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Wrestling at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Celebration Hall, Royal Zoological Society, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 25, 1920
Date Finished: August 27, 1920
Format: Single-elimination tournament. Losing semi-finalists wrestled off for 3rd-Place.

Gold: USA Charley Ackerly
Silver: USA Sam Gerson
Bronze: GBR Philip Bernard


This was virtually a U.S. national championship, as [Charley Ackerly] and [Sam Gerson] were the class of the field. Ackerly had defeated Gerson in the semi-finals of the 1920 U.S. AAU championships, which served as an unofficial Olympic Trials. They had also met twice before in collegiate matches, with each winning once. They had been captains of Ivy League wrestling teams in college – Ackerly at Cornell and Gerson at Penn.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charley Ackerly 22 United States USA Gold
2 Sam Gerson 24 United States USA Silver
3 Philip Bernard Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Randhir Shindes India IND
5T Daniel Kaiser Switzerland SUI
5T Jean Harrasse France FRA
5T Georges Barathon France FRA
5T Henry Inman 33 Great Britain GBR
9T Ioannis Dialetis Greece GRE
9T Kaarlo Mäkinen 27 Finland FIN