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Montanans Try to Save Olympic Wrestling

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It represents one of the oldest forms of sports in the world.

It is even one of the original competitions that was in the first- ever Olympic games, hundreds of years ago.

Today, the sport of wrestling is on the brink of elimination as a whole, from the world's biggest stage.

Children start the sport at an extremely young age.

When they step on the mat, they know there is no world series when they get older, there is no Super Bowl.

The highest pinnacle for the sport is to represent your country in the Olympics.

Now the mats are being rolled up, and that opportunity to wear their nations colors, is potentially never going to happen.

"It's what defines the Olympics," said former Olympic wrestler, Mike Zadick. "It might not be the thrills and all this and that, and the lights, and the limelight, and the fireworks, type of sport. But it's what's the purest and what defines the games."

Mike Zadick is a former Olympic wrestler from Great Falls.

In February of this year, Zadick and the rest of the wrestling world found out the sport may no longer be in the games come 2020.

On February 13th, the International Olympic Committee decided to potentially eliminate wrestling, saying it was not a "core" Olympic sport.

It will now have to compete with other "non-core" sports to be in the 2020 games.

"I thought there was a mistake, but it's not a mistake," said Jim Street. "It's ineptness, in my opinion, on the governing body of wrestling in the United States and the governing body of international wrestling."

15-time Montana High School State Champion Wrestling Coach, Jim Street, couldn't believe the possibility of wrestling being dropped.

Street, along with other wrestling fans, are setting out to make sure wrestling is in the Olympics for the long haul, including some of the state's decision makers.

"What we're doing is sending a loud, clear message to the IOC that wrestling should be reinstated," said Anders Blewett, a Montana state Senator from Great Falls. "States across the country, and countries across the world are really coming together to reinstate this historic and fundamental sport and a fundamental component of the Olympics."

Wrestling will be in the Olympics for the 2016 games.

Right now, those games could be the final opportunity for young wrestlers to reach their pinnacle.

If you want wrestling to remain an Olympic sport, call your state representative.

Groups and pages on social media sites are also gaining recognition for wanting to keep the sport in the games.

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