UPDATE: Olympic champion Helen Maroulis wins gold medal at Poland Open

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 08, 2017, 3:12 p.m. (ET)
Helen Maroulis, shown here at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, won a gold medal at the Poland Open today. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

WARSAW, Poland – 2016 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids/NYC RTC) won a gold medal at 58 kg/128 lbs. at the Poland Open on Saturday.

Maroulis won four straight matches with dominance, in a tune-up event for the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France in August.

Maroulis pinned 2017 Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan in the championship match, leading 9-0 at the time of the fall. Tynbekova was fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games at 58 kg, while Maroulis was down at 53 kg when she won her Olympic title.

Maroulis won three matches to qualify for the finals. She opened with a 10-0 technical fall over 2016 World University silver medalist Jowita Wrzesien of Poland. In the quarterfinals, she stopped 2016 Junior World bronze medalist Olena Kremzer of Ukraine, 10-4. In the semifinals, she pinned Rong Ningning of China.

Maroulis is at a new weight class this year. In addition to her Olympic gold medal, the first for a U.S. woman wrestler, she was a 2015 World champion, a 2012 World silver medalist and a 2014 World bronze medalist. A native of Rockville, Md., Maroulis won four WCWA National titles in college, three for Simon Fraser and one for Missouri Baptist.

The U.S. had one entry in Greco-Roman, competing in the Pytlasinski Memorial International on Saturday. Nick Tarpley (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) fell in his first match at 75 kg/165 lbs., losing to Zoltan Levai of Hungary, 11-2. When Levai was beaten in the quarterfinals, Tarpley was not eligible for repechage.

Poland hosts a major international tournament for all three styles side-by-side. The women’s event is the Poland Open. The Greco-Roman event is the Pytlasinski Memorial, while the men’s freestyle event in the Ziolkowski Memorial.

At Warsaw, Poland

Women’s freestyle medalists

48 kg
Gold - Lei Chun (China)
Silver - Valeria Chepsarakova (Russia)
Bronze – Daria Leksina (Russia)
Bronze – Anna Lukasiak (Poland)

55 kg
Gold - Tetiana Kit (Ukraine)
Silver - Nina Menkova (Russia)
Bronze - Veronika Chumikova (Russia)
Bronze - Sandra Paruszewski (Germany)

58 kg
Gold - Helen Maroulis (USA)
Silver - Aisuluu Tynbekova (Kyrgyzstan)
Bronze - Ron Ningning (China)
Bronze - Helga Niemish (Germany)

60 kg
Gold - Zhou Zhanging (China)
Silver - Shoovdor Baatarjan (Mongolia)
Bronze - Mimi Hristova (Bulgaria)
Bronze - Ayaulym Kassymova (Kazakhstan)

69 kg
Gold - Aline Focken (Germany)
Silver - Mariya Mamashuk (Belarus)
Bronze – Alla Belinska (Ukraine)
Bronze – Jiao Wang (China)

75 kg
Gold - M. Palih (China)
Silver - Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus)
Bronze - G. Yerkebayeva (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Zhou Qian (China)

U.S. women’s freestyle performances

58 kg/128 lbs. - Helen Maroulis, New York, N.Y. (Sunkist Kids/NYC RTC)
WIN Jowita Wrzesien (Poland), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Olena Kremzer (Ukraine), 10-4
WIN Rong Ningning (China), pin
WIN Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan), pin

At Warsaw, Poland

Greco-Roman medalists

59 kg
Gold – Shinobu Ota (Japan)
Silver – Sergey Emelin (Russia)
Bronze - Kenichiro Fumita (Japan)
Bronze -Kahybek Jolchubekov (Kyrgyzstan)

71 kg
Gold - Frank Stabler (Germany)
Silver - Balint Korpasi (Hungary)
Bronze – Abuyazid Mantsigov (Russia)
Bronze – Shamagi Bolkvadze (Georgia)

75 kg
Gold - Alexander Chekhirkin (Russia)
Silver - Kilou Kazbek (Belarus)
Bronze - Yuriy Denisov (Russia)
Bronze – Tomas Lorincz (Hungary)

80 kg
Gold - Alex Kessidis (Sweden)
Silver - Burhan Akbudak (Turkey)
Bronze - Gadzhimurad Dzhalalov (Russia)
Bronze - Emrah Kus (Turkey)

98 kg
Gold – Felix Baldauf (Norway)
Silver – Alexander Golovin (Russia)
Bronze - Peter Ohler (Germany)
Bronze – Siarhei Staradub (Belarus)

130 kg
Gold - Levan Arabuli (Georgia)
Silver - Knystautas Mantas (Lithuania)
Bronze - Balint Lam (Hungary)]
Bronze - Heorhi Chuhashvili (Belarus)

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

75 kg/165 lbs - Nick Tarpley, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), dnp
LOSS Zoltan Levai (Hungary), tech fall 11-2

At Warsaw, Poland

Men’s freestyle medalists

57 kg
Gold - Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan)
Silver - Zhandos Ismailov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Vladimir Dubov (Germany)
Bronze - Gabt Tolepbay (Kazakhstan)

61 kg
Gold - Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
Silver - Andre Perpelita (Moldova)
Bronze – Sayatbek Orassov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Beka Lomtadze (Georgia)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold - Ali Shabanau (Belarus)
Silver - Zhiger Zakirov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Galymzhan Userbaev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Avtandil Kentchadze (Georgia)

86 kg
Gold - Vladislav Valiev (Russia)
Silver - Zbigniew Baranowski (Poland)
Bronze - Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia)

125 kg
Gold - Daniel Ligeti (Hungary)
Silver - Zelimkhan Khizriev (Russia)
Bronze – Inkar Yermukambet (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Giorgi Meshvildishvili (Georgia)