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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Events: 20

Participants: 330 (330 men and 0 women) from 41 countries
Youngest Participant: MGL Byambajavyn Javkhlantögs (16 years, 272 days)
Oldest Participant: ROU Nicolae Martinescu (36 years, 148 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 60 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (18 medals)


Wrestling in 1976 was mostly conducted at the Pierre Charbonneau Center in the Olympic Park, although the final rounds of freestyle were held at the Maurice Richard Arena. The Pierre Charbonneau Arena was built in 1957 and hosts various conventions, exhibitions and sporting events. It was originally built as a police academy but has been the home arena for various Canadian professional basketball teams. The Maurice Richard Arena was built in 1962 and is named after an all-time Canadian hero from the NHL. It is mainly an ice rink, although some conventions and corporate events are held there.

The 1976 wrestling program was the same as in 1972 with 10 weight classes in each style, with no change in the weight limits. The event was again conducted by the negative (bad) point system, with a slight tweak in the scoring system from 1972, as win by fall or superior decision was now given 0 points, and loss by fall or superior decision earned 4 points. The negative (bad) point system was effectively a double elimination tournament, although a wrestler could not be eliminated after a victory. When three wrestlers remained in any class, they entered a medal round-robin competition, with previous match results carried over.

Soviet wrestling dominance was absolute in 1976. They won 12 gold medals and 18 medals in the 20 classes. They led both styles in both medal lists, with 8 medals and 5 golds in freestyle, and winning medals in all 10 classes in Greco-Roman, with 7 gold medals.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Light-Flyweight, Greco-Roman URS Aleksey Shumakov ROU Gheorghe Berceanu BUL Stefan Angelov
Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman URS Vitaly Konstantinov ROU Nicu Gingă JPN Koichiro Hirayama
Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman FIN Pertti Ukkola YUG Ivica Frgić URS Farkhat Mustafin
Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman POL Kazimierz Lipień URS Nelson Davydian HUN László Réczi
Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman URS Suren Nalbandyan ROU È˜tefan Rusu GDR Heinz-Helmut Wehling
Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman URS Anatoly Bykov TCH Vítězslav Mácha FRG Karl-Heinz Helbing
Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman YUG Momir Petković URS Vladimir Cheboksarov BUL Ivan Kolev
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman URS Valery Rezantsev BUL Stoyan Nikolov POL Czesław Kwieciński
Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman URS Nikolay Balboshin BUL Kamen Goranov POL Andrzej Skrzydlewski
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman URS Oleksandr Kolchynskiy BUL Aleksandar Tomov ROU Roman Codreanu
Men's Light-Flyweight, Freestyle BUL Khasan Isaev URS Roman Dmitriyev JPN Akira Kudo
Men's Flyweight, Freestyle JPN Yuji Takada URS Aleksandr Ivanov KOR Jeon Hae-Seop
Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle URS Vladimir Yumin GDR Hans-Dieter Brüchert JPN Masao Arai
Men's Featherweight, Freestyle KOR Yang Jeong-Mo MGL Zevegiin Oidov USA Gene Davis
Men's Lightweight, Freestyle URS Pavel Pinigin USA Butch Keaser JPN Yasaburo Sugawara
Men's Welterweight, Freestyle JPN Jiichiro Date IRI Mansour Barzegar USA Stan Dziedzic
Men's Middleweight, Freestyle USA John Peterson URS Viktor Novozhilov FRG Adolf Seger
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle URS Levan Tediashvili USA Ben Peterson ROU Stelian Morcov
Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle URS Ivan Yarygin USA Russ Hellickson BUL Dimo Kostov
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle URS Soslan Andiyev HUN József Balla ROU Ladislau Șimon