IOC drops wrestling from Olympics ending gold medal dreams for local wrestlers

JUPITER, Fla. - The Olympic dreams of two local athletes shattered, and it's not because of a lack of dedication and skill. 

Jupiter High School's Jesse Stephanos and Dolan Bradley are taking these moves to the state championship this weekend.

"I'm pretty confident," Bradley said. "I'm excited it's my last year. I want to do well."

"I feel good," Stephanos said. "I'm not going to go in overconfident. I have to act like everyone else has the ability to beat you."

Stephanos hasn't lost a match all season.

Both wrestlers dream big.

"There's the NCAA finals and then the Olympics is the ultimate goal," Bradley said.

His desire to win goes beyond college & on to the Olympics.

That is until, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced it is dropping the sport from the 2020 games.

It's one of the oldest Olympic sports, dating back to Athens in 1896.  
 
The IOC is dropping  it to bring in another sport which is to be announced later.

"When wrestling is on my life stops," Jupiter High wrestling coach Doug Rasmusson said.  "I get about two hours of sleep a night because I completely dig the Olympics."

Rasmusson said Olympians like last year's gold medal winner Jordan Burroughs are inspiration for many young Florida wrestlers.

"It's rough enough for the kids in Florida because there's no college in Florida that really has wrestling," Rasmusson said.

Without the Olympic sport, dreams end early, but kids hold onto hope that the decision to pull the sport isn't forever.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR A LOCAL MOM'S PETITION TO KEEP WRESTLING IN THE OLYMPICS.

Wrestling Petition

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