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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 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.

Gold: URS Valery Rezantsev
Silver: BUL Stoyan Nikolov
Bronze: POL Czesław Kwieciński


There was no heavier favorite in Olympic wrestling in 1976 than Soviet [Valery Rezantsev]. Rezantsev was the defending Olympic Champion and had won the last five World titles. Rezantsev won his first four matches with only 1.0 bad points, and then defeated Bulgarian [Stoyan Nikolov] in the final round on criteria (tie-breakers), 6-6. Rezantsev retired after the 1976 Olympics, ending his career with 10 international gold medals in 10 competitions, also winning the European title three times.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Valery Rezantsev 29 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Stoyan Nikolov 27 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Czesław Kwieciński 33 Poland POL Bronze
4 Darko Nišavić 24 Yugoslavia YUG
5 Frank Andersson 20 Sweden SWE
6 István Séllyei 26 Hungary HUN
7T Sadao Sato 27 Japan JPN
7T James Johnson 22 United States USA
AC Hashem Kolahi 20 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Fred Theobald 26 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Michel Grangier 28 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Petre Dicu 22 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Ambroise Sarr 25 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 8,0