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Wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 14, 2008
Date Finished: August 14, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: ITA Andrea Minguzzi
Silver: HUN Zoltán Fodor
Bronze: TUR Nazmi Avluca


The favorite was [Aleksey Mishin] of Russia, the 2004 Olympic and 2007 World Champion. In a huge upset, he was defeated in the quarters by Italy's [Andrea Minguzzi], who had placed only 45th at the 2007 Worlds, but had won bronze medals at the 2007-08 Europeans. Minguzzi then defeated Swede [Ara Abrahamian], the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, in the semi-finals. The final matched Minguzzi against Hungarian [Zoltán Fodor], who was even less well-known than Minguzzi. They split the first two periods but Minguzzi won the third period to take the gold medal, the first by an Italian in Olympic wrestling since 1988 ([Vincenzo Maenza]).

Abrahamian went through the losers' bracket to seemingly win a bronze medal, but he was not happy with the result, nor the judging in his semi loss to Minguzzi. The Sweden team protested that result, but that protest was not allowed. During the medal ceremony, Abrahamian threw his medal to the mat and stormed out in protest of the decision. He was stripped of his medal and disqualified, although The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) later ruled that FILA should have allowed Abrahamian's appeal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andrea Minguzzi 26 Italy ITA Gold
2 Zoltán Fodor 23 Hungary HUN Silver
3T Nazmi Avluca 31 Turkey TUR Bronze
5T Ma Sanyi 26 China CHN
5T Mélonin Noumonvi 25 France FRA
7 Denis Forov 23 Armenia ARM
8 Şalva Qadabadze 24 Azerbaijan AZE
9 Aleksey Mishin 29 Russia RUS
10 Yunior Estrada 21 Cuba CUB
11 Saman Tahmasebi 23 Iran IRI
12 Brad Vering 30 United States USA
13 Kim Jung-Sub 32 South Korea KOR
14 Oleksandr Darahan 30 Ukraine UKR
15 Shingo Matsumoto 30 Japan JPN
16T Badri Khasaia 28 Georgia GEO
16T Artur Michalkiewicz 30 Poland POL
16T Andrey Samokhin 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
19 Attila Bátky 35 Slovakia SVK
20 Haykel Achouri 23 Tunisia TUN
AC Ara Abrahamian 33 Sweden SWE