Helen Maroulis with Olympic gold medal. Photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com.
Maroulis became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in freestyle wrestling last August. The year prior she won her first World title in Las Vegas, Nev. at 55 kg/121 lbs. Maroulis started off the year by wrestling at the Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial International up at 60 kg/130 lbs., where she was a bronze medalist.
Alli Ragan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), 2016 World silver medalist, remains at No. 2 in the rankings at 60 kg/132 lbs. Ragan last competed at the Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial International, where she was a took home a silver medal.
There are four U.S. Women that are ranked in the top 10 respective of their weight class. Joining Maroulis and Ragan are No. 6 Tamyra Mensah (Katy, Texas/Titan Mercury) at 69 kg/152 lbs. and Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) at No. 8 at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Mensah did not compete on the international level in March, while Anthony competed in the Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial International at the beginning of March, where she was a gold medalist.
2016 World Team member Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) remains at No. 16 at 55 kg/121 lbs.
Dropping three spots from last month’s rankings is Haley Augello (Lockport, Ill./New York AC) coming in at No. 19 at 48 kg. Augello competed in the Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial International, where she took home a bronze medal at 53 kg/116.5 lbs.
Also finding a spot at No. 19 is Becka Leathers at 55 kg/121 lbs. Leathers dropped two spots from last month’s rankings.
U.S. women's freestyle wrestlers ranked in the UWW April 2017 rankings
No. 1 at 53 kg – Helen Maroulis, Rockville, M.D. (Sunkist Kids)
No. 2 at 60 kg – Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
No. 6 at 69 kg – Tamyra Mensah, Katy, Texas (Titan Mercury WC)
No. 8 at 48 kg – Victoria Anthony, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
No. 16 at 55 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
No. 19 at 48 kg – Haley Augello, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC)