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Welterweight, Greco-Roman (≤72 kilograms), Men

Date6 – 9 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationDeutschlandhalle, Berlin
Participants14 from 14 countries
FormatElimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 2 points; loss by 3-0 decision = 3 points; loss by fall = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler.

Sweden’s Rudolf Svedberg was the 1935 European Champion, and won six straight matches to reach the final match against Germany’s Fritz Schäfer. This was a re-match of the 1935 European final, won by Svedberg, and he again defeated Schäfer to win the gold medal, but only by a 2-1 decision. Schäfer later won the Europeans in 1937-39, defeating Svedberg in the 1938 final, and also won the 1937 European title in freestyle. The bronze medal went to Finland’s Eino Virtanen, who had won a silver medal at the 1931 Worker’s Olympiad and would later win the 1946 European middleweight title. His brother, Lasse Virtanen, won bronze medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in track & field at the 1932 Olympics.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCREBad Points
1Rudolf SvedbergSWEGold
2Fritz SchäferGERSilver
3Eino VirtanenFINBronze
4Edgar PuuseppEST
5Silvio TozziITA
6Nurettin BaytorunTUR
ACJean de FeuBELEliminated r3/76
ACAdolf RiederSUIEliminated r3/76
ACKarel ZvonařTCHEliminated r3/77
ACAntun FischerYUGEliminated r3/77
ACMaxime LubatFRAEliminated r2/76
ACDimitrios ZakhariasGREEliminated r2/76
ACGyula VinczeHUNEliminated r2/76
ACFranz HametnerAUTWithdrew r2/73

Round One (6 August 1936 — 11:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Jean de FeuBEL0
=1Eino VirtanenFIN0
=1Silvio TozziITA0
=1Adolf RiederSUI0
=1Rudolf SvedbergSWE0
=6Fritz SchäferGER1
=6Karel ZvonařTCH1
=8Franz HametnerAUT3withdrew
=8Edgar PuuseppEST3
=8Maxime LubatFRA3
=8Dimitrios ZakhariasGRE3
=8Gyula VinczeHUN3
=8Nurettin BaytorunTUR3
=8Antun FischerYUG3

Match #1 Silvio TozziITA
fall (16:29)
Dimitrios ZakhariasGRE
Match #2 Karel ZvonařTCH
decision (3-0)
Nurettin BaytorunTUR
Match #3 Adolf RiederSUI
fall (0:45)
Maxime LubatFRA
Match #4 Rudolf SvedbergSWE
fall (14:41)
Antun FischerYUG
Match #5 Fritz SchäferGER
decision (3-0)
Edgar PuuseppEST
Match #6 Jean de FeuBEL
fall (9:42)
Franz HametnerAUT
Match #7 Eino VirtanenFIN
fall (9:02)
Gyula VinczeHUN

Round Two (7 August 1936 — 11:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Eino VirtanenFIN0
=1Rudolf SvedbergSWE0
=3Fritz SchäferGER1
=3Silvio TozziITA1
=5Jean de FeuBEL3
=5Edgar PuuseppEST3
=5Adolf RiederSUI3
=8Karel ZvonařTCH4
=8Nurettin BaytorunTUR4
=8Antun FischerYUG4
=11Maxime LubatFRA6eliminated
=11Dimitrios ZakhariasGRE6eliminated
=11Gyula VinczeHUN6eliminated

Match #1 Nurettin BaytorunTUR
decision (3-0)
Dimitrios ZakhariasGRE
Match #2 Silvio TozziITA
decision (3-0)
Karel ZvonařTCH
Match #3 Rudolf SvedbergSWE
fall (5:05)
Maxime LubatFRA
Match #4 Antun FischerYUG
decision (3-0)
Adolf RiederSUI
Match #5 Fritz SchäferGER
fall (3:49)
Jean de FeuBEL
Match #6 Edgar PuuseppEST
fall (13:40)
Gyula VinczeHUN
Match #7 Eino VirtanenFIN bye

Round Three (8 August 1936 — 10:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Eino VirtanenFIN0
=1Rudolf SvedbergSWE0
3Fritz SchäferGER1
4Edgar PuuseppEST3
=5Silvio TozziITA4
=5Nurettin BaytorunTUR4
=7Jean de FeuBEL6eliminated
=7Adolf RiederSUI6eliminated
=9Karel ZvonařTCH7eliminated
=9Antun FischerYUG7eliminated

Match #1 Eino VirtanenFIN
fall (15:03)
Silvio TozziITA
Match #2 Nurettin BaytorunTUR
fall (10:00)
Adolf RiederSUI
Match #3 Rudolf SvedbergSWE
fall (14:19)
Karel ZvonařTCH
Match #4 Fritz SchäferGER
fall (14:58)
Antun FischerYUG
Match #5 Edgar PuuseppEST
fall (6:58)
Jean de FeuBEL

Round Four (8 August 1936 — 19:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Eino VirtanenFIN1
=1Fritz SchäferGER1
=1Rudolf SvedbergSWE1
4Edgar PuuseppEST6eliminated
=5Silvio TozziITA7eliminated
=5Nurettin BaytorunTUR7eliminated

Match #1 Eino VirtanenFIN
decision (3-0)
Nurettin BaytorunTUR
Match #2 Fritz SchäferGER
fall (4:46)
Silvio TozziITA
Match #3 Rudolf SvedbergSWE
decision (3-0)
Edgar PuuseppEST

Round Five (9 August 1936 — 19:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Fritz SchäferGER1
2Rudolf SvedbergSWE2
3Eino VirtanenFIN4

Match #1 Rudolf SvedbergSWE
decision (3-0)
Eino VirtanenFIN
Match #2 Fritz SchäferGER bye

Round Six (9 August 1936 — 20:15)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Fritz SchäferGER1
2Rudolf SvedbergSWE2
3Eino VirtanenFIN7eliminated

Match #1 Fritz SchäferGER
fall (1:53)
Eino VirtanenFIN
Match #2 Rudolf SvedbergSWE bye

Final Round (9 August 1936)

Match #1 Rudolf SvedbergSWE
decision (2-1)
Fritz SchäferGER