COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wrestling is one of the original sports in the ancient Greek Olympiads and the International Olympic Committee should not drop it as an Olympic sport, according to a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Michael Stinziano that recently passed the Ohio House of Representatives.
“Wrestling is a sport that captures the Olympic spirit of competitiveness and sportsmanship. It most definitely deserves to be revered as a sport at the International level,” Stinziano said.
The Ohio House endorsed House Resolution 43 98-0 during one of its last voting sessions before recessing for the summer.
Wrestling is a big sport in Ohio.
There are more than 11,000 high school wrestlers in Ohio and also four Ohio universities that have NCAA Division 1 wrestling programs, according to Stinziano.
The Ohio Regional Training Center, a wrestling-related organization located in Stinziano’s district, provides a world class training environment for Olympic level wrestlers who live in central Ohio. J.D. Bergman and Reece Humphrey, both Columbus residents who train at the Center, were recognized by the House on the day of the vote. Both J.D. and Reece will compete at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in September.
“The IOC’s decision threatens the potential success of young Ohio athletes like J.D. and Reece who have dedicated their lives to wrestling,” Stinziano said.
The IOC makes their final decision, on whether to preserve Wrestling as an Olympic event in the 2020 Games in September.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Jim Jordan have introduced similar resolutions in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.