Gov. Branstad: More Than 9,000 Sign Online Olympic Petition

Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable speaks about the campaign to having wrestling retained as an Olympic sport, Let's Keep Wrestling, at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. Gable along with wrestling greats from the state including Terry Brands Doug Schwab, and Travis Paulson, joined Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds in announcing the campaign. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette-KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says 9,000 people have signed an online petition aimed at keeping wrestling in the Olympics.

Branstad launched the petition drive last week at the state high school wrestling tournament after the International Olympic Committee decided to remove the sport from the Olympic Games in 2020.

The governor gave the newest count of online petitioners from the Let's Keep Wrestling campaign website at a news conference Monday.

The move to end wrestling at the Olympics surprised many because the sport had been part of the Olympics for more than a century.

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