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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976
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 Nikolay Balboshin
Silver: BUL Kamen Goranov
Bronze: POL Andrzej Skrzydlewski


[Nikolay Balboshin] of the Soviet Union came in as the overwhelming favorite. He had won the World Championships in 1973-74 and he European title in 1973 and 1975-76. His expected victory in Montréal was one of the most dominant in Olympic history, winning four matches by falls and one by disqualification. The competition really came down to who would win the silver medal, which went to Bulgaria’s [Kamen Goranov] over Poland’s [Andrzej Skrzydlewski], who won bronze. This was based on Goranov defeating Skrzydlewski by decision in the final round, 6-2. Fourth-place unusually went to an American, with [Brad Rheingans] posting the best ever US finish in Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling, until the 1984 Olympics.

Balboshin would continue to dominate this class over the next few years. He won three more World Championships (1977-79) and five consecutive European titles (1975-79), and went to Moskva in 1980 expected to defend his gold medal. In Moskva, however, he was injured and at far less than his best and was withdrew after two rounds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Nikolay Balboshin 27 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Kamen Goranov 28 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Andrzej Skrzydlewski 29 Poland POL Bronze
4 Brad Rheingans 22 United States USA
5 Tore Hem 31 Norway NOR
6 Heinz Schäfer 26 West Germany FRG
7T József Farkas 24 Hungary HUN
7T Nicolae Martinescu 36 Romania ROU
AC Daniel Verník 28 Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/5 8,0
AC Fredi Albrecht 29 East Germany GDR Eliminated r3/5 8,0
AC Bahram Moshtaghi 24 Iran IRI Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Yasunari Akiyama 28 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Robert N'Diaye 34 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/5 8,0