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 three competitors so everybody won a medal. They were led by the defending champion, Swede [Johan Richthoff ], who had won three European titles since the Amsterdam Olympics, and was an overwhelming favorite. In the first two rounds he defeated American [Jack Riley] and Austria’s [Nikolaus Hirschl] to defend his gold medal. Riley pinned Hirschl in the final round for the silver medal. Riley had been a two-time NCAA champion and later played briefly in the NFL with the Boston Redskins. A few days after this event ended, Hirschl would add another bronze medal in Greco-Roman heavyweight.