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.
Swede Ivar Johansson was the clear favorite as he had won the 1931 European Championship, and was beginning a stretch that would not see him lose any international event through the end of his career in 1939. But in the first round he was upset by Finland’s Kyösti Luukko, which meant that Johansson had to win all his later matches by falls to garner the gold medal – so he did, winning as expected. Luukko held on for the silver medal, losing by fall in the third round to American Robert Hess, which cost Luukko the gold medal. The bronze went to Hungarian József Tunyogi, who won his first three matches before losing in the medal round to Luukko by fall.
Four days later, Johansson would win another gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling, making him the first Olympic wrestler to win gold medals in freestyle and Greco-Roman at the same Olympics. This had previously only been accomplished by Kalle Anttila (FIN), but not in the same year, and through 2012, only Estonia’s Kristjan Palusalu in 1936 has ever repeated this feat.
|AC||Robert Hess||21||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/4||3|
|AC||Émile Poilvé||28||France||FRA||Eliminated r3/4||6|
|AC||Sumiyuki Kotani||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r3/4||6|
|AC||Donald Stockton||28||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/4||6|