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1932  Los Angeles Summer Olympics

1932 Summer Olympics - The Results (Wrestling - Freestyle)

Wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games

 

  

Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 7, 1932
Events: 14

Participants: 79 (79 men and 0 women) from 18 countries
Youngest Participant: DEN Abraham Kurland (20 years, 56 days)
Oldest Participant: FIN Eino Leino (41 years, 116 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): AUT Nikolaus Hirschl and SWE Ivar Johansson (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): SWE Sweden (10 medals)

Participating nations

18 nations participated in Wrestling at the 1932 Olympics:

  •  Australia (1)
  •  Austria (1)
  •  Canada (6)
  •  Czechoslovakia (2)
  •  Denmark (3)
  •  Estonia (1)
  •  Finland (10)
  •  France (5)
  •  Germany (5)

 

  •  Great Britain (2)
  •  Greece (2)
  •  Hungary (5)
  •  Italy (6)
  •  Japan (7)
  •  Mexico (2)
  •  Norway (1)
  •  Sweden (13)
  •  United States (7)
  

Overview

In 1932 wrestling each nation could enter one athlete in each event. The events were decided by the “bad point” system for the second time (after 1928) at the Olympics. Wrestlers who lost either by fall or decision were given 3 bad points, while winning by decision gave a wrestler 1 bad point. A win by fall had no deductions. The bad points were totaled after every match, and a total of 5 bad points eliminated a wrestler, so the competition effectively was a double-elimination tournament.

The Olympic wrestling tournament was held in the 15,300-seat Olympic Auditorium, where the competitions in weightlifting and boxing also took place. Match lengths were 20 minutes in Greco -Roman wrestling, and 15 minutes in freestyle. The audience had major problems following the competitions, as the state of the fights and their results were not clearly published. The strongest wrestling nations in Los Angeles were Sweden with six titles, with the Americans winning three (all in freestyle) and the Finns two.

Wrestling at the 1932 Summer Olympics was held between August 1–7 August at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. It was split into two disciplines, Freestyle and Greco-Roman which were further divided into different weight categories

Competition format

Wrestling events consisted of a series of random matches and a system of points to decide elimination after each round. Matches were scored as follows: The results of the bouts were counted on “"bad points". Losers received 3 points for each bout lost, those who won by decision of the jury received 1 point, and those who won by pin received 0 points. Those competitors who accumulated 5 bad points were eliminated. If candidates for the third place were eliminated with equal bad points in the same round, they were paired, if they have not yet met each other, for the third place.

Medal table (both styles)

 
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Sweden (SWE) 6 1 3 10
2  United States (USA) 3 2 0 5
3  Finland (FIN) 2 3 3 8
4  Germany (GER) 1 2 1 4
5  Italy (ITA) 1 1 2 4
6  France (FRA) 1 0 1 2
7  Hungary (HUN) 0 2 1 3
8  Canada (CAN) 0 1 0 1
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) 0 1 0 1
 Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1
11  Austria (AUT) 0 0 2 2
12  Australia (AUS) 0 0 1 1
Totals (12 nations) 14 14 14 42
  

Freestyle

EventGoldSilverBronze
Bantamweight  Robert Pearce (USA)  Ödön Zombori (HUN)  Aatos Jaskari (FIN)
Featherweight  Hermanni Pihlajamäki (FIN)  Edgar Nemir (USA)  Einar Karlsson (SWE)
Lightweight  Charles Pacôme (FRA)  Károly Kárpáti (HUN)  Gustaf Klarén (SWE)
Welterweight  Jack van Bebber (USA)  Daniel MacDonald (CAN)  Eino Leino (FIN)
Middleweight  Ivar Johansson (SWE)  Kyösti Luukko (FIN)  József Tunyogi (HUN)
Light Heavyweight  Peter Mehringer (USA)  Thure Sjöstedt (SWE)  Eddie Scarf (AUS)
Heavyweight  Johan Richthoff (SWE)  Jack Riley (USA)  Nickolaus Hirschl (AUT)
 

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Competitors 8from 8 nations

 

Summary

There were only eight entrants. The first round saw Greek [Georgios Zervinis] pin Canadian [Jim Trifunov] in only 41 seconds, but neither would factor in the medals. After three rounds, the medalists were decided, with [Bob Pearce] (USA), [Ödön Zombori] (HUN) and [Aatos Jaskari] (FIN) advancing to the medal round. Zombori was leading at that time with only 1 bad point, but Pearce and Jaskari both defeated him by decision to eliminate him. This gave the gold medal to Pearce as he had defeated Jaskari in the first round, and it also gave Jaskari 5 bad points.

Zombori would return to win the gold medal in Berlin and enjoyed a very long career. He was European Champion in freestyle in 1931 and 1933 and in Greco-Roman in 1933, and he actually competed at the World Championships in 1958, after a long absence. Pearce was a top American wrestler, but this was his only international competition.

The men's freestyle bantamweight competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles took place from 1 August to 3 August at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Nations were limited to one competitor. This weight class was limited to wrestlers weighing up to 56kg.

