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Wrestling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 28, 1980
Date Finished: July 30, 1980
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 Illia Mate
Silver: BUL Slavcho Chervenkov
Bronze: TCH Július Strnisko


The only major contender missing was American [Russ Hellickson], the 1976 silver medalist, who had lost in the final of the 1979 Worlds to Soviet [Illia Mate]. Mate, however, would have been favored at any rate, also having won the 1979 European title. Another contender was Bulgarian [Slavcho Chervenkov], runner-up at the Europeans in 1979-80. Mate and Chervenkov both made the final round, joined there by Czechoslovak [Július Strnisko]. Mate had won a close decision over Chervenkov in round four, 6-4, so when he defeated Strnisko by superior decision in the final, 15-3, Mate won the gold medal. Chervenkov also easily defeated Strnisko, 11-3, to take silver. Mate would win the 1982 World Championships, again defeating Chervenkov in the final round. Strnisko won two more bronze medals at the 1982-83 European Championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Illia Mate 23 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Slavcho Chervenkov 24 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Július Strnisko 21 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze
4 Harald Büttner 27 East Germany GDR
5 Tomasz Busse 23 Poland POL
6 Vasile Pușcașu 24 Romania ROU
7 Bárbaro Morgan 28 Cuba CUB
8 Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh 36 Mongolia MGL
AC Antal Bodó 22 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Ambroise Sarr 29 Senegal SEN Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Bourcard Binelli 22 Cameroon CMR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Santiago Morales 28 Spain ESP Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Satpal Singh 25 India IND Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Saleh El-Said 30 Syria SYR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Frank Andersson 24 Sweden SWE Withdrew r2/6 4,0