Wrestling at the 1928 Summer Olympics

Dates 30 July – 5 August 1928
Medal Events 13

Thirteen wrestling events were contested at the 1928 Olympics, with seven freestyle and six Greco-Roman classes. The events were held at the Krachtsportgebouw (Power Sports Building) in Amsterdam, which also hosted the boxing and weightlifting compeitions at the 1928 Olympics. The venue was located alongside the main Olympic Stadium. Finland was the dominant nation in 1928, winning nine Olympic medals, three of each color. Sweden also won three events, with Estonia winning two.

The freestyle classes were conducted as single-elimination tournaments with the silver and bronze medals decided by Bergvall-style second- and third-place tournaments. One innovation in scoring occurred in 1928 with the introduction of “bad points”, or “negative points” for Greco-Roman classes. This would remain the standard method of scoring the Olympic wrestling tournaments through 1988. In this method, wrestlers accumulate bad points for anything other than a win by fall. The scoring would change slightly over the years, but in 1928, a win by decision cost a wrestler 1 bad point, while a loss, by fall or decision, brought 3 bad points. Once a wrestler had received 5 or more bad points, he was eliminated from the tournament. In the early rounds, this scoring system was effectively a double-elimination system.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Bantamweight, Greco-Roman (≤58 kilograms), Men Olympic 2 – 4 August 1928 19 19
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤60 kilograms), Men Olympic 2 – 5 August 1928 20 20
Lightweight, Greco-Roman (≤67.5 kilograms), Men Olympic 2 – 5 August 1928 19 19
Middleweight, Greco-Roman (≤75 kilograms), Men Olympic 2 – 5 August 1928 17 17
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤82.5 kilograms), Men Olympic 2 – 5 August 1928 17 17
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (>82.5 kilograms), Men Olympic 2 – 5 August 1928 15 15
Bantamweight, Freestyle (≤56 kilograms), Men Olympic 30 July – 1 August 1928 8 8
Featherweight, Freestyle (≤61 kilograms), Men Olympic 30 July – 1 August 1928 9 9
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤66 kilograms), Men Olympic 30 July – 1 August 1928 11 11
Welterweight, Freestyle (≤72 kilograms), Men Olympic 30 July – 1 August 1928 11 11
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤79 kilograms), Men Olympic 30 July – 1 August 1928 9 9
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤87 kilograms), Men Olympic 30 July – 1 August 1928 7 7
Heavyweight, Freestyle (>87 kilograms), Men Olympic 30 July – 1 August 1928 7 7
166 (166/0) 29 (29/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Bantamweight, Greco-Roman, Men Kurt LeuchtGER Jindřich MaudrTCH Giovanni GozziITA
Featherweight, Greco-Roman, Men Voldemar VäliEST Erik MalmbergSWE Gerolamo QuagliaITA
Lightweight, Greco-Roman, Men Lajos KeresztesHUN Ede SperlingGER Edvard WesterlundFIN
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men Väinö KokkinenFIN László PappHUN Albert KusnetsEST
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Ibrahim MoustafaEGY Adolf RiegerGER Onni PellinenFIN
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Rudolf SvenssonSWE Hjalmar NyströmFIN Georg GehringGER
Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men Kaarlo MäkinenFIN Edmond SpapenBEL Jim TrifunovCAN
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men Allie MorrisonUSA Kustaa PihlajamäkiFIN Hans MinderSUI
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men Osvald KäppEST Charles PacômeFRA Eino LeinoFIN
Welterweight, Freestyle, Men Arvo HaavistoFIN Lloyd AppletonUSA Maurice LetchfordCAN
Middleweight, Freestyle, Men Ernst KyburzSUI Donald StocktonCAN Sam RabinGBR
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Thure SjöstedtSWE Arnold BögliSUI Henri LefèbvreFRA
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Johan RichthoffSWE Aukusti SihvolaFIN Edmond DameFRA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Finland FIN 3 3 3 9
Sweden SWE 3 1 0 4
Estonia EST 2 0 1 3
Germany GER 1 2 1 4
Switzerland SUI 1 1 1 3
Hungary HUN 1 1 0 2
United States USA 1 1 0 2
Egypt EGY 1 0 0 1
Canada CAN 0 1 2 3
France FRA 0 1 2 3
Belgium BEL 0 1 0 1
Czechoslovakia TCH 0 1 0 1
Italy ITA 0 0 2 2
Great Britain GBR 0 0 1 1