Maroulis receives delay of 57 kg Final X World Team finals series against Hedrick to a later date due to injury

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | June 18, 2018, 3:25 p.m. (ET)

Photo: Helen Maroulis celebrating her World championship in 2017. Photo by Tony Rotundo,


2017 World champion Helen Maroulis of the Sunkist Kids has notified USA Wrestling that she has requested a delay of her 57 kg best-of-three Championships Series against Alex Hedrick of the Titan Mercury WC to a later date due to injury.

Maroulis was scheduled to face Hedrick as part of Final X at Lehigh, which will be held in Grace Hall on the campus of Lehigh University on Saturday, June 23. That 57 kg series will not be held at Lehigh, and will be held at a location and date to be determined.


According to the 2018 General World Team Trials Procedures, “only a 2017 Senior World medalist who earned an automatic berth into the final wrestle-off can request a delay of the Final Wrestle-Off for medical reasons.” As is required for the delay to be awarded, Maroulis made the request more than 48 hours prior to the weigh-in, and also had a written certification of injury from a USA Wrestling approved medical doctor.


The 57 kg women’s finals series will be removed from the competition card on Saturday at Lehigh. The bout order will remain the same, with the other six Championship Series being held in the previous order of matches at 7:00 p.m. ET. There is an additional card of seven True Third Place matches, which will start at 5:00 p.m.


Maroulis is a 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion. She has won five World or Olympic medals for Team USA, and was the first American woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal. Maroulis won four WCWA college national titles, three for Simon Fraser and one at Missouri Baptist. 

Hedrick currently attends Simon Fraser, where she was a WCWA runner-up as a freshman and burst on the Senior scene by winning the 2018 U.S. Open.

Final X at Lehigh will determine six 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling. It will showcase a best-of-three series in each weight class, with the winner earning a spot on Team USA at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28.

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Saturday, June 23 at Grace Hall, Bethlehem, Pa.

Bout Order for Main Card at 7:00 p.m.

Bout One - Men's freestyle 61 kg

2018 U.S. Open champion - Joe Colon, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)

2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Nahshon Garrett, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)

Bout Two - Women's freestyle 50 kg

2018 U.S. Open champion - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP)

2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Victoria Anthony, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)

Bout Three - Men's freestyle 92 kg

2018 U.S. Open champion - J’den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC)

2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion –Hayden Zillmer, Crosby, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

Bout Four - Women's freestyle weight classes 53 kg

2018 U.S. Open champion - Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Haley Augello, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC)

Bout Five - Women's freestyle 65 kg

2018 U.S. Open champion - Julia Salata, Bristol, Tenn. (New York AC)

2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Forrest Molinari, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)

Bout Six - Men's freestyle 125 kg

2017 World bronze medalist – Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

2018 WTT Challenge Tournament champion – Adam Coon, Fowlerville, Mich. (New York AC/Michigan RTC)


NOTE: A preliminary card of True Third matches for the 2018-19 U.S. National Team will be held starting at 5:00 p.m. A true-third wrestle-off occurs when the overall runner-up and third-place finishers from the Freestyle World Team Trials Challenge Tournament did not meet in the bracket. According to approved team selection procedures, the runner-up and third-place athlete must wrestle off to determine the No. 3 spot on the National Team.

Women’s freestyle

53 kg: Runner-up Cody Pfau (Titan Mercury) vs. third-place Gabrielle Weyhrich (Bearcat WC)

59 kg: Runner-up Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids) vs. third-place Lauren Louive (Hawkeye WC)

68 kg: Runner-up Yvonne Galindo (Aries WC) vs. third-place Alex Glaude (Bearcat WC)

Men’s freestyle

57 kg: Runner-up Tony Ramos (Sunkist Kids) vs. third-place Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm)

65 kg: Runner-up Jaydin Eierman (Titan Mercury) vs. third-place Andy Simmons (New York AC)

86 kg: Runner-up Richard Perry (New York AC) vs. third-place Pat Downey (Titan Mercury)

97 kg: Runner-up Austin Schafer (New York AC) vs. third-place Ty Walz (Titan Mercury)