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Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 28, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 2 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: JPN Mitsuo Ikeda
Silver: TUR Ä°brahim Zengin
Bronze: URS Vakht'ang Balavadze


The 1954 World Champion was Soviet Georgian [Vakh’tang Balavadze] and he would make it to the final round in Melbourne, joined there by Japanese [Mitsuo Ikeda] and Turkey’s [İbrahim Zengin]. In rounds three and four, Ikeda had defeated Balavadze and Zengin, so the gold medal was his by default, and he did not have to wrestle in the final round, as earlier round results were carried over. Zengin then defeated Balavadze to win the silver medal.

Balavadze had started out in sambo wrestling, a Soviet variant of judo and wrestling. He would win the World Championships again in 1957 and competed at the 1960 Olympics, but was not a medal contender. Zengin had been third at the 1951 Worlds as a lightweight.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Mitsuo Ikeda 21 Japan JPN Gold
2 Ä°brahim Zengin Turkey TUR Silver
3 Vakht'ang Balavadze 29 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4T Nabi Sorouri Iran IRI
4T Coenraad de Villiers 23 South Africa RSA
4T Per Berlin 35 Sweden SWE
AC Mitko Petkov 30 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Muhammad Latif 17 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Alfred Tischendorf 21 Germany GER Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Ernie Fischer 26 United States USA Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Noel Granger Australia AUS Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Ernst Wandaller 22 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Devi Singh India IND Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Bruno Ochman Canada CAN Withdrew r2/5 3
AC Veikko Rantanen 24 Finland FIN Withdrew r2/5 3