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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Super-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 Anatoly Roshchin
Silver: BUL Aleksandar Tomov
Bronze: ROU Victor Dolipschi

Summary

Soviet Anatoly Roshchin had won the silver medal in this class in 1964 and 1968, and was the World Champion in 1969-70, but he would be challenged by the 1971 World Champion, Bulgarian Aleksandar Tomov, who had already won the European Championship in 1972. After four rounds Roshchin and Tomov were left, along with Romanian Victor Dolipschi. Both defeated Dolipschi in the final round, and because of Roshchin’s victory over Tomov by decision in round two, the gold medal went to Roshchin. At 40-years-old he was the second oldest Olympic wrestling gold medalist, behind only 41-year-old Adolf Lindfors (FIN), who won in heavyweight Greco-Roman in 1920.

German Wilfried Dietrich also competed in this class, placing in a tie for fourth, after competing in the 1972 freestyle competition. This was his fifth Olympics, and his eighth Olympic wrestling tournament. Several other wrestlers have competed in five Olympics, but Dietrich’s eight tournaments is an absolute Olympic best.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Anatoly Roshchin 40 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Aleksandar Tomov 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Victor Dolipschi 21 Romania ROU Bronze
4T Ištvan Semeredi 24 Yugoslavia YUG
4T József Csatári 28 Hungary HUN
AC Wilfried Dietrich 38 West Germany FRG Withdrew r4/5
AC Chris Taylor 22 United States USA Eliminated r3/5 4,0
AC Petr Kment 30 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/5 7,0
AC Raimo Karlsson 24 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Tomomi Tsuruta 21 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Miguel Zambrano 20 Peru PER Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Edward Wojda 31 Poland POL Eliminated r2/5 8,0