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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: September 1, 1960
Date Finished: September 6, 1960
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: USA Shelby Wilson
Silver: URS Volodymyr Syniavskiy
Bronze: BUL Enyu Valchev


Soviet Ukrainian [Volodymyr Syniavskiy] won the 1959 World Championships, defeating Bulgarian [Enyu Valchev] in the finals. This competition was very tight with five competitors remaining after round five – American [Shelby Wilson], with 4 bad points, Korean [Bong Ug-Won], Iran's [Moustafa Tajiki], and Syniavskiy and Valchev, all with 5 bad points. In round six, Wilson defeated Tajiki by decision and Valchev decisioned Bong. Wilson had defeated Syniavskiy in round four, and this gave him the gold medal, with Syniavskiy placing second, as Tajiki, Bong, and Valchev were all eliminated on bad points.

Wilson's victory was a major upset as he had never even won an NCAA or AAU title in the United States. Valchev would win the 1962 World Championship and then won the gold medal in this class at Tokyo in 1964. Syniavskiy was a silver medalist in the class at the 1961 World Championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shelby Wilson 23 United States USA Gold
2 Volodymyr Syniavskiy 27 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Enyu Valchev 24 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4T Bong Ug-Won 22 South Korea KOR
4T Moustafa Tajiki 28 Iran IRI
6 Garibaldo Nizzola 32 Italy ITA
7 Martti Peltoniemi 25 Finland FIN
8T Hayrullah Şahinkaya 26 Turkey TUR
8T Kazuo Abe 25 Japan JPN
8T Ray Lougheed 25 Canada CAN
11 Tony Ries, Jr. 20 South Africa RSA
12T Muhammad Ashraf-Din 26 Pakistan PAK
12T Roger Bielle 31 France FRA
12T Mario Tovar 27 Mexico MEX
15 Parkash Gian 23 India IND
16 Nazem Amine 33 Lebanon LIB
17T Kenny Stephenson 22 Great Britain GBR
17T Horst Bergmann 22 Germany GER
17T José Yañez 28 Cuba CUB
20T Rafael Duran 22 Venezuela VEN
20T Nick Stamulus 19 Australia AUS
20T Gyula Tóth 33 Hungary HUN
20T Jan Kuczyński 25 Poland POL
24 Amir Jan Khalunder 35 Afghanistan AFG