Wrestling at the 1908 Summer Olympics

The wrestling competition was held on mats laid out in the infield of the White City Stadium. This was the first time that both Gréco-Roman and freestyle-type competitions were held at the same Olympics. It would not occur again until 1920, at which time it became standard for future Olympic Games. In 1908, only Great Britain and Sweden entered wrestlers in both styles.

Favorites could really only be chosen in Gréco-Roman as, up until 1908, world and European championships had only been conducted in that class. The matches were the best of one fall, except for the finals and bronze-medal matches, which were the best two of three falls. Time limit was 15 minutes in catch-as-catch-can and 20 minutes in Gréco-Roman.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Lightweight, Greco-Roman (≤66.6 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 – 25 July 1908 25 10
Middleweight, Greco-Roman (≤73 kilograms), Men Olympic 20 – 25 July 1908 21 9
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤93 kilograms), Men Olympic 22 July 1908 21 9
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (>93 kilograms), Men Olympic 21 – 24 July 1908 7 4
Bantamweight, Freestyle (≤54 kilograms), Men Olympic 20 July 1908 13 3
Featherweight, Freestyle (≤133 pounds), Men Olympic 22 July 1908 12 2
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤146.75 pounds), Men Olympic 24 July 1908 11 2
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤73 kilograms), Men Olympic 21 – 22 July 1908 12 3
Heavyweight, Freestyle (>73 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 July 1908 11 3
115 (115/0) 15 (15/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Lightweight, Greco-Roman, Men Enrico PorroITA Nikolay OrlovRUS Arvo LindénFIN
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men Frithiof MårtenssonSWE Mauritz AnderssonSWE Anders AndersenDEN
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Verner WeckmanFIN Yrjö SaarelaFIN Carl JensenDEN
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Richárd WeiszHUN Aleksandr PetrovRUS Søren JensenDEN
Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men George MehnertUSA William PressGBR Aubert CôtéCAN
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men George DoleUSA John SlimGBR William McKieGBR
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men George de RelwyskowGBR William WoodGBR Arthur GingellGBR
Middleweight, Freestyle, Men Stanley BaconGBR George de RelwyskowGBR Fred BeckGBR
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Con O'Kelly, Sr.GBR Jacob GundersenNOR Ned BarrettGBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Great Britain GBR 3 4 4 11
United States USA 2 0 0 2
Finland FIN 1 1 1 3
Sweden SWE 1 1 0 2
Hungary HUN 1 0 0 1
Italy ITA 1 0 0 1
Russian Federation RUS 0 2 0 2
Norway NOR 0 1 0 1
Denmark DEN 0 0 3 3
Canada CAN 0 0 1 1