Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 11, 1924
Date Finished: July 14, 1924
Format: Single-elimination tournament with separate single-elimination tournaments for second- and third-place. Second-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner. Third-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner or runner-up.
Sweden’s [Carl Westergren] competed in this class. He had won gold at Antwerp in Greco-Roman middleweight, had already won the light-heavyweight Greco title in Paris, and in 1932 won the unlimited Greco-Roman class to become one of the few Olympic wrestlers with three gold medals. But this was a rare freestyle appearance for him and he lost in the semi-finals to little-known American [John Spellman]. Spellman then defeated Sweden’s [Rudolf Svensson] for the gold medal. Spellman later became a professional wrestler and football player, playing in the NFL for eight seasons with the Providence Steamrollers and Boston Redskins.
Svensson also competed in Greco-Roman in Paris, losing the final in this weight class to Westergren. In the freestyle second-place Bergvall tournament, Svensson turned the tables on Westergren in the first round, and then defeated Britain’s [Walter Wilson] for the silver, giving him two wrestling silver medals in Paris. Switzerland’s [Charles Courant], the silver medalist in this event in 1920, had lost to Svensson in the semi-finals of the main tournament and had two walkovers in the third-place tournament to win bronze.
|1||John Spellman||24||United States||USA||Gold|
|6T||Walter Wilson||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Fabio Del Genovese||21||Italy||ITA|
|11T||Victor Lay||26||Great Britain||GBR|
|11T||Charles Strack||24||United States||USA|