By Jerry Milani
Beat The Streets
NEW YORK, May 3, 2014 – Helen Maroulis of Rockville, Md., will take on Marcia Andrades of Venezuela at 55 kg/121 lbs. is the first on the women’s slate announced as part of the Team USA vs. World All-Stars international wrestling competition in Times Square on May 7. The remaining pairings will be revealed in the coming days for the event, held in support of the Beat the Streets youth wrestling program.
Maroulis won a silver medal at the 2012 World Championships, and has placed four times at the Senior World Championships, finishing fifth in 2011, seventh in 2013 and eighth in 2008. She won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, and added a title at the 2013 World Cup. She is a five-time U.S. Open champion.
She was also very successful on the age-group World level, winning a Junior World silver medal in 2011, and Junior World bronze medals in 2008 and 2010. On the college level, Maroulis boasts four WCWA women’s college titles, winning three for Simon Fraser University, where she currently attends, and another for Missouri Baptist University.
Andrades is a veteran star for Venezuela, competing in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She has won four Pan American Championships gold medals, and has a total of 12 Pan American medals during her career. Her best international finish was her eighth place in the 2003 World Championships. Andrades won bronze medals at the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games.
The athletes have met in past competitions. Most recently, Maroulis beat Andrades by an 8-0 technical fall in an exhibition bout at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Washington D.C. in November. 2013. They also wrestled in the 2012 Pan American Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. in February 2012, with Maroulis winning, 1-0, 3-0. At the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, it was another Maroulis win, 4-0, 1-0.
Nine other matchups have been previously announced for the men’s freestyle matches on the card. Still to be announced is the other women’s bout, and the Beat the Streets children matchups.
The purpose of this event is to elevate the profile of wrestling and to raise funds to support the operation of over 140 youth development wrestling programs in New York City, serving nearly 3,000 student-athletes.
The World All-Stars roster will feature Olympic, World and Continental medalists from around the world.
Additionally, exhibitions involving the young Beat the Streets athletes prior to the international competition will be announced as they are set. The Beat the Streets children will take to the mat at 4 p.m., followed by Team USA vs. the World at 5:30 (match order TBD). The evening concludes with the Beat the Streets Award Gala at 7:30 p.m. at Best Buy Theater (1515 Broadway).
The USA vs. the World dual requires a ticket for reserved seating in Times Square, but is an outdoor event. Pedestrians and non-ticket holders are encouraged to watch. Admission tickets may be bought in advance at www.btsny.org or 212.245.6570. A ticket is required for the Gala. More details are available at btsny.org/gala. Fans can join the conversation about the event on Twitter by utilizing #BTSGalaTSQ.
55 kg/121 lbs. – Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (New York AC)
2012 World silver medalist… Second in 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Fifth in 2011 World Championships… Seventh in 2013 World Championships… Eighth in 2008 World Championships… 2011 Pan American Games champion… Five-time U.S. Open champion (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 2014)… Second in 2011 Junior World Championships… Third in 2008 and 2010 Junior World Championships…. 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 WCWA Women’s College national champion (4x)… 2012 Pan American Championships champion… 2013 and 2014 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… 2013 World Cup champion… 2014 Cerro Pelado International champion (Cuba)…. Second in 2008 and 2010 U.S. Open… Second in 2010 World Team Trials… Third in 2009 World Team Trials… 2010 New York AC International champion… Four-time FILA Junior Nationals champion (2008-2011)… 2007 and 2008 Junior Nationals champion… Third in 2009 Pan American Championships… High Schools: Colonel Zadock Magruder, Md., Marquette, Mich…. College: Simon Fraser, Missouri Baptist… Born: Sept. 19, 1991… Age: 22
55 kg/121 lbs. – Marcia Andrades, Venezuela
2008 and 2012 Olympian… 2012 Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament champion… Four-time Pan American Championships champion (2001, 2005, 2006, 2009)… Eighth in 2003 World Championships… Seven-time Venezuelan Senio World Team member… 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games bronze medalist… Second in 2007 Pan American Championships… 12-time Pan American medalist… Fifth in 2012 Poland Open… Fifth in 2011 Pan American Games… Third in 2011 Ion Corneanu Memorial (Romania)… Fifth in 2011 Grand Prix of Spain… Fourth in 2005 World Cup… 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament champion… Born: September 20, 1982… Age: 31
Announced Pairings for Beat the Streets Team USA vs. World All-Stars
As of 5/4/14
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Nahshon Garrett (USA) vs. George Vangelov (Bulgaria)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Jimmy Kennedy (USA) vs. Aleksandr Bogomoev (Russia)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Logan Stieber (USA) vs. Haislan Garcia (Canada)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Jordan Oliver (USA) vs. Boris Novachkov (Bulgaria)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Brent Metcalf (USA) vs. Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia)
74 kg/163 lbs. – David Taylor (USA) vs. Yabrail Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Atsamaz Sanakoev (Russia)
86 kg/189 lbs. – Ed Ruth (USA) vs. Taymuraz Friev (Spain)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Khadjimurat Gatsalov (Russia)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Marcia Andrades (Venezuela)
Women’s pairing to come
69 kg/152 lbs. – Randi Miller (USA) vs. opponent TBA