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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, 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 Suren Nalbandyan
Silver: ROU Ştefan Rusu
Bronze: GDR Heinz-Helmut Wehling


[Suren Nalbandyan] had been 1975 World Youth Champion but was unknown at the senior level prior to 1976. He made the Soviet team early in the year, however, by winning the Soviet Championships. He went on to win the gold medal in this class but did not dominate, winning only one match by fall. He won his last three matches by close decisions over Romanian [Ştefan Rusu], Poland’s [Andrzej Supron], and East German [Heinz-Helmut Wehling], silver medalist in 1972 as a featherweight. Nalbandyan would also compete at the 1980 Olympics, placing fourth, but he never competed at the World Championships on the senior level. He was the first Armenian Soviet to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal. Rusu would return to the 1980 Olympics and win the gold medal in this class, completing his set with a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics as a welterweight.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Suren Nalbandyan 20 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Ştefan Rusu 20 Romania ROU Silver
3 Heinz-Helmut Wehling 25 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Lars-Erik Skiöld 24 Sweden SWE
5 Andrzej Supron 23 Poland POL
6 Manfred Schöndorfer 27 West Germany FRG
7 Erol Mutlu 24 Turkey TUR
8 Markku Yli-Isotalo 23 Finland FIN
AC Kim Hae-Myeong 19 South Korea KOR Eliminated r4/6 8,0
AC Gian Matteo Ranzi 28 Italy ITA Eliminated r4/6 9,0
AC Nedelcho Nedev 27 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Pat Marcy 25 United States USA Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Ferenc Toma 27 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 7,5
AC Jacques Van Lancker 26 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Ja'far Alizadeh Koldkeshi 19 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Takeshi Kobayashi 28 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Sergio Fiszman 20 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC John McPhedran 26 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Erasmo Estrada 17 Cuba CUB Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Arona Mané Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Mohamed Bahamou 31 Morocco MAR Withdrew r2/6 4,0