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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 23, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Gold: HUN János Varga
Silver: ROU Ion Baciu
Bronze: URS Ivan Kochergin


The three leading contenders were Romanian [Ion Baciu], the 1967 World Champion, Hungarian János Varga, the 1967 European Champion, and Bulgarian [Khristo Traykov], the 1968 European Champion. Varga had also been runner-up at the 1967 Worlds and 1968 Europeans. Traykov won his first bout by a disqualification, but was then pinned by Baciu and was eliminated when he lost by disqualification to American [Dave Hazewinkel]. In round six Baciu and Varga met for the gold medal, and when the match ended in a draw, Baciu was eliminated, gold going to Varga. In the matches for the lesser medals, Baciu threw Greek [Othon Moskhidis] and advanced to a silver medal match against Soviet [Ivan Kochergin]. Baciu and Kochergin were both disqualified in that match, but that still gave the silver medal to Baciu, as Kochergin and Moskhidis had drawn in round six.

Varga and Baciu would return to the Olympics in 1972, but neither medalled, with Varga finishing fourth and Baciu sixth. Varga did win the 1970 World and European Championships. Traykov would win the 1972-73 Europeans.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 János Varga 28 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Ion Baciu 24 Romania ROU Silver
3 Ivan Kochergin 32 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Othon Moskhidis 26 Greece GRE
5 Koji Sakurama 30 Japan JPN
6T Ibrahim El-Sayed 27 Egypt EGY
6T Kaya Öczan Turkey TUR
AC Risto Björlin 23 Finland FIN Eliminated r4/8 6,0
AC Dave Hazewinkel 24 United States USA Eliminated r4/8 6,0
AC An Cheon-Yeong 24 South Korea KOR Eliminated r4/8 7,0
AC Arthur Spaenhoven 34 Belgium BEL Eliminated r4/8 7,5
AC Jean Nakouzi 21 Lebanon LIB Eliminated r3/8 6,0
AC Khristo Traykov 21 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/8 7,0
AC Karlo Čović 23 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r3/8 7,0
AC Rodolfo Guerra 26 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/8 8,0
AC Józef Lipień 19 Poland POL Eliminated r3/8 9,0
AC Fritz Stange 32 West Germany FRG Withdrew r3/8 5,0
AC Khalifa Karouane Morocco MAR Eliminated r2/8 6,0
AC Roland Svensson 23 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/8 6,0
AC Hartmut Puls 23 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/8 6,5
AC Luís Grilo 22 Portugal POR Eliminated r2/8 7,0
AC Herb Singerman 22 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Johnny Nielsen 27 Denmark DEN Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Javier Raxón 23 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/8 8,0