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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 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: USA Kenny Monday
Silver: URS Adlan Varayev
Bronze: BUL Rakhmat Sofiadi
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The favorite was Soviet Adlan Varayev who was the 1987 World Champion and had won the last three European titles. The best American in this class had recently been Dave Schultz, the 1983 World and 1984 Olympic Champion, who had won medals at the Worlds from 1985-87, but he had recently been surpassed in the US by Kenny Monday, who won the US Trials. Monday and Varayev both went undefeated in their groups and met for the gold medal in the final. Varayev was ahead 2-1 with 17 seconds left when Monday made a crotch lift reversal to tie the match, which went into overtime. Early in the extra period Monday grabbed Varayev in a body lock and took him down for 3 points which turned out to be the margin of victory. Monday would compete at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, winning a silver medal in 1992 and placing sixth in 1996. Varayev retired from competition after Seoul and became a coach.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Kenny Monday 26 United States USA Gold
2 Adlan Varayev 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Rakhmat Sofiadi 22 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Lodoin Enkhbayar 23 Mongolia MGL
5 Pekka Rauhala 28 Finland FIN
6 Ayatollah Vagozari 27 Iran IRI
7 Yun Gyeong-Jae 25 South Korea KOR
8 Uwe Westendorf 22 East Germany GDR
AC Yoshihiko Hara 24 Japan JPN Eliminated r5/7 Group A 13,0
AC Claudiu Tămăduianu 25 Romania ROU Eliminated r5/7 Group A 11,0
AC Muhammad Anwar 29 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/7 Group A 5,0
AC Haitham Jibara Iraq IRQ Eliminated r3/7 Group A 4,5
AC Jean Manga 29 Cameroon CMR Eliminated r3/7 Group A 4,0
AC Naresh Kumar 22 India IND Eliminated r3/7 Group A 4,0
AC Mamadou Diaw Diallo Guinea GUI Eliminated r3/7 Group A 3,0
AC Lars Gustafsson 22 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/7 Group A 2,0
AC Monday Eguabor 20 Nigeria NGR Eliminated r2/7 Group A 1,0
AC David Harmon 21 Ireland IRL Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Djiby Diouf 31 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Šaban Sejdi 29 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r5/7 Group B 12,5
AC Gary Holmes 22 Canada CAN Eliminated r5/7 Group B 11,0
AC Adama Damballey Gambia GAM Eliminated r4/7 Group B 8,0
AC Bruno Beudet 23 France FRA Eliminated r3/7 Group B 5,5
AC János Nagy 24 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/7 Group B 5,5
AC Alfonso Jessel 30 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,5
AC Eusebio Serna 27 Spain ESP Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,0
AC Fitz Walker 29 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,0
AC Salem Ould Habib 24 Mauritania MTN Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,0
AC Uati Iutana 19 Samoa SAM Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,0
AC Abdullah Al-Ghrbi 23 North Yemen YAR Eliminated r2/7 Group B 0,0