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Bantamweight, Freestyle (≤57 kilograms), Men

Date11 – 14 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationKomazawa Gymnasium, Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo
Participants20 from 20 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.

The last two World Champions were Turkey’s Hüseyin Akbaş (1962) and Soviet Azerbaijani Aydın İbrahimov (1963). Both would make the final round where they were joined by Japan’s Yojiro Uetake, who had never competed internationally. Uetake attended college in the United States at Oklahoma State University, where he won three straight NCAA Championships (1964-66) and was never beaten in college. In the final round Uetake defeated both Akbaş and İbrahimov by decision to win the gold medal. Akbaş won silver with a victory on points over İbrahimov.

Uetake only competed at one other major international, the 1968 Olympics, in which he would defend his title in this class. He later settled in Oklahoma where he coached at Oklahama State. İbrahimov would go on to win the 1966 European Championship. Akbaş placed fourth at the 1965 Worlds and then retired.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCREBad Points
1Yojiro UetakeJPNGold
2Hüseyin AkbaşTURSilver
3Aydın İbrahimovURSBronze
4Dave AubleUSA
5Choi Yeong-GilKOR
6Bishambar SinghIND
ACJános VargaHUNEliminated r4/67
ACMuhammad Siraj-DinPAKWithdrew r4/65
ACAbdullah KhodabandehIRIEliminated r3/66
ACMladen GeorgievBULEliminated r3/67
ACMoisés LópezMEXEliminated r3/68
ACPekka AlanenFINEliminated r3/69
ACKoji HirabayashiCANWithdrew r3/64
ACMohammad Daoud AnwaryAFGEliminated r2/66
ACBazaryn SükhbaatarMGLEliminated r2/66
ACWalter PillingGBREliminated r2/67
ACKarl DodrimontGEREliminated r2/67
ACRubén LeibovichARGEliminated r2/68
ACKevin McGrathAUSEliminated r2/68
ACTortillano TumasisPHIEliminated r2/68

Round One (11 October 1964)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1János VargaHUN0
=1Bishambar SinghIND0
=1Yojiro UetakeJPN0
=1Choi Yeong-GilKOR0
=5Muhammad Siraj-DinPAK1
=5Koji HirabayashiCAN1
=5Hüseyin AkbaşTUR1
=5Aydın İbrahimovURS1
=5Dave AubleUSA1
=10Mladen GeorgievBUL2
=10Abdullah KhodabandehIRI2
=12Mohammad Daoud AnwaryAFG3
=12Pekka AlanenFIN3
=12Walter PillingGBR3
=12Moisés LópezMEX3
=12Bazaryn SükhbaatarMGL3
=17Rubén LeibovichARG4
=17Kevin McGrathAUS4
=17Karl DodrimontGER4
=17Tortillano TumasisPHI4

Match #1 János VargaHUN
fall (1:26)
Tortillano TumasisPHI
Match #2 Choi Yeong-GilKOR
fall (4:31)
Kevin McGrathAUS
Match #3 Muhammad Siraj-DinPAK
decision
Walter PillingGBR
Match #4 Yojiro UetakeJPN
fall (9:01)
Karl DodrimontGER
Match #5 Hüseyin AkbaşTUR
decision
Mohammad Daoud AnwaryAFG
Match #6 Abdullah KhodabandehIRI
draw
Mladen GeorgievBUL
Match #7 Bishambar SinghIND
fall (2:16)
Rubén LeibovichARG
Match #8 Dave AubleUSA
decision
Bazaryn SükhbaatarMGL
Match #9 Koji HirabayashiCAN
decision
Pekka AlanenFIN
Match #10 Aydın İbrahimovURS
decision
Moisés LópezMEX

