By Paul D. Bowker | Oct. 05, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
(R) Helen Maroulis competes against Saori Yoshida of Japan at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


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Helen Maroulis, the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling, faces Alex Hedrick on Saturday in a USA Wrestling Final X wrestle-off that will decide a spot for the U.S. world championship team.

The match was delayed from the Final X series in June until now because of an injury to Maroulis.

Maroulis is a four-time world championship medalist, including winning gold medals in 2017 and 2015.

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Maroulis and Hedrick will meet in a best-of-three match in the women’s weight class of 57 kilograms. It is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. ET start at Grace Hall at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Hedrick won the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament to earn the spot in the championship match.

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