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Welterweight, Freestyle (≤73 kilograms), Men

Date1 – 6 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationBasilica di Massenzio, Roma
Participants23 from 23 countries
FormatScoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Iran’s Emam Ali Habibi was considered the overwhelming favorite in this class. He had won the 1959 World Championships, was Olympic lightweight gold medalist in 1956, and the 1958 Asian Champion. He was thought to be the “unbeatable Iranian.” Nobody outside of the United States had heard of American Doug Blubaugh but Habibi would soon find out. Blubaugh won his first four matches, three by falls, and one by walkover, and then met Habibi in round five, throwing him in 2:37 to eliminate Habibi, who would finish in a tie for fourth. In the final round Blubaugh then won by decision over Turkey’s İsmail Oğan and threw Pakistani Muhammad Bashir to win the gold medal.

Blubaugh should have been better known, having won two AAU titles, an NCAA title, and the 1959 Pan American Championships. Habibi went on to win the 1961 and 1962 World Championships and his loss in Roma was his only one ever at a major international. Oğan came back in 1964 and won the gold medal in this class.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Doug BlubaughUSAGold
2İsmail OğanTURSilver
3Muhammad BashirPAKBronze
=4Gaetano De VescoviITA
=4Emam Ali HabibiIRI
=4Yutaka KanekoJPN
7Coenraad de VilliersRSA
8Åke CarlssonSWE
=9Karl BruggmannSUI
=9Martin HeinzeGER
=11Vakht'ang BalavadzeURS
=11Musa KazanovBUL
13Kurt BoeseCAN
=14Juan RolónARG
=14Udey ChandIND
16Peter AmeyGBR
=17Sultan Mohammad DostAFG
=17Joe FeeneyIRL
=19Franz BergerAUT
=19Juan FloresMEX
=21Choi Myeong-JongKOR
=21Robert ClarkAUS
23Veikko RantanenFIN

Round One (1 September 1960)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Martin HeinzeGER0
=1Emam Ali HabibiIRI0
=1Yutaka KanekoJPN0
=1Muhammad BashirPAK0
=1Karl BruggmannSUI0
=1Doug BlubaughUSA0
=7Juan RolónARG1
=7Udey ChandIND1
=7Gaetano De VescoviITA1
=7Coenraad de VilliersRSA1
=7Åke CarlssonSWE1
=7İsmail OğanTUR1
=13Sultan Mohammad DostAFG3
=13Franz BergerAUT3
=13Veikko RantanenFIN3withdrew
=13Joe FeeneyIRL3
=13Juan FloresMEX3
=13Vakht'ang BalavadzeURS3
=19Robert ClarkAUS4
=19Musa KazanovBUL4
=19Kurt BoeseCAN4
=19Peter AmeyGBR4
=19Choi Myeong-JongKOR4

Match #1 İsmail OğanTUR
decision
Vakht'ang BalavadzeURS
Match #2 Udey ChandIND
decision
Joe FeeneyIRL
Match #3 Yutaka KanekoJPN
fall (11:05)
Musa KazanovBUL
Match #4 Coenraad de VilliersRSA
decision
Franz BergerAUT
Match #5 Gaetano De VescoviITA
decision
Juan FloresMEX
Match #6 Emam Ali HabibiIRI
fall (1:45)
Choi Myeong-JongKOR
Match #7 Åke CarlssonSWE
decision
Veikko RantanenFIN
Match #8 Muhammad BashirPAK
fall (9:59)
Peter AmeyGBR
Match #9 Juan RolónARG
decision
Sultan Mohammad DostAFG
Match #10 Doug BlubaughUSA
fall (2:21)
Kurt BoeseCAN
Match #11 Karl BruggmannSUI
fall (0:13)
Robert ClarkAUS
Match #12 Martin HeinzeGER bye

Round Two (2 September 1960)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Yutaka KanekoJPN0
=1Doug BlubaughUSA0
=3Emam Ali HabibiIRI1
=3Gaetano De VescoviITA1
=3Muhammad BashirPAK1
=3Coenraad de VilliersRSA1
7İsmail OğanTUR2
8Martin HeinzeGER3
=9Juan RolónARG4
=9Kurt BoeseCAN4
=9Udey ChandIND4
=9Karl BruggmannSUI4
=9Åke CarlssonSWE4
=9Vakht'ang BalavadzeURS4
=15Musa KazanovBUL5
=15Peter AmeyGBR5
=17Sultan Mohammad DostAFG6eliminated
=17Joe FeeneyIRL6eliminated
=19Franz BergerAUT7eliminated
=19Juan FloresMEX7eliminated
=21Robert ClarkAUS8eliminated
=21Choi Myeong-JongKOR8eliminated

