Takedown. Body-slammed. Kicked in the groin. That’s what the Internal Olympic Committee executive board did to the sport of wrestling in the 2020 olympics. It ruled the 2016 will be the last for the sport of wrestling in the olympics. Now, this isn’t the WWE my brothers and I imitated when we were kids. This is the real sport of wrestling. And in a state where cauliflower ear is more treasured to a wrestler than his high school class ring, the IOC decision is a body blow.
As you might guess, Iowa politicians won’t take this decision lying down. Republicans, Democrats…it doesn’t matter on this one. Sure, who knows if there’s even anything they, or anyone else for that matter, could do to change the IOC minds. But the governor holds an event Thursday to push the cause.
Here are the details:
Branstad and Reynolds to launch “Let’s Keep Wrestling” campaign with Dan Gable, Terry Brands and Doug Schwab
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have assembled Olympic wrestling gold medalist Dan Gable, Olympic bronze medal winner and University of Iowa associate head wrestling coach Terry Brands, and University of Northern Iowa wrestling coach Doug Schwab, who represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics, for a news conference announcing www.LetsKeepWrestling.com, a new campaign to save Olympic wrestling that they will launch at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament tomorrow.
Details are as follows:
Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Dan Gable, Doug Schwab and Terry Brands launch “Let’s Keep Wrestling”
The Principal River’s Edge Restaurant
Wells Fargo Arena, Suite Level
233 Center St.
Des Moines, IA