Former NMU-OTS wrestler makes Olympic history

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (WLUC) A former Marquette Senior High School student has secured the United State's first ever gold medal in women's wrestling.

Helen Maroulis, 24, defeated three-time defending Olympian Saori Yoshida 4 to 1 on Thursday. Originally from Maryland, Maroulis came to Marquette for her senior year so she could train at the former USOEC, now called the Northern Michigan Olympic Training Site. While she was in the Marquette area, she definitely left an impression on teachers and coaches.

"It's quite an accomplishment, an honor for the people associated with Marquette High School," said Tony Tollefson, former academic coordinator. "I've talked to a couple of teachers already that had her in school and they're so proud and excited to be able to watch her on TV competing for that gold medal."

Maroulis is the second student athlete to win a gold medal who attended Marquette Senior High School. The first was Shani Davis, he was a speed skater who won gold in 2006 at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.