Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 5, 1932
Date Finished: August 7, 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.
With only three competitors it was not difficult to pick out the medalists. Finland’s [Onni Pellinen] had been the bronze medalist in this event at Paris and Amsterdam and had won European titles in 1929 and 1931. Sweden’s [Rudolf Svensson] won his first match over Pellinen. Pellinen then defeated Italy’s [Mario Gruppioni], welterweight bronze medalist at the 1925 Europeans. The final match saw Svensson defeat Gruppioni for the gold medal, as the tournament, with only three competitors, effectively devolved into a round-robin.
Svensson had a long international career, which had begun in 1921 when he won a silver medal at the World Championships in middleweight Greco. He competed in 11 major internationals between 1932-34, and never failed to win a medal, topped by his 1932 Olympic gold and European golds in 1925 and 1933.