Resolution officially expresses opposition to the IOC decision to remove wrestling from the Olympic Games
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – State Representative Bob Dettmer’s House resolution (HR 002) calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reconsider its decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games was signed by the Speaker of the Minnesota House, Rep. Paul Thissen and Majority Leader, Rep. Erin Murphy. The resolution comes as many state governments throughout the U.S. and officials from various nations around the world issue similar announcements of their opposition to the ruling.
In addition to Minnesota’s strong ties to the sport, the resolution makes note of the United States as a major contender in international wrestling competition, especially the Olympic Games, with 124 medals having been awarded to the U.S. throughout history. Because of the enormous impact on local Minnesota athletes and the U.S. position on the world stage, the bipartisan resolution asks the IOC to reverse its decision as soon as possible. Dettmer gained support of longtime University of Minnesota coach J Robinson and from Dan Chandler, four-time Olympian who wrestled for Anoka High School while drafting the resolution.
Dettmer served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Forest Lake High School from 1975 to 2007 and was a star wrestler at Faribault High School and at Bemidji State University. He also wrestled in the 1972 Olympic Trials losing to eventual Gold Medalist Dan Gable. As Forest Lake’s Head Coach, he accumulated a 399-144-2 record. This record ranks him as 25th out of 321 high school wrestling coaches in Minnesota. He also has received numerous awards as an athlete and as a coach. A few are: NAIA National Wrestling Champion, NAIA Hall of Fame, Bemidji State Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame and both High School and College “Athlete of the Year” awards. He currently officiates high school wrestling matches for the Minnesota State High School League.
MN House Resolution on Olympic Wrestling (PDF)
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