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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: September 20, 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: ITA Vincenzo Maenza
Silver: POL Andrzej Głąb
Bronze: BUL Bratan Tsenov


Italy’s [Vincenzo Maenza] had won the gold medal in Los Angeles, which was somewhat of an upset and was attributed partly to the Eastern Bloc boycott. The top wrestler in this class since 1984 had been Soviet Azerbaijani [Məhyəddin Allahverdiyev], who was World Champion in 1985-87, although Maenza had won the 1987 European title. Maenza won all his matches in Group A to make the final match, although he required an overtime victory over Bulgarian [Bratan Tsenov] in round five to do so. In Group B Allahverdiyev lost his first match to Poland’s [Andrzej Głąb] and could never recover, as Głąb won Group B. The final was close but Maenza defended his gold medal with a 3-0 victory on points. Tsenov won the bronze medal match when Allahverdiyev was disqualified for passivity. Maenza would win his third consecutive Olympic medal in this class in 1992, taking silver at Barcelona.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Vincenzo Maenza 26 Italy ITA Gold
2 Andrzej Głąb 21 Poland POL Silver
3 Bratan Tsenov 24 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Məhyəddin Allahverdiyev 26 Soviet Union URS
5 Khaled El-Farej 18 Syria SYR
6 Markus Scherer 26 West Germany FRG
7 Yang Zhizhong 19 China CHN
8 Gwon Deog-Yong 26 South Korea KOR
AC Mark Fuller 27 United States USA Eliminated r3/4 Group A 5,0
AC Lars Rønningen 22 Norway NOR Eliminated r3/4 Group A 3,5
AC Ikuzo Saito 28 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/4 Group A 2,0
AC Majid Reza Simkhah Asil 18 Iran IRI Eliminated r2/4 Group A 1,0
AC Dov Grobermann 23 Israel ISR Eliminated r3/4 Group B 6,0
AC József Faragó 22 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/4 Group B 4,0
AC Víctor Hugo Capacho 20 Colombia COL Eliminated r2/4 Group B 1,0