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Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (>82.5 kilograms), Men

Date7 – 14 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants17 from 9 countries
FormatDouble-elimination tournament. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final-round tournament.

The deciding match came down to Yrjö Saarela of Finland and Søren Jensen of Denmark. Both were top international wrestlers. During his career, Jensen won eight medals at the Olympics, World Championships, and European championships, including a gold medal in the heavyweight class at the 1906 Olympic Games. Saarela had won one of the World Championships held in 1911, this one in Helsinki. But at Stockholm, Saarela prevailed, although only after three hours under a hot sun, when Jensen was forced to retire. Saarela had also won a silver medal at the 1908 Olympics in the light-heavyweight (93 kg.) class. In 1912, he earned, in addition to his gold medal, possession of the Challenge Trophy for the heavyweight Greco-Roman Wrestling, which had been donated in 1908 by The Gold and Silversmiths of Great Britain.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Yrjö SaarelaFINGold
2Johan OlinFINSilver
3Søren JensenDENBronze
4Jakob NeserGER
AC r5/7Emil BackeniusFIN
AC r5/7Kalle ViljamaaFIN
AC r4/7Adolf LindforsFIN
AC r4/7Uuno PelanderFIN
AC r3/7Barend BonneveldNED
AC r3/7Gustaf LindstrandSWE
AC r3/7Ned BarrettGBR
AC r2/7Laurent GerstmansBEL
AC r2/7Jean HauptmannsGER
AC r2/7Nikolajs FārnastsRUS
AC r2/7David KarlssonSWE
AC r2/7Alrik SandbergSWE
AC r2/7Raoul PaoliFRA

Round One (7 – 9 July 1912)

Match #1 Yrjö SaarelaFIN
fall (32:37)
David KarlssonSWE
Match #2 Kalle ViljamaaFIN
fall (1-18:53)
Jean HauptmannsGER
Match #3 Johan OlinFIN
fall (30:00)
Raoul PaoliFRA
Match #4 Gustaf LindstrandSWE
fall (14:01)
Laurent GerstmansBEL
Match #5 Barend BonneveldNED
decision (1-30)
Emil BackeniusFIN
Match #6 Jakob NeserGER
decision (1-00)
Nikolajs FārnastsRUS
Match #7 Søren JensenDEN
fall (46:30)
Ned BarrettGBR
Match #8 Adolf LindforsFIN
fall (8:50)
Alrik SandbergSWE
Match #9 Uuno PelanderFIN bye

Round Two (9 July 1912)

Match #1 Uuno PelanderFIN
decision (1-00)
David KarlssonSWE
Match #2 Yrjö SaarelaFIN walkover
Match #3 Kalle ViljamaaFIN walkover
Match #4 Johan OlinFIN
fall (44:45)
Gustaf LindstrandSWE
Match #5 Emil BackeniusFIN
fall (20:00)
Laurent GerstmansBEL
Match #6 Jakob NeserGER
fall (25:00)
Barend BonneveldNED
Match #7 Ned BarrettGBR walkover
Match #8 Søren JensenDEN
decision (1-00)
Adolf LindforsFIN
Match #9 Uuno PelanderFIN
decision (1-00)
Alrik SandbergSWE

Round Three (12 July 1912)

Match #1 Yrjö SaarelaFIN
fall (6:12)
Gustaf LindstrandSWE
Match #2 Kalle ViljamaaFIN
DQ (both passivity) (1-00)
Barend BonneveldNED
Match #3 Johan OlinFIN
fall (32:00)
Jakob NeserGER
Match #4 Emil BackeniusFIN walkover
Match #5 Søren JensenDEN
decision (1-00)
Uuno PelanderFIN
Match #6 Adolf LindforsFIN bye

Round Four (12 July 1912)

Match #1 Jakob NeserGER
retired (2:00)
Adolf LindforsFIN
Match #2 Yrjö SaarelaFIN
fall (3:36)
Søren JensenDEN
Match #3 Kalle ViljamaaFIN
fall (0:27)
Johan OlinFIN
Match #4 Emil BackeniusFIN walkover

Round Five (12 July 1912)

Match #1 Johan OlinFIN
retired (6:00)
Yrjö SaarelaFIN
Match #2 Jakob NeserGER
decision (1-00)
Kalle ViljamaaFIN
Match #3 Søren JensenDEN
decision (1-30)
Emil BackeniusFIN

Round Six (12 July 1912)

Match #1 Yrjö SaarelaFIN
fall (6:00)
Jakob NeserGER
Match #2 Johan OlinFIN bye
Match #3 Søren JensenDEN bye

Final Round One (14 July 1912)

Match #1 Yrjö SaarelaFIN
fall (3-16)
Søren JensenDEN
Match #2 Johan OlinFIN bye

Final Round Two (14 July 1912)

Match #1 Johan OlinFIN walkover
Match #2 Yrjö SaarelaFIN bye

Final Round Three (14 July 1912)

Match #1 Yrjö SaarelaFIN
fall (9:00)
Johan OlinFIN