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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: September 6, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
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: ROU Nicolae Martinescu
Silver: URS Nikolay Yakovenko
Bronze: HUN Ferenc Kiss


This was effectively a new class, although it was called the heavyweight class. The previous version of that weight class was now called the super-heavyweights. The favorite was Sweden’s [Per Svensson], the 1970-71 World Champion and 1969-70 European Champion, but he surprisingly went out after two rounds, the result of a draw and a loss by fall. With Svensson out the draw was open. After five rounds the two finalists were determined, Soviet [Nikolay Yakovenko], the 1972 European Champion, and Romanian [Nicolae Martinescu], a light-heavyweight bronze medalist at the 1968 Olympics. Yakovenko was well ahead on bad points, 1.0 to 5.5, but in his round five win over Bulgarian [Khristo Ignatov], Yakovenko was injured and had to withdraw from the final round, giving the gold medal to Martinescu.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Nicolae Martinescu 32 Romania ROU Gold
2 Nikolay Yakovenko 30 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Ferenc Kiss 30 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Khristo Ignatov 18 Bulgaria BUL
5 Fredi Albrecht 25 East Germany GDR
6 Tore Hem 27 Norway NOR
AC Andrzej Skrzydlewski 25 Poland POL Eliminated r4/6 8,5
AC Ruedi Lüscher 27 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Per Svensson 29 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Makoto Saito 21 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 6,5
AC Lorenz Hecher 25 West Germany FRG Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Aimo Mäenpää 35 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Buck Deadrich 27 United States USA Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Hassan Bechara 27 Lebanon LIB Withdrew r2/6 2,0