The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee announced back in February that wrestling was recommended to be dropped from the Summer Games beginning in 2020.
An announcement Wednesday offers a chance of a reprieve.
The IOC voted Wednesday to narrow down the list of eight sports on the chopping block.
Karate, roller sports, sport climbing and wakeboarding are out.
Baseball, softball, wrestling and squash make the cut.
Only one of those will get a shot to get back in. The IOC will make its final decision in September.
Gov. Branstad was one of 32 governors who wrote a joint letter to IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge in the hope of saving the sport. Nearly 26-thousand people have also signed the governor’s petition, letskeepwrestling.com.
In a press release, Rep. Bruce Braley also backs the decision, “The IOC’s recommendation is a step forward for keeping wrestling where it belongs: as part of the Olympic program. Wrestling is among the oldest Olympic sports, dating to the games of the ancient Greeks. Iowans are rightfully proud of our state’s long history of wrestling excellence.
“I hope today’s news signifies that the IOC has heard the outcry among wrestlers, coaches, and fans from Iowa and across the world.”