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Wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: August 7, 1984
Date Finished: August 9, 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 Ed Banach
Silver: JPN Akira Ota
Bronze: GBR Noel Loban


The world’s top wrestlers in this class were not present due to the Soviet-led boycott. In their absence the groups were won by American [Ed Banach] and Japan’s [Akira Ota], who went through undefeated. The final lasted only 4:02 when it was stopped with Banach ahead, 15-3, winning the gold medal on technical superiority. Banach’s twin brother, [Lou], also won a gold medal in Los Angeles, winning the heavyweight division two nights later. Ota never medalled at the World Championships, but he would return in 1988 at Seoul and repeat as Olympic silver medalist.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Ed Banach 24 United States USA Gold
2 Akira Ota 27 Japan JPN Silver
3 Noel Loban 27 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Clark Davis 27 Canada CAN
5 Macauley Appah 23 Nigeria NGR
6 Ä°smail Temiz 30 Turkey TUR
7 Abdul Majeed 21 Pakistan PAK
8 Michele Azzola 29 Italy ITA
AC Frank Andersson 28 Sweden SWE Eliminated r4/4 Group A 12,0
AC Edwin Lins 21 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/4 Group A 1,0
AC Amadou Katy Diop 31 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/4 Group A 0,0
AC Ilie Matei 24 Romania ROU Withdrew r2/4 Group A 0,0
AC Bodo Lukowski 23 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/3 Group B 4,0
AC Jai Prakash 26 India IND Eliminated r2/3 Group B 3,0
AC Abdul Breesam Rahman Iraq IRQ Eliminated r2/3 Group B 1,0
AC Mamadou Diallo Mauritania MTN Eliminated r2/3 Group B 1,0