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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: JPN Jiichiro Date
Silver: IRI Mansour Barzegar
Bronze: USA Stan Dziedzic

Summary

The favorites were Iran’s Mansour Barzegar and Soviet Ruslan Ashuraliyev, who had won the last three World Championships, and also won World silver medals when they did not win the title. Ashuraliyev was eliminated after round five when he lost by decision to American Stan Dziedzic. Barzegar, Dziedzic were joined in the final round by Japan’s Jiichiro Date, bronze medalist at the 1975 Worlds. None of the finalists had yet met one another, so three final matches were needed. Date defeated both Barzegar and Dziedzic to win the gold medal, with Barzegar defeating Dziedzic to clinch silver. Dziedzic would win the 1977 World Championships, avenging his defeat to Barzegar in the final match.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Jiichiro Date 24 Japan JPN Gold
2 Mansour Barzegar 29 Iran IRI Silver
3 Stan Dziedzic 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Ruslan Ashuraliyev 26 Soviet Union URS
5 Marin Pîrcălabu 24 Romania ROU
6 Fred Hempel 25 East Germany GDR
7 Jarmo Övermark 21 Finland FIN
8 Kiro Ristov 23 Yugoslavia YUG
AC Yu Jae-Gwon 30 South Korea KOR Eliminated r4/6 8,5
AC Dan Karabin 21 Czechoslovakia TCH Withdrew r4/6 4,5
AC Jan Karlsson 30 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/6 6,0
AC Yancho Pavlov 24 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/6 6,5
AC Brian Renken 21 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Giuseppe Spagnoli 29 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Bruce Akers 23 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Mihály Toma 28 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Yakup Topuz 22 Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Keith Haward 25 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Zevegiin Düvchin 21 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Dennis Herrick 23 Puerto Rico PUR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Ivan David 31 United States Virgin Islands ISV Withdrew r2/6 4,0