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Wrestling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 29, 1980
Date Finished: July 31, 1980
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: BUL Ismail Abilov
Silver: URS Magomedkhan Aratsilov
Bronze: HUN István Kovács

Summary

The only top wrestler missing was American defending gold medalist [John Petersen], who had won bronze at the 1978 World Championships, and silver in 1979, but he would not have been favored. There were three co-favorites – Bulgaria’s Ismail Abilov, the 1980 European Champion; Soviet Magomedkhan Aratsilov, the 1978 World Champion; and Hungarian [István Kovács], the 1979 World Champion. The chalk held as those three made it to the final round. Abilov had defeated Aratsilov on points in round five, and when he threw Kovács in 1:48 in the finals, he won the gold medal. Aratsilov took silver on a superior decision over Kovács, 18-1.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Ismail Abilov 29 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Magomedkhan Aratsilov 29 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 István Kovács 30 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Henryk Mazur 27 Poland POL
5 Abdulah Memedi 28 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Zevegiin Düvchin 25 Mongolia MGL
7 Günter Busarello 20 Austria AUT
8 Mohamed El-Oulabi 29 Syria SYR
AC Armin Weier 23 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Sören Claeson 21 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Zachée N'Dock 25 Cameroon CMR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Abdul Rahman Mohammed Iraq IRQ Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Vasile Ţigănaş 29 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Ahmadjan Khasan 23 Afghanistan AFG Withdrew r2/6 4,0