This editorial has a lot of intel on why wrestling lost out in the IOC vote. Apparently some people had concerns that wrestling might be in danger, but the international governing body refused to take heed. It is well worth a read.
For the record, I don’t want to give the false impression that I am a huge fan of amateur wrestling. I’m not. I’m a huge fan of MMA and a fan of professional wrestling. (I used to qualify as a huge fan of professional wrestling also, but probably don’t anymore.) Amateur wrestling serves an an important feeder for both. My love of MMA has made me gain an appreciation for all the amateur and professional fighting sports.
(BTW, why is amateur so hard to spell? I spelled it so wrong that spell check didn’t even suggest the correct word.)