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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Light-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 Levan Tediashvili
Silver: USA Ben Peterson
Bronze: ROU Stelian Morcov


In 1972 Soviet Georgian [Levan Tediashvili] had defeated the American [John Petersen] in the middleweight class, while Petersen's brother [Ben] had won a gold medal as a light-heavyweight. In Montréal both Petersen brothers were back in the same classes, but Tediashvili had moved up to light-heavyweight, where he won another gold, shunting Ben Petersen back to the silver medal position. Tediashvili was considered the world's greatest freestyler in this era and had not lost a match since 1971, having won the 1973-75 World Championships and the 1974/1976 European titles. After six rounds in Montréal only “Teddy” and Petersen remained with Tediashvili winning by decision, 11-5.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Levan Tediashvili 28 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Ben Peterson 26 United States USA Silver
3 Stelian Morcov 24 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Horst Stottmeister 28 East Germany GDR
5 Terry Paice 23 Canada CAN
6 Paweł Kurczewski 25 Poland POL
7 Frank Andersson 20 Sweden SWE
8 Bárbaro Morgan 24 Cuba CUB
AC Keijo Manni 25 Finland FIN Eliminated r4/7 8,0
AC Yoshiaki Yatsu 19 Japan JPN Eliminated r4/7 9,0
AC Shukri Lyutviev 24 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Maurice Allan 30 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Peter Neumair 25 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Ali Reza Soleimani 20 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Muhammad Salah-ud-din 27 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Ambroise Sarr 25 Senegal SEN Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Ä°smail Temiz 22 Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Géza Molnár 22 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Michel Grangier 28 France FRA Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Wayne Thomas 16 United States Virgin Islands ISV Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Dashdorjiin Tserentogtokh 25 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r2/7 8,0