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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Events: 20

Participants: 429 (429 men and 0 women) from 69 countries
Youngest Participant: TPE Huang Chien-Lung (17 years, 328 days)
Oldest Participant: SEN Ambroise Sarr (37 years, 280 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 60 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (15 medals)


The 1988 wrestling events were held at the Sangmu Gymnasium in Seongnam, and it was the only sport held there during the Seoul Olympics. The gymnasium was built in 1986 to host the 1988 wrestling competition and had a capacity of 5,000 spectators.

Both freestyle and Greco-Roman had 10 weight classes, as they had since 1972, and would through 1996. However, in the heaviest class in each style, the class now had an upper weight limit of 130 kg (286 lbs). This was chosen because the unlimited class had started to have bigger and bigger wrestlers, which was distorting the event somewhat, typified by the huge American from 1972, [Chris Taylor], who weighed over 182 kg (400 lbs). Each class was separated into A and B Groups. Placements were determined by a double elimination tournament within each group, with the top four in each group advancing to placement matches for 1st-8th place.

Although the Soviet Union had missed the 1984 Olympics due to their boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics, they had been the top nation in Olympic wrestling since their début in 1952, and this continued in 1988. The Soviets won the most medals, with 15, the most gold medals, with 8, and led both medal lists (total and gold) in both styles.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Light-Flyweight, Greco-Roman ITA Vincenzo Maenza POL Andrzej Głąb BUL Bratan Tsenov
Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman NOR Jon Rønningen JPN Atsuji Miyahara KOR Lee Jae-Seok
Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman HUN András Sike BUL Stoyan Balov GRE Babis Kholidis
Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman URS Kamandar Madzhidov BUL Zhivko Vangelov KOR An Dae-Hyeon
Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman URS Levon Julfalakyan KOR Kim Seong-Mun FIN Tapio Sipilä
Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman KOR Kim Yeong-Nam URS Daulet Turlykhanov POL Józef Tracz
Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman URS Mikhail Mamiashvili HUN Tibor Komáromi KOR Kim Sang-Gyu
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman BUL Atanas Komshev FIN Harri Koskela URS Vladimir Popov
Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman POL Andrzej Wroński FRG Gerhard Himmel USA Dennis Koslowski
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman URS Aleksandr Karelin BUL Rangel Gerovski SWE Tomas Johansson
Men's Light-Flyweight, Freestyle JPN Takashi Kobayashi BUL Ivan Tsonov URS Sergey Karamchakov
Men's Flyweight, Freestyle JPN Mitsuru Sato YUG Å aban Trstena URS Volodymyr Tohuzov
Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle URS Sergey Beloglazov IRI Asgari Mohammadian KOR No Gyeong-Seon
Men's Featherweight, Freestyle USA John Smith URS Stepan Sargsyan BUL Simeon Shterev
Men's Lightweight, Freestyle URS Arsen Fadzayev KOR Park Jang-Sun USA Nate Carr
Men's Welterweight, Freestyle USA Kenny Monday URS Adlan Varayev BUL Rakhmat Sofiadi
Men's Middleweight, Freestyle KOR Han Myeong-U TUR Necmi Gençalp TCH Jozef Lohyňa
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle URS Makharbek Khadartsev JPN Akira Ota KOR Kim Tae-U
Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle ROU Vasile Pușcașu URS Leri Khabelovi USA Bill Scherr
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle URS Davit Gobejishvili USA Bruce Baumgartner GDR Andreas Schröder