Nielsen says wrestlers still have hope for 2020 Olympics

Former state champs Zac Nielsen of Zimmerman (back) and Devon Scott of Apple Valley were among volunteers at a camp hosted by two Spectrum students. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Former state champs Zac Nielsen of Zimmerman (back) and Devon Scott of Apple Valley were among volunteers at a camp hosted by two Spectrum students. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Several former state wresting champions, some with international experience, volunteered their time to help two Spectrum students stage the “Save Olympics Wrestling Camp” this week.

Joey Chafflin and Joel Galvin, who’ll be Sting co-captains, organized the event as their Senior Project, with proceeds going for the drive to reinstate wrestling for the 2020 Olympic Games. The Olympic Committee, in a surprise move, voted to drop wrestling after 2016.

“I was troubled … to see that’s how some people view our sport,” said Zac Nielsen, two-time state champion for Zimmerman, one of the clinicians. “I’m willing to wager wrestling is more global than almost every sport.”

Nielsen, who attends college at the US Olympic Education Center in Michigan, and aspires wrestle for Team USA, said there’s still hope.

“Oh, yeah. There’s been a big outcry. A lot of things like this have been put into place to save Olympic wrestling.”

About 20 kids signed up for the camp, said Sean Ryther, Sting wrestling coach.

Posing before Save Olympic Wrestling Camp workouts Wednesday were: (Back) distinguised Greco-Roman coach Dan Chandler, MN USA Wrestling head David Peterson, Devon Scott, and Zac Nielsen; Front: Joel Galvin, Sean Ryther and Joey Chafflin. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Posing before Save Olympic Wrestling Camp workouts Wednesday were: (Back) distinguished Greco-Roman coach Dan Chandler, MN USA Wrestling head David Peterson, former state champs Devon Scott and Zac Nielsen; Front: Spectrum’s Joel Galvin, coach Sean Ryther and Joey Chafflin. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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