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Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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 Ivar Johansson
Silver: FIN Kyösti Luukko
Bronze: HUN József Tunyogi


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.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Ivar Johansson 29 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Kyösti Luukko 29 Finland FIN Silver
3 József Tunyogi 25 Hungary HUN Bronze
AC Bob 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