Helen Maroulis looked around the room Saturday at Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School in Southwest Baltimore and marveled.
The greatest women’s wrestler in the world — winner of 2015 and 2017 world titles, sandwiched around an Olympic gold medal in 2016 — had committed to doing a clinic in Baltimore only days ago and she had quickly drawn a packed room, including about two dozen female wrestlers, some whom had driven hours to see her.
“I’ve never seen so many girl wrestlers in one room,” one observer said. Some girls asked Maroulis for autographs; other young wrestlers carried her poster.
This was a far cry from Maroulis’ childhood in...