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Folkstyle wrestling brings thousands to the Cedar Valley

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Thousands of wrestlers from all over the country have made their way to the Cedar Valley. UNI is hosting the 2012 USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals. More than 2,300 wrestlers are taking part and have brought family and friends with them.

Cory Allison brought ten wrestlers from Moorcroft, Wyoming. Allison is a wrestling coach. He says the distance wasn't a problem for his crew, it was finding a place that gave him some trouble.

"Motels are pretty hard to find. I mean three to four months out we had to find motels," said Allison.

Hotels in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area are hard to come by and restaurants are expected to be packed as well, which is good news for the local economy.

"We're kind of estimating it would be around $450,000 for the weekend with all of these people eating in our restaurants, staying in our hotels, and shopping in our retail outlets," said Kim Burger of the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau.

To help make sure events like this stay in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area the Cedar Valley Sports Commission has give a grant to UNI to help pay for the many aspects of putting on such a large event.

"We're fortunate to have a partner like UNI, which offers a unique facility and staff with the expertise to pull this event off and make it successful. We find it is important support them and make sure it runs smoothly as it can," said Jim Marlin of the Cedar Valley Sports Commission.

Right now the tournament is running like a well-oiled machine and that's what keeps people like Allison coming back year after year.

"Iowa is always known for wrestling. A lot of tough competition here and a lot of states come in like Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska. They are all close and all are tough wrestling states," said Allison.

The Cedar Valley Sports Commission gave a $3,500 grant to UNI for the wrestling event. The money will go to help pay for staffing the event and the traveling expenses for USA Wrestling officials.

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