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Pro fighters and top wrestlers react to IOC removing wrestling from 2020 Olympic Games

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Ben Askren
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The shocking news that the International Olympic Committee's executive board voted to boot wrestling from the 2020 Games has rattled both the wrestling and MMA communities as well as those who live in both (and some who live in neither). While it's not entirely confirmed wrestling won't be back in 2020, the chances are extremely slim.

Still, amidst the surprise, members of both communities are vowing to fight back and make sure the sport that's been a aprt of the Olympics since it's modern re-introduction in 1896 doesn't lose out to ...modern pentathalon. Below are their reactions on Twitter.

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MMA FIGHTERS VOICE THEIR DISAPPROVAL

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CURRENT AND FORMER ELITE WRESTLERS VOW TO FIGHT BACK

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THEN THERE IS THIS

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If you'd like to help wrestling be re-instituted as part of the 2020 Olympic Games or stay informed on how the situation develops, you can do the following:

1. Use the hashtag #SaveOlympicWrestling on Twitter or like the page of the movement on Facebook.

2. Use USA Wrestling's Facebook page to keep the sport in the 2020 Games.

3. Sign petitions like this one.

4. Write members of the IOC using the information listed in Cejudo's Tweet.