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Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, 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: FIN Hermanni Pihlajamäki
Silver: USA Ed Nemir
Bronze: SWE Einar Karlsson


Ten wrestlers came to the mat in this event, the most of any wrestling event in Los Angeles. The favorite was Finland’s [Hermanni Pihlajamäki], who was the 1931 European Champion and whose cousin, [Kustaa], was the silver medalist in this class in 1928 and was considered one of the greatest wrestlers of the 1930s. Hermanni was nowhere near his level but was still expected to win and he did not disappoint, winning his first three matches by falls, and decisioning Greece’s [Ioannis Farmakidis] in the medal round to secure the gold medal. He would win a bronze medal in freestyle lightweight in 1936. The bronze medal in Los Angeles went to Sweden’s [Einar Karlsson], who came back in Berlin and won another silver medal, that time in Greco-Roman featherweight. The silver medal went to unheralded American [Ed Nemir], who had never won anything more in the US than the Pacific Coast South titles in 1929 and 1930.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Hermanni Pihlajamäki 28 Finland FIN Gold
2 Ed Nemir 22 United States USA Silver
3 Einar Karlsson 23 Sweden SWE Bronze
AC Joseph Taylor 24 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r4/5 6
AC Ioannis Farmakidis 24 Greece GRE Eliminated r4/5 7
AC Jean Chasson 26 France FRA Withdrew r3/5 3
AC Christian Schack 31 Denmark DEN Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Fidel Arellano Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Herb Rowland 21 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Ichiro Hatta 26 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 6