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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Super-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 Soslan Andiyev
Silver: HUN József Balla
Bronze: ROU Ladislau Șimon


Soviet [Soslan Andiyev] was a heavy favorite in this class, having won the 1973 and 1975 World Championships and the 1974-75 Europeans. He dominated the class, winning six matches easily. Silver went to Hungarian [József Balla], who lost in the first round to Andiyev by disqualification. Andiyev would win the 1977-78 Worlds and defended his Olympic gold medal in Moskva in 1980, with Balla again taking the silver. Because of Andiyev, Balla would win six medals at the World and Europeans, but his only title came in winning the 1983 European Championship.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Soslan Andiyev 24 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 József Balla 20 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Ladislau Șimon 24 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Roland Gehrke 22 East Germany GDR
5 Nikola Dinev 22 Bulgaria BUL
6 Yorihide Isogai 35 Japan JPN
7 Moslem Eskandar-Filabi 32 Iran IRI
8 Mamadou Sakho 25 Senegal SEN
AC Jimmy Jackson 19 United States USA Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Doljingiin Adyaatömör 31 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Harry Geris 28 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Einar Gundersen 27 Norway NOR Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC Carlos Braconi 28 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Lázaro Morales 20 Cuba CUB Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Heinz Eichelbaum 35 West Germany FRG Eliminated r2/6 8,0