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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Super-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 Aleksandr Medved
Silver: BUL Osman Duraliev
Bronze: USA Chris Taylor

Summary

The favorite was Aleksandr Medved, who had won light-heavyweight gold in 1964, and this division in 1968, when it was called the heavyweight class. Since the heavyweights and super-heavys had separated at the 1969 World Championships, Medved had won every title, with the runner-up each time Bulgarian Osman Duraliev, who had also been second to Medved at the 1968 Olympics. One other contender in 1972 was American [Chris Taylor], who was especially notable for his size, as he weighed over 400 lbs. (182 kg). Taylor and Medved met in round one, with Medved winning on decision after referee gave Taylor a controversial passivity penalty. They won the rest of their bouts, with the bad points Taylor accumulated by his loss to Medved eliminating him after round five, and leaving him with a bronze medal. Medved and Duraliev were the only wrestlers remaining after the fifth round and Medved defeated Duraliev, as he always did, by decision.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Aleksandr Medved 34 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Osman Duraliev 33 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Chris Taylor 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Moslem Eskandar-Filabi 28 Iran IRI
5 Wilfried Dietrich 38 West Germany FRG
6 Peter Germer 22 East Germany GDR
AC Ştefan Stîngu 31 Romania ROU Eliminated r4/6 9,5
AC Stanisław Makowiecki 29 Poland POL Eliminated r3/6 7,5
AC Yorihide Isogai 32 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Gıyasettin Yılmaz 34 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Miguel Zambrano 20 Peru PER Eliminated r2/6 6,5
AC István Maróthy 29 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Oldřich Vlasák 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/6 8,0