This freestyle wrestling competition did not use the single-elimination bracket format previously used for Olympic freestyle wrestling but instead followed the format that was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman wrestling, using an elimination system based on the accumulation of points. Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points. The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated.

 

Schedule

DateEvent
1 August 1932 Round 1
2 August 1932 Round 2
3 August 1932 Round 3
Final round
 

Round 1

Two wrestlers won by fall, advancing with 0 points. Two won by decision, moving to the second round with 1 point. Four lost, receiving 3 points.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Robert Pearce  United States Decision Ödön Zombori  Hungary
Julien Depuychaffray  France Decision Bror Vingren  Sweden
Aatos Jaskari  Finland Fall Joseph Reid  Great Britain
Georges Zervinis  Greece Fall James Trifunov  Canada
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Aatos Jaskari  Finland 0 0 0
1 Georges Zervinis  Greece 0 0 0
3 Julien Depuichaffray  France 0 1 1
3 Robert Pearce  United States 0 1 1
5 Joseph Reid  Great Britain 0 3 3
5 James Trifunov  Canada 0 3 3
5 Bror Wingren  Sweden 0 3 3
5 Ödön Zombori  Hungary 0 3 3

Round 2

Jaskari won his second bout by fall, remaining at 0 points. Zervinis, the other wrestler with 0 points after one round, lost to move to 3 points. Pearce had a second consecutive win by decision, adding a second point, while Depuichaffray's loss added 3 points to his previous 1. Of the first-round losers, Zombori and Reid survived; the former won by fall to stay at 3 points while the latter earned a 4th point by winning by decision. Trifunov and Wingren each lost their second bout and were eliminated.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Robert Pearce  United States Decision Julien Depuichaffray  France
Ödön Zombori  Hungary Fall Bror Wingren  Sweden
Joseph Reid  Great Britain Decision Georges Zervinis  Greece
Aatos Jaskari  Finland Fall James Trifunov  Canada
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Aatos Jaskari  Finland 0 0 0
2 Robert Pearce  United States 1 1 2
3 Georges Zervinis  Greece 0 3 3
3 Ödön Zombori  Hungary 3 0 3
5 Julien Depuichaffray  France 1 3 4
5 Joseph Reid  Great Britain 3 1 4
7 James Trifunov  Canada 3 3 6
7 Bror Wingren  Sweden 3 3 6

Round 3

All three bouts were won by decision in this round. All three winners earned medals, as the three losers were eliminated.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Robert Pearce  United States Decision Joseph Reid  Great Britain
Ödön Zombori  Hungary Decision Julien Depuichaffray  France
Aatos Jaskari  Finland Decision Georges Zervinis  Greece
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Aatos Jaskari  Finland 0 1 1
2 Robert Pearce  United States 2 1 3
3 Ödön Zombori  Hungary 3 1 4
4 Georges Zervinis  Greece 3 3 6
5 Julien Depuichaffray  France 4 3 7
5 Joseph Reid  Great Britain 4 3 7

Final round

Pearce's win over Jaskari put all four wrestlers at 4 points. Zombori and Jaskari had not yet faced each other, while Pearce had wrestled both men and won. The bout between Zombori and Jaskari was therefore effectively a silver/bronze bout. Zombori won by decision to take the silver medal.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Robert Pearce  United States Decision Aatos Jaskari  Finland
Ödön Zombori  Hungary Decision Aatos Jaskari  Finland
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1st, gold medalist(s) Robert Pearce  United States 3 1 4
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ödön Zombori  Hungary 4 1 5
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Aatos Jaskari  Finland 1 6 7
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedalREBP 
1 Bob Pearce 24 United States USA Gold      
2 Ödön Zombori 25 Hungary HUN Silver      
3 Aatos Jaskari 28 Finland FIN Bronze      
AC Georgios Zervinis   Greece GRE   Eliminated r3/5 6  
AC Joe Reid   Great Britain GBR   Eliminated r3/5 7  
AC Julien Depuychaffray 25 France FRA   Eliminated r3/5 7  
AC Bror Vingren 26 Sweden SWE   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Jim Trifunov 29 Canada CAN   Eliminated r2/5 6  
 

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Competitors 10from 10 nations

 

Summary

Ten wrestlers came to the mat in this event, the most of any wrestling event in Los Angeles. The favorite was Finland’s [Hermanni Pihlajamäki], who was the 1931 European Champion and whose cousin, [Kustaa], was the silver medalist in this class in 1928 and was considered one of the greatest wrestlers of the 1930s. Hermanni was nowhere near his level but was still expected to win and he did not disappoint, winning his first three matches by falls, and decisioning Greece’s [Ioannis Farmakidis] in the medal round to secure the gold medal. He would win a bronze medal in freestyle lightweight in 1936. The bronze medal in Los Angeles went to Sweden’s [Einar Karlsson], who came back in Berlin and won another silver medal, that time in Greco-Roman featherweight. The silver medal went to unheralded American [Ed Nemir], who had never won anything more in the US than the Pacific Coast South titles in 1929 and 1930.

