Wrestling at the 1968 Summer Olympics

Dates 17 – 26 October 1968
Medal Events 16

The 1968 wrestling tournament was conducted at the Pista de Hielo Insurgents, an indoor arena built specifically for the 1968 Olympics. It has since become an indoor ice rink.

There was no change in the wrestling program in 1968 as the same eight events, and weight limits, were held in freestyle and Greco-Roman. In 1972 the program would expand to 10 events in both classes. Competition was again conducted by a negative (bad) point system, with 6 points eliminating a wrestler. However, the system was tweaked once again, with scoring as follows: win by fall – 0.0 points, win by superior decision – 0.5 points, win by decision – 1.0 points, draw – 2.5 points, loss by decision – 3.0 points, loss by superior decision – 3.5 points, and a loss by fall – 4.0 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.

As they had since they entered Olympic wrestling competition in 1952, the Soviet Union won the most medals with 9. They won 3 gold medals, trailing Japan’s 4. The Soviets won 6 Greco-Roman medals, but only 1 event, as Hungary, Bulgaria, and the GDR (East Germany) won 2 Greco-Roman golds. In freestyle, Bulgaria and Mongolia both won 4 medals, but won no events, as Japan won 3 freestyle gold medals.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Flyweight, Greco-Roman (≤52 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 26 October 1968 24 24
Bantamweight, Greco-Roman (≤57 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 26 October 1968 24 24
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤63 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 26 October 1968 23 23
Lightweight, Greco-Roman (≤70 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 26 October 1968 26 26
Welterweight, Greco-Roman (≤78 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 26 October 1968 22 22
Middleweight, Greco-Roman (≤87 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 26 October 1968 19 19
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤97 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 26 October 1968 16 16
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (>97 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 26 October 1968 15 15
Flyweight, Freestyle (≤52 kilograms), Men Olympic 17 – 20 October 1968 23 23
Bantamweight, Freestyle (≤57 kilograms), Men Olympic 17 – 20 October 1968 21 21
Featherweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms), Men Olympic 17 – 20 October 1968 23 23
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤70 kilograms), Men Olympic 17 – 20 October 1968 26 26
Welterweight, Freestyle (≤78 kilograms), Men Olympic 17 – 20 October 1968 19 19
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤87 kilograms), Men Olympic 17 – 20 October 1968 22 22
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤97 kilograms), Men Olympic 17 – 20 October 1968 16 16
Heavyweight, Freestyle (>97 kilograms), Men Olympic 17 – 20 October 1968 14 14
297 (297/0) 46 (46/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Petar KirovBUL Vladimir BakulinURS Miroslav ZemanTCH
Bantamweight, Greco-Roman, Men János VargaHUN Ion BaciuROU Ivan KocherginURS
Featherweight, Greco-Roman, Men Roman RuruaURS Hideo FujimotoJPN Simion PopescuROU
Lightweight, Greco-Roman, Men Munji MunemuraJPN Stevan HorvatYUG Petros GalaktopoulosGRE
Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men Rudolf VesperGDR Daniel RobinFRA Károly BajkóHUN
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men Lothar MetzGDR Valentin OlenikURS Branislav SimićYUG
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Boyan RadevBUL Nikolay YakovenkoURS Nicolae MartinescuROU
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men István KozmaHUN Anatoly RoshchinURS Petr KmentTCH
Flyweight, Freestyle, Men Shigeo NakataJPN Rich SandersUSA Chimedbazaryn DamdinsharavMGL
Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men Yojiro UetakeJPN Don BehmUSA Abutaleb TalebiIRI
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men Masaaki KanekoJPN Enyu TodorovBUL Shamseddin Seyyed AbbasiIRI
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men Abdullah MovahedIRI Enyu ValchevBUL Danzandarjaagiin SereeterMGL
Welterweight, Freestyle, Men Mahmut AtalayTUR Daniel RobinFRA Tömöriin ArtagMGL
Middleweight, Freestyle, Men Boris GurevichURS Jigjidiin MönkhbatMGL Prodan GardzhevBUL
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Ahmet AyıkTUR Shota LomidzeURS József CsatáriHUN
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Aliaksandr MiadvedURS Osman DuralievBUL Wilfried DietrichFRG

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Japan JPN 4 1 0 5
Soviet Union URS 3 5 1 9
Bulgaria BUL 2 3 1 6
Hungary HUN 2 0 2 4
East Germany GDR 2 0 0 2
Turkey TUR 2 0 0 2
Islamic Republic of Iran IRI 1 0 2 3
France FRA 0 2 0 2
United States USA 0 2 0 2
Mongolia MGL 0 1 3 4
Romania ROU 0 1 2 3
Yugoslavia YUG 0 1 1 2
Czechoslovakia TCH 0 0 2 2
Greece GRE 0 0 1 1
West Germany FRG 0 0 1 1