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Q&A: Archie Randall says Olympic wrestling decision 'a slap in the face'

Oklahoma City University coach was shocked at the IOC's plan to drop the sport from the Games starting in 2020.
By Anthony Slater Published: February 12, 2013

Particularly in Oklahoma, a state with great high school and college wrestling, it's a decision that will sting, correct?

Oh yeah. Us and Iowa and Ohio and Illinois and Michigan. All of the major states that produce the Olympians. It's going to sting. I don't think it's going to kill our sport or anything, but it's a slap in the face, to be honest with you. Of all the wrestling powers, we've won the most medals at the Olympics. So I don't know, I heard they were going to drop Greco wrestling and increase the number of women from four to seven weights and keep the freestyle wrestling. But it's a shocker. I've been getting calls all morning from people asking what's going on.

Are you confident that even if you can't get it back in the Olympics, this sport will remain popular?

Yeah. I mean, they dropped softball out of the Olympics and I don't think it hurt them. I think softball is growing now. They dropped baseball, I don't think it's affected baseball, has it? I mean think about it, they drop baseball? They drop softball? What are they going to drop next, basketball? Is it slighted toward where the Americans are successful? Possibly could be. It's a pretty political arena when you talk about the Olympics, the number of sports, stuff like that. It's a huge deal.