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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968
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: URS Borys Hurevych
Silver: MGL Jigjidiin Mönkhbat
Bronze: BUL Prodan Gardzhev

Summary

Soviet Ukrainian Borys Hurevych was the 1967 World and European Champion and would also win the gold medal in this class at Mexico City. After six rounds there were four wrestlers remaining – Hurevych, defending gold medalist Prodan Gardzhev of Bulgaria, Mongolian Jigjidiin Mönkhbat, and American Thomas Peckham. Hurevych and Gardzhev fought to a draw, which eliminated Gardzhev on bad points. Mönkhbat won by decision over Peckham, which eliminated both wrestlers on bad points, giving Hurevych the gold medal. He would later win the 1970 European title, after which he retired. This was the third Olympics for Gardzhev, adding a bronze medal to the gold he won in 1964, after finishing fifth at Roma in 1960. Mönkhbat was the silver medalist in Mexico City, adding that to a bronze he won at the 1967 Worlds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Borys Hurevych 31 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Jigjidiin Mönkhbat 27 Mongolia MGL Silver
3 Prodan Gardzhev 32 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Thomas Peckham 24 United States USA
5 Hüseyin Gürsoy Turkey TUR
6 Peter Döring 25 East Germany GDR
AC Ron Grinstead 25 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r4/7 8,0
AC Shigeru Endo 23 Japan JPN Eliminated r4/7 8,5
AC Lupe Lara 24 Cuba CUB Eliminated r4/7 9,0
AC Julio Graffigna 37 Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Umberto Marcheggiani 25 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/7 7,5
AC Jean-Marie Chardonnens 25 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r3/7 8,5
AC Francisc Balla 35 Romania ROU Eliminated r3/7 9,0
AC Géza Hollósi 30 Hungary HUN Withdrew r3/7 5,0
AC Raúl García 24 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Ernst Knoll 28 West Germany FRG Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Robert Chamberot 29 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Jan Wypiorczyk 21 Poland POL Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Ghulam Dastagir 23 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Robert Nihon 18 Bahamas BAH Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC José Manuel Hernández 27 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Mansour Mahdizadeh 30 Iran IRI Withdrew r2/7 4,0