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IOC recommends dropping wrestling from 2020 Olympic Games


Boyceville (WQOW)- Wrestling could be taken down and out of the Olympics.  On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee announced it is recommending dropping wrestling from the 2020 Olympics.

"When you look back at the start of the Olympics, you think about wrestling," says Boyceville High School Varsity Wrestling Coach Jamie Olson.

Not for long.

"I found out this morning from a colleague and I was shocked really," Olson remembers.

Boyceville High School is a program known for producing top-notch wrestlers.  Olson has at least one this year in Josh Cormican.  Cormican finished sixth in the past two state tournaments and is currently rated the second best wrestler in the state in the 152 pound weight class.

"He has that skill to move on to the next level and if his goal is to be on the Olympic team someday, that's something that he is capable of really," Olson points out. 

But Cormican may never get that chance.

"If you play football, you want to go to the Super Bowl.  You want to go to the NFL," explains Cormican.  "So when you are wrestling, you want to go to the Olympics; wrestle the best of the best."

Cormican has scholarship offers from at least three colleges.

"I'm still going to go to college, wrestle, work hard, be the best I can be," says Cormican.  "I can't really go to the Olympics, but I can still go to college and do good."

"The work is unbelievable that goes into this sport," explains Olson.  "It's probably one of the toughest sports in the world.  So to take that away from these guys, it's just crazy for me to even think about it."

The International Olympic Committee will meet again in September, but experts say it is unlike it will reverse Tuesday's announcement.

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