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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec; Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 27, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 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, but a wrestler could not be eliminated after a victory. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: USA John Peterson
Silver: URS Viktor Novozhilov
Bronze: FRG Adolf Seger


In 1972 Soviet Georgian [Levan Tediashvili] had defeated the American [John Petersen] in this class, while Petersen’s brother [Ben] had won a gold medal as a light-heavyweight. In Montréal both Petersen brothers were back in the same classes, but Tediashvili had moved up to light-heavyweight, where he won another gold, shunting Ben Petersen back to the silver medal position. But John Petersen, with Tediashvili, considered the world’s greatest freestyler in this era, out of the class, was able to move up and win the gold medal in 1976. The decisive match came in round five when John Petersen defeated Soviet [Viktor Novozhilov], the 1974 World and European Champion, who would win silver. West German [Adolf Seger], the 1975 World Champion and 1976 European Champion, won the bronze medal, although he had been easily beaten by Petersen in round three, 14-4. Seger would again win the World title in 1977.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 John Peterson 27 United States USA Gold
2 Viktor Novozhilov 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Adolf Seger 31 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Mehmet Uzun 26 Turkey TUR
5 Ismail Abilov 25 Bulgaria BUL
6 Henryk Mazur 23 Poland POL
7 István Kovács 26 Hungary HUN
8 Masaru Motegi 26 Japan JPN
AC Vasile Iorga 31 Romania ROU Eliminated r4/6 9,0
AC Richard Deschatelets 22 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Chimidiin Gochoosüren 23 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Ibrahim Diop Senegal SEN Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Mohamed Hassan Mohebbi 19 Iran IRI Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC André Bouchoule 28 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Tony Shacklady 30 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Imad Faddoul 22 Lebanon LIB Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC David Aspin 26 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Manuel Villapol 20 Puerto Rico PUR Eliminated r2/6 8,0