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Wrestling at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: SUI Ernst Kyburz
Silver: CAN Donald Stockton
Bronze: GBR Sam Rabin

Summary

No international freestyle events had been contested since the 1924 Olympics so it was difficult to choose a favorite. Of the nine entrants, only two had competed at the Olympics previously – Canada’s Donald Stockton and Finland’s Vilho Pekkala, who had won a bronze medal in this class in 1924. But the gold medal went to Switzerland’s [Ernest Kyburz], who defeated American Ralph Hammonds by fall in the final match. For unknown reasons, Hammonds withdrew from the second-place tournament which was won by Stockton for the silver medal. Britain’s Sam Rabin won the third-place tournament in a walkover, as all possible opponents withdrew. Rabin wrestled in one match, losing in the second round to Stockton, and came home from Amsterdam with a bronze medal. Of the nine competitors in the class, only Stockton ever competed at the Olympics again. Kyburz never made it back to the Olympics but did win the 1931 European Championship.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ernst Kyburz 29 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Donald Stockton 24 Canada CAN Silver
3 Sam Rabin 24 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4T Ralph Hammonds 21 United States USA
4T Anton Praeg South Africa RSA
6 Tom Bolger 23 Australia AUS
7 Vilho Pekkala 30 Finland FIN
8T Louis Van Der Herten Belgium BEL
8T Henri Deniel France FRA