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Varsity - February 14, 2013

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INSIDE WRESTLING BY RYAN EVANS @Badger_Wrestle SCHEDULE (7-6, 4-4) Last Week Feb. 10 #4 Minnesota This Week Feb. 17 NWCA National Duals Coming Up Mar. 9-10 Big Ten Championships Mar. 21-23 NCAA Championships Davis ���shocked��� by IOC decision to cut wrestling ���84 silver medalist vows to help reverse decision T uesday���s decision by the International Olympic Committee executive board to remove wrestling from the program for the 2020 Summer Games sent shockwaves through the wrestling community, including Madison, where Badgers head coach Barry Davis was ���shocked��� by the news. 56 �� VARSITY FEB R UA RY 14, 2013 ���It���s eye-opening,��� Davis said. ���Now, we as a sport have to rally around and everybody involved in the sport, at any age, has to participate and we have to work together and become one throughout the whole world.��� Wrestling���s Olympic fate isn���t completely sealed yet. L, 5-34 All Day All Day All Day The sport can remain in the Games if it can convince the full IOC to reverse the board���s decision. Davis ��� a twotime Olympian and 1984 freestyle silver medalist ��� said that he���s already had discussions with the heads of USA Wrestling about what he, as a former Olympian, can do to help petition the IOC���s decision. Wrestling is one of the Olympics��� oldest sports, dating back to the first modern era edition of the Games in 1896, and has provided some of the most memorable moments in Olympic history. It���s because of the sport���s rich Olympic heritage, and the strength of the wrestling community, that Davis is optimisitc that the IOC will opt to have wrestling remain in the Games. ���When all is said and done, I think the people around the world will rally and the IOC will get an idea how important wrestling is to the Olympic Games,��� Davis said. ���It���s a history you have to keep. They���ll find out how strong the sport is worldwide and that will weigh heavy on them, and they���ll make the decision where wrestling stays in the Games.���

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