Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: August 5, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top five in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-10th place.
This class was unusual in international wrestling as there was an overwhelming favorite and it was an American. [John Smith] had won the gold medal in 1988 and was World Champion in 1987 and 1989-91, also winning Pan American gold medals in 1987 and 1991. He had also won the World Cup in 1989 and 1991 and was Goodwill Games champion in 1990.
This competition, however, was much closer than expected. Smith barely won his first two matches, 3-2 and 2-1, and then lost his final match in Group A to Cuban [Lázaro Reinoso], 3-1, on points. Smith, Reinoso, and Unified Team wrestler [Magomed Azizov] all ended Group A with one loss, but Smith advanced on more classification points in the head-to-head matches. In the final Smith met Iran’s [Asgari Mohammadian], the 1988 Olympic silver medalist as a bantamweight. Smith finally came out of his funk and won fairly easily, shutting out Mohammadian, 6-0, to defend his gold medal.
|1||John Smith||26||United States||USA||Gold|
|5||Magomed Azizov||23||Unified Team||EUN|
|8||Sin Sang-Gyu||24||South Korea||KOR|
|10||Anibál Nieves||26||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|AC||Kim Gwang-Chol||22||North Korea||PRK||Eliminated r4/5 Group A||5,0|
|AC||Giovanni Schillaci||24||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r3/5 Group A||5,0|
|AC||İsmail Faikoğlu||26||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r3/5 Group A||5,0|
|AC||Marty Calder||25||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r3/5 Group A||2,0|
|AC||Takumi Adachi||26||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r2/5 Group A||2,0|
|AC||Tjaart du Plessis||25||South Africa||RSA||Eliminated r2/5 Group A||1,0|
|AC||Eduards Žukovs||20||Latvia||LAT||Eliminated r4/6 Group B||6,0|
|AC||Dariusz Grzywiński||23||Poland||POL||Eliminated r3/6 Group B||4,0|
|AC||Georgios Moustopoulos||21||Greece||GRE||Eliminated r3/6 Group B||3,0|
|AC||Vicente Cáceres||25||Spain||ESP||Eliminated r2/6 Group B||2,0|
|AC||Dharan Singh Dahiya||25||India||IND||Eliminated r2/6 Group B||2,0|