Maroulis, a first-time Olympian who typically competes in a higher weight class, the non-Olympic 55kg class, took down three-time defending gold medalist Saori Yoshida of Japan, 4-1.
Maroulis’s win adds to a recent tear that includes her first-ever world title at the 2015 world championships; she currently holds the longest winning streak of all American wrestlers.
The weight of the moment made for an emotional medal ceremony, with both wrestlers crying on their respective podiums. Maroulis mouthed “The Star-Spangled Banner” with tears running down her face while Yoshida seemed inconsolable, heaving sobs as she mourned her 14-year streak of winning either a world or Olympic title.
Match ended 25 minutes ago. Saori Yoshida is still crying, borderline sobbing after the medal ceremony.