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 seven entrants in this class. Switzerland’s [Henri Wernli] was the defending silver medalist, but he lost in the semi-finals to American [Ed Don George], who then lost in the final match to Sweden’s [Johan Richthoff], who went home with gold. Richthoff had defeated Finland’s [Aukusti Sihvola] in round one, but Sihvola won two matches in the second-place tournament to take the silver medal. The bronze went to France’s [Edmond Dame], who defeated George in the third-place tournament’s only match. In 1932 Richthoff returned for a second gold medal, becoming the first heavyweight wrestler to defend their title, in either style, at the Olympics.