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Wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: August 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 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 Dave Schultz
Silver: FRG Martin Knosp
Bronze: YUG Å aban Sejdi


This was the only freestyle wrestling class in Los Angeles in which the 1983 World Champion competed, which was American [Dave Schultz]. Likely the most competitive class in 1984, other top competitors present were Yugoslav Macedonian [Šaban Sejdi], Olympic bronze medalist in 1980 as a lightweight and the 1984 European welterweight champion, and West German [Martin Knosp], 1982 European champion and bronze medalist at the 1983 Worlds. Schultz crushed all his opponents in Group A, advancing to the final against Knosp, who put up a close match, Schultz winning the gold on decision, 4-1. Sejdi won the bronze medal after he had lost out in Group A to Schultz. The day after this event ended, [Mark Schultz], Dave’s brother, won a gold medal in the middleweight division.

Schultz won silver and bronze medals at the 1985-87 World Championships and then retired, but he came back in 1993, winning another World silver medal. He began training in Wilmington, Delaware at a club called Team Foxcatcher, which was sponsored by DuPont Chemical heir, John Eleuthère du Pont. In January 1996, with Schultz in full Olympic training mode, he was shot and killed by du Pont, who had become mentally unstable.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Dave Schultz 25 United States USA Gold
2 Martin Knosp 24 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Å aban Sejdi 25 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
4 Rajinder Singh 29 India IND
5 Naomi Higuchi 23 Japan JPN
6 Han Myeong-U 27 South Korea KOR
7 Marc Mongeon 29 Canada CAN
8 Pekka Rauhala 24 Finland FIN
AC Selahattin Sağan 23 Turkey TUR Eliminated r5/5 Group A 8,5
AC Ali Hussain Faris Iraq IRQ Eliminated r3/5 Group A 4,5
AC Romelio Salas 26 Colombia COL Eliminated r3/5 Group A 4,0
AC Muhammad Gul 25 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/5 Group A 0,0
AC Mohamed Hamad 32 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/5 Group A 4,0
AC Ignacio Ordóñez 18 Spain ESP Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Zane Coleman 23 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Houkreo Bambe Cameroon CMR Eliminated r4/5 Group B 6,0
AC Kyriakos Bogiatzis 28 Greece GRE Eliminated r4/5 Group B 3,0
AC Seidu Olawale 22 Nigeria NGR Eliminated r3/5 Group B 4,5
AC Craig Green 20 Australia AUS Eliminated r3/5 Group B 2,0
AC Fitz Walker 25 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,0
AC Mohamed Zayar 20 Syria SYR Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,0
AC Oscar Strático 28 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0