The men's freestyle featherweight competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles took place from 1 August to 3 August at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Nations were limited to one competitor. This weight class was limited to wrestlers weighing up to 61kg.

This freestyle wrestling competition did not use the single-elimination bracket format previously used for Olympic freestyle wrestling but instead followed the format that was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman wrestling, using an elimination system based on the accumulation of points. Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points. The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated.

 

Schedule

DateEvent
1 August 1932 Round 1
2 August 1932 Round 2
Round 3
3 August 1932 Round 4
Final round

Final round

Pihlajamäki finished with a win over Karlsson, ending 5–0 with a gold medal due to his previous win over Nemir. Karlsson's loss moved him to 6 points and the bronze medal.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland Fall Einar Karlsson  Sweden
Edgar Nemir  United States Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1st, gold medalist(s) Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland 2 0 2
2nd, silver medalist(s) Edgar Nemir  United States 4 0 4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Einar Karlsson  Sweden 3 3 6
 

Round 4

Pihlajamäki won his fourth bout, picking up a second point with the win by decision and eliminating Farmakidis. Nemir, who started with 4 points and therefore needed a win by fall to continue, won by fall, eliminating Taylor. Karlsson had a bye, staying at 3 points.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland Decision John Farmakidis  Greece
Edgar Nemir  United States Fall Joseph William Taylor  Great Britain
Einar Karlsson  Sweden Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland 1 1 2
2 Einar Karlsson  Sweden 3 0 3
3 Edgar Nemir  United States 4 0 4
4 Joseph William Taylor  Great Britain 3 3 6
5 John Farmakidis  Greece 4 3 7

Round 3

One bout this round was sure to result in elimination, pitting two 3-point wrestlers against each other. Chasson forfeited the bout, leaving Taylor at 3 points. Karlsson survived potential elimination by defeating Farmakidis; the former had 3 points after his third straight win by decision while the latter jumped to 4 points. Nemir also moved to 4 points after losing to Pihlajamäki

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland Decision Edgar Nemir  United States
Einar Karlsson  Sweden Decision John Farmakidis  Greece
Joseph William Taylor  Great Britain Forfeit Jean Chasson  France
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland 0 1 1
2 Einar Karlsson  Sweden 2 1 3
2 Joseph William Taylor  Great Britain 3 0 3
4 John Farmakidis  Greece 1 3 4
5 Edgar Nemir  United States 1 3 4
6 Jean Chasson  France 3 3 6

Round 2

Pihlajamäki quickly became the only remaining 0-point wrestler, with a second win by fall. Farmakidis and Nemir also won by fall this round, staying at 1 point each. Karlsson's second win, like his first, was by decision; he had 2 points after the round. Chasson was the only first-round winner to lose in the second (his facing Farmakidis made it impossible that all five could win), dropping to 3 points. This total was matched by Taylor, the winner of the match-up between two first-round losers. The other four wrestlers who lost in the first round lost again in round 2, being eliminated.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Edgar Nemir  United States Fall Herb Rowland  Canada
Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland Fall Christian Schack  Denmark
John Farmakidis  Greece Fall Jean Chasson  France
Einar Karlsson  Sweden Decision Hatta Ichiro  Japan
Joseph William Taylor  Great Britain Fall Fidel Arellano  Mexico
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland 0 0 0
2 John Farmakidis  Greece 1 0 1
2 Edgar Nemir  United States 1 0 1
4 Einar Karlsson  Sweden 1 1 2
5 Jean Chasson  France 0 3 3
5 Joseph William Taylor  Great Britain 3 0 3
7 Fidel Arellano  Mexico 3 3 6
7 Hatta Ichiro  Japan 3 3 6
7 Herb Rowland  Canada 3 3 6
7 Christian Schack  Denmark 3 3 6

Round 1

Of the five bouts, two were won by fall to give Chasson and Pihlajamäki 0 points while the other three winners each received 1 point for wins by decision. The five losers each received 3 points.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland Fall Herb Rowland  Canada
Edgar Nemir  United States Decision Christian Schack  Denmark
Ioannis Farmakidis  Greece Decision Ichiro Hatta  Japan
Jean Chasson  France Fall Fidel Arellano  Mexico
Einar Karlsson  Sweden Decision Joseph Taylor  Great Britain
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Jean Chasson  France 0 0 0
1 Hermanni Pihlajamäki  Finland 0 0 0
3 John Farmakidis  Greece 0 1 1
3 Einar Karlsson  Sweden 0 1 1
3 Edgar Nemir  United States 0 1 1
6 Fidel Arellano  Mexico 0 3 3
6 Hatta Ichiro  Japan 0 3 3
6 Herb Rowland  Canada 0 3 3
6 Christian Schack  Denmark 0 3 3
6 Joseph William Taylor  Great Britain 0 3 3
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedalREBP 
1 Hermanni Pihlajamäki 28 Finland FIN Gold      
2 Ed Nemir 22 United States USA Silver      
3 Einar Karlsson 23 Sweden SWE Bronze      
AC Joseph Taylor 24 Great Britain GBR   Eliminated r4/5 6  
AC Ioannis Farmakidis 24 Greece GRE   Eliminated r4/5 7  
AC Jean Chasson 26 France FRA   Withdrew r3/5 3  
AC Christian Schack 31 Denmark DEN   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Fidel Arellano   Mexico MEX   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Herb Rowland 21 Canada CAN   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Ichiro Hatta 26 Japan JPN   Eliminated r2/5 6  
 

