Children First: No More Wrestling? - KOTA Territory News

Children First: No More Wrestling?


"It's really a blow for everyone that is passionate
about this sport," said Frank Pavich, a wrestling promoter with Black Hills Nationals.
"Ya never know how many future olympic champions you
could have in this town, this state, or even in the United
States," said Tyler King, a volunteer coach with Westside Wrestling, a youth wrestling program in Rapid City.
That's the reaction from the wrestling community
following the International Olympics Committee's decision to remove wrestling from competition beginning in 2020.

"Our voices are going to be heard. I really don't
think this is the end of it, I just think it's the start of
it. I don't think it was a wise decision on the part of the
International Olympics Committee," said Pavich.
And the start of getting wrestling reinstated has become a grass roots affair with petitions found online. But if the IOC has its way and wrestling is gone by 2020...what will happen to youth wrestling in KOTA Territory?
"I don't think it should stop any parents from letting their kids participate because there only is a select few kids in the whole United States that do make that olympic team," said King.
"The kids are going to stay in here long term, they're going to wrestle. And compete in junior high, high school, and college, they understand what it takes to put it some hard work," said Pavich.
Those involved with wrestling just want some form of resolution.
"People are shocked right now and I just hope right now that they get it figured out for the sport of wrestling because we're all here because we love the sport," said King.
Putting children first, Phil Byrne KOTA Territory news.

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