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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 6, 1936
Date Finished: August 9, 1936
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 2 points; loss by 3-0 decision = 3 points; loss by fall = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler.

Gold: TUR Yaşar Erkan
Silver: FIN Aarne Reini
Bronze: SWE Einar Karlsson


Finland’s [Kustaa Pihlajamäki] was European Champion from 1931-34 and runner-up in 1935 to German [Sebastian Hering], but Pihlajamäki elected to compete in freestyle at Berlin, winning the gold medal in featherweight in that style. Hering led after two rounds but victories by decision in rounds three and four gave him 3 bad points, and when he lost in round five to Sweden’s [Einar Karlsson], Hering was eliminated. The final round came down to Karlsson, Finland’s [Aarne Reini], and Turkey’s [Yaşar Erkan], who led through five rounds before losing to Reini, the 1933-34 European Champion in lightweight, in round six. Karlsson led with 3 bad points to 4 each for Reini and Erkan. Erkan drew a bye in the final round and when Reini defeated Karlsson, they both went past the 5 bad point limit, eliminating them, and giving Erkan the gold medal, with Reini taking silver and Karlsson bronze.

Pihlajamäki won the World Championships again in 1937-39. Erkan, Balkan Champion in 1933-35, also competed in freestyle in Berlin, losing to Pihlajamäki, who eliminated him.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Yaşar Erkan 25 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Aarne Reini 29 Finland FIN Silver
3 Einar Karlsson 27 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Sebastian Hering 25 Germany GER
5 Krisjānis Kundziņš 31 Latvia LAT
6 Valentino Borgia 21 Italy ITA
AC Gyula Móri 22 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/7 6
AC Henryk Szlązak 23 Poland POL Eliminated r4/7 6
AC Ion Horvath 23 Romania ROU Eliminated r4/7 7
AC Nikolaos Biris Greece GRE Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Hideichi Yoshioka 21 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Eugène Kracher 26 France FRA Eliminated r3/7 7
AC František Janda 26 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Tomo Šestak 21 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Erich Fincsus 23 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Norman Morrell 24 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Ernst Lehmann 25 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/7 6
AC August Scherpenisse 24 Belgium BEL Withdrew r2/7 3
AC Robert Nielsen 25 Denmark DEN Withdrew r2/7 3