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Wrestling has been in every Summer Olympic games since 1896.

It's one of the oldest Olympic sports with competitions going back to ancient Greece.

At last years London games, 344 athletes competed in wrestling. 

And now - it's gone.

Just like that. 

The International Olympic Committee voted today that starting in 2020, wrestling would no longer be part of the Summer games. 

And for high school wrestlers heading off to state competitions in Iowa and Illinois this weekend - there is a cloud hanging over these normally joyous competitions. 

Bettendorf High School Sophomore, Fredy Stoker  is one of those wrestlers.

"It's almost like it's (the Olympics) been something you've been working for your entire life and now, it's not there anymore."

Bettendorf and cross-town rival Pleasant Valley will be sending 15 wrestlers to compete for individual titles this weekend.

And for the seniors competing - they realize their wrestling futures may have been cut much shorter than they would've hoped. 

"If they are groing to get rid of the Olympics after college - there isn't a whole lot left," says Pleasant Valley Senior, Grant Rosenboom.

Fellow Senior Randy McPhee added, "You start off when you are 5 or 6 years old. You wrestle your whole life. There is no professional league. Wrestling is just college now."

Now- some wrestles are worried about the future of the sport. 

They are left wondering what will become of something they've committed a lifetime to. 

But they aren't going down without a fight - not yet. 

"It's day one of dealing with this." says PV Head Coach Ben Uker, "When you're dealing with wrestlers, it's going to be a battle. 

 

 

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