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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 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. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: TUR Ahmet Ayık
Silver: URS Shota Lomidze
Bronze: HUN József Csatári


In 1967 Turkey’s [Ahmet Ayık] won both the European and World Championships, defeating Soviet Georgian [Shota Lomidze], the 1966 European Champion, in the World finals. They advanced to the final round in Mexico City, along with Hungarian [József Csatári]. Csatári was quickly eliminated when he was thrown by Ayık late in their match, after he had already lost by decision to Lomidze. Ayık and Lomidze again met for the gold medal, and their match ended in a draw, but Ayık won the gold by virtue of fewer bad points earlier in the tournament.

Ayık wrestled for two more years, winning the 1970 European Championship, his eighth major international title. Lomidze moved up in weight after the Mexico City Olympics, winning World titles in 1969 and 1971 and a European title in 1969, all as a heavyweight. Czatári would also move up to heavyweight and wrestled through 1974. A steady performer, he would finish in the top six places 15 times at the Olympics, Worlds, and Europeans, winning three silvers and three bronze medals, but he never won a major international.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Ahmet Ayık 30 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Shota Lomidze 32 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 József Csatári 24 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Said Mustafov 35 Bulgaria BUL
5 Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh 24 Mongolia MGL
6T Ryszard Długosz 26 Poland POL
6T Jess Lewis 21 United States USA
AC Gerd Bachmann 25 East Germany GDR Eliminated r3/8 6,0
AC Moslem Eskandar-Filabi 24 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/8 6,5
AC Shunichi Kawano 31 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/8 7,0
AC Peter Jutzeler 28 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r3/8 7,0
AC Nicolae Neguț 22 Romania ROU Eliminated r3/8 8,0
AC Ed Millard 21 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/8 8,5
AC Daniel Verník 20 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/8 7,5
AC Alexis Nihon 22 Bahamas BAH Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Heinz Kiehl 25 West Germany FRG Withdrew r2/8 3,5