Taken down, Olympic wrestling is up off the mat

Rule changes led to a revival of a sport that briefly was cut from the Olympics.

When wrestling was dropped from the Olympics in 2013, Dan Chandler knew everyone associated with the sport would fight for a reversal. What the Minneapolis coach and three-time Olympian didn’t expect, though, was the outpouring of support from folks who couldn’t tell Greco-Roman from freestyle.

Everywhere he went, he saw anger and shock that a sport so closely identified with the ancient Olympics could be cut loose from the modern Summer Games. ”Even taxi drivers were talking to me about it,” Chandler said. “We never got so much publicity. And I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this is a blessing in disguise.'” Continue reading at www.startribune.com

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