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Wrestling at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, 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: SUI Robert Roth
Silver: USA Nat Pendleton
Bronze: SWE Ernst Nilsson
USA Fred Meyer


[Robert Roth] of Switzerland won the gold medal by defeating [Nat Pendleton] of the United States in the finals. [Hans Roth], brother of Robert, competed in [this class in 1924] at Paris but was eliminated after the second round. Roth was the only Olympic competitor, and the only wrestler not from Austria, Germany, or Hungary, who competed in the 1920 World Greco-Roman Championships. In the heavyweight class he finished 6th and last in that event.

There is some confusion over the third place in this event. The match between Meyer and Nilsson ended in a draw. Official regulations mention that a judge should pick a winner in such case, but apparently this did not occur. Contemporary sources contradict each other and themselves on whether these wrestlers were ranked third or fourth. Notably, both the Official Report and the US Olympic Committee Report list them as third in one place, yet as fourth in another. We have chosen to list them in third place, as this seems the most sensible.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Robert Roth 21 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Nat Pendleton 24 United States USA Silver
3T Fred Meyer 19 United States USA Bronze
3T Ernst Nilsson 28 Sweden SWE Bronze
5T Sven Mattsson 30 Finland FIN
5T Jussi Salila 35 Finland FIN
5T Frederick Mason Great Britain GBR
5T Archie MacDonald 25 Great Britain GBR