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Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, 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: SWE Johan Richthoff
Silver: USA Jack Riley
Bronze: AUT Nikolaus Hirschl


There were only three competitors so everybody won a medal. They were led by the defending champion, Swede [Johan Richthoff ], who had won three European titles since the Amsterdam Olympics, and was an overwhelming favorite. In the first two rounds he defeated American [Jack Riley] and Austria’s [Nikolaus Hirschl] to defend his gold medal. Riley pinned Hirschl in the final round for the silver medal. Riley had been a two-time NCAA champion and later played briefly in the NFL with the Boston Redskins. A few days after this event ended, Hirschl would add another bronze medal in Greco-Roman heavyweight.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Johan Richthoff 34 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Jack Riley 23 United States USA Silver
3 Nikolaus Hirschl 24 Austria AUT Bronze