Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Celebration Hall, Royal Zoological Society, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 25, 1920
Date Finished: August 27, 1920
Format: Single-elimination tournament. Losing semi-finalists wrestled off for 3rd-Place.
|Bronze:|| Ernst Nilsson
Robert Roth of Switzerland won the gold medal by defeating Nat Pendleton of the United States in the finals. Hans Roth, brother of Robert, competed in this class in 1924 at Paris but was eliminated after the second round. Roth was the only Olympic competitor, and the only wrestler not from Austria, Germany, or Hungary, who competed in the 1920 World Greco-Roman Championships. In the heavyweight class he finished 6th and last in that event.
There is some confusion over the third place in this event. The match between Meyer and Nilsson ended in a draw. Official regulations mention that a judge should pick a winner in such case, but apparently this did not occur. Contemporary sources contradict each other and themselves on whether these wrestlers were ranked third or fourth. Notably, both the Official Report and the US Olympic Committee Report list them as third in one place, yet as fourth in another. We have chosen to list them in third place, as this seems the most sensible.
|2||Nat Pendleton||24||United States||USA||Silver|
|3T||Fred Meyer||19||United States||USA||Bronze|
|5T||Frederick Mason||Great Britain||GBR|
|5T||Archie MacDonald||25||Great Britain||GBR|