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Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1932
Date Finished: August 7, 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 Ivar Johansson
Silver: FIN Väinö Kajander
Bronze: ITA Ercole Gallegati


The clear favorite in this class was Sweden’s [Ivar Johansson], who was European Champion in 1931, and only two days before this competition, had won a gold medal in freestyle. Johansson lived up to the hype, winning his first three bouts by falls, before easily defeating Finland’s [Väino Kajander] for the gold medal. This made Johansson the first Olympic wrestler to win gold medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. The bronze medal went to Italian [Ercole Gallegati], who had a fortunate bye in the third round.

To drop down from freestyle middleweight to Greco welterweight, Johansson spent the two days between tournaments fasting and sweating in sauna, losing 5 kg in the process. Johansson would return in 1936 and win gold as a middleweight in Greco-Roman. Through the end of his international career in 1939 he would win eight more European Championships. Gallegati would wrestle at the 1936, 1948, and 1952 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in middleweight Greco in 1948. Kajander was never heard from again on the international level.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Ivar Johansson 29 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Väinö Kajander 38 Finland FIN Silver
3 Ercole Gallegati 20 Italy ITA Bronze
AC Osvald Käpp 27 Estonia EST Eliminated r3/5 5
AC Børge Jensen 21 Denmark DEN Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Arild Dahl 29 Norway NOR Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Shuichi Yoshida Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Gyula Zombori Hungary HUN Withdrew r2/5 3