Knoxville wrestler wants the sport back in the Olympics

Knoxville wrestler wants the sport back in the Olympics

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Nick Maxwell (left) went to state championships throughout high school and is in the process of getting ready to try out for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. (Source: Maxwell family) Nick Maxwell (left) went to state championships throughout high school and is in the process of getting ready to try out for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. (Source: Maxwell family)
"It was shock," said Phillip Maxwell, who owns Praetorian Wrestling. "It was true shock to hear they made a decision to take out something that is known as the oldest sport." "It was shock," said Phillip Maxwell, who owns Praetorian Wrestling. "It was true shock to hear they made a decision to take out something that is known as the oldest sport."
"Wrestling's different from all other sports because six to nine minutes of everything you got is harder than playing football in my opinion," said KCHS wrestling head coach Justin Anderson. "Wrestling's different from all other sports because six to nine minutes of everything you got is harder than playing football in my opinion," said KCHS wrestling head coach Justin Anderson.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Wrestling fans received some bad news Tuesday after it was announced that wrestling would be dropped from the Olympics in 2020.

The decision from the International Olympic Committee caught many fans off guard.

The garage at the Maxwell home in Karns has been converted into a wrestling school. Phillip Maxwell's three sons all wrestle.

"It was shock," said Phillip Maxwell, who owns Praetorian Wrestling. "It was true shock to hear they made a decision to take out something that is known as the oldest sport."

Maxwell's oldest son, Nick, is stationed with the Army in South Korea. He went to state championships throughout high school and is in the process of getting ready to try out for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

"I train everyday," said Nick Maxwell, "Go as hard as I can. I have the mentality that nothing is impossible until you tell yourself it's impossible."

Many high schools in the area have wrestling teams. One of the largest is at Knoxville Catholic High School.

"Wrestling's different from all other sports because six to nine minutes of everything you got is harder than playing football in my opinion," said KCHS wrestling head coach Justin Anderson.

Everyone 6 News spoke with hopes the decision will be reversed.

"I would love for it to be back," said Nick Maxwell. "It's the oldest sport known to mankind. It's even referred to in the Bible."

"They need to think about it," said Phillip Maxwell. "I don't know who did the voting, but for those people who did the voting they really need to understand that's the core of the Olympics to me."

The other sports that were on the list to be dropped included the modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey.

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