True-Wrestling caught up with Helen right after her victory during the showcase matches at the NWCA a few weeks back. You can find her interview here.
She is very personable and is becoming the face of women’s wrestling in America. Although she doesn’t like that moniker.
PHILADELPHIA — Shortly before the start of the NWCA All-Star Classic earlier this month, 3-year-old Juliana Joshi — sporting her NWCA All-Star Classic t-shirt and a pink bowtie in her hair — ran around in circles in a corner of the wrestling mat.
When Joshi stopped for a second, she saw Helen Maroulis — the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the world at 55 kg. — walking over to her corner. The toddler’s eyes lit up, and she ran to Maroulis, leaping into the wrestler’s arms for a hug. The youngster had never met Maroulis before, but Juliana’s mom, Jennie Joshi, said her daughter idolizes the Maryland native and hoped to meet her.
“She loves Helen. It was like her meeting Tinkerbell,” Jennie Joshi said. “Helen’s such a role model for women in wrestling, and she (Juliana) just loves wrestling.”
After Juliana Joshi, who is from Morristown, New Jersey, talked to Maroulis about her wish to wrestle once she turns 4, the two briefly wrestled together.
“She was so cute. She sat in the front and watched wrestling the whole time, so that was cool to see,” Maroulis said. “I know it’s sometimes hard for parents to let their daughter start up in a sport, especially in a state where we don’t have all-women’s wrestling, so just to hear that she’s going to get that opportunity is really cool.”
The smiles from both sides continued after Maroulis’ dominating 10-0 technical fall win over Jillian Gallays from Canada — the No. 4 ranked wrestler in the world and 2014 world bronze medalist at 53 kg. Just 30 seconds into the match, Maroulis took Gallays straight to her back with a fireman’s carry dump, which was followed with three takedowns, to win by technical fall 10-0 with just one second left in the first period.
As Maroulis wrestled, Juliana Joshi’s eyes were glued on the match, barely taking time to blink. Afterward, Maroulis went up to Juliana Joshi and gave her a high five.