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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: USA Wayne Wells
Silver: SWE Jan Karlsson
Bronze: FRG Adolf Seger

Summary

There was no clear favorite in this class but Soviet Yury Gusov was the 1971 World Champion and 1969 European Champion, and American Wayne Wells had won the 1970 Worlds. Gusov would struggle and was eliminated after the fourth round, after losing in rounds three and four. Wells made it to the final round, along with Sweden’s [Jan Karlsson] and Germany’s Adolf Seger, the 1972 European Champion. In the final round Wells defeated both Karlsson and Seger by decisions to win the gold medal. Karlsson won the silver, as he had defeated Seger in round six.

Wells retired after the 1972 Olympics, returning to a law practice in Oklahoma. Between 1966-74 Karlsson would have six podium finishes at the Worlds and Europeans but never won a title. Seger would defend his European title in 1973.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Wayne Wells 25 United States USA Gold
2 Jan Karlsson 26 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Adolf Seger 27 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Yancho Pavlov 20 Bulgaria BUL
5T Mansour Barzegar 25 Iran IRI
5T Daniel Robin 29 France FRA
5T Wolfgang Nitschke 25 East Germany GDR
AC Ludovic Ambruş 25 Romania ROU Eliminated r4/7 6,5
AC Yury Gusov 32 Soviet Union URS Eliminated r4/7 8,0
AC Robert Blaser 24 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r4/7 8,5
AC Miroslav Musil 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r4/7 9,0
AC Miklós Urbanovics 30 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/7 10,0
AC Danzandarjaagiin Sereeter 29 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r3/7 7,5
AC Mukhtiar Singh 29 India IND Eliminated r3/7 9,0
AC Mehmet Ali Demirtaş 21 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/7 9,0
AC Muhammad Yaghoub 25 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/7 9,0
AC Toshitada Yoshida 24 Japan JPN Withdrew r3/7 3,5
AC Shakar Khan Shakar 31 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Tony Shacklady 26 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Bruce Akers 19 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Bruno Hartmann 25 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Nestor González 34 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Alfred Wurr 29 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Francisco Lebeque 23 Cuba CUB Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Bachir Hani Abou Assi 24 Lebanon LIB Eliminated r2/7 8,0