“The wrestling community is shocked and disappointed by the IOC’s recommendation to eliminate wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. The sport of wrestling has a great history in the Olympics dating back to the inaugural Games in Athens in 1896.
“Removing wrestling from the Olympics would have a far-reaching impact on our sport. It not only greatly affects our current Olympic athletes and future Olympians, but it would also damage the sport at the collegiate, high school and youth levels. Wrestling is the sixth-most popular boys’ high school sport in the United States with more than 275,000 participants, and at the collegiate level we have sold out the NCAA Championships the past four years, so the interest and passion for the sport is widespread. Hopefully, the IOC will take into account the impact of this decision on the American and international wrestling communities, and re-consider when they meet in May.”