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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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 Doug Blubaugh
Silver: TUR Ä°smail Oğan
Bronze: PAK Muhammad Bashir


Iran's [Emam Ali Habibi] was considered the overwhelming favorite in this class. He had won the 1959 World Championships, was Olympic lightweight gold medalist in 1956, and the 1958 Asian Champion. He was thought to be the “unbeatable Iranian.” Nobody outside of the United States had heard of American [Doug Blubaugh] but Habibi would soon find out. Blubaugh won his first four matches, three by falls, and one by walkover, and then met Habibi in round five, throwing him in 2:37 to eliminate Habibi, who would finish in a tie for fourth. In the final round Blubaugh then won by decision over Turkey's [İsmail Oğan] and threw Pakistani [Muhammad Bashir] to win the gold medal.

Blubaugh should have been better known, having won two AAU titles, an NCAA title, and the 1959 Pan American Championships. Habibi went on to win the 1961 and 1962 World Championships and his loss in Roma was his only one ever at a major international. Oğan came back in 1964 and won the gold medal in this class.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Doug Blubaugh 25 United States USA Gold
2 İsmail Oğan 27 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Muhammad Bashir 25 Pakistan PAK Bronze
4T Gaetano De Vescovi 22 Italy ITA
4T Emam Ali Habibi 29 Iran IRI
4T Yutaka Kaneko 27 Japan JPN
7 Coenraad de Villiers 27 South Africa RSA
8 Åke Carlsson 23 Sweden SWE
9T Karl Bruggmann 25 Switzerland SUI
9T Martin Heinze 21 Germany GER
11T Vakht'ang Balavadze 32 Soviet Union URS
11T Musa Kazanov 23 Bulgaria BUL
13 Kurt Boese 30 Canada CAN
14T Juan Rolón 30 Argentina ARG
14T Udey Chand 25 India IND
16 Peter Amey 25 Great Britain GBR
17T Sultan Mohammad Dost 28 Afghanistan AFG
17T Joe Feeney 23 Ireland IRL
19T Franz Berger 20 Austria AUT
19T Juan Flores 19 Mexico MEX
21T Choi Myeong-Jong 27 South Korea KOR
21T Robert Clark 20 Australia AUS
23 Veikko Rantanen 28 Finland FIN