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Published December 30, 2010, 02:43 PM

Rumble on the Red participants wrestle with winter storm

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - This storm has 5-thousand wrestlers and fans at the FargoDome concerned. They are here from the Tri-state area as part of the big "Rumble on the Red" wrestling tournament and many were trying to either beat the storm, or wait the whole thing out.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

As the wind and snow rolled in outside the Fargodome, Renee Roessler of Anoka joined other moms in cheering on the Tornadoes. The Twin Cities families joined hundreds of others from South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota who came to watch wrestling while worrying about a blizzard outside.

JANE SVIHELAnoka, Minn.: “If the buses go home, we are going home.”

Because of the storm, plans changed.

RENEE ROESSLERAnoka, Minn.: “We had reservations tonight, but we canceled because of the weather. While some are trying to leave after the tournament tonight, others like the wrestling team from Devils Lake got word they are to stay put in Fargo tonight. No attempts at going back thru the storm.

JOSEY NESSDevils Lake Wrestling Coach: “The number one thing is safety, we don't want to be out on the road risking lives bad roads and no visibility.”

And the five thousand fans have direct info about the weather from Lt. Joel Vetter with the Fargo Police Department who is also helping put on the tournament. The tournament made weather announcements throughout the day, alerting families of changes outside.

STEVE SAXLUNDRumble On The Red: “We want to get people out of here as fast as we can and so we will do our best to speed it up.”

For the 14-hundred wrestlers, it is just another day on the mat trying to get home in just another North Dakota winter. Some teams came from as far away as Rochester, Minnesota and Aberdeen, South Dakota.