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Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Gold: USA Bob Pearce
Silver: HUN Ödön Zombori
Bronze: FIN Aatos Jaskari


There were only eight entrants. The first round saw Greek [Georgios Zervinis] pin Canadian [Jim Trifunov] in only 41 seconds, but neither would factor in the medals. After three rounds, the medalists were decided, with [Bob Pearce] (USA), [Ödön Zombori] (HUN) and [Aatos Jaskari] (FIN) advancing to the medal round. Zombori was leading at that time with only 1 bad point, but Pearce and Jaskari both defeated him by decision to eliminate him. This gave the gold medal to Pearce as he had defeated Jaskari in the first round, and it also gave Jaskari 5 bad points.

Zombori would return to win the gold medal in Berlin and enjoyed a very long career. He was European Champion in freestyle in 1931 and 1933 and in Greco-Roman in 1933, and he actually competed at the World Championships in 1958, after a long absence. Pearce was a top American wrestler, but this was his only international competition.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Bob Pearce 24 United States USA Gold
2 Ödön Zombori 25 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Aatos Jaskari 28 Finland FIN Bronze
AC Georgios Zervinis Greece GRE Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Joe Reid Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Julien Depuychaffray 25 France FRA Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Bror Vingren 26 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Jim Trifunov 29 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/5 6