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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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: GDR Lothar Metz
Silver: URS Valentin Olenik
Bronze: YUG Branislav Simić


The defending gold medalist was Yugoslav [Branislav Simić] but he had done little since 1964. In fact, of the major titles since 1964, nobody had dominated, with multiple wrestlers winning medals, so it was difficult to choose a favorite. After five rounds four wrestlers remained – Simić, 1964 bronze medalist East German [Lothar Metz], Soviet [Valentin Olenik], the 1966 World Champion, and Romanian [Nicolae Neguţ], who had already competed in freestyle in Mexico City, but as a light-heavyweight. In round six Simić drew with Olenik, which eliminated Olenik. Metz defeated Neguţ on points, which eliminated Neguţ. Simić and Metz had drawn in round five, but Metz won the gold medal based on fewer bad points, Olenik taking silver and Simić bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Lothar Metz 29 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Valentin Olenik 29 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Branislav Simić 33 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
4 Nicolae Neguț 22 Romania ROU
5 Wayne Baughman 27 United States USA
6 Petar Krumov 27 Bulgaria BUL
AC Håkon Øverby 26 Norway NOR Eliminated r4/6 7,0
AC Czesław Kwieciński 25 Poland POL Eliminated r4/6 7,0
AC Tevfik Kış 34 Turkey TUR Eliminated r4/6 8,5
AC Teuvo Ojala 21 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 6,0
AC Ernst Knoll 28 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/6 6,0
AC Jiří Kormaník 33 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC László Sillai 25 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Jean-Marie Chardonnens 25 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Julio Graffigna 37 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC José Manuel Hernández 27 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Kenjiro Hiraki 28 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Héctor Alvarez 21 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Bertil Nyström 33 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 8,0