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Wrestling

The Jordan Burroughs problem

Quick. Name the best wrestler on the Olympic and international scene the United States has ever produced.

The name most people would name — if, that is, they could name even one name — would be Dan Gable, who won Olympic gold in Munich in 1972 while not giving up even a single point. The Gable legend was, over the years, further enhanced by his incredible coaching career at the University of Iowa.

Wrestling federation president Nenad Lalovic of Serbia and bureau member Jim Scherr, the former USOC chief executive, celebrate the sport's reinstatement to the 2020 Summer Games program // Getty Images

Wrestling federation president Nenad Lalovic of Serbia and bureau member Jim Scherr, the former USOC chief executive, celebrate the sport's reinstatement to the 2020 Summer Games program // Getty Images

Wrestling

Wrestling is back

BUENOS AIRES — The International Olympic Committee, recognizing the gravity of its error, reinstated wrestling to the 2020 Summer Games program.

At the same time, the IOC rejected bids to put squash and a combined effort from baseball/softball onto the show at the Tokyo 2020 Games, underscoring the fix it has put itself in as it seeks to keep the program relevant.

Jubilant wrestling officials meet the press after Wednesday's IOC executive board vote

Jubilant wrestling officials meet the press after Wednesday's IOC executive board vote

IOC

IOC short-lists three sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The ballroom here at the Lenexpo Convention Center here was jammed. TV crews and photographers assumed their positions, cameras trained on wrestling supporters in the front row of audience seats, immediately behind the ladies and gentlemen of the press.

The tension was thick. Up on the dais, Mark Adams, the International Olympic Committee’s spokesman, started to explain that the IOC’s policy-making executive board had Wednesday afternoon decided to short-list just three sports for review this September by the all-members assembly in Buenos Aires. Everyone did quick math. Three sports in. That meant five were out. Which three?

University of Iowa wrestling coach Terry Brands talking straight on The Mighty 1630 station KCJJ // screen shot

University of Iowa wrestling coach Terry Brands talking straight on The Mighty 1630 station KCJJ // screen shot

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Straight talk about wrestling’s future

Finally — some straight talk about why the International Olympic Committee moved to kick wrestling out of the Summer Games in 2020, and  what to do about it.

All you have to do, it seems, is tune in to radio station KCJJ, “The Mighty 1630,” in Coralville, Iowa.