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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 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. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: URS Levan Tediashvili
Silver: USA John Peterson
Bronze: ROU Vasile Iorga


Soviet Georgian [Levan “Teddy” Tediashvili] had won the 1971 World Championships, but that was his first year of international wrestling. He would soon become known as the top technical wrestler in the world in his weight divisions, winning multiple internationals. In München he won all his matches, five by decisions, to win the gold medal. In round four he faced relatively unknown American [John Peterson], defeating him on points, which decided the top two podium positions, as Peterson would eventually win the silver.

In 1976 Peterson would return to win the gold medal in this class, but Tediashvili also won gold, after he moved up to light-heavyweight in Montréal, defeating Peterson’s brother, [Ben]. Ben Peterson was the defending light-heavy champion in 1976, winning that class in München.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Levan Tediashvili 24 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 John Peterson 23 United States USA Silver
3 Vasile Iorga 27 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Horst Stottmeister 24 East Germany GDR
5 Tatsuo Sasaki 29 Japan JPN
6 Peter Neumair 21 West Germany FRG
AC Kurt Elmgren 28 Sweden SWE Eliminated r4/6 6,0
AC Jan Wypiorczyk 25 Poland POL Eliminated r4/6 7,0
AC Ivan Iliev 25 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r4/6 8,0
AC Tömöriin Artag 29 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r4/6 8,0
AC Jimmy Martinetti 26 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r4/6 9,0
AC Hayri Polat 24 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 6,0
AC István Kovács 22 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Ali Hagilou 26 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Richard Barraclough 29 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/6 8,5
AC Taras Hyrb 20 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC André Bouchoule 24 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Jesús Blanco 25 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Lupe Lara 27 Cuba CUB Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC David Aspin 22 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Constant Bens 30 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC Ibrahim Diop Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC Ghulam Dastagir 27 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Harishchandra Birajdar 22 India IND Eliminated r2/6 8,0