The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 16, 2013

Harold Raker's high school wrestling column: Let the Games go on


"I don't think I've really accepted it. It's more like we're in Round 1. We've still go two rounds to go here," Sanderson told the Centre Daily Times in State College earlier this week.

He referred to the fact that the IOC's schedule of more meetings, one in May and another in September in Buenos Aires, the latter to finalize the list of sports.

This week's action was just a recommendation by the committee, and it came in a secret-ballot vote, with even the numbers of votes hidden from the public.

But there is no hiding the frustrations of the wrestling community over this startling action.

Others who have begun to fight with all they have include former Olympian and nationally known clinician Ken Chertow, of Boalsburg.

"There is no way the wrestling community will accept that, and I'm sure we will fight hard to do what is needed to be done to correct the wrong decision," he told the CDT.

Of course the percentage of high school wrestlers competing in individual post-season tournaments today and through the first two weeks of March who would make it to the U.S. Olympic team is minute.

So it is with any professional sport.

Still, it's nice to dream.

n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school wrestling for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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