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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec; Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 27, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler, but a wrestler could not be eliminated after a victory. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: URS Ivan Yarygin
Silver: USA Russ Hellickson
Bronze: BUL Dimo Kostov


The defending champion and favorite was Soviet [Ivan Yarygin], who had won the World title in 1973 and the Europeans in 1972, 1975, and 1976. He was expected to be challenged by American [Russ Hellickson], who had been a medal favorite as a light-heavyweight in 1972. Hellickson, however,had lost in the 1972 Olympic Trials to [Ben Peterson], who went on to win the light-heavyweight gold medal in München. Hellickson continued to compete as a light-heavy but could not beat dominant Soviet Georgian [Levan Tediashvili], so Hellickson elected to move up to heavyweight, which was a more natural weight for him. In round five Yarygin and Hellickson met with Yarygin winning a hard-fought match 19-13 to defend his gold medal. Hellickson then defeated Bulgarian [Dimo Kostov] to take the silver medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Ivan Yarygin 27 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Russ Hellickson 28 United States USA Silver
3 Dimo Kostov 29 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Petr Drozda 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh 32 Mongolia MGL
6 Kazuo Shimizu 21 Japan JPN
7 Hans-Peter Stratz 26 West Germany FRG
8 Daniel Verník 28 Argentina ARG
AC Reza Sokhtesaraie 26 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Steve Daniar 21 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 8,5
AC Harald Büttner 23 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/6 6,5
AC Enache Panait 26 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Keith Peache 28 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC Robert N'Diaye 34 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Tore Hem 31 Norway NOR Withdrew r2/6 4,0