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Wrestling at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Wrestling at the 1904 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: October 14, 1904
Date Finished: October 15, 1904
Format: Single-elimination tournament

Gold: USA Ben Bradshaw
Silver: USA Ted McLear
Bronze: USA Charles Clapper
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Ben Bradshaw was the 1903 AAU Champion and came in as the favorite. He won his first two matches by falls, but in the final, he had a difficult match against Ted McLear, with Bradshaw winning gold by decision. Bradshaw won his third AAU title in this class in 1907. This is the only 1904 Olympic class for which there was a known match for third-place, with Charles Clapper winning the bronze medal by defeating Frederick Ferguson by a quick pin at 0:54. Ferguson and Clapper had lost to Bradshaw in the first two rounds, so it is likely that the third-place match was some variant of a Bergvall Tournament. Clapper would become 1906 AAU Champion as a lightweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ben Bradshaw 24 United States USA Gold
2 Ted McLear 25 United States USA Silver
3 Charles Clapper 28 United States USA Bronze
4 Frederick Ferguson 20 Canada CAN
AC r3/4 Dietrich Wortmann 20 Germany GER
AC r2/4 John Babcock United States USA
AC r2/4 Louis Strebler 23 United States USA
AC r2/4 Max Miller United States USA
AC r1/4 Theo Koppen 34 United States USA