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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Light-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: URS Valery Rezantsev
Silver: YUG Josip Čorak
Bronze: POL Czesław Kwieciński


Soviet Kazakh [Valery Rezantsev] was the dominant wrestler in this class in the early 1970s. He came to München having won the 1970-71 Worlds, the first of his five consecutive titles. He had also won the 1970 European Championship, a title he would capture again in 1973-74. In München he was held to a draw in his first match against Romaniana [Nicolae Neguţ], but then won his next six matches to win the gold medal. He would return in 1976 and defend his gold medal in Montréal. The silver medal went to Yugoslav [Josip Čorak], who had been the 1969 European Champion. Bronze went to Poland’s [Czesław Kwieciński], who had a silver medal from the 1970 Worlds and a bronze at the 1965 Worlds. He would return in 1976 and repeat as bronze medalist.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Valery Rezantsev 25 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Josip Čorak 29 Yugoslavia YUG Silver
3 Czesław Kwieciński 29 Poland POL Bronze
4 József Pércsi 30 Hungary HUN
5 Håkon Øverby 30 Norway NOR
6 Nicolae Neguţ 26 Romania ROU
AC Kimuchi Tani 23 Japan JPN Eliminated r4/6 9,0
AC Wayne Baughman 31 United States USA Eliminated r3/6 8,5
AC Lothar Metz 33 East Germany GDR Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Günter Kowalewski 29 West Germany FRG Withdrew r3/6 4,0
AC Stoyan Nikolov 23 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Jean-Marie Chardonnens 29 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Roland Andersson 27 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 7,0