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September 9, 2013

Fans cheer as wrestling survives near pin, returns to Olympic fold

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

The sport will be part of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With   Sunday's vote, it will be included as a provisional sport in the 2020 and 2024 Games. Smith said leaders of the sport's organization hope to return wrestling the list of core Olympic events.

John Smith, Oklahoma State University's wrestling coach, said Sunday's decision creates another Olympic memory for him. Smith won gold medals wrestling at the Seoul and Barcelona Games.

"This one was a great moment for me as a fan of wrestling," said Smith. "Obviously, I have had a chance to coach Olympic teams and be a part of that process after I wrestled, which was as enjoyable as ever. From this point forward, I am going to be a fan of wrestling. …

"I'm just really pleased that through this whole process that I learned how strong wrestling was throughout the world," he said.

Chris Day writes for the Stillwater, Okla., News Press.

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