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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 19, 1988
Date Finished: September 21, 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: POL Andrzej Wroński
Silver: FRG Gerhard Himmel
Bronze: USA Dennis Koslowski


There were multiple contenders in this class, but Poland's [Andrzej Wroński] was not among them. He had never before placed in the top eight at an international championship and was third at the 1987 Polish Championships. The contenders were the 1984 Olympic champion, [Vasile Andrei] of Romania, the 1987 World Champion, [Guram Gedekhauri] of the Soviet Union, the 1987 World runner-up, [Dennis Koslowski] of the United States, the 1986 World Champion, [Tamás Gáspár] of Hungary, the 1986 European Champion, [Jožef Tertei] of Yugoslavia, and the 1987 European Champion, [Iliya Georgiev] of Bulgaria. None of them made the final match but Wroński did, although he lost in Group A to Gedakhauri in round three. Koslowski and Tertei also had one loss in Group A, but Wroński had defeated them both head-to-head, which was the deciding factor. In the final Wroński met West German [Gerhard Himmel], who went undefeated in Group B. The final was close but Wroński prevailed on decision, 3-1, to win a surprising gold medal. Koslowski took bronze by defeating Georgiev, 6-0. Koslowski would improve at Barcelona in four years and win a silver medal, while Wroński placed fourth, but Wroński would win a second gold medal in this class at Atlanta in 1996.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Andrzej Wroński 23 Poland POL Gold
2 Gerhard Himmel 23 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Dennis Koslowski 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Iliya Georgiev 25 Bulgaria BUL
5 Jožef Tertei 28 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Yu Yeong-Yeol 27 South Korea KOR
7 Guram Gedekhauri 24 Soviet Union URS
8 Tamás Gáspár 28 Hungary HUN
AC Vasile Andrei 33 Romania ROU Eliminated r5/7 Group A 10,0
AC Steve Marshall 28 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/7 Group A 3,0
AC Juha Ahokas 18 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Masahiko Fukube 27 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Dušan Masár 26 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Oumar Samba Sy 28 Mauritania MTN Eliminated r3/6 Group B 8,0
AC Sören Claeson 29 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/6 Group B 4,5
AC Maisiba Obwoge 28 Kenya KEN Eliminated r3/6 Group B 4,0
AC Floriano Spiess 21 Brazil BRA Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0
AC Ambroise Sarr 37 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0