Shock. Disbelief. Disappointment.
Anyway you want to word it, that was the reaction across the wrestling world Tuesday as the International Olympic Committee’s decision to axe wrestling as an Olympic sport was handed down.
While the decision won’t take affect until the 2020 Summer Games take place, reaction was quick and widespread.
With Oklahoma home to dozens of Olympic medalists and national champions, there was no shortage of opinion from those involved with the sport.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Duncan coach Kevin Kelly said about his reaction to the decision. “I heard it early this morning, and I was shocked. It floors me that they would take away one of the oldest sports in the world.”
Comanche wrestling coach Jason Miller said he was informed by one of his students about the decision, but didn’t believe it at first.
“One of my kids had asked me during class if I had heard about the news and I told them no,” he said. “I just thought it was a rumor going around. But, when I saw it actually happened then I was shocked. There’s already enough problems hindering the sport of wrestling and this isn’t going to help anything. I’m worried about how this will affect the kids mainly.”
In total, the United States has won 113 freestyle Olympic Medals in the sport of wrestling.
Wrestling has its original roots based in ancient Greece, and is one of the sports which has been apart of every modern day Olympic games since its inception in 1896.
This past summer in London, the United States claimed two more gold medals in wrestling as Jordan Burrroughs and Jake Varner both emerged victorious on the mat.
“With wrestling you can go to college with it and the Olympics is as high as you can go,” Duncan wrestler Cameron McGill said. “To take away one of the original Olympic sports is just a stupid decision. I don’t think it will have a serious impact on the numbers in the sport. Kids are going to come out and keep wrestling just because they love it so much.”
While there is still a chance wrestling can make it back onto the Olympic stage for 2020 via another voting process, it seems unlikely that will take place due to it being taken out so soon.
“It’s just crazy,” DHS wrestler Christian Carnahan said. “This is one of the oldest and toughest sports around. The Olympics really promotes our sport. You can make money from the Olympics and that’s why college wrestlers go to the best programs is to be the best. Your taking away another level for wrestlers to work for.”
Local wrestlers talk IOC decision
Shock. Disbelief. Disappointment.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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