graphics courtesy of DMV RTC
Some big news on the Regional Training Center (RTC) front today as Maryland’s RTC announced two new additions to the staff. Formerly known as the Terrapin Wrestling Club, the DMV (District/Maryland/Virginia) RTC will be led by head coach Jon Morrison and assistant coach/resident athlete, Helen Maroulis.
Morrison was a four-time NCAA qualifier for Oklahoma State from 2011-14 at 125 and 133 lbs. During his final two years in Stillwater, Morrison captured Big 12 championships and finished fifth in the nation as a junior. In freestyle, Jon also was fourth at the World Team Trials in 2015. After the 2016 Olympic cycle, Morrison moved to Maryland and coached at the St. Paul’s School for Boys, a program made famous by Cadet world champion Kurt McHenry.
No stranger to Maryland is Maroulis, who was raised in the state. She was the first (and only) American woman to capture Olympic gold, a feat she accomplished in 2016 with a monumental upset of Saori Yoshida (Japan), a three-time Olympic champion. Helen also won world titles in 2015 and 2017, to go along with two other world medals. In the 2017 World Championships, Maroulis outscored her competition 53-0. Since 2017, Helen has been hampered by injuries and could not compete during the 2019 World Team Trials process. She made a comeback earlier this year, defeating Alli Ragan and Jenna Burkert in a Pan-American wrestle-off, held at the WCWA Championships. That allowed Maroulis to compete at the 2020 Pan-American Olympic Qualifier, where he teched 2019 world champion Linda Morais (Canada) to qualify the United States at 57 kg for the Olympics.