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Wrestling at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight A, Greco-Roman

Wrestling at the 1912 Summer Games:


Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 6, 1912
Date Finished: July 15, 1912
Format: Double-elimination tournament. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final-round tournament.

Gold: SWE Claes Johanson
Silver: RUS Martin Klein
Bronze: FIN Alppo Asikainen


[Alois Totuschek] of Austria had won two international championships in 1909 and 1910 in this weight class, while [Alfred )Alppo) Asikainen] (FIN) had triumphed at a 1911 meet in Helsinki. Totuschek lost his first round match against Sweden's [Claes Johanson], and was eliminated after losing in the fourth round.

Asikainen fared better, advancing to the round one of the finals where he met [Martin "Max" Klein], who was from Estonia and represented Russia in 1912. In their match, Klein and Asikainen wrestled for 11 hours under a hot sun before Klein finally prevailed by pinning the Finn. But he was so exhausted from the effort that he could not continue and Johanson, who he was to have met in the final match, won the gold medal by default. Johanson later won the European championship in 1913 and in 1920 at Antwerp, won another Olympic gold medal, this time [wrestling as a light-heavyweight].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Claes Johanson 27 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Martin Klein 27 Russia RUS Silver
3 Alppo Asikainen 23 Finland FIN Bronze
AC r7/8 August Jokinen 23 Finland FIN
AC r7/8 Konrad Åberg 22 Finland FIN
AC r6/8 Jan Sint 25 Netherlands NED
AC r5/8 Mikko Holm 22 Finland FIN
AC r5/8 Fridolf Lundsten 27 Finland FIN
AC r5/8 Emil Westerlund 25 Finland FIN
AC r5/8 Edvin Fältström 21 Sweden SWE
AC r4/8 Peter Kokotowitsch 21 Austria AUT
AC r4/8 Alois Totuschek 27 Austria AUT
AC r4/8 Theodor Tirkkonen 29 Finland FIN
AC r4/8 Joseph Merkle 29 Germany GER
AC r4/8 Árpád Miskey 25 Hungary HUN
AC r4/8 Andrea Gargano Italy ITA
AC r4/8 Mauritz Andersson 25 Sweden SWE
AC r4/8 Fritz Johansson 18 Sweden SWE
AC r3/8 Adolf Kurz 24 Germany GER
AC r3/8 Willi Steputat 23 Germany GER
AC r3/8 Zavirre Carcereri 36 Italy ITA
AC r3/8 Jānis Polis 19 Russia RUS
AC r3/8 Aleksandr Severov 23 Russia RUS
AC r3/8 Axel Frank 29 Sweden SWE
AC r3/8 Joaquim Vital 27 Portugal POR
AC r2/8 Anders Andersen 30 Denmark DEN
AC r2/8 Hvitfeldt Hansen 21 Denmark DEN
AC r2/8 Adrien Barrier 21 France FRA
AC r2/8 Edgar Bacon 24 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/8 Stanley Bacon 26 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/8 Noel Rhys 24 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/8 Anastasios Antonopoulos Greece GRE
AC r2/8 Rezső Somogyi 24 Hungary HUN
AC r2/8 Theodor Bergqvist 26 Sweden SWE
AC r2/8 Theodor Dahlberg 28 Sweden SWE
AC r2/8 Sven Ohlsson 26 Sweden SWE
AC r1/8 Alfred Gundersen 19 Norway NOR
AC r1/8 Viktor Melin 21 Sweden SWE