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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Light-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 Valery Rezantsev
Silver: BUL Stoyan Nikolov
Bronze: POL Czesław Kwieciński


There was no heavier favorite in Olympic wrestling in 1976 than Soviet [Valery Rezantsev]. Rezantsev was the defending Olympic Champion and had won the last five World titles. Rezantsev won his first four matches with only 1.0 bad points, and then defeated Bulgarian [Stoyan Nikolov] in the final round on criteria (tie-breakers), 6-6. Rezantsev retired after the 1976 Olympics, ending his career with 10 international gold medals in 10 competitions, also winning the European title three times.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Valery Rezantsev 29 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Stoyan Nikolov 27 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Czesław Kwieciński 33 Poland POL Bronze
4 Darko Nišavić 24 Yugoslavia YUG
5 Frank Andersson 20 Sweden SWE
6 István Séllyei 26 Hungary HUN
7T Sadao Sato 27 Japan JPN
7T James Johnson 22 United States USA
AC Hashem Kolahi 20 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Fred Theobald 26 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Michel Grangier 28 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Petre Dicu 22 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Ambroise Sarr 25 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 8,0