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Wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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 Mark Schultz
Silver: JPN Hideyuki Nagashima
Bronze: CAN Chris Rinke


This class was wide-open because the top four ranked wrestlers were boycotted out of the Los Angeles Olympics. This gave American [Mark Schultz] the favorite’s role, one day after his brother, [Dave], had won the welterweight gold medal. He was expected to be challenged by Turkey’s [Reşit Karabacak], the 1982 European Champion. Unfortunately, because wrestling was not seeded in this era, they met in the first round of Group B. Schultz quickly pinned Karabacak, fracturing his left arm in the process. The Turks protested and it was upheld, with Schultz disqualified, but Karabacak was out of the competition. Schultz went on to win all his other matches, despite the officials noting that they were watching him closely, scrutinizing him for possible excessive brutality. In the final Schultz dominated Japanese [Hideyuki Nakashima], winning by technical superiority, 13-0. Schultz would later win the 1985 and 1987 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Mark Schultz 23 United States USA Gold
2 Hideyuki Nagashima 31 Japan JPN Silver
3 Chris Rinke 23 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Reiner Trik 21 West Germany FRG
5 Kim Tae-U 22 South Korea KOR
6 Ken Reinsfield 26 New Zealand NZL
7 Iraklis Deskoulidis 22 Greece GRE
8 Luciano Ortelli 27 Italy ITA
AC Günter Busarello 24 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/4 Group A 5,0
AC Lennart Lundell 30 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/4 Group A 4,0
AC Jouni Ilomäki 24 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/4 Group A 1,0
AC Barthelémy N'To 21 Cameroon CMR Eliminated r2/4 Group A 0,0
AC Mohamed El-Ashram 29 Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/4 Group B 8,0
AC Stefan Kurpas 29 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/4 Group B 3,0
AC Kally Agogo 27 Nigeria NGR Eliminated r2/4 Group B 1,0
AC Reşit Karabacak 30 Turkey TUR Withdrew r2/4 Group B 4,0