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Men's Welterweight, 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: BUL Valentin Raychev
Silver: MGL Jamtsyn Davaajav
Bronze: TCH Dan Karabin


The best wrestler in this class was American Leroy Kemp, the 1978-79 World Champion and 1979 Pan American Games Champion, but he could not compete because of the boycott. The 1980 European Champion was West German [Martin Knosp], who was also boycotted out. In their absence [Valentin Raychev] won the gold medal, but it took him eight matches to do so. In round six, he threw Soviet [Pavel Pinigin], 1976 Olympic lightweight gold medalist, which eliminated Pinigin, who placed fourth. In the final round Raychev won the gold medal by winning decisions over Mongolian [Jamtsyn Davaajav] and Czechoslovak [Dan Karabin].

Kemp went on to win the 1982 World Championships and the 1983 Pan American Games. He was then surpassed by American [Dave Schultz], however, who won the 1983 Worlds and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, defeating Kemp in the US Trials, as Kemp never got to wrestle at the Olympics. Knosp would win the 1981 World title, with Raychev second and Kemp third, and Knosp would win a silver medal in this class at the 1984 Olympics, behind Schultz.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Valentin Raychev 26 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Jamtsyn Davaajav 25 Mongolia MGL Silver
3 Dan Karabin 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze
4 Pavel Pinigin 27 Soviet Union URS
5 Ryszard Ścigalski 26 Poland POL
6 Rajinder Singh 25 India IND
7 István Fehér 26 Hungary HUN
8 Riccardo Niccolini 22 Italy ITA
AC Otto Steingräber 23 East Germany GDR Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Marin Pîrcălabu 28 Romania ROU Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Khojawahid Zahedi 20 Afghanistan AFG Withdrew r3/7 4,0
AC Kiro Ristov 27 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Fitz Walker 21 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 7,5
AC Bartholomäus Brötzner 23 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Isaie Tonye 29 Cameroon CMR Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Ibrahim Khalil Juma Iraq IRQ Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Ruedi Marro 26 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Bani Merje Fawaz 30 Syria SYR Eliminated r2/7 8,0