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Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: SWE Johan Richthoff
Silver: USA Jack Riley
Bronze: AUT Nikolaus Hirschl
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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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Johan Richthoff 34 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Jack Riley 23 United States USA Silver
3 Nikolaus Hirschl 24 Austria AUT Bronze