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Wrestling at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: FIN Arvo Haavisto
Silver: USA Lloyd Appleton
Bronze: CAN Maurice Letchford


No international freestyle events had been contested since the 1924 Olympics so it was difficult to choose a favorite. Only one of the 11 entrants had previously won an Olympic medal and that was Finland’s [Arvo Haavisto], who won bronze as a lightweight in 1924. Haavisto won three straight matches to coast to the gold medal, defeating American [Lloyd Appleton] in the final match. Appleton would get through the second-place tournament to win the silver medal, while the bronze went to Canadian [Maurice Letchford].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Arvo Haavisto 28 Finland FIN Gold
2 Lloyd Appleton 22 United States USA Silver
3 Maurice Letchford 19 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Jean Jourlin 23 France FRA
5T Harry Morris Australia AUS
5T Bob Cook 22 Great Britain GBR
7T Alfred Praks 26 Estonia EST
7T Hyacinthe Roosen Belgium BEL
7T Fritz Käsermann Switzerland SUI
10T Theofilos Tomazos 26 Greece GRE
10T Johannes Jacobsen 29 Denmark DEN