An old coach is championing a new cause. Former U. S. House speaker Denny Hastert – a former Yorkville High School teacher and wrestling coach – addressed the Illinois House as it passed a resolution asking the International Olympic Committee to reinstate wrestling.

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 “When you look at the opportunity that we give our children, I can only look at the opportunity that I had when I was a young man, and I had a coach, and I had an opportunity to perform, and I was shown that I could do much more than I ever dreamed I could do,” said Hastert. “And I guess that lesson went with me in a coaching career, it went with me here in the legislature, and then went with me on to Congress.”

 HR 169 and SR 232 have passed the House and Senate, respectively.

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