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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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: SWE Ivar Johansson
Silver: GER Ludwig Schweickert
Bronze: HUN József Palotás


Sweden’s [Ivar Johansson] was likely the greatest pound-for-pound wrestler in the world in the 1930s. At Los Angeles in 1932 he had won gold in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Between 1931-39 he won nine European titles, six in Greco-Roman and three in freestyle. He had been European Champion in this class in 1931, 1934, and 1935. He led throughout in Berlin, only accumulating 2 bad points on decision wins before he won the gold medal by defeating Hungary’s [József Palotás] by a fall in the final at 3:48. Palotás’ loss to Johansson gave the silver medal to Germany’s [Ludwig Schweickert], with Palotás taking bronze. Schweickert lost to Johansson in the final of the 1937 and 1939 Europeans, but he would later die in World War II, fighting on the Russian Front.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Ivar Johansson 33 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Ludwig Schweickert 21 Germany GER Silver
3 József Palotás 25 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Väinö Kokkinen 36 Finland FIN
5 Ibrahim Orabi Egypt EGY
6 Ercole Gallegati 24 Italy ITA
AC Francisc Cocoş 25 Romania ROU Eliminated r4/6 6
AC Hans Pointner 27 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Josef Přibyl 32 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Kalman Kiš 21 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Voldemar Mägi 21 Estonia EST Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Hans Frederiksen 31 Denmark DEN Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Édouard Pigeot 24 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Georgios Lefakis Greece GRE Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Ernest Gogel 24 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Adnan Yurdaer 27 Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/6 6