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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 29, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top four in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-8th place.

Gold: KOR Han Myeong-U
Silver: TUR Necmi Gençalp
Bronze: TCH Jozef Lohyňa
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Defending champion Mark Schultz was back and had won the 1985 and 1987 World Championships. He won his first five matches but was then crushed in round six by Soviet Aleksandr Tambovtsev and round seven by Turkey’s Necmi Gençalp. Both Tambovtsec and Gençalp had one loss in group bouts, but Gençalp won Group B. Bulgarian Aleksandar Nanev had won silver medals at the last three Worlds, and was 1986-87 European Champion, but he lost his first two matches and was effectively eliminated. In Group A, Korean Han Myeong-U, 1986 Asian Games gold medalist as a welterweight, came through unbeaten to advance to the gold medal match against Gençalp. Han won the final comfortably, taking a decision 4-0, with Gençalp settling for silver. The bronze medal bout matched Tambovtsev against Czechoslovak Jozef Lohyňa, bronze medalist at the 1986-87 Europeans and 1986 Worlds. Lohyňa was well ahead on points when Tambovtsev was disqualified for passivity.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Han Myeong-U 31 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Necmi Gençalp 28 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Jozef Lohyňa 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze
4 Aleksandr Tambovtsev 24 Soviet Union URS
5 Puntsagiin Sükhbat 24 Mongolia MGL
6 Mark Schultz 27 United States USA
7 Atsushi Ito 24 Japan JPN
8 Hans Gstöttner 20 East Germany GDR
AC Čedo Nikolovski 27 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r5/6 Group A 10,0
AC Ahmed Afghan 18 Iran IRI Eliminated r4/6 Group A 8,5
AC Chris Rinke 27 Canada CAN Eliminated r4/6 Group A 7,0
AC Daniel Iglesias 26 Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/6 Group A 5,0
AC Chi Man-Hsien 20 Chinese Taipei TPE Eliminated r3/6 Group A 4,5
AC Moustafa Ramada Hussain 21 Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/6 Group A 4,0
AC Francisco Iglesias 23 Spain ESP Eliminated r3/6 Group A 4,0
AC Oumar N'Gom 30 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 Group A 1,0
AC Pierre-Didier Jollien 24 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 Group A 1,0
AC Matarr Jarju Gambia GAM Eliminated r2/6 Group A 0,0
AC Barthelémy N'To 25 Cameroon CMR Withdrew r2/6 Group A 0,0
AC Jouni Ilomäki 28 Finland FIN Eliminated r5/7 Group B 11,0
AC Victor Kodei 22 Nigeria NGR Eliminated r5/7 Group B 10,0
AC Mohamed Zayar 24 Syria SYR Eliminated r4/7 Group B 7,5
AC Andrzej Radomski 26 Poland POL Eliminated r3/7 Group B 5,0
AC Reiner Trik 25 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/7 Group B 3,5
AC Martin Doyle 29 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 Group B 2,0
AC Aleksandar Nanev 29 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r2/7 Group B 1,0
AC László Dvorák 23 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,0
AC Mohammed Jabouri Iraq IRQ Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,0
AC Ubaldo Rodríguez 30 Puerto Rico PUR Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,0