Okla. town can't fathom Olympics without wrestling




PERRY, Okla. (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee's decision to scrap wrestling has hit hard in the small Oklahoma town of Perry.

Wrestling is a way of life in the community, and the local high school has racked up more than three-dozen state championships since 1952.

Danny Hodge, who won a silver medal at the 1956 Olympics, says other sports have professional leagues and championship games. For wrestlers, the Olympics is the pinnacle event.

Some members of the school wrestling team say they have shelved plans of continuing to wrestle in college because of the uncertainty caused by the IOC decision.