Round Two (12 October 1964)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1János VargaHUN0
=1Yojiro UetakeJPN0
=1Choi Yeong-GilKOR0
=4Bishambar SinghIND1
=4Dave AubleUSA1
=6Muhammad Siraj-DinPAK2
=6Aydın İbrahimovURS2
=8Abdullah KhodabandehIRI3
=8Hüseyin AkbaşTUR3
=10Mladen GeorgievBUL4
=10Koji HirabayashiCAN4
=12Pekka AlanenFIN5
=12Moisés LópezMEX5
=14Mohammad Daoud AnwaryAFG6eliminated
=14Bazaryn SükhbaatarMGL6eliminated
=16Walter PillingGBR7eliminated
=16Karl DodrimontGER7eliminated
=18Rubén LeibovichARG8eliminated
=18Kevin McGrathAUS8eliminated
=18Tortillano TumasisPHI8eliminated

Match #1 János VargaHUN
fall (3:07)
Kevin McGrathAUS
Match #2 Choi Yeong-GilKOR
fall (2:10)
Tortillano TumasisPHI
Match #3 Yojiro UetakeJPN
fall (8:14)
Walter PillingGBR
Match #4 Dave AubleUSA
fall (2:46)
Rubén LeibovichARG
Match #5 Muhammad Siraj-DinPAK
decision
Karl DodrimontGER
Match #6 Aydın İbrahimovURS
decision
Koji HirabayashiCAN
Match #7 Abdullah KhodabandehIRI
decision
Mohammad Daoud AnwaryAFG
Match #8 Hüseyin AkbaşTUR
draw
Mladen GeorgievBUL
Match #9 Bishambar SinghIND
decision
Bazaryn SükhbaatarMGL
Match #10 Pekka AlanenFIN
draw
Moisés LópezMEX

Round Three (13 October 1964)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Yojiro UetakeJPN1
=1Choi Yeong-GilKOR1
=3Bishambar SinghIND2
=3Aydın İbrahimovURS2
=3Dave AubleUSA2
6János VargaHUN3
7Hüseyin AkbaşTUR4
8Muhammad Siraj-DinPAK5
9Abdullah KhodabandehIRI6eliminated
10Mladen GeorgievBUL7eliminated
11Moisés LópezMEX8eliminated
12Pekka AlanenFIN9eliminated

Match #1 Choi Yeong-GilKOR
decision
János VargaHUN
Match #2 Yojiro UetakeJPN
decision
Muhammad Siraj-DinPAK
Match #3 Hüseyin AkbaşTUR
decision
Abdullah KhodabandehIRI
Match #4 Dave AubleUSA
decision
Mladen GeorgievBUL
Match #5 Bishambar SinghIND
decision
Moisés LópezMEX
Match #6 Aydın İbrahimovURS
fall (9:42)
Pekka AlanenFIN

Round Four (14 October 1964)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Yojiro UetakeJPN2
=1Aydın İbrahimovURS2
3Dave AubleUSA3
=4Choi Yeong-GilKOR4
=4Hüseyin AkbaşTUR4
6Bishambar SinghIND5
7János VargaHUN7eliminated

Match #1 Yojiro UetakeJPN
decision
Choi Yeong-GilKOR
Match #2 Hüseyin AkbaşTUR
fall (8:10)
János VargaHUN
Match #3 Dave AubleUSA
decision
Bishambar SinghIND
Match #4 Aydın İbrahimovURS bye

Round Five (14 October 1964)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Yojiro UetakeJPN3
=1Aydın İbrahimovURS3
3Hüseyin AkbaşTUR5
4Dave AubleUSA6eliminated
5Choi Yeong-GilKOR7eliminated
6Bishambar SinghIND8eliminated

Match #1 Aydın İbrahimovURS
decision
Choi Yeong-GilKOR
Match #2 Yojiro UetakeJPN
decision
Dave AubleUSA
Match #3 Hüseyin AkbaşTUR
decision
Bishambar SinghIND

Final Round (14 October 1964)

Match #1 Yojiro UetakeJPN
decision
Aydın İbrahimovURS
Match #2 Hüseyin AkbaşTUR
decision
Aydın İbrahimovURS
Match #3 Yojiro UetakeJPN
decision
Hüseyin AkbaşTUR