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. Only one of the 11 entrants had previously won an Olympic medal and that was Finland’s Arvo Haavisto, who won bronze as a lightweight in 1924. Haavisto won three straight matches to coast to the gold medal, defeating American Lloyd Appleton in the final match. Appleton would get through the second-place tournament to win the silver medal, while the bronze went to Canadian Maurice Letchford.
|2||Lloyd Appleton||22||United States||USA||Silver|
|5T||Bob Cook||22||Great Britain||GBR|