Ohio State Olympian Wants Wrestling To Survive


UPDATED: Monday March 18, 2013 8:10 PM

Wrestling has been a historical heavyweight among Olympic sports, but not for long.

"I was absolutely shocked.  I think it shocked the wrestling community," said Lou Rosselli, a former Olympian, now an assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University.

Rosselli said unlike other sports, the Olympics represent the ultimate achievement for wrestlers.

"Some of the guys who didn't make it in '12 want to give it another shot in '16, and we'll keep following them through there," Rosselli said.

Six wrestlers are training in Columbus for the 2016 games.

If the International Olympic Committee has its way, starting in 2020, wrestling will be eliminated.

Sen. Sherrod Brown disagrees with the decision and is working to send the IOC a message.

"It's a sport in dozens and dozens of countries and it doesn't make sense.  We're just saying keep it included in the Olympics,"   Brown said.

Brown, along with Republican congressman Jim Jordan, are pushing a bipartisan resolution that "urges the International Olympic Committee to reinstate wrestling as a core sport of the summer Olympic games."

"This is important to hundreds of thousands of young people in our country and they should change their opinion," Brown said.

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