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Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 6, 1956
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 3 points; loss by 3-0 decision = 3 points; loss by fall = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler.

Gold: URS Konstantin Vyrupayev
Silver: SWE Edvin Vesterby
Bronze: ROU Francisc Horvath


There were no favorites in this class, which was considered wide open. The finalists would be Soviet [Konstantin Vyrupayev], Romanian [Francisc Horvath], and Sweden’s [Edvin Vesterby]. Vyrupayev had actually lost his first round match to Horvath, but continued to win after that to make the final round. In the final round, however, he defeated Vesterby by unanimous decision. All three finalists ended up with four bad points and a 1-1 record against each other, with Vyrupayev winning gold because Vesterby’s victory over Horvath had been by split decision. Vesterby would return in 1960 and place fourth in this class at Roma.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Konstantin Vyrupayev 26 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Edvin Vesterby 29 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Francisc Horvath 28 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Imre Hódos 28 Hungary HUN
5 Fred Kämmerer 22 Germany GER
6 Dinko Petrov 21 Bulgaria BUL
AC Adolfo Díaz Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Reijo Nykänen 26 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Kent Townley 26 United States USA Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Yaşar Yılmaz 26 Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Franz Brunner 25 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Joe Sweeney 23 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Omer Vercouteren 26 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 6