Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.
There were only eight entrants. The first round saw Greek Georgios Zervinis pin Canadian Jim Trifunov in only 41 seconds, but neither would factor in the medals. After three rounds, the medalists were decided, with Bob Pearce (USA), Ödön Zombori (HUN) and Aatos Jaskari (FIN) advancing to the medal round. Zombori was leading at that time with only 1 bad point, but Pearce and Jaskari both defeated him by decision to eliminate him. This gave the gold medal to Pearce as he had defeated Jaskari in the first round, and it also gave Jaskari 5 bad points.
Zombori would return to win the gold medal in Berlin and enjoyed a very long career. He was European Champion in freestyle in 1931 and 1933 and in Greco-Roman in 1933, and he actually competed at the World Championships in 1958, after a long absence. Pearce was a top American wrestler, but this was his only international competition.
|1||Bob Pearce||24||United States||USA||Gold|
|AC||Georgios Zervinis||Greece||GRE||Eliminated r3/5||6|
|AC||Joe Reid||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r3/5||7|
|AC||Julien Depuychaffray||25||France||FRA||Eliminated r3/5||7|
|AC||Bror Vingren||26||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r2/5||6|
|AC||Jim Trifunov||29||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/5||6|