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Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Light-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: USA Peter Mehringer
Silver: SWE Thure Sjöstedt
Bronze: AUS Eddie Scarf


Only four wrestlers made it to the mat in this class. [Thure Sjöstedt] (SWE) was the defending champion and was back in Los Angeles. He was challenged by American [Peter Mehringer], Canadian [Harry Madison], and Australian [Eddie Scarf]. Madison was a slight favorite but he lost by fall in round one to Scarf, as Mehringer defeated Sjöstedt by fall. When Mehringer also pinned Madison in round two, that left the Canadian out of the medals. Mehringer secured the gold with a workmanlike decision over Scarf in the final round, the silver going to Sjöstedt.

Mehringer was much better known in the United States as a football player, but would later turn to professional wrestling, mostly in New Zealand, as well as playing briefly in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals. Scarf would later win a gold medal at the 1938 British Empire Games. In 1934 Sjöstedt would win the freestyle heavyweight class at the European Championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Peter Mehringer 22 United States USA Gold
2 Thure Sjöstedt 28 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Eddie Scarf 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Harry Madison 22 Canada CAN