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Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 10, 2012
Date Finished: August 10, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: USA Jordan Burroughs
Silver: IRI Sadegh Goudarzi
Bronze: HUN Gábor Hatos
RUS Denis Tsargush


A successful college-level wrestler, American [Jordan Burroughs] had exploded onto the international scene by winning the Pan American and World Championship titles in the men’s middleweight freestyle wrestling division in 2011 and was the favorite to win Olympic Gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics. His greatest rival was Russia’s [Denis Tsargush], two-time World (2009 and 2010) and three-time European Champion (2010-2012) in the category. Another strong challenger was [Sadegh Goudarzi] of Iran, the Asian Champion in 2009 and 2012 and World Championship runner-up the past two years.

Burroughs and Tsargush were drawn in the same half, where the American edged out the Russian in the semi-finals, while Goudarzi was the winner of his bracket and advanced to challenge the World Champion in the gold medal match. Both wrestlers were extremely agile fighters, but Borroughs was quicker in each round, ably dodging all of the Iranians attacks and scoring in the final seconds of both rounds to win the United States’ first wrestling gold medal of the Games.

Of the two wrestlers who met in the first bronze medal match, [Soslan Tigiyev] of Uzbekistan was the more heralded, having won a silver medal at the 2008 Games and bronze at the 2006 Asian Games. His opponent, [Gábor Hatos] of Hungary, had finished 15th at the 2004 edition and had bronze medals from the 2006 European Championships and the 2010 World Championships. Tigiyev won the first round with a takedown and drew the advantaged position in a second round par terre, which he was able to convert not only to a point, but a bronze medal as well. In November 2012, however, Tigiyev was stripped of his medal by the International Olympic Committee after testing positive for methylhexaneamine and Hatos was awarded the bronze. For the final podium spot Tsargush faced [Matt Gentry] of Canada, a Pan American bronze medalist in 2007 and 2011 who finished 18th at the 2008 Olympics. As expected, the Russian had little trouble scoring against the Canadian, winning the match, and the bronze medal, 1-0 and 2-0 in the first and second rounds respectively.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jordan Burroughs 24 United States USA Gold
2 Sadegh Goudarzi 24 Iran IRI Silver
3T Gábor Hatos 28 Hungary HUN Bronze
3T Denis Tsargush 24 Russia RUS Bronze
5 Matt Gentry 29 Canada CAN
6 Davit Khutsishvili 21 Georgia GEO
7 Augusto Midana 28 Guinea Bissau GBS
8 Əşrəf Əliyev 25 Azerbaijan AZE
9 Abdulkhakim Shapiyev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
10 Bilel Ouechtati 21 Tunisia TUN
11 Ricardo Roberty 29 Venezuela VEN
12 Purevjavyn Önörbat 24 Mongolia MGL
13 Narsingh Yadav 22 India IND
14 Kiril Terziev 28 Bulgaria BUL
15 Sohsuke Takatani 23 Japan JPN
16T Zhang Chongyao 26 China CHN
16T Oleg Motsalin 26 Greece GRE
18 Francisco Soler 19 Puerto Rico PUR
AC Soslan Tigiyev 28 Uzbekistan UZB DQ