2016 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Helen Maroulis (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) has officially accepted her 57 kg berth in Final X. She will battle for the 57kg spot on the 2023 U.S. World Team in women’s freestyle wrestling in Final X, presented by Tezos, on Saturday, June 10 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Final X will determine the 2023 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three Olympic disciplines: men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. There will be 30 weight classes contested, 10 in each Olympic discipline. The top two U.S. athletes in each weight class will compete in a best-of-three series in Final X to determine who will wrestle at the 2023 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
Maroulis made history at the 2016 Olympic Games, becoming the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling with her victory at 53 kg over three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida. She later became the first U.S. women’s wrestler to win two Olympic medals with her bronze medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Maroulis has won three World gold medals (2015, 2017, 2021) and boasts six Senior World medals. Maroulis also won three Junior World medals. She was a four-time WCWA college national champion, winning three titles for Simon Fraser and one for Missouri Baptist.
It is the second straight year Final X will serve as the Beat the Streets New York Annual Benefit. This year’s event will be the 13th BTSNY Annual Benefit. These unique and electrifying annual events help BTSNY raise more than $1 million each year to support local youth wrestling programs which empower young people in New York City. The BTSNY Annual Benefit after party will follow the conclusion of Final X.
Maroulis, a native of Rockville, Md., has a perfect 8-0 record in previous BTSNY events. She is the subject of a new movie, “Helen | Believe,” which follows her astonishing comeback to the sport after suffering a career-ending injury that forced her into retirement.
There are a variety of options for Final X wrestling-only event tickets, with prices starting at $40 on Ticketmaster.
Benefit tickets and sponsorship packages (wrestling event plus exclusive after-party celebration access) that also provide the best wrestling-event seats are available at give.btsny.org/beatthestreetsbenefit2023. For more information on ticket packages, email Katrin Pokalyukhin at [email protected]
The team selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams in each style allows for 2022 Senior World medalists to advance directly to Final X at a specified weight class. Maroulis has met this requirement and accepted her qualification.
The Final X opponent for Maroulis will be determined at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nev., April 26-30. The champion in women’s freestyle at 57 kg at the U.S. Open will qualify to face Maroulis in Final X.
FloWrestling will serve as the host broadcasting partner for Final X, presented by Tezos.
*Please note if Prudential Center’s tenant, New Jersey Devils, hosts a Stanley Cup Final game on June 10 the contingency date for Final X would be Friday, June 9.
Final X, presented by Tezos
At Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., Saturday, June 10
Declared Qualifiers to date
Women’s Freestyle 57 kg – Helen Maroulis (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
Men’s Freestyle 79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Sunkist Kids/Pennsylvania RTC)
Residence: Tempe, Ariz.
Club: Sunkist Kids
College: Simon Fraser Univ., Missouri Baptist
High School: Marquette, Mich., Rockville, Md. (Colonel Zadock Magruder)
Born: Sept. 19, 1991
• 2016 Olympic champion (first U.S. woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal)
• 2020 Olympic bronze medalist (first U.S. woman to win two Olympic wrestling medals)
• Three-time World champion (2015, 2017, 2021)
• 2012 and 2022 World silver medalist
• 2014 World bronze medalist
• Three-time Junior World medalist (2008, 2010, 2011)
• 2011 Pan American Games champion
• Four-time WCWA women’s college national champion (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
Maroulis Beat the Streets New York Annual Benefit History (8-0 record)
2012: Ashley Hudson (USA), WIN 4-0, 2-1
2014: Marcia Andrades (Venezuela), WIN Fall
2015: Yamilka del Valle Alvarez (Cuba), WIN tech fall 10-0
2016: Samantha Stewart (Canada), WIN Fall
2017: Yuzuru Kumano (Japan) WIN 7-4
2018: Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria), WIN 4-1
2022: Alex Hedrick (USA), match one, WIN, tech fall, 10-0
2022: Alex Hedrick (USA), match two, WIN, tech fall, 10-0