Helen Maroulis and Coach Terry Steiner atop the podium for the 55 kg medal ceremony at the Open Cup of Russia. Photo courtesy of U.S. Women’s Wrestling Facebook page.
NOVOCHEBOKSARK, Russia – The United States claimed three medals on the first day of the Open Cup of Russia on Friday.
Claiming at gold medal at 55 kg/121 lbs. was two-time World medalist Helen Maroulis (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids), who finished with a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament.
Maroulis defeated 2014 World silver medalist Irina Ologonova of Russia by technical fall, 13-3 in the gold-medal finals. She had three technical falls, a pin and an injury default win on the way to the title. Maroulis was a 2012 World silver medalist and 2014 World bronze medalist.
Two-time World bronze medalist Alyssa Lampe (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) claimed a silver medal at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., falling to Valentina Islamova of Russia in the finals, 1-12. Lampe won her first three matches to reach the finals, including two victories by technical fall.
Claiming a bronze medal at 69 kg/152 lbs. was 2013 World Team member Veronica Carlson (Colorado Springs, Colo. /New York AC), who defeated a Russian opponent in the bronze-medal round by technical fall. Carlson finished with a 3-1 record, only losing a semifinal bout to a Russian by a 2-6 margin.