Modern wrestling is largely a young man's sport. The physical, emotional and family toll of international wrestling means a lot of athetes have a relatively short life span at their absolute peak- often in their early to mid 20's. Those who want to suceed internationally do well to follow this route, IMO.
Now, if you don't lose eligibility and can still get a scholarship after your Olympic run, then I say to go for the Olympics. As long as the option of free college will still be there, go get your gold medal and have the privilege of an entire world stopping to listen to our Nation's National Anthem because of your hard work. I can't really think of a better honor in sports.
why in 2012, why not go 2 years, take a redshirt for training, and an olympic redshirt. I truly hope he does well, but why not get some free school done, along with great training?