USA Wrestling has announced that 2012 World silver medalist Helen Maroulis of Rockville, Maryland will compete in a special women's freestyle exhibition match against Marcia Andrades of Venezuela prior to the start of the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic on Saturday, November 2.
USA Wrestling will host two international matches alongside the All-Star Classic, including the men's freestyle bout between 2013 Junior World champion Kyle Snyder of Woodbine, Maryland and Canada's Yiannis Narlidis at 96 kg/211.5 lbs., which was announced earlier this week.
The NWCA All-Star Classic, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps, is an annual tradition featuring challenge matches between top college wrestlers, and will be hosted at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Exhibition matches will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the college bouts to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Maroulis won a silver medal at the 2012 World Championships, and has placed four times at the Senior World Championships, finishing fifth in 2011, seventh in 2013 and eighth in 2008. She won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, and added a title at the 2013 World Cup. She is a four-time U.S. Open champion, and has won gold medals in international events in Ukraine, Canada and the United States.
She was also very successful on the age-group World level, winning a Junior World silver medal in 2011, and Junior World bronze medals in 2008 and 2010. On the college level, Maroulis boasts three WCWA women's college titles, winning two for Simon Fraser University, where she currently attends, and another for Missouri Baptist University.
Maroulis made her name in wrestling as a youth in Maryland, placing sixth in the state for Colonel Zadock Magruder High School competing against boys. Currently attending college in Canada, Maroulis returns to her home region for this showcase match.
Andrades is a veteran star for Venezuela, competing in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She has won four Pan American Championships gold medals, and has a total of 12 Pan American medals during her career. Her best international finish was her eighth place in the 2003 World Championships. Andrades won bronze medals at the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games.
"It will be a great match. Andrades is a veteran wrestler who has been around a long time and has had a lot of success. She is a physically strong wrestler. Maroulis is an artistic wrestler who has a lot of different ways to attack and score points" said National Women's Coach Terry Steiner.
This is only the second time that a Senior international women's freestyle match will be showcased as part of the NWCA All-Star Classic. At the 2006 NWCA All-Star Classic in Dallas, Texas, American Randi Miller defeated Stefanie Howorun of Canada, 2-0, 4-0, in a 67 kg bout. Miller went on to win a 2008 Olympic bronze medal at 63 kg.
"This is important for women's wrestling. As we just saw in getting our sport back in the Olympic Games, a large part of that was due to women's wrestling. We need to expose the women's side of wrestling to fans who haven't seen it before, those who are great college fans. They need to see it so they can have an appreciation of it as well" said Steiner.
Hosting the event are George Mason University and the Wrestlers in Business Network - Washington DC Chapter.
Tickets can be ordered online through Ticketmaster at the following link:
NWCA All-Star Tickets through Ticketmaster
In addition, USA Wrestling will be working with the Wrestlers in Business Network and Beat the Streets USA to present the WIBM Middle School All-Star Dual Meet on Friday, November 1 at George Mason University.
For more information on the NWCA All-Star Classic, visit the NWCA website at:
HELEN MAROULIS, Rockville, Maryland
Born: September 19, 1991
- 2012 World silver medalist
- Fifth in 2011 World Championships
- 2011 Pan American Games champion
- 2013 World Cup champion
- Seventh in 2013 World Championships
- Eighth in 2008 World Championships
- 2011 Junior World silver medalist
- 2008 and 2010 Junior World bronze medalist
- Second in 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
- Four-time U.S. Open champion
- Three-time WCWA women's college national champion for Simon Fraser and Missouri Baptist
- Sixth in Maryland high school meet for Colonel Zadock Magruder High School in Maryland
MARCIA ANDRADES, Venezuela
Born: September 20, 1982
- 2008 and 2012 Olympian
- 2012 Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament champion
- Four-time Pan American Championships champion (2001, 2005, 2006, 2009)
- Eighth in 2003 World Championships
- 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games bronze medalist
- Second in 2007 Pan American Championships
- 12-time Pan American medalist
- 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament champion
- Seven-time Venezuelan Senior World Team member
About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and the International Wrestling Federation FILA. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. Its president is James Ravannack, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender.
About the NWCA
Founded in 1928, the NWCA strives to promote and provide leadership for the advancement of amateur wrestling, primarily at the scholastic and collegiate levels. The association is headquartered in Manheim Pa. The three core competencies are coaching development, student-wrestler welfare, and promotion/advocacy. The NWCA has 10,000 members and educational programs that serve 230,000 students each year.
About George Mason University (GMU)
Was established in 1957 and obtained university status in 1972. George Mason University is located in Fairfax Virginia has 32,000 students. The GMU wrestling program has a rich tradition as evidenced by having advanced 41 different wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Championships, two wrestlers achieved All American status one time and one wrestler achieved All American status two times. The head coach is Joe Russell and he is in his 2nd year.
About Wrestlers in Business Network (WIBN)
The WIBN-Washington DC Chapter consists of prominent business leaders in the Washington DC metropolitan region. The organization was originally formed in September 2012 under the name of the Greater Washington Wrestlers in Business Network and more recently merged with the Wrestlers in Business Network (headquartered in Cleveland OH) to form a national Wrestlers in Business Network. The purpose of this organization is to support amateur wrestling activities in major cities across America.