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Lightweight, Freestyle (≤66 kilograms), Men

Date11 – 14 July 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationVélodrome d'Hiver, Paris
Participants16 from 10 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament with separate single-elimination tournaments for second- and third-place. Second-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner. Third-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner or runner-up.

Finland’s Volmar Wikström was the likely favorite, in an era in which there were few international competitions. He had competed at the 1912 Olympics, had won a 1914 European title (in Greco-Roman), and was runner-up at the 1921 European Championships, again in Greco-Roman. Nobody had heard of American Russ Vis, but he was part of the great US wrestlers from the Pacific Northwest who dominated freestyle at the 1924 Olympics. Vis won his first two matches by fall, and then decisioned his last two opponents, including Wikström in the final. Wikström came through the second-place tournament for the silver medal, defeating his teammate in the final match, Arvo Haavisto. This was the end of Wikström’s international career but Haavisto would move up in weight and win a gold medal in freestyle welterweight at the 1928 Olympics.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Russ VisUSAGold
2Volmar WikströmFINSilver
3Arvo HaavistoFINBronze
4George GardinerGBR
=5Étienne JourdainFRA
=5Émile PouvrouxFRA
=5Alfred PraksEST
=5Édouard BeletSUI
=9Peter EriksenDEN
=9Walter MontgomeryCAN
=9Herman Van DuyzenBEL
=9Auguste CortiSUI
=9Perry MartterUSA
=9Riccardo PizzocaroITA
=9Osvald KäppEST
=9Ernest BaconGBR

Round One (11 July 1924)

Match #1 Russ VisUSA
fall
Walter MontgomeryCAN
Match #2 Émile PouvrouxFRA
decision
Herman Van DuyzenBEL
Match #3 Arvo HaavistoFIN
fall
Auguste CortiSUI
Match #4 Alfred PraksEST
decision
Perry MartterUSA
Match #5 Volmar WikströmFIN
fall
Peter EriksenDEN
Match #6 Étienne JourdainFRA
decision
Riccardo PizzocaroITA
Match #7 George GardinerGBR
decision
Osvald KäppEST
Match #8 Édouard BeletSUI
decision
Ernest BaconGBR

Quarter-Finals (12 July 1924)

Match #1 Russ VisUSA
fall
Émile PouvrouxFRA
Match #2 Arvo HaavistoFIN
decision
Alfred PraksEST
Match #3 Volmar WikströmFIN
fall
Étienne JourdainFRA
Match #4 George GardinerGBR
decision
Édouard BeletSUI

Semi-Finals (13 July 1924)

Match #1 Russ VisUSA
decision
Arvo HaavistoFIN
Match #2 Volmar WikströmFIN
decision
George GardinerGBR

Final Round (14 July 1924)

Match 1/2 Russ VisUSA
fall
Volmar WikströmFIN

2nd-Place Semi-Finals (14 July 1924)

Match #1 Arvo HaavistoFIN
decision
Émile PouvrouxFRA
Match #2 Volmar WikströmFIN
fall
Walter MontgomeryCAN

2nd-Place Final Round (14 July 1924)

Match #1 Volmar WikströmFIN
decision
Arvo HaavistoFIN

3rd-Place Semi-Finals (13 July 1924)

Match #1 Arvo HaavistoFIN
fall
Peter EriksenDEN
Match #2 George GardinerGBR
decision
Étienne JourdainFRA

3rd-Place Final Round (13 July 1924)

Match #1 Arvo HaavistoFIN
decision
George GardinerGBR