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Interest building for Olympic Trials in Iowa City


America's greatest wrestlers will be in Iowa City in two weeks for the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.

The event will decide which athletes will represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics in London.

Like many in Iowa, 15-year-old Fredy Stroker has caught wrestling fever.

"My dad and I travel around the nation wrestling, and can't wait to watch the trials here," Stroker said.

Stroker was part of a full-capacity crowd Saturday morning attending a clinic on international wrestling .

The event, led by Hawkeye wrestling legend Dan Gable and coach Tom Brands was meant to teach fans about the different style of wrestling they'll see when the Olympic trials come to Iowa City April 21.

 "It's going to take a little bit to understand what's going on, but I think once you take the patience to watch it for an hour, you'll get into it," Gable said.

Fans seem to have had no problem getting into it.  The two day event has sold more than ten thousand tickets each day and is working towards a sellout.

"We've already broken the record for the most ticket sales to an Olympic trials event in history," said Josh Schamberger, president of the Iowa City-Coralville Visitors Bureau.

Hotels in the Iowa City area are booked for the weekend, and the event is expected to have a large economic impact on the surrounding area.

"Any time you're going to bring this kind of event for four or five days between athletes checking in and leaving, it's a lot of hotel rooms and a lot of money," Schamberger said.

Really no surprise in a city rich with wrestling history that fans like Stroker are flocking to see the sport's top athletes

"It's the best of the best coming here, some weight classes there's a lot of good wrestlers there," Stroker said.


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