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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: September 6, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 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.

Gold: ROU Nicolae Martinescu
Silver: URS Nikolay Yakovenko
Bronze: HUN Ferenc Kiss

Summary

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. The favorite was Sweden’s Per Svensson, the 1970-71 World Champion and 1969-70 European Champion, but he shockingly went out after two rounds, the result of a draw and a loss by fall. With Svensson out the draw was open. After five rounds the two finalists were determined, Soviet Nikolay Yakovenko, the 1972 European Champ, and Romanian Nicolae Martinescu, a light-heavyweight bronze medalist at the 1968 Olympics. Yakovenko was well ahead on bad points, 1.0 to 5.5, but in his round five win over Bulgarian Khristo Ignatov, Yakovenko was injured and had to withdraw from the final round, giving the gold medal to Martinescu.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Nicolae Martinescu 32 Romania ROU Gold
2 Nikolay Yakovenko 30 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Ferenc Kiss 30 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Khristo Ignatov 18 Bulgaria BUL
5 Fredi Albrecht 25 East Germany GDR
6 Tore Hem 27 Norway NOR
AC Andrzej Skrzydlewski 25 Poland POL Eliminated r4/6 8,5
AC Ruedi Lüscher 27 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Per Svensson 29 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Makoto Saito 21 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 6,5
AC Lorenz Hecher 25 West Germany FRG Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Aimo Mäenpää 35 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Buck Deadrich 27 United States USA Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Hassan Bechara 27 Lebanon LIB Withdrew r2/6 2,0