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Bowie high school has four athletes competing in the Class 5A state wrestling tournament.

"It is pretty awesome," said Bowie senior wrestler Sam Junk.

Bowie sophomore wrestler Stephanie Gautier added, "It's pretty exciting."

As for the chance of ever competing on the sports' biggest stage, the Olympics, That may not happen for them or anyone for that matter in the future. This week the International Olympic Committee leaders decided to drop wrestling starting at the 2020 Olympics.

"It hurts because a lot of these kids, there's at least four million wrestlers right now in the U.S. that will not have a chance currently to live their long dreams to go for gold, which is the pinnacle of the sport," said Bowie wrestling coach Spike Fogle.

"I don't think it should get dropped because there's a lot of kids that wrestle because they think that they're going to be able to make it to the Olympics one day and compete at the ultimate level," Junk added.

The IOC's executive board's final vote on the decision whether to eliminate wrestling won't take place until September. So it's not a done deal just yet.

However, if it is removed they'll be taking the sport that goes all the way back to the original games back in 1896. They'll also be getting rid of women's wrestling, which was added to the Olympics back in 2004.

"Everyone has to work hard and it kind of sucks that their hard work is not appreciated," said Gautier.

"They breathe the sport. College wrestling, Olympic wrestling, they're always watching," Fogle said. "It'll come back. It's too big of a sport, too many people do it around the country, or around the world, excuse me. It'll come back. There's too many countries that do it," said Fogle.

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