Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 30, 1928
Date Finished: August 1, 1928
Format: Single-elimination tournament with separate single-elimination tournaments for second- and third-place. Second-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner. Third-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner or runner-up.
No international freestyle events had been contested since the 1924 Olympics so it was difficult to choose a favorite, but two previous Olympic champions were entered in this class. Finland’s [Kustaa Pihlajamäki] had won the bantamweight freestyle in Paris, while Estonian [Eduard Pütsep] had won in 1924 in bantamweight Greco-Roman.
With nine entrants only one match took place in round one, and Pütsep was in it, but he lost to Britain’s [Harold Angus] and was out of the tournament. Pihlajamäki won his first match but was then defeated by American [Allie Morrison] in the semi-finals. In the final Morrison defeated Swiss wrestler [Hans Minder] for the gold medal. Minder would lose to Pihlajamäki in the silver-medal tournament, but won the bronze medal basically by default, on a walkover. Pihlajamäki competed at Los Angeles as a lightweight but did not make the podium, but in Berlin he would return to the featherweight class and win his second Olympic gold medal.
|1||Allie Morrison||23||United States||USA||Gold|
|7T||Harold Angus||Great Britain||GBR|