By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Wrestling earned 49 of the possible 95 votes for reinstatement on Sunday.
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Seven months ago the fate of wrestling was in doubt when the International Olympic Committee decided to cut wrestling from its list of core sports after the 20-16 games.
In May, the sport was put on the short list, along with bids from baseball, softball and squash, to be reinstated for the 2020 Olympics.
Sunday wrestling earned back its spot.
Of the 95 votes, wrestling received the majority with 49, while baseball and softball received 24 and squash 22.
Sunday morning, Dan Gable, Terry Brands and fans watched as dignitaries of all three sports made their final pitch to the IOC in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the hopes of being included in the Olympic program.
Even with reinstatement, the fight for the sport isn't over yet.
"The work that has been done, obviously gave us an edge," Gable said. "not a whole lot of an edge, but pretty good. But, it's really where we go from here to make this sport and top five core sport. We're not even in the core, so, we have long ways to go yet."
"I'm a bumbling fool right now," Terry Brands said. "All I can say is that it means everything to me in my life. "
To help its cause wrestling implemented rule changes and has worked to make the sport more attractive to spectators.
The sport also added two more weight classes for women.
"It is a big deal. It's a trend that has been going since the mid 80's and through the 90's. It's just a profound and revolutionary solution. Something that has to be done. You can't stop the momentum women bring to the sport of wrestling. You just can't."
Women's wrestling was first included in the Athens Games in 2004.
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