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Competitors 8from 8 nations

 

Summary

There were eight competitors, with the overwhelming favorite being Finn [Kustaa Pihlajamäki], who was 1924 freestyle bantamweight gold medalist and had won a silver medal in this class in 1928. He was already twice a European Champion in Greco-Roman by the time he came to Los Angeles, would eventually win nine European titles, and is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of the 1930s. In the first round, he met American [Marvin Clodfelter], who had been a 1928 NCAA Champion in the US, but was not considered a threat to Pihlajamäki. But Clodfelter defeated the Finn by decision, and when Pihlajamäki won his next two bouts only by decision, he was eliminated on bad points.

The medal round came down to Sweden’s [Gustaf Klarén], Hungary’s [Károly Karpati], and France’s [Charles Pacôme], who was the silver medalist from Amsterdam. Pacôme defeated both Klarén and Karpati to secure the gold medal with the silver going to Karpati. Karpati would return in 1936 and win the gold medal in this event at Berlin. He was also European Champion in this class in both 1930 and 1935. This was the only international appearance for Klarén.

The men's freestyle lightweight competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles took place from 1 August to 3 August at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Nations were limited to one competitor. This weight class was limited to wrestlers weighing up to 66kg.

This freestyle wrestling competition did not use the single-elimination bracket format previously used for Olympic freestyle wrestling but instead followed the format that was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman wrestling, using an elimination system based on the accumulation of points. Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points. The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated.

 

Schedule

DateEvent
1 August 1932 Round 1
Round 2
2 August 1932 Round 3
3 August 1932 Round 4
Final round

Final round

Pacôme defeated Kárpáti in the final to take the gold medal.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Charles Pacôme  France Decision Károly Kárpáti  Hungary
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1st, gold medalist(s) Charles Pacôme  France 2 1 3
2nd, silver medalist(s) Károly Kárpáti  Hungary 4 3 7

Round 4

Pacôme defeated Klarén to eliminate the latter, who received the bronze medal. Pacôme and Kárpáti (who had a bye) advanced to the final.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Charles Pacôme  France Decision Gustaf Klarén  Sweden
Károly Kárpáti  Hungary Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Charles Pacôme  France 1 1 2
2 Károly Kárpáti  Hungary 4 0 4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gustaf Klarén  Sweden 4 3 7

Round 3

Pacôme had a bye this round, staying at 1 point. The two contested bouts each featured a 1-point wrestler against a 4-point wrestler; in both cases, the 4-point wrestler won. Clodfelter initially won by fall, which would have resulted in his staying in the competition, but the officials declared a rematch. This time, Clodfelter won by decision. Pihlajamäki also won by decision. Both winners, therefore, picked up their fifth point and were the only wrestlers eliminated in the round despite each winning.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Kustaa Pihlajamäki  Finland Decision Gustaf Klarén  Sweden
Melvin Carl Clodfelter  United States Decision Károly Kárpáti  Hungary
Charles Pacôme  France Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Charles Pacôme  France 1 0 1
2 Károly Kárpáti  Hungary 1 3 4
2 Gustaf Klarén  Sweden 1 3 4
4 Melvin Carl Clodfelter  United States 4 1 5
4 Kustaa Pihlajamäki  Finland 4 1 5

Round 2

Klarén against Clodfelter was a bout between two first-round winners, each of whom were safe from elimination. Klarén won by fall to stay at 1 point; Clodfelter's loss took him to 4 points. Both bouts pitting a 1–0 wrestler against an 0–1 wrestler ended in the first-round winner winning again (Pacôme staying at 1 point with a win by fall, Kárpáti picking up his first point via win by decision) and the first-round loser eliminated. The bout between two first-round losers resulted in Thomas being the man eliminated and Pihlajamäki holding on at 4 points.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Gustaf Klarén  Sweden Fall Melvin Carl Clodfelter  United States
Kustaa Pihlajamäki  Finland Decision Howard Thomas  Canada
Charles Pacôme  France Fall Suzuki Eitaro  Japan
Károly Kárpáti  Hungary Decision Osvald Käpp  Estonia
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Károly Kárpáti  Hungary 0 1 1
1 Gustaf Klarén  Sweden 1 0 1
1 Charles Pacôme  France 1 0 1
4 Melvin Carl Clodfelter  United States 1 3 4
4 Kustaa Pihlajamäki  Finland 3 1 4
6 Osvald Käpp  Estonia 3 3 6
6 Suzuki Eitaro  Japan 3 3 6
6 Howard Thomas  Canada 3 3 6
 

