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Wrestling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Komazawa Gymnasium, Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: JPN Yojiro Uetake
Silver: TUR Hüseyin Akbaş
Bronze: URS Aydın İbrahimov

Summary

The last two World Champions were Turkey’s Hüseyin Akbaş (1962) and Soviet Azerbaijani Aydın İbrahimov (1963). Both would make the final round where they were joined by Japan’s Yojiro Uetake, who had never competed internationally. Uetake attended college in the United States at Oklahoma State University, where he won three straight NCAA Championships (1964-66) and was never beaten in college. In the final round Uetake defeated both Akbaş and İbrahimov by decision to win the gold medal. Akbaş won silver with a victory on points over İbrahimov.

Uetake only competed at one other major international, the 1968 Olympics, in which he would defend his title in this class. He later settled in Oklahoma where he coached at Oklahama State. İbrahimov would go on to win the 1966 European Championship. Akbaş placed fourth at the 1965 Worlds and then retired.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Yojiro Uetake 21 Japan JPN Gold
2 Hüseyin Akbaş Turkey TUR Silver
3 Aydın İbrahimov 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 David Auble 26 United States USA
5 Choi Yeong-Gil 22 South Korea KOR
6 Bishambar Singh 24 India IND
AC János Varga 24 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/6 7
AC Muhammad Siraj-Din 29 Pakistan PAK Withdrew r4/6 5
AC Abdullah Khodabandeh 28 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Mladen Georgiev 23 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Moises López 23 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/6 8
AC Pekka Alanen 19 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 9
AC Koji Hirabayashi 22 Canada CAN Withdrew r3/6 4
AC Mohammad Daoud Anwary 22 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Bazaryn Sükhbaatar 21 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Walter Pilling 29 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Karl Dodrimont 25 Germany GER Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Rubén Leibovich 30 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 8
AC Kevin McGrath 18 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 8
AC Tortillano Tumasis 30 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/6 8