2020 Olympic bronze medalist and Paris Olympian Sarah Hildebrandt in the finals of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in State College, Pa.
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2020 Olympic bronze medalist and Paris Olympian Sarah Hildebrandt in the finals of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in State College, Pa.

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Three U.S. Olympic Team members in action at Poland Open, June 20-22 in Warsaw

by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

Nine U.S. women’s freestyle athletes are set to compete at the upcoming Poland Open, with three U.S. Olympic Team members among the crew—Sarah Hildebrandt, Dom Parrish and Helen Maroulis.

The Poland Open, which is scheduled for June 20-22, will serve as the final tune-up event for Hildebrandt, Parrish and Maroulis prior to stepping on the mats at the Olympic Games in Paris, France, this August. All three qualified for the Paris Olympics by winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in State College, Pa., in late April.

Maroulis, who will compete at 57 kg in Warsaw, is among the most credentialled U.S. wrestlers in history, male or female, as a two-time Olympic medalist and seven-time World medalist. She earned gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and bronze at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. She was first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling and the first to collect two Olympic wrestling medals. Maroulis won Senior World titles in 2015, 2017 and 2021.

Hildebrandt was on the Tokyo Olympic Team alongside Maroulis, earning a bronze medal at 50 kg. She has medaled at four World Championships—two silver and two bronze medals to her credit. Hildebrandt has held the top spot at 50 kg for the U.S. women since 2020 and is among the top medal favorites in Paris.

Parrish is a newcomer to the Olympic stage, but she has logged multiple World Championships appearances for Team USA, including a gold medal run in 2022. She will represent the U.S. at 53 kg in Warsaw.

Two-time age-group World medalist Katie Gomez is slotted in alongside Parrish at 53 kg for the Poland Open. Gomez was a U17 World champion in 2021, a U20 World bronze medalist in 2022 and is a four-time age-group U.S. World Team member.  

U23 World bronze medalist Alex Hedrick joins Maroulis in the 57 kg bracket. Hedrick finished in third place at the Olympic Trials and recently earned a silver medal at the Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov International.

Three-time NCWWC champion and U.S. National Team member Yelena Makoyed is one of two 76 kg entrants for the U.S. women. She brought home gold in her last two international outings—Henri Deglane Grand Prix and Bill Farrell Memorial International. Two-time NAIA All-American Shenita Lawson is also entered in the weight.

Two-time age-group World Team member and Pan American medalist Michaela Beck will compete at 59 kg, where she was second on the U.S. ladder in 2023.

U23 Women’s Nationals All-American Alexis Miller of Oklahoma, who will compete at 50 kg, rounds out the U.S. lineup.

The set of events in Warsaw, which also include tournaments in Greco-Roman and men’s freestyle, begin on June 19 and wrap up on June 23. The women’s freestyle competition will be held during the middle three days. A complete schedule of events can be found below.

Broadcast information and results will be provided by USA Wrestling when made available by the Polish Wrestling Federation.

More information about the Poland Open can be found at zapasy.org.pl.

2024 Poland Open | June 19-23, Warsaw, Poland

Event Schedule

Wednesday, June 19

11 a.m. – Qualification rounds, repechage (GR 72-77-82-87-97-120 kg)

5:30 p.m. – Opening ceremony

6 p.m. – Medal matches (GR 72-77-82-87-97-120 kg)

Thursday, June 20

11 a.m. – Qualification rounds, repechage (GR 55-60-63-67 kg, WFS 50-53 kg)

6 p.m. – Medal matches (GR 55-60-63-67 kg, WFS 50-53 kg)

Friday, June 21

11 a.m. – Qualification rounds, repechage (WFS 55-57-59-62-65-68 kg)

6 p.m. – Medal matches (WFS 55-57-59-62-65-68 kg)

Saturday, June 22

11 a.m. – Qualification rounds, repechage (WFS 72-76kg, MFS 86-92-97-125 kg)

6 p.m. – Medal matches (WFS 72-76kg, MFS 86-92-97-125 kg)

Sunday, June 23

11 a.m. – Qualification rounds, repechage (MFS 57-61-65-70-74-79 kg)

6 p.m. – Medal matches (MFS 57-61-65-70-74-79 kg)

U.S. Delegation

Women’s Freestyle Athletes

50 kg – Alexis Miller (Wagoner, Okla./Viking WC)

50 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC)

53 kg – Dom Parrish (Corvallis, Ore./Beaver Dam RTC/Sunkist Kids WC)

53 kg – Katie Gomez (Van Nuys, Calif./Sunkist Kids WC)

57 kg – Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./Sunkist Kids WC)

57 kg – Alex Hedrick (Fair Oaks, Calif./Titan Mercury WC)

59 kg – Michaela Beck (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids WC)

76 kg – Yelena Makoyed (Orangevale, Calif./Cardinal WC/Titan Mercury WC)

76 kg – Shenita Lawson (Euless, Texas/New York AC)


Support Staff

Coach – Terry Steiner (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Coach – Jake Lords (Poteau, Okla.)

Coach – Vladislav Izboinikov (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Coach – Drew Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

ATC – Amber Helphenstine (Washington, Pa.)

Official – Rick Schwab (Lawson, Mo.)