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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 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: ROU Vasile Pușcașu
Silver: URS Leri Khabelovi
Bronze: USA Bill Scherr


[Leri Khabelovi] had won the last two World Championships, with his biggest competition his own Soviet teammate, [Aravat Sabeyev], the 1989-90 European Champion. Khabelovi was selected to compete in Seoul, which seemed to ensure them a gold medal, but it was not to be. He easily won all his Group A matches and advanced to a final against Romanian [Vasile Puşcaşu], who Khabelovi had defeated multiple times, most recently in the 1987 World and European finals. Puşcaşu had won a bronze medal in the Eastern Bloc-boycott depleted competition at the Los Angeles Olympics, but he had never won a major international. The final match was scoreless until Puşcaşu pulled off a single-leg takedown with only 19 seconds remaining to win the gold medal. Khabelovi would continue to win international titles and returned in 1992 at Barcelona, where he finally got his Olympic gold. Sabeyev would get to compete at the Olympics, but would wait until 1996 when he won a bronze medal in Atlanta.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Vasile Pușcașu 32 Romania ROU Gold
2 Leri Khabelovi 24 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Bill Scherr 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Uwe Neupert 31 East Germany GDR
5 Georgi Karadushev 30 Bulgaria BUL
6 Boldyn Javkhlantögs 24 Mongolia MGL
7 Noel Loban 31 Great Britain GBR
8 Jo Byeong-On 27 South Korea KOR
AC Clark Davis 31 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 Group A 6,0
AC Hayri Sezgin 27 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 Group A 6,0
AC Floriano Spiess 21 Brazil BRA Eliminated r3/6 Group A 3,0
AC Kartar Dhillon Singh 34 India IND Eliminated r3/6 Group A 3,0
AC Tamon Honda 25 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 Group A 1,0
AC Fred Solovi 22 Samoa SAM Eliminated r2/6 Group A 1,0
AC Jackson Bidei 30 Nigeria NGR Withdrew r2/6 Group A 0,0
AC István Robotka 30 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/6 Group B 9,0
AC Babacar Sar 25 Mauritania MTN Eliminated r4/6 Group B 8,0
AC Július Strnisko 30 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/6 Group B 6,0
AC Wojciech Wala 23 Poland POL Eliminated r2/6 Group B 1,0
AC Wilfried Colling 28 West Germany FRG Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0
AC Maisiba Obwoge 28 Kenya KEN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0
AC Alesana Sione 22 American Samoa ASA Withdrew r2/6 Group B 0,0