Maroulis pins Sangeeta, leads Haryana Hammers to victory, and is now 2-0 in the India Pro League

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Jan. 12, 2018, 10:42 a.m. (ET)
2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids) continued her dominance in the third season of the India Professional Wrestling League on Friday.

Competing for the Haryana Hammers, Maroulis pinned 2017 Commonwealth Games runner-up Sangeeta Phogat of the Delhi Sultans in their 57 kg match. Sangeeta, who is from India, was able to score in the match, which was tied at 6-6 when Maroulis secured the fall.

Her pin helped lead the Haryana Hammers to a 5-2 win over the Delhi Sultans, and moving the team to a 2-0 record. Maroulis is also 2-0 for the season so far, both pins.

Other winners for the Haryana Hammers on Wednesday were World champion Khetik Tsabolov of Russia at men’s 74 kg, World champion Sun Yanan of China at women’s 50 kg, Sarita of India at women’s 62 kg, and Sumit of India at men’s 125 kg.

Maroulis will next wrestle on Tuesday, January 16, when her team faces the NCR Punjab.

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 5, Delhi Sultans 2
On Friday, January 12

65 kg men - Haji Aliev (Delhi Sultans) dec. Harphool (Haryana Hammers), 11-4
62 kg women - Sarita (Haryana Hammers) dec. Monia (Delhi Sultans), 5-0
92 kg men – Aslan Alborov (Delhi Sultans) dec. Deepak Punia (Haryana Hammers), 15-0
57 kg women – Helen Maroulis (Haryana Hammers) dec. Sangeeta Phogat (Delhi Sultans ), 6-6/pin
74 kg men – Khetik Tsabolov (Haryana Hammers) dec. Vinod OmPrakash (Delhi Sultans ), 10-0
50 kg women – Sun Yanan (Haryana Hammers) dec. Meroi Mezien (Delhi Sultans)
125 kg men – Sumit (Haryana Hammers) dec. Hitender (Delhi Sultans), 4-2
Weights blocked – 57 kg men, 76 kg women
Records – Haryana 2-0, Delhi 0-2

Helen Maroulis schedule and results
Wednesday, January 10 – WIN over Marwa Amri of Tunisia (Veer Marathas), 9-1/pin
Friday, January 12 –WIN over Sangeeta Phogat of India (Delhi Sultans), 6-6/pin
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: Future opponents are projected based upon current rosters and could change

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