The International Olympic Committee may have kicked wrestling out of the Olympics, but the ancient sport lives on in the lives of the many amateur athletes still taking part in competitions.
One wrestler at the University of Minnesota may have seen his days as a competitive wrestler come to an end, however " all because he recorded an inspirational rap song.
Joel Bauman is a 21-year-old redshirt sophomore wrestling for the University of Minnesota. At least, he was. The NCAA just ruled Bauman ineligible to compete for the rest of the season.
The reason? A song called "Ones in the Sky," an inspirational rap song that Bauman recorded and uploaded to YouTube. The song is also available for download on iTunes, for the customary 99 cents.
The NCAA isn't exactly thrilled about this. The organization says Bauman is running afoul of its rules, which stipulate that amateur athletes cannot use their name, image or status to sell a commercial product.
From the sound of things, Bauman could make this whole problem go away and continue taking part in NCAA competitions if he simply changed the song's credit to list him under a pseudonym. He wants none of that, however.