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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 2, 1936
Date Finished: August 4, 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: USA Frank Lewis
Silver: SWE Thure Andersson
Bronze: CAN Joe Schleimer


None of the recent European Champions entered for this class, which made choosing a favorite difficult. German [Jean Földeak] was European Champion in 1931 and 1933-34, and had finished fourth in the class in 1932 but did not compete in 1936. After three rounds American [Frank Lewis] led with 0 bad points, having won all his matches by falls, but in round four he was thrown by Sweden’s [Thure Andersson]. The final round came down to Lewis, Andersson, and Canada’s [Joe Schleimer], with Lewis and Schleimer leading with only 3 bad points to Andersson’s 4. Lewis received a final-round bye and when Andersson threw Schleimer, Lewis had the gold medal under the arcane bad points system, despite losing to Andersson. Andersson won the silver and Schleimer bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Frank Lewis 23 United States USA Gold
2 Thure Andersson 29 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Joe Schleimer 27 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Jean Jourlin 31 France FRA
5 Willy Angst 22 Switzerland SUI
6 Sepp Paar 23 Germany GER
AC John O'Hara 22 Australia AUS Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Julien Beke 22 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Hüseyin Erçetin 24 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Jaakko Pietilä 23 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Kálmán Sóvári 25 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 7
AC William Fox 23 Great Britain GBR Withdrew r3/6 4
AC August Kukk 28 Estonia EST Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Rashid Anwar 26 India IND Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Shoichi Masutomi 24 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Alois Samec 30 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/6 6