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Wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: August 9, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
Format: Two groups of competitors. Placement within each group decided by a series of matches with positive points awarded for each result, from 4.0 for victory by fall, to 0.0 for defeat by fall. When three wrestlers remained within a group, they wrestled a round-robin series to determine the top three placements within the group. The winners of each group then wrestled for 1st and 2nd place. Runners-up in each group wrestled for 3rd and 4th place. Third-place finishers within each group wrestled for 5th and 6th place..

Gold: USA Lou Banach
Silver: SYR Joseph Atiyeh
Bronze: ROU Vasile Pușcașu


The best American wrestler in this class had been [Greg Gibson], who won two silvers and one bronze medal at the 1981-83 World Championships, as well as the 1983 Pan American title. Gibson was beaten in the US Trials by [Lou Banach], so Gibson elected to compete in Greco-Roman, winning a silver medal in that style at Los Angeles. Two days before this competition Banach’s brother, [Ed], had won the gold medal in the light-heavyweight division. Lou Banach easily won all his matches in Group B, and then met Syrian [Joseph Atiyeh] for the gold medal. That was not much of a match as Banach pinned Atiyeh in 1:01, but the silver medal Atiyeh won was the first ever for Syria at the Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Lou Banach 24 United States USA Gold
2 Joseph Atiyeh 27 Syria SYR Silver
3 Vasile Pușcașu 28 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Hayri Sezgin 23 Turkey TUR
5 Tamon Honda 20 Japan JPN
6 Georgios Poikilidis 22 Greece GRE
7 Kartar Dhillon Singh 30 India IND
8 Wayne Brightwell 26 Canada CAN
AC Karl-Johan Gustavsson 26 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/3 Group A 0,0
AC Oumar Samba Sy 24 Mauritania MTN Withdrew r2/3 Group A 0,0
AC Ambroise Sarr 33 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/3 Group B 0,0