By Chris Palmquist
IOWA CITY, Iowa—In arguably the epicenter of wrestling, the news that the International Olympic Committee voted to reinstate the sport to the games was music to the ears of legend Dan Gable and Iowa Associate Wrestling Coach Terry Brands.
The IOC announced this morning that wrestling won a vote between itself, squash, and baseball/softball to include the sport in the Olympics through 2024.
Last February, the IOC faced a swift and widespread backlash when it announced wrestling would be dropped from the Olympic slate.
Former Olympic champion Dan Gable (1972), who was a driving force behind wrestling's reinstatement was relieved when he heard the results.
"It's more than relief," Gable said. "It's something that I probably had to have."
Gable also coached the Iowa Hawkeyes to fifteen NCAA National Championships.
Despite the victory today, Gable says there is more work to do. His goal now is to get wrestling included in the core sports so it does not face this issue again in the future.