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Lauri Koskela

Full name: Lauri Koskela
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 62-68 kg
Born: May 16, 1907 in Lapua, Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Died: August 3, 1944 in Baryshevo, Leningrad, Russia
Affiliations: Lapuan Virkiä, Lapua (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Lauri Koskela was one of the world’s best Greco-Roman lightweight wrestlers during the 1930s. Starting his career as a featherweight, Koskela first competed internationally at the 1932 Olympics, where he won bronze in Greco-Roman featherweight. After the Olympics Koskela switched to lightweight and competed in that class until his untimely death during World War II. As a lightweight, Koskela won Olympic gold in 1936 and was the European champion in 1935, 1937, and 1938. He also won European Championship bronze in 1939. Domestically, Koskela won seven Finnish titles: in 1932 and 1933 in Greco-Roman featherweight and in 1936 and 1940-43 in Greco-Roman lightweight. Corporal Koskela was killed in action during the Continuation War near Baryshevo, Leningrad Oblast, which was then part of Finland.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 3 1932-08-04
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #1 2 1932-08-07 Ehrl (GER) decision, Koskela (FIN)
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 1T 1932-08-06 3
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #1 1 1932-08-06 Koskela (FIN) fall (11:07), Maudr (TCH) 0
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 2T 1932-08-06 3
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 4 1932-08-05 3
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #3 1 1932-08-05 Koskela (FIN) fall (7:15), Zombori (HUN) 0
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 5T 1932-08-04 3
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #4 2 1932-08-04 Gozzi (ITA) fall (0:58), Koskela (FIN) 3
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #3 AC 1932-08-06 Koskela (FIN) 0

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Final Standings 1 1936-08-06
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Final Round Match #2 AC 1936-08-09 Koskela (FIN)
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Six 1T 1936-08-09 3
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Six Match #1 1 1936-08-09 Koskela (FIN) decision (2-1), Väli (EST) 1
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five 1T 1936-08-09 2
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Five Match #1 1 1936-08-09 Koskela (FIN) decision (2-1), Herda (TCH) 1
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four 1T 1936-08-08 1
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Four Match #4 AC 1936-08-08 Koskela (FIN) 0
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three 1T 1936-08-08 1
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Three Match #6 1 1936-08-08 Koskela (FIN) fall (8:51), Borlovan (ROU) 0
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two 1T 1936-08-07 1
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round Two Match #6 1 1936-08-07 Koskela (FIN) fall (1:54), Osselaer (BEL) 0
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round One 5T 1936-08-06 1
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Wrestling Finland FIN Round One Match #6 1 1936-08-06 Koskela (FIN) decision (2-1), Nettesheim (GER) 1
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