Round 1

Kárpáti was the only winner by fall and therefore the only wrestler to advance with 0 points. The other three winners each received 1 point for wins by decision. The four losers each received 3 points.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Gustaf Klarén  Sweden Decision Howard Thomas  Canada
Melvin Clodfelter  United States Decision Kustaa Pihlajamäki  Finland
Károly Kárpáti  Hungary Fall Eitaro Suzuki  Japan
Charles Pacôme  France Decision Osvald Käpp  Estonia
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Károly Kárpáti  Hungary 0 0 0
2 Melvin Carl Clodfelter  United States 0 1 1
2 Gustaf Klarén  Sweden 0 1 1
2 Charles Pacôme  France 0 1 1
4 Osvald Käpp  Estonia 0 3 3
4 Kustaa Pihlajamäki  Finland 0 3 3
4 Suzuki Eitaro  Japan 0 3 3
4 Howard Thomas  Canada 0 3 3
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedalREBP 
1 Charles Pacôme 29 France FRA Gold      
2 Károly Kárpáti 26 Hungary HUN Silver      
3 Gustaf Klarén 26 Sweden SWE Bronze      
AC Kustaa Pihlajamäki 30 Finland FIN   Eliminated r3/5 5  
AC Melvin Clodfelter 28 United States USA   Eliminated r3/5 5  
AC Eitaro Suzuki   Japan JPN   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Howie Thomas 27 Canada CAN   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Osvald Käpp 27 Estonia EST   Eliminated r2/5 6  

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

 

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Competitors 9from 9 nations

 

Summary

Nine wrestlers competed but the favorite was likely Finland’s [Eino Leino], who mostly lived in the United States during his wrestling career and rarely competed internationally, except at the Olympics. This was his fourth Olympic Games as a freestyle wrestler. He had won gold in 1920 as a middleweight, silver in 1924, and bronze in 1928, dropping down in each weight at each Olympics. The medals eventually came down to Leino, American [Jack VanBebber], and Canada’s [Danny McDonald], with the three advancing to the medal round. The decisive gold medal match, however, had come in round three when VanBebber decisioned McDonald. In the medal round, both North Americans defeated Leino to give the gold to VanBebber, based on his earlier victory over McDonald, who took silver.

The bronze was the fourth consecutive Olympic medal for Leino. VanBebber was likely the best American wrestler in Los Angeles as he had won three AAU and three NCAA titles before the Olympics. VanBebber had left the wrestling arena prior to his final match and he was six miles away less than an hour before the match was to start. He got there by walking two miles and then getting a lift from a driver who recognized him as a wrestler at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

The men's freestyle welterweight competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles took place from 1 August to 3 August at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Nations were limited to one competitor. This weight class was limited to wrestlers weighing up to 72kg.

This freestyle wrestling competition did not use the single-elimination bracket format previously used for Olympic freestyle wrestling but instead followed the format that was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman wrestling, using an elimination system based on the accumulation of points. Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points. The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated.

 

Schedule

DateEvent
1 August 1932 Round 1
2 August 1932 Round 2
Round 3
3 August 1932 Round 4
Final round
 

Final round

Van Bebber defeated Leino to win the gold medal. Leino then faced MacDonald for the silver and bronze; the Canadian prevailed.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Jack van Bebber  United States Decision Eino Leino  Finland
Daniel MacDonald  Canada Fall Eino Leino  Finland
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1st, gold medalist(s) Jack van Bebber  United States 2 1 3
2nd, silver medalist(s) Daniel MacDonald  Canada 4 0 4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Eino Leino  Finland 1 6 7

Round 4

MacDonald eliminated Földeak in this round, leaving three wrestlers. The bout between Leino and van Bebber therefore became the final and was considered part of the final round.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Daniel MacDonald  Canada Decision Jean Földeak  Germany
Eino Leino  Finland Bye N/A N/A
Jack van Bebber  United States Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Eino Leino  Finland 1 0 1
2 Jack van Bebber  United States 2 0 2
3 Daniel MacDonald  Canada 3 1 4
4 Jean Földeak  Germany 2 3 5

Round 3

Leino won by default (Zombori defaulting and being eliminated) and Földeak had a bye, staying at 1 and 2 points, respectively. The only contested bout featured van Bebber and MacDonald, with the American beating the Canadian by decision.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Jack van Bebber  United States Decision Daniel MacDonald  Canada
Eino Leino  Finland Default Julius Zombori  Hungary
Jean Földeak  Germany Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Eino Leino  Finland 1 0 1
2 Jack van Bebber  United States 1 1 2
2 Jean Földeak  Germany 2 0 2
4 Daniel MacDonald  Canada 0 3 3
5 Julius Zombori  Hungary 3 3 6

