Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 30, 1928
Date Finished: August 1, 1928
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.
No international freestyle events had been contested since the 1924 Olympics so it was difficult to choose a favorite. There were only eight entrants. But the silver medalist from Paris was back, and [Kaarlo Mäkinen] (FIN) won the gold medal without much difficulty, defeating American [Robert Hewitt] in the final round match. But in the second-place tournament Belgium’s [Edmond Spapen] won two matches for the silver medal. Canada’s [Jim Trifunov] defeated Britain’s [Harold Sansum] for the bronze medal. Sansum was placed fourth, despite wrestling three times and losing all three matches.