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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: TCH Vítězslav Mácha
Silver: GRE Petros Galaktopoulos
Bronze: SWE Jan Karlsson


Soviet Viktor Igumenov had won the 1969-71 World Championships, but had to withdraw after the second round in München with an injury. The tournament did not start out well for Czechoslovak [Vítězslav Mácha], as he lost his first round match to Bulgaria’s [Ivan Kolev]. Kolev, however, lost his third round match to West German [Werner Schröter], and was eliminated after a draw in round four. Mácha, meanwhile, kept winning, and after five rounds only he and Greece’s [Petros Galaktopoulos] remained. Galaktopoulos was leading on bad points, but Mácha defeated him by decision to win the gold medal. Mácha came close to defending this gold medal in 1976, but lost his final match and took silver. The bronze medal went to Sweden’s [Jan Karlsson], who won a silver medal in welterweight freestyle in 1972. This made him one of only 13 Olympic wrestlers to have won medals in both styles at a single Olympics, but only the third after World War II, and through 2012, he is the last one to have done this.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Vítězslav Mácha 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold
2 Petros Galaktopoulos 27 Greece GRE Silver
3 Jan Karlsson 26 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Ivan Kolev 21 Bulgaria BUL
5 Momir Kecman 31 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Daniel Robin 29 France FRA
7 Klaus Pohl 31 East Germany GDR
AC Werner Schröter 28 West Germany FRG Eliminated r4/6 7,5
AC Eero Tapio 31 Finland FIN Eliminated r4/6 9,5
AC Franz Berger 32 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/6 6,0
AC Jiichiro Date 20 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Stanisław Krzesiński 22 Poland POL Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Mehmet Türüt 27 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Viktor Igumenov 29 Soviet Union URS Withdrew r3/6 3,0
AC Miklós Hegedűs 25 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Marcel Vlad 24 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Gary Neist 25 United States USA Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Robert Blaser 24 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC Nestor González 34 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Constant Bens 30 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 8,0