011 and 2012 U.S. World Team Trials champion… Second in 2008 and 2010 U.S. Open… Four-time FILA Junior Nationals champion (2008-2011)… 2007 and 2008 Junior Nationals champion… 2010, 2011 and 2013 WCWA Women’s College national champion… Third in 2009 Pan American Championships… High School: Colonel Zadock Magruder, Md., Marquette, Mich…. Colleges: Simon Fraser, Missouri Baptist… Born: Sept. 19, 1991
Jillian Gallays, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon WC)
2013 Canadian World Team member…Third in 2013 Ziolkowski Memorial (Poland)… Tenth in 2013 World University Games… 2013 Grand Prix of Germany champion… Seventh in 2013 Pan American Championships… Third in 2012 Dave Schultz Memorial… Fourth in 2011 New York AC International… Sixth in 2010 Commonwealth Games… Eighth in 2010 World Championships… Second in 2009 Austrian Ladies Open… Fifth in 2009 Pan American Championships… Fifth in 2006 Junior World Championships… College: Univ. of Saskatchewan… Born: October 20, 1986…
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/Titan Mercury WC)
2012 World champion… Third in 2011 and 2013 World Championships… Fifth in 2009 World Championships… 2012 University World champion… Second in 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials…. 2008 FILA Junior World champion… 2011 FILA Junior World silver medalist… 2012 University Nationals champion… 2009 U.S. Open champion… 2009 World Cup team member… 2009 and 2011 New York AC International champion… 2009, 2010 and 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… 2009 Sunkist Kids International champion… 2010 and 2012 Klippan Lady Open champion (Sweden)… 2011 and 2012 Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials champion… Second in 2008 and 2011 World Team Trials… Second in 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial International… Second in 2012 Canada Cup… 2007 and 2008 Junior Nationals champion… 2008 FILA Cadet Nationals champion… 2008, 2009 and 2011 FILA Junior Nationals champion… High School: Lakewood, Colo. (Bear Creek), Marquette, Mich., Chatfield, Colo…. Colleges: UCCS, Devry… Born: January 15, 1991
Erica Wiebe, Calgary, Alberta (Dinos WC)
Seventh in 2013 World Championships… Third in 2013 New York AC International… Third in 2013 World University Games… 2013 Ziolkowski Memorial champion (Poland)… Third in 2013 Pan American Championships… Second in the 2012 University World Championships… 2012 Canada Cup champion… 2012 Ion Corneanu Memorial champion (Romania)… 2012 Nordhagen Classic champion… 2011 Commonwealth Championships champion… Third in 2011 Austrian Ladies Open… Third in 2011 Sunkist Kids International… Seventh in 2009 Junior World Championships… Second in 2007 Pan American Junior Championships… College: Univ. of Calgary… Born: June 13, 1989…
About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks; and Fuse, a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Networks also include high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD, and Fuse includes its high-definition channel, Fuse HD. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.