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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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: YUG Momir Petković
Silver: URS Vladimir Cheboksarov
Bronze: BUL Ivan Kolev


Serbian Yugoslav [Momir Petković] was known for his magnificent moustache, but, prior to 1976, not for his wrestling. He came to Montréal with no international record, having never competed at the Worlds or Europeans, but he left a gold medalist. Petković was helped by a weak field with no major favorites. In round three he faced Soviet [Vladimir Cheboksarov] in a desperately close match which ended in a 6-6 tie, but Petković was declared the winner on criteria, or various tie-breaking methods. Petković won all six of his matches, winning by disqualification in round one, and then taking six straight decisions to win the gold medal. He would later win silver medals at the World Championships in 1978-79 and 1981, but never again won a major international. Cheboksarov won silver while the bronze went to Bulgarian [Ivan Kolev], who lost his final match to Petković.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Momir Petković 22 Yugoslavia YUG Gold
2 Vladimir Cheboksarov 24 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Ivan Kolev 25 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Leif Andersson 26 Sweden SWE
5 Miroslav Janota 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Kazuhiro Takanishi 23 Japan JPN
7 Ion Enache 29 Romania ROU
8 Adam Ostrowski 31 Poland POL
AC Keijo Manni 25 Finland FIN Eliminated r4/6 8,5
AC André Bouchoule 28 France FRA Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Dan Chandler 24 United States USA Eliminated r3/6 8,5
AC Csaba Hegedűs 27 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Franz Pitschmann 21 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC David Cummings 27 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Houshang Montazeralzohour 25 Iran IRI Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Giuseppe Vitucci 25 Italy ITA Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Ibrahim Diop Senegal SEN Withdrew r2/6 4,0