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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972
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 Ivan Yarygin
Silver: MGL Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh
Bronze: HUN József Csatári
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This was effectively a new class, although it was called the heavyweight class. The previous version of that weight class was now called the super-heavyweights. This would turn out to be a showcase for 1972 European Champion Ivan Yarygin, who won all seven of his matches by falls. He needed only 17:03 on the mat to win his gold medal decisively. Silver went to Mongolian Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh, who had been runner-up at the 1971 Worlds. He won that medal with a victory on points over Hungarian József Csátári, who had also won a bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics, that one in light-heavyweight freestyle.

Yarygin would win the 1973 World Championships, the 1975-76 Europeans, and defended his Olympic gold medal in 1976 at Montréal. Bayanmönkh also wrestlED at the 1976 Olympics, placing fifth in heavyweight freestyle.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Ivan Yarygin 23 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh 28 Mongolia MGL Silver
3 József Csatári 28 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Vasil Todorov 27 Bulgaria BUL
5 Enache Panait 22 Romania ROU
6 Ryszard Długosz 30 Poland POL
AC Abolfazl Anvari 34 Iran IRI Eliminated r4/6 9,0
AC Julio Tamussin 29 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/6 6,5
AC Harry Geris 24 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Alfons Hecher 28 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Bruno Jutzeler 26 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Henk Schenk 27 United States USA Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Gerd Bachmann 29 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Karel Engel 32 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Shizuo Yada 24 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Robert N'Diaye 30 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 8,0