Round 2

All three of the remaining first-round losers lost again and were eliminated. In the bout between two 0-point wrestlers, MacDonald won by fall to stay at 0 points.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Daniel MacDonald  Canada Fall Julius Zombori  Hungary
Eino Leino  Finland Decision Kohno Yoshio  Japan
Jean Földeak  Germany Decision Ludvig Lindblom  Sweden
Jack van Bebber  United States Decision Børge Jensen  Denmark
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Daniel MacDonald  Canada 0 0 0
2 Jack van Bebber  United States 0 1 1
2 Eino Leino  Finland 0 1 1
4 Jean Földeak  Germany 1 1 2
5 Julius Zombori  Hungary 0 3 3
6 Børge Jensen  Denmark 3 3 6
6 Kohno Yoshio  Japan 3 3 6
6 Ludvig Lindblom  Sweden 3 3 6

Round 1

Of the four bouts, three were won by fall to give the victors 0 points, along with Zombori who had a bye. Földeak had the only win by decision, starting with 1 point. The four losers each received 3 points. Lopez withdrew after his loss.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Daniel MacDonald  Canada Fall Yoshio Kono  Japan
Eino Leino  Finland Fall Ludvig Lindblom  Sweden
Jack van Bebber  United States Fall Raúl López  Mexico
Jean Földeak  Germany Decision Børge Jensen  Denmark
Julius Zombori  Hungary Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Jack van Bebber  United States 0 0 0
1 Eino Leino  Finland 0 0 0
1 Daniel MacDonald  Canada 0 0 0
1 Julius Zombori  Hungary 0 0 0
5 Jean Földeak  Germany 0 1 1
6 Børge Jensen  Denmark 0 3 3
6 Kohno Yoshio  Japan 0 3 3
6 Ludvig Lindblom  Sweden 0 3 3
9 Raul Lopez  Mexico 0 3 3r
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedalREBP 
1 Jack VanBebber 25 United States USA Gold      
2 Danny McDonald   Canada CAN Silver      
3 Eino Leino 41 Finland FIN Bronze      
AC Jean Földeak 29 Germany GER   Eliminated r4/5 5  
AC Gyula Zombori   Hungary HUN   Eliminated r3/5 6  
AC Børge Jensen 21 Denmark DEN   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Ludvig Lindblom 22 Sweden SWE   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Yoshio Kono   Japan JPN   Eliminated r2/5 6  
AC Raúl López   Mexico MEX   Withdrew r2/5 3  
 

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Competitors 7from 7 nations

 

Summary

Swede [Ivar Johansson] was the clear favorite as he had won the 1931 European Championship, and was beginning a stretch that would not see him lose any international event through the end of his career in 1939. But in the first round he was upset by Finland’s [Kyösti Luukko], which meant that Johansson had to win all his later matches by falls to garner the gold medal – so he did, winning as expected. Luukko held on for the silver medal, losing by fall in the third round to American [Robert Hess], which cost Luukko the gold medal. The bronze went to Hungarian [József Tunyogi], who won his first three matches before losing in the medal round to Luukko by fall.

Four days later, Johansson would win another gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling, making him the first Olympic wrestler to win gold medals in freestyle and Greco-Roman at the same Olympics. This had previously only been accomplished by Kalle Anttila (FIN), but not in the same year, and through 2012, only Estonia’s [Kristjan Palusalu] in 1936 has ever repeated this feat.

The men's freestyle middleweight competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles took place from 1 August to 3 August at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Nations were limited to one competitor. This weight class was limited to wrestlers weighing up to 79kg.

This freestyle wrestling competition did not use the single-elimination bracket format previously used for Olympic freestyle wrestling but instead followed the format that was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman wrestling, using an elimination system based on the accumulation of points. Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points. The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated.

 

Schedule

DateEvent
1 August 1932 Round 1
2 August 1932 Round 2
Round 3
3 August 1932 Final round

Final round

With all four wrestlers at no less than 3 points, both bouts in this round would eliminate the loser. Tunyogi and Hess were the defeated wrestlers, each finishing with 6 points. Because Tunyogi had defeated Hess earlier, he was awarded the bronze medal. The winners of the round each won by fall, with Johansson staying at 3 points to Luukko's 4. As the two had already faced each other, the competition was over and Johansson took the gold medal. Johansson had lost to Luukko earlier, but won his remaining matches by fall while Luukko also had a loss (to Hess) and had received an additional point by beating Johansson by decision rather than fall.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Kyösti Luukko  Finland Fall József Tunyogi  Hungary
Ivar Johansson  Sweden Fall Robert William Hess  United States
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1st, gold medalist(s) Ivar Johansson  Sweden 3 0 3
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kyösti Luukko  Finland 4 0 4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) József Tunyogi  Hungary 3 3 6
4 Robert William Hess  United States 3 3 6

Round 3

The lead continued to be elusive, as Luukko lost to move from 1 point to 4. The three winners in this round all ended the round with 3 points, Hess and Johansson staying there with wins by fall and Tunyogi moving from 2 points to 3 with his win by decision. Kotani and Poilvé were both eliminated.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Robert William Hess  United States Fall Kyösti Luukko  Finland
József Tunyogi  Hungary Decision Kotani Sumiyuki  Japan
Ivar Johansson  Sweden Fall Émile Poilvé  France
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 József Tunyogi  Hungary 2 1 3
1 Robert William Hess  United States 3 0 3
1 Ivar Johansson  Sweden 3 0 3
4 Kyösti Luukko  Finland 1 3 4
5 Kotani Sumiyuki  Japan 3 3 6
5 Émile Poilvé  France 3 3 6

