In World finals rematch, Maroulis beats Amri to lead Haryana Hammers over Veer Marathas in India Pro League

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Jan. 10, 2018, 11:26 a.m. (ET)
Olympic champion Helen Maroulis battles Marwa Amri in the 2017 World Championships finals. Maroulis beat Amri today in her debut match at the India Pro Wrestling League. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

NEW DELHI, India – 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids) made a triumphant debut in the third season of the India Professional Wrestling League on Wednesday.

Competing for the Haryana Hammers, Maroulis defeated 2017 World silver medalist Marwa Amri of Tunisia, who competes for the Veer Marathas in a 57 kg bout.

Maroulis outscored Amri, 9-1, scoring three points in the first period and six in the second period. According to the press release on the India Professional League site, Maroulis finished off the match with a pin.

In the 2017 World Championship finals in Paris, Maroulis scored an 11-0 technical fall over Amri in the 58 kg gold-medal match. Maroulis in addition to her Olympic and two World titles, Maroulis also has won a 2102 World silver medal and a 2014 World bronze medal. Amri was also a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist.

Maroulis helped lead the Haryana Hammers to a 4-2 victory over the Veer Marathas in their first dual meet of the season.

Other winners for the Haryana Hammers on Wednesday were Olympic and World champion Vladimir Khinchegashvili of Georgia at men’s 57 kg, World champion Khetik Tsabolov of Russia at men’s 74 kg, Sarita of India at women’s 50 kg.

Maroulis now has a 1-0 record in the India Pro League. Her next match will be Friday, January 12 against the Delhi Sultans, who have Sangita Phogat of India on their roster at 57 kg.

In this six-team league, each team will face the other five teams in a dual meet during the regular season. There will be a playoffs semifinals round and a championship match. There is one dual meet held every night at the Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi, and shown on national television in India.

There are nine athletes on each PWL team, five men and four women. In each dual meet, two weight classes (one men’s and one women’s) will be blocked and not contested in that dual meet.

Haryana Hammers 4, Veer Marathas 2
on Wednesday, January 10

57 kg men - Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Haryana Hammers) dec. Sharvan (Veer Marathas), 7-3
76 kg women - Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Veer Marathas) dec. Pooja (Haryana Hammers), 8-0
92 kg men – Georgi Ketoev (Veer Marathas) dec. Oublehit Singh Rangi (Haryana Hammers), 16-0
50 kg women – Sarita (Haryana Hammers) dec. Manju (Veer Marathas), 4-3
65 kg men - Amit Dhankad (Veer Marathas) tie Harphool (Haryana Hammers), 5-5
57 kg women – Helen Maroulis (Haryana Hammers) dec. Marwa Amri (Veer Marathas), 9-1
74 kg men – Khetik Tsabalov (Haryana Hammers) dec. Parveen Rana (Veer Marathas), 10-0
Weights blocked – 65 kg men, 50 kg women
Records – Haryana 1-0, Veer 0-1

Helen Maroulis schedule and results
Wednesday, January 10 – WIN over Marwa Amri of Tunisia (Veer Marathas), 9-1/pin
Friday, January 12 – vs. Delhi Sultans (Sangeeta Phogat/India)
Tuesday, January 16 – vs. NCR Punjab (Pooja Dhanda/India)
Saturday, January 20 – vs. Mumbai Maharathi (Odunayo Adekuoroye/Nigeria)
Tuesday, January 23 – vs. UP Dangal (Vanesa Kaladzinskya/Belarus)
Note: Opponents are projected based upon current rosters and could change

Click below for India Pro League official website