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.