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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight, Greco-Roman

Wrestling at the 1972 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: September 5, 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 Gheorghe Berceanu
Silver: IRI Rahim Aliabadi
Bronze: BUL Stefan Angelov


This was the first time this class was held at the Olympics, but there had been World and European Championships since 1969, and those events had been dominated by Romanian [Gheorghe Berceanu], losing only the 1971 Worlds to Soviet [Vladimir Zubkov]. Zubkov lost his first two matches by falls, the second to Berceanu, and was quickly out of the tournament. Berceanu was unstoppable, winning all his matches with no significant challenges, and winning the gold medal. Silver went to Iranian [Rahim Aliabadi], who had been runner-up to Berceanu at the 1969 Worlds, while bronze was won by Bulgaria’s [Stefan Angelov], who had been second to Berceanu earlier in the year at the 1972 Europeans. Berceanu and Angelov would return to the 1976 Olympics, winning silver and bronze, respectively.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Gheorghe Berceanu 22 Romania ROU Gold
2 Rahim Aliabadi 29 Iran IRI Silver
3 Stefan Angelov 25 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Raimo Hirvonen 22 Finland FIN
5 Kazuharu Ishida 24 Japan JPN
6 Lorenzo Calafiore 37 Italy ITA
AC Bernd Drechsel 18 East Germany GDR Eliminated r4/6 7,0
AC Günter Maas 30 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/6 6,5
AC Sotiris Ventas 27 Greece GRE Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Ferenc Seres 26 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Alfredo Olvera 24 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/6 7,5
AC Lennart Svensson 22 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/6 8,5
AC Hızır Sarı 21 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Bernard Szczepański 26 Poland POL Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Wayne Holmes 22 United States USA Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Habib Dlimi 22 Tunisia TUN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Vladimir Zubkov 24 Soviet Union URS Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Mohamed El-Malky Ragheb 19 Egypt EGY Withdrew r2/6 0,0
AC Ochirdolgoryn Enkhtaivan 20 Mongolia MGL Withdrew r2/6 3,0
AC Mohieddin El-Sas 22 Syria SYR Withdrew r2/6 4,0