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Bantamweight, Greco-Roman (≤57 kilograms), Men

Date23 – 26 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationPista de Hielo Insurgentes, Ciudad de México
Participants24 from 24 countries
FormatScoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

The three leading contenders were Romanian Ion Baciu, the 1967 World Champion, Hungarian János Varga, the 1967 European Champion, and Bulgarian Khristo Traykov, the 1968 European Champion. Varga had also been runner-up at the 1967 Worlds and 1968 Europeans. Traykov won his first bout by a disqualification, but was then pinned by Baciu and was eliminated when he lost by disqualification to American Dave Hazewinkel. In round six Baciu and Varga met for the gold medal, and when the match ended in a draw, Baciu was eliminated, gold going to Varga. In the matches for the lesser medals, Baciu threw Greek Othon Moskhidis and advanced to a silver medal match against Soviet Ivan Kochergin. Baciu and Kochergin were both disqualified in that match, but that still gave the silver medal to Baciu, as Kochergin and Moskhidis had drawn in round six.

Varga and Baciu would return to the Olympics in 1972, but neither medalled, with Varga finishing fourth and Baciu sixth. Varga did win the 1970 World and European Championships. Traykov would win the 1972-73 Europeans.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCREBad Points
1János VargaHUNGold
2Ion BaciuROUSilver
3Ivan KocherginURSBronze
4Othon MoskhidisGRE
5Koji SakuramaJPN
=6Ibrahim El-SayedEGY
=6Kaya ÖczanTUR
ACRisto BjörlinFINEliminated r4/86,0
ACDave HazewinkelUSAEliminated r4/86,0
ACAn Cheon-YeongKOREliminated r4/87,0
ACArthur SpaenhovenBELEliminated r4/87,5
ACJean NakouziLBNEliminated r3/86,0
ACHristo TraykovBULEliminated r3/87,0
ACKarlo ČovićYUGEliminated r3/87,0
ACRodolfo GuerraMEXEliminated r3/88,0
ACJózef LipieńPOLEliminated r3/89,0
ACFritz StangeFRGWithdrew r3/85,0
ACKhalifa KarouaneMAREliminated r2/86,0
ACRoland SvenssonSWEEliminated r2/86,0
ACHartmut PulsGDREliminated r2/86,5
ACLuís GriloPOREliminated r2/87,0
ACHerb SingermanCANEliminated r2/88,0
ACJohnny NielsenDENEliminated r2/88,0
ACJavier RaxónGUAEliminated r2/88,0

Round One (23 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Hristo TraykovBUL0,0
=1Risto BjörlinFIN0,0
=1János VargaHUN0,0
=1Jean NakouziLBN0,0
=1Ivan KocherginURS0,0
=6Ibrahim El-SayedEGY1,0
=6Othon MoskhidisGRE1,0
=6Koji SakuramaJPN1,0
=6An Cheon-YeongKOR1,0
=6Ion BaciuROU1,0
=6Kaya ÖczanTUR1,0
=12Arthur SpaenhovenBEL2,5
=12Hartmut PulsGDR2,5
=14Khalifa KarouaneMAR3,0
=14Rodolfo GuerraMEX3,0
=14Józef LipieńPOL3,0
=14Roland SvenssonSWE3,0
=14Dave HazewinkelUSA3,0
=14Karlo ČovićYUG3,0
=20Herb SingermanCAN4,0
=20Johnny NielsenDEN4,0
=20Fritz StangeFRG4,0
=20Javier RaxónGUA4,0
=20Luís GriloPOR4,0

Match #1 Ion BaciuROU
decision
Dave HazewinkelUSA
Match #2 Hristo TraykovBUL
DQ
Johnny NielsenDEN
Match #3 Ibrahim El-SayedEGY
decision
Rodolfo GuerraMEX
Match #4 Jean NakouziLBN
fall (10:51)
Herb SingermanCAN
Match #5 Koji SakuramaJPN
decision
Roland SvenssonSWE
Match #6 Arthur SpaenhovenBEL
draw
Hartmut PulsGDR
Match #7 Ivan KocherginURS
fall (9:08)
Fritz StangeFRG
Match #8 János VargaHUN
fall (2:47)
Luís GriloPOR
Match #9 Othon MoskhidisGRE
decision
Karlo ČovićYUG
Match #10 Risto BjörlinFIN
fall (4:38)
Javier RaxónGUA
Match #11 An Cheon-YeongKOR
decision
Khalifa KarouaneMAR
Match #12 Kaya ÖczanTUR
decision
Józef LipieńPOL

Round Two (24 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Ibrahim El-SayedEGY1,0
=1Othon MoskhidisGRE1,0
=1János VargaHUN1,0
=1Koji SakuramaJPN1,0
=5Ion BaciuROU2,0
=5Kaya ÖczanTUR2,0
=7Hristo TraykovBUL3,0
=7Risto BjörlinFIN3,0
=7Jean NakouziLBN3,0
=7Ivan KocherginURS3,0
=7Dave HazewinkelUSA3,0
=7An Cheon-YeongKOR3,0
13Arthur SpaenhovenBEL3,5
=14Rodolfo GuerraMEX4,0
=14Karlo ČovićYUG4,0
=16Fritz StangeFRG5,0
=16Józef LipieńPOL5,0
=18Khalifa KarouaneMAR6,0eliminated
=18Roland SvenssonSWE6,0eliminated
20Hartmut PulsGDR6,5eliminated
21Luís GriloPOR7,0eliminated
=22Herb SingermanCAN8,0eliminated
=22Johnny NielsenDEN8,0eliminated
=22Javier RaxónGUA8,0eliminated