Round 2

The two 0-point wrestlers from the first round both lost, falling to 3 points. They were joined there by two first-round losers, Poilvé and Johansson, who won by fall in the second round. The third first-round loser, Stockton, lost again and was eliminated. Luukko moved into the lowest-points position with a bye keeping him at 1; Tunyogi had the best score among wrestlers who competed in both rounds with 2 points after a second win by decision.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
József Tunyogi  Hungary Decision Robert William Hess  United States
Émile Poilvé  France Fall Donald Stockton  Canada
Ivar Johansson  Sweden Fall Kotani Sumiyuki  Japan
Kyösti Luukko  Finland Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Kyösti Luukko  Finland 1 0 1
2 József Tunyogi  Hungary 1 1 2
3 Robert William Hess  United States 0 3 3
3 Ivar Johansson  Sweden 3 0 3
3 Kotani Sumiyuki  Japan 0 3 3
3 Émile Poilvé  France 3 0 3
7 Donald Stockton  Canada 3 3 6

Round 1

Hess (bye) and Kotani (win by fall) advanced with 0 points. Tunyogi and Luukko each received 1 point for winning by decision. Johansson, Poilvé, and Stockton each received 3 points as losers of their bouts.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
József Tunyogi  Hungary Decision Émile Poilvé  France
Kotani Sumiyuki  Japan Fall Donald Stockton  Canada
Kyösti Luukko  Finland Decision Ivar Johansson  Sweden
Bob Hess  United States Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Kotani Sumiyuki  Japan 0 0 0
1 Robert William Hess  United States 0 0 0
3 Kyösti Luukko  Finland 0 1 1
3 József Tunyogi  Hungary 0 1 1
5 Ivar Johansson  Sweden 0 3 3
5 Émile Poilvé  France 0 3 3
5 Donald Stockton  Canada 0 3 3
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedalREBP 
1 Ivar Johansson 29 Sweden SWE Gold      
2 Kyösti Luukko 29 Finland FIN Silver      
3 József Tunyogi 25 Hungary HUN Bronze      
AC Bob Hess 21 United States USA   Eliminated r3/4 3  
AC Émile Poilvé 28 France FRA   Eliminated r3/4 6  
AC Sumiyuki Kotani   Japan JPN   Eliminated r3/4 6  
AC Donald Stockton 28 Canada CAN   Eliminated r2/4 6  
 

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Competitors 4from 4 nations

 

Summary

Only four wrestlers made it to the mat in this class. [Thure Sjöstedt] (SWE) was the defending champion and was back in Los Angeles. He was challenged by American [Peter Mehringer], Canadian [Harry Madison], and Australian [Eddie Scarf]. Madison was a slight favorite but he lost by fall in round one to Scarf, as Mehringer defeated Sjöstedt by fall. When Mehringer also pinned Madison in round two, that left the Canadian out of the medals. Mehringer secured the gold with a workmanlike decision over Scarf in the final round, the silver going to Sjöstedt.

Mehringer was much better known in the United States as a football player, but would later turn to professional wrestling, mostly in New Zealand, as well as playing briefly in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals. Scarf would later win a gold medal at the 1938 British Empire Games. In 1934 Sjöstedt would win the freestyle heavyweight class at the European Championships.

 

Summary

Only four wrestlers made it to the mat in this class. [Thure Sjöstedt] (SWE) was the defending champion and was back in Los Angeles. He was challenged by American [Peter Mehringer], Canadian [Harry Madison], and Australian [Eddie Scarf]. Madison was a slight favorite but he lost by fall in round one to Scarf, as Mehringer defeated Sjöstedt by fall. When Mehringer also pinned Madison in round two, that left the Canadian out of the medals. Mehringer secured the gold with a workmanlike decision over Scarf in the final round, the silver going to Sjöstedt.

Mehringer was much better known in the United States as a football player, but would later turn to professional wrestling, mostly in New Zealand, as well as playing briefly in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals. Scarf would later win a gold medal at the 1938 British Empire Games. In 1934 Sjöstedt would win the freestyle heavyweight class at the European Championships.

The men's freestyle light heavyweight competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles took place from 1 August to 3 August at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Nations were limited to one competitor. This weight class was limited to wrestlers weighing up to 87kg.

This freestyle wrestling competition did not use the single-elimination bracket format previously used for Olympic freestyle wrestling but instead followed the format that was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman wrestling, using an elimination system based on the accumulation of points. Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points. The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated.

