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Battle of Waterloo hoping to make history

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- While the temperature continues to drop outside, things are just starting to heat up at Young Arena. This weekend the first ever Battle of Waterloo wrestling tournament is taking place in downtown Waterloo.

Waterloo East, West, and Columbus are the hosts of this 32 team tournament, but it's those teams from out of town that area businesses are banking on. 

While some people had to drive more than 100 miles others were lucky like Penney Clark of La Porte City.

"I'm amazed so it kind of shows it's important to a lot of people if they're coming that far," said Clark.

"They're going to have their primary function going on at Young Arena, but at the same time they're going to get a glimpse of some of the restaurants, some of the shopping, and the attractions especially right in downtown Waterloo, but elsewhere in the community both in Waterloo and Cedar Falls," said Director of the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau, Aaron Buzza.

Buzza says they specifically picked this weekend for the tournament because it's so close to the holidays. They're hoping people will spend a little more at area stores picking up those final gifts.

They also hope restaurants see increased business as well.

"If afterwards the boys are hungry and I have a feeling they are, we're gong to stick around town and have some late dinner," said Clark.

The Dan Gable Museum has already been busy and they expect many more wrestling fans to come through their doors.

"It's a great way to showcase Waterloo and I'm excited for Waterloo. I love the product we can bring and have the Dan Gable Museum with it. We feel this is the place to be for wrestling. When you can have a Battle of Waterloo with 32 teams in Iowa and then you have the Gable Museum, the father of the sport, it doesn't get better than that for us," said museum director, Kyle Klingman.

The matches continue tomorrow at Young Arena. The early session starts at 9:00 in the morning and the afternoon session begins at 4:00.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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