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Wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: August 1, 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 Steve Fraser
Silver: ROU Ilie Matei
Bronze: SWE Frank Andersson


The two favorites were Sweden’s [Frank Andersson], the 1979 and 1982 World Champion, and Romanian [Ilie Matei], who also competed in freestyle in Los Angeles, rare for this era. In round four of Group A Andersson met American [Steve Fraser] and was upset, 4-1. Prior to this class no American had won a medal in Greco-Roman wrestling but Fraser advanced to the final against Matei in which he won the gold medal on criteria, after they tied 1-1. Matei led most of the match 1-0, but Fraser caught him in a front headlock with only a few seconds remaining to take the title. Andersson did win the bronze medal, defeating West German [Uwe Sachs] on points, 5-0.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Steve Fraser 26 United States USA Gold
2 Ilie Matei 24 Romania ROU Silver
3 Frank Andersson 28 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Uwe Sachs 25 West Germany FRG
5 Jean-François Court 26 France FRA
6 Georgios Pozidis 28 Greece GRE
7 Toni Hannula 22 Finland FIN
8 Franz Marx 21 Austria AUT
AC Karolj Kopas 26 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r2/4 Group A 2,0
AC Garry Kallos 28 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/4 Group A 0,5
AC Abdul Breesam Rahman Iraq IRQ Eliminated r2/4 Group A 0,0
AC Kamal Ibrahim 23 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/2 Group B 0,5
AC Hiroshi Hase 23 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/2 Group B 0,0