County website adds ‘save wrestling’ petition

February 20, 2013
A person can’t enter Washington County Commission Chairman Larry Maggi’s office without noticing photos of him officiating at wrestling matches. - Barbara Miller / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

When members of the International Olympic Committee get together in Lausanne, Switzerland, it’s safe to say they couldn’t identify the location of Washington County, Pa.

If those signing an online petition aimed at retaining wrestling as an Olympic competition in 2020 have their way, the IOC will learn about local wrestling supporters and their ire that the sport, part of the summer games since 1896, could disappear from the venue after 2016.

At the behest of Washington County Commission Chairman Larry Maggi, a wrestling official for 41 years and a former competitor, the website has a link to the petition, exhorting “Make your voice heard! Join the discussion on Community Voice!”

As of Wednesday, 17 people had weighed in. “25,000 to 30,000 sign-ups would be great,” Maggi said.

One does not have to be a Washington County resident or even a resident of Pennsylvania to sign on.

“This region is huge in wrestling, and it has been for years,” said Maggi, who began participating in the sport as a mere youth and continued through the ranks in college.

In a related matter, the commissioners will recognize the accomplishments of PIAA repeat wrestling champions from Canon-McMillan High School at their meeting at 10 a.m. today at the Courthouse Square office building.

Barbara S. Miller covers politics, Washington County government and a variety of other topics for the Observer-Reporter. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in English and history. Follow her on Twitter @reporterbarb.

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