Constance Nwaigwe was still a toddler in March 2006 when Magruder freshman Helen Maroulis made an impact for the County wrestling for coach Max Sartoph.
Maroulis became the first girl to place at the Maryland wrestling championships, finishing sixth at 112 pounds in the 4A/3A states. As Magruder junior, Maroulis became the first female to reach the finals of both the Montgomery County and Class 4A-3A East Region tournaments and repeated her sixth-place finish at states.
Nowadays, Nwaigwe knows Maroulis as the first-ever American female to win a gold medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016, having earned a world championship title in 2015 after winning silver and bronze medals in 2012 and 2013.
“The first time I saw Helen wrestle, I was very much impressed,” said Nwaigwe, a junior second-year wrestler at Wheaton. “My thoughts were that not only is she a female who wrestled boys at one time, but that she went and won the Olympics. I was thinking, ‘Maybe that could possibly be me one day.’”