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Feb 12, 2013 9:20 PM by Bill Folsom

Wrestling dropped from Olympics: Young athletes respond

News of the International Olympic Committee voting to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games has created a big stir in Colorado Springs. U.S.A. Wrestling is located in Colorado Springs and many of the sports top athletes live and train in the city. Leaders at U.S.A wrestling have started a campaign to try and change the decision. It includes a new Facebook page "Keep wrestling in the Olympics". In hours the number of "likes" on the page grew to tens of thousands.

The impact isn't just a blow a the Olympic level. There are also many young wrestlers who look to the Olympics as motivation. "To hear about it being taken away is just tragic. It really is," said Coronado High Wrestling Team Captain, Devan Cruz. Coronado High in Colorado Springs has a long tradition of wrestling excellence, including wrestlers from its program who have gone to the Olympics.
Whether it is taking part in the Facebook campaign or another way Cruz says he and his teammates will do whatever they can to get wrestling back in the Olympic Games. "If there's a chance that we could help out to get to have the Olympics still with wrestling, then I think everyone who's in the wrestling community will try and be on board."

 

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