Match #1 İsmail OğanTUR
decision
Martin HeinzeGER
Match #2 Vakht'ang BalavadzeURS
decision
Udey ChandIND
Match #3 Musa KazanovBUL
decision
Joe FeeneyIRL
Match #4 Yutaka KanekoJPN
fall (1:07)
Franz BergerAUT
Match #5 Coenraad de VilliersRSA
fall (2:10)
Juan FloresMEX
Match #6 Emam Ali HabibiIRI
decision
Åke CarlssonSWE
Match #7 Gaetano De VescoviITA
fall (0:50)
Choi Myeong-JongKOR
Match #8 Muhammad BashirPAK
decision
Juan RolónARG
Match #9 Peter AmeyGBR
decision
Sultan Mohammad DostAFG
Match #10 Doug BlubaughUSA
fall (3:35)
Karl BruggmannSUI
Match #11 Kurt BoeseCAN
fall (1:09)
Robert ClarkAUS

Round Three (3 September 1960)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Doug BlubaughUSA0
2Gaetano De VescoviITA1
=3Emam Ali HabibiIRI2
=3İsmail OğanTUR2
=5Yutaka KanekoJPN4
=5Muhammad BashirPAK4
=5Coenraad de VilliersRSA4
=5Åke CarlssonSWE4
=9Martin HeinzeGER5
=9Karl BruggmannSUI5
=11Musa KazanovBUL6eliminated
=11Vakht'ang BalavadzeURS6eliminated
13Kurt BoeseCAN7eliminated
14Udey ChandIND8eliminated
15Peter AmeyGBR9eliminated

Match #1 Martin HeinzeGER
draw
Vakht'ang BalavadzeURS
Match #2 İsmail OğanTUR
fall (4:11)
Udey ChandIND
Match #3 Musa KazanovBUL
decision
Coenraad de VilliersRSA
Match #4 Gaetano De VescoviITA
fall (5:50)
Yutaka KanekoJPN
Match #5 Emam Ali HabibiIRI
decision
Muhammad BashirPAK
Match #6 Åke CarlssonSWE
fall (2:00)
Peter AmeyGBR
Match #7 Doug BlubaughUSA walkover
Match #8 Karl BruggmannSUI
decision
Kurt BoeseCAN

Round Four (5 September 1960)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Doug BlubaughUSA0
=2Emam Ali HabibiIRI3
=2İsmail OğanTUR3
=4Gaetano De VescoviITA4
=4Yutaka KanekoJPN4
=4Muhammad BashirPAK4
7Coenraad de VilliersRSA7eliminated
8Åke CarlssonSWE8eliminated
=9Martin HeinzeGER9eliminated
=9Karl BruggmannSUI9eliminated

Match #1 Yutaka KanekoJPN
fall (5:59)
Martin HeinzeGER
Match #2 İsmail OğanTUR
decision
Coenraad de VilliersRSA
Match #3 Emam Ali HabibiIRI
decision
Gaetano De VescoviITA
Match #4 Doug BlubaughUSA
fall (6:12)
Åke CarlssonSWE
Match #5 Muhammad BashirPAK
fall (9:35)
Karl BruggmannSUI

Round Five (6 September 1960)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Doug BlubaughUSA0
2İsmail OğanTUR4
3Muhammad BashirPAK5
=4Emam Ali HabibiIRI7eliminated
=4Gaetano De VescoviITA7eliminated
=4Yutaka KanekoJPN7eliminated

Match #1 İsmail OğanTUR
decision
Yutaka KanekoJPN
Match #2 Muhammad BashirPAK
decision
Gaetano De VescoviITA
Match #3 Doug BlubaughUSA
fall (2:37)
Emam Ali HabibiIRI

Final Round (6 September 1960)

Match #1 İsmail OğanTUR
decision
Muhammad BashirPAK
Match #2 Doug BlubaughUSA
decision
İsmail OğanTUR
Match #3 Doug BlubaughUSA
fall (---)
Muhammad BashirPAK