 

Schedule

DateEvent
1 August 1932 Round 1
2 August 1932 Round 2
3 August 1932 Final round

Final round

Sjöstedt had already faced each of Mehringer and Scarf, so the only possible bout left among the three wrestlers was between Mehringer and Scarf. Scarf could not have taken gold, but only silver with a win (a win by fall would have left him tied at 3 points with Sjöstedt, whom he had already lost to; a win by decision would leave him tied with Mehringer at second but also broken that tie in favor of Scarf) or bronze with a loss. Sjöstedt was guaranteed at least silver with the bye, hoping for a Scarf win to give Sjöstedt gold. Mehringer could have finished the round with either gold (any win) or bronze (a loss). Mehringer won by decision, earning gold and sending Scarf to the bronze medal position, while Sjöstedt took silver.

WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Peter Mehringer  United States Decision Eddie Scarf  Australia
Thure Sjöstedt  Sweden Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1st, gold medalist(s) Peter Mehringer  United States 1 1 2
2nd, silver medalist(s) Thure Sjöstedt  Sweden 3 0 3
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Eddie Scarf  Australia 3 3 6

Round 2

The first-round winners drew the opposite first-round loser for the second round, with mixed results. Mehringer prevailed a second time (this time by decision, earning 1 point), giving Madison his second loss and elimination. Scarf, however, fell to Sjöstedt by fall, with both wrestlers ending the round at 3 points.

WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Thure Sjöstedt  Sweden Fall Eddie Scarf  Australia
Peter Mehringer  United States Decision Harry Madison  Canada
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Peter Mehringer  United States 0 1 1
2 Eddie Scarf  Australia 0 3 3
2 Thure Sjöstedt  Sweden 3 0 3
4 Harry Madison  Canada 3 3 6

Round 1

Both bouts were won by fall, with Mehringer and Scarf the victors (0 points) and Sjöstedt and Madison the losers (3 points).

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Peter Mehringer  United States Fall Thure Sjöstedt  Sweden
Eddie Scarf  Australia Fall Harry Madison  Canada
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Peter Mehringer  United States 0 0 0
1 Eddie Scarf  Australia 0 0 0
3 Harry Madison  Canada 0 3 3
3 Thure Sjöstedt  Sweden 0 3 3
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Peter Mehringer 22 United States USA Gold  
2 Thure Sjöstedt 28 Sweden SWE Silver  
3 Eddie Scarf 23 Australia AUS Bronze  
4 Harry Madison 22 Canada CAN  
 

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 5 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Competitors 3from 3 nations

 

Summary

There were only three competitors so everybody won a medal. They were led by the defending champion, Swede [Johan Richthoff ], who had won three European titles since the Amsterdam Olympics, and was an overwhelming favorite. In the first two rounds he defeated American [Jack Riley] and Austria’s [Nikolaus Hirschl] to defend his gold medal. Riley pinned Hirschl in the final round for the silver medal. Riley had been a two-time NCAA champion and later played briefly in the NFL with the Boston Redskins. A few days after this event ended, Hirschl would add another bronze medal in Greco-Roman heavyweight.

The men's freestyle heavyweight competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles took place from 1 August to 3 August at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Nations were limited to one competitor. This weight class was not limited by maximum weight and was open to wrestlers above 87kg.

This freestyle wrestling competition did not use the single-elimination bracket format previously used for Olympic freestyle wrestling but instead followed the format that was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman wrestling, using an elimination system based on the accumulation of points. Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points. The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated.

 

Schedule

DateEvent
1 August 1932 Round 1
2 August 1932 Round 2
3 August 1932 Final round
 

Final round

The final round, pitting the two wrestlers who had lost to Richthoff against each other, was in effect a silver/bronze match. Riley won to take the silver.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Jack Riley  United States Fall Nickolaus Hirschl  Austria
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jack Riley  United States 3 0 3
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nickolaus Hirschl  Austria 3 3 6

Round 2

In the second bout, Richthoff won again, this time over Hirschl. As the victory was by decision, Richthoff moved to 2 points; the other wrestlers finished the round with 3. Richthoff was assured of the gold medal after beating both the other wrestlers.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Johan Richthoff  Sweden Decision Nickolaus Hirschl  Austria
Jack Riley  United States Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1st, gold medalist(s) Johan Richthoff  Sweden 1 1 2
2 Nickolaus Hirschl  Austria 0 3 3
2 Jack Riley  United States 3 0 3

Round 1

With only three wrestlers, there could only be three total bouts over three rounds. In the first, Hirschl had a bye while Richthoff defeated Riley by decision. This left Hirschl with 0 points, Richthoff with 1, and Riley with 3.

Bouts
WinnerNationVictory TypeLoserNation
Johan Richthoff  Sweden Decision Jack Riley  United States
Nickolaus Hirschl  Austria Bye N/A N/A
Points
RankWrestlerNationStartEarnedTotal
1 Nickolaus Hirschl  Austria 0 0 0
2 Johan Richthoff  Sweden 0 1 1
3 Jack Riley  United States 0 3 3
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Johan Richthoff 34 Sweden SWE Gold  
2 Jack Riley 23 United States USA Silver  
3 Nikolaus Hirschl 24 Austria AUT Bronze  

 

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