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Local Wrestlers React To IOC Decision

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By Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- One day after the shocking announcement from the International Olympic Committee that its dropping Wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games,  local wrestling teams are reacting to the news.

Wrestlers at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville who are high schoolers now would be perfect candidates for competing in the 2020 Olympic games.  They say they can't understand why the IOC would make a decision to eliminate the sport for those games.

The IOC cited global participation and popularity as reasons behind the change, but it still doesn't make sense to Franklin Garstin, the top-ranked high school wrestler in the state.

"It's not fair to take that out, compared to gymnastics people who put the same amount of time in, its all equivalent," said Garstin.

Wrestling was part of the first modern Olympic games in 1896.  It's also mentioned in the English translation of the Olympic Hymn.

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