Wrestling at the 1964 Summer Olympics

Dates 11 – 19 October 1964
Medal Events 16

The 1964 wrestling tournament was held at the Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo, an indoor sporting arena built specifically for the 1964 Olympics, and finished in 1962. It had room for 3,875 spectators. Only the wrestling competition was held there in 1964.

There were again eight classes in both freestyle and Greco-Roman but the weight limits changed in 1964. Heavyweight started at 97 kg or more for both styles, although it had been 87 kg at the most recent Olympics. The other heavier classes also had their weight limits increased slightly. The scoring system was the same as in 1960, with the same negative (bad) point system used. Scoring was as follows: win by fall – 0 points, win by decision – 1 point, draw – 2 points, loss by decision – 3 points, and loss by fall – 4 points. The negative (bad) point system was effectively a double elimination tournament. When three wrestlers remained in any class, they entered a medal round-robin competition, with previous match results carried over.

The Soviets once again won the most wrestling medals, with 10, but Japan won the most gold medals, with 5. In freestyle, Bulgaria, the Soviet Union, and Turkey all won 5 medals, but Japan won the most golds, with 3, followed by Bulgaria and the Soviets, with 2. In Greco-Roman, the Soviets also led with 5 medals, but won only 1 event, as Hungary and Japan won the most Greco events, with 2 each.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Flyweight, Greco-Roman (≤52 kilograms), Men Olympic 16 – 19 October 1964 18 18
Bantamweight, Greco-Roman (≤57 kilograms), Men Olympic 16 – 19 October 1964 18 18
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤63 kilograms), Men Olympic 16 – 19 October 1964 27 27
Lightweight, Greco-Roman (≤70 kilograms), Men Olympic 16 – 19 October 1964 19 19
Welterweight, Greco-Roman (≤78 kilograms), Men Olympic 16 – 19 October 1964 19 19
Middleweight, Greco-Roman (≤87 kilograms), Men Olympic 16 – 19 October 1964 20 20
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤97 kilograms), Men Olympic 16 – 19 October 1964 18 18
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (>97 kilograms), Men Olympic 16 – 19 October 1964 11 11
Flyweight, Freestyle (≤52 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 – 14 October 1964 22 22
Bantamweight, Freestyle (≤57 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 – 14 October 1964 20 20
Featherweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 – 14 October 1964 21 21
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤70 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 – 14 October 1964 22 22
Welterweight, Freestyle (≤78 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 – 14 October 1964 22 22
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤87 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 – 14 October 1964 16 16
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤97 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 – 14 October 1964 16 16
Heavyweight, Freestyle (>97 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 – 14 October 1964 13 13
275 (275/0) 42 (42/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Tsutomu HanaharaJPN Angel KerezovBUL Dumitru PîrvulescuROU
Bantamweight, Greco-Roman, Men Masamitsu IchiguchiJPN Vladlen TrostyanskyURS Ion CerneaROU
Featherweight, Greco-Roman, Men Imre PolyákHUN Roman RuruaURS Branko MartinovićYUG
Lightweight, Greco-Roman, Men Kazım AyvazTUR Valeriu BularcăROU Davit GvantseladzeURS
Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men Anatoly KolesovURS Kiril PetkovBUL Bertil NyströmSWE
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men Branislav SimićYUG Jiří KormaníkTCH Lothar MetzGER
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Boyan RadevBUL Per SvenssonSWE Heinz KiehlGER
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men István KozmaHUN Anatoly RoshchinURS Wilfried DietrichGER
Flyweight, Freestyle, Men Yoshikatsu YoshidaJPN Jang Chang-SeonKOR Sayed Ali Akbar HaydariIRI
Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men Yojiro UetakeJPN Hüseyin AkbaşTUR Aydın İbrahimovURS
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men Osamu WatanabeJPN Stancho IvanovBUL Nodar KhokhashviliURS
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men Enyu ValchevBUL Klaus RostGER Iwao HoriuchiJPN
Welterweight, Freestyle, Men İsmail OğanTUR Guram SagharadzeURS Mohammad Ali SanatkaranIRI
Middleweight, Freestyle, Men Prodan GardzhevBUL Hasan GüngörTUR Dan BrandUSA
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Aliaksandr MiadvedURS Ahmet AyıkTUR Said MustafovBUL
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Aleksandr IvanitskyURS Lyutvi AkhmedovBUL Hamit KaplanTUR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Japan JPN 5 0 1 6
Soviet Union URS 3 4 3 10
Bulgaria BUL 3 4 1 8
Turkey TUR 2 3 1 6
Hungary HUN 2 0 0 2
Yugoslavia YUG 1 0 1 2
Germany GER 0 1 3 4
Romania ROU 0 1 2 3
Sweden SWE 0 1 1 2
Czechoslovakia TCH 0 1 0 1
Republic of Korea KOR 0 1 0 1
Islamic Republic of Iran IRI 0 0 2 2
United States USA 0 0 1 1