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Osvald Käpp

Full name: Osvald (-Oswald) Käpp
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Born: February 17, 1905 in Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
Died: December 22, 1995 in Edmonds, Washington, United States
Affiliations: Kalev Tallinn, Tallinn (EST)
Country: EST Estonia
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

As a youth, Osvald Käpp participated in gymnastics and played basketball before taking up wrestling in 1923. Käpp first competed internationally at the 1924 Olympics, but did not advance to the final rounds in either Greco-Roman featherweight or freestyle lightweight. Käpp was equally strong in both styles of wrestling and represented Estonia internationally in both. Käpp achieved his first international fame at the 1926 European Greco-Roman Championships, where he won lightweight silver and, at the 1927 European Championships, he won Greco-Roman lightweight bronze. The best international tournament for Käpp was the 1928 Olympics, where he won the freestyle lightweight gold and was eliminated in the third round of Greco-Roman lightweight. In 1929, during the Great Depression, Käpp emigrated to the United States and settled in New York. He continued wrestling in the United States, becoming AAU Greco-Roman lightweight champion in 1929 and AAU freestyle lightweight champion in 1930-31. Käpp retired from sports after the 1931 season but, a month before the 1932 Olympics, when it was clear that Estonia could not afford to send an Olympic team to America, Käpp was approached by Estonian sports officials, who offered him and other Estonian athletes living in America a spot on an Olympic Team. At first Käpp refused, like many other athletes, because he had not practiced in nearly a year, but later decided to participate at the Olympics along with track & field athlete Alfred Maasik. At Los Angeles, however, in a very light competition, Käpp was clearly out of form, being eliminated in round three of Greco-Roman welterweight and in round two of freestyle lightweight. By profession Käpp was a pastry-cook, working in a candy factory in Tallinn and later opening a small bakery in New York.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 19 Paris Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST 8T
1924 Summer 19 Paris Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Estonia EST 9T
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST 9T
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Estonia EST 1 Gold
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman Estonia EST AC
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Estonia EST AC

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 19 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Four Match #6 2 Anttila (FIN) decision, Käpp (EST)
1924 Summer 19 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #8 2 1924-07-08 Torgensen (DEN) decision, Käpp (EST)
1924 Summer 19 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #12 1 1924-07-07 Käpp (EST) decision, Németh (HUN)
1924 Summer 19 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #12 1 Käpp (EST) fall (16:12), Rottenfluc (FRA)

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #5 2 1928-08-04 Yalaz (TUR) fall, Käpp (EST)
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #6 1 1928-08-03 Käpp (EST) decision, Pettersson (SWE)
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #6 1 1928-08-02 Käpp (EST) fall, Postini (ITA)

Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Final Standings AC 1932-08-04 Eliminated r3/5 5
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three 4 1932-08-06 5
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round Three Match #1 2 1932-08-06 Johansson (SWE) fall (8:39), Käpp (EST) 3
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two 3 1932-08-05 2
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #2 1 1932-08-05 Käpp (EST) decision, Jensen (DEN) 1
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round One 3T 1932-08-04 1
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #3 1 1932-08-04 Käpp (EST) decision, Gallegati (ITA) 1

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1924 Summer 19 Paris Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #7 2 1924-07-11 Gardiner (GBR) decision, Käpp (EST)
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Final Round Match #1 1 1928-08-01 Käpp (EST) , Nilsen (NOR)
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1928-07-31 Käpp (EST) , Pacôme (FRA)
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1928-07-30 Käpp (EST) , Berryman (USA)
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #2 1 1928-07-30 Käpp (EST) , Jørgensen (DEN)
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Final Standings AC 1932-08-01 Eliminated r2/5 6
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two 6T 1932-08-01 6
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round Two Match #4 2 1932-08-01 Kárpáti (HUN) decision, Käpp (EST) 3
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round One 5T 1932-08-01 3
1932 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Estonia EST Round One Match #4 2 1932-08-01 Pacôme (FRA) decision, Käpp (EST) 3
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