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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top four in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-8th place.

Gold: HUN András Sike
Silver: BUL Stoyan Balov
Bronze: GRE Babis Kholidis


Nobody had distinguished themselves in this class since 1984 so there was no favorite. Bulgaria’s [Stoyan Balov] had won the 1985 World Championships and went through Group A undefeated to qualify for the final match. In Group B Hungary’s [András Sike] was little known but also made it through. Balov and Sike met for the title, with Sike winning easily, 9-0, when Balov had to stop the match because of an injury, giving Sike the gold. The bronze medal went to Greek [Babis Kholidis], who had also won a bronze medal in this class in Los Angeles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 András Sike 23 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Stoyan Balov 28 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Babis Kholidis 31 Greece GRE Bronze
4 Yang Changcen 23 China CHN
5 Heo Byeong-Ho 21 South Korea KOR
6 Ghazi Salah Iraq IRQ
7 Aleksandr Shestakov 26 Soviet Union URS
8 Rifat Yildiz 23 West Germany FRG
AC Keijo Pehkonen 23 Finland FIN Eliminated r4/6 Group A 8,0
AC Anthony Amado 25 United States USA Eliminated r4/6 Group A 7,0
AC Ronny Sigde 27 Norway NOR Eliminated r3/6 Group A 5,0
AC Kacem Bouallouche 24 Morocco MAR Eliminated r3/6 Group A 4,0
AC Benni Ljungbeck 30 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/6 Group A 3,0
AC Zoran Galović 21 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r2/6 Group A 1,0
AC Ahad Pazach 18 Iran IRI Eliminated r2/6 Group A 0,0
AC Shunji Nakadome 24 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/5 Group B 4,5
AC Patrice Mourier 26 France FRA Eliminated r2/5 Group B 7,0
AC Mehdi Chaambi 23 Tunisia TUN Eliminated r2/5 Group B 3,5
AC Ryszard Wolny 19 Poland POL Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,5
AC Adrian Ponce 26 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,0
AC Ramón Meña 20 Panama PAN Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,0