Match #1 Dave HazewinkelUSA
fall (8:28)
Johnny NielsenDEN
Match #2 Ion BaciuROU
decision
Hristo TraykovBUL
Match #3 Ibrahim El-SayedEGY
fall (1:30)
Herb SingermanCAN
Match #4 Rodolfo GuerraMEX
decision
Jean NakouziLBN
Match #5 Arthur SpaenhovenBEL
decision
Roland SvenssonSWE
Match #6 Koji SakuramaJPN
fall (10:45)
Hartmut PulsGDR
Match #7 Fritz StangeFRG
decision
Luís GriloPOR
Match #8 János VargaHUN
decision
Ivan KocherginURS
Match #9 Karlo ČovićYUG
decision
Risto BjörlinFIN
Match #10 Othon MoskhidisGRE
fall (1:23)
Javier RaxónGUA
Match #11 Kaya ÖczanTUR
decision
Khalifa KarouaneMAR
Match #12 An Cheon-YeongKOR
draw
Józef LipieńPOL

Round Three (25 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Koji SakuramaJPN1,0
2János VargaHUN2,0
=3Risto BjörlinFIN3,0
=3Ion BaciuROU3,0
=3Dave HazewinkelUSA3,0
=6Ibrahim El-SayedEGY4,0
=6Othon MoskhidisGRE4,0
=6Ivan KocherginURS4,0
=6An Cheon-YeongKOR4,0
10Arthur SpaenhovenBEL4,5
11Kaya ÖczanTUR5,0
12Jean NakouziLBN6,0eliminated
=13Hristo TraykovBUL7,0eliminated
=13Karlo ČovićYUG7,0eliminated
15Rodolfo GuerraMEX8,0eliminated
16Józef LipieńPOL9,0eliminated

Match #1 Dave HazewinkelUSA
DQ
Hristo TraykovBUL
Match #2 Ion BaciuROU
decision
Ibrahim El-SayedEGY
Match #3 Koji SakuramaJPN
fall (2:44)
Rodolfo GuerraMEX
Match #4 Arthur SpaenhovenBEL
decision
Jean NakouziLBN
Match #5 Ivan KocherginURS
decision
Karlo ČovićYUG
Match #6 János VargaHUN
decision
Othon MoskhidisGRE
Match #7 Risto BjörlinFIN
fall (9:00)
Józef LipieńPOL
Match #8 An Cheon-YeongKOR
decision
Kaya ÖczanTUR

Round Four (26 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1János VargaHUN3,0
=1Koji SakuramaJPN3,0
=3Ibrahim El-SayedEGY5,0
=3Othon MoskhidisGRE5,0
=3Kaya ÖczanTUR5,0
=3Ivan KocherginURS5,0
=3Ion BaciuROU5,0
=8Risto BjörlinFIN6,0eliminated
=8Dave HazewinkelUSA6,0eliminated
10An Cheon-YeongKOR7,0eliminated
11Arthur SpaenhovenBEL7,5eliminated

Match #1 Ibrahim El-SayedEGY
decision
Dave HazewinkelUSA
Match #2 Ion BaciuROU
draw
Koji SakuramaJPN
Match #3 Ivan KocherginURS
decision
Arthur SpaenhovenBEL
Match #4 János VargaHUN
decision
Risto BjörlinFIN
Match #5 Othon MoskhidisGRE
decision
An Cheon-YeongKOR
Match #6 Kaya ÖczanTUR bye

Round Five (26 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1János VargaHUN4,0
=2Othon MoskhidisGRE5,0
=2Ivan KocherginURS5,0
=2Ion BaciuROU5,0
5Koji SakuramaJPN6,5eliminated
=6Ibrahim El-SayedEGY9,0eliminated
=6Kaya ÖczanTUR9,0eliminated

Match #1 Ion BaciuROU
fall (6:13)
Kaya ÖczanTUR
Match #2 Ivan KocherginURS
fall (10:49)
Ibrahim El-SayedEGY
Match #3 János VargaHUN
decision
Koji SakuramaJPN
Match #4 Othon MoskhidisGRE bye

Round Six (26 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1János VargaHUN6,5
=2Othon MoskhidisGRE7,5eliminated1
=2Ivan KocherginURS7,5eliminated2
=2Ion BaciuROU7,5eliminated3

Match #1 Othon MoskhidisGRE
draw
Ivan KocherginURS
Match #2 Ion BaciuROU
draw
János VargaHUN

Round Seven (26 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Ivan KocherginURS7,5eliminated
=1Ion BaciuROU7,5eliminated
3Othon MoskhidisGRE11,5eliminated

Match #1 Ion BaciuROU
fall (2:32)
Othon MoskhidisGRE
Match #2 Ivan KocherginURS bye

Final Round (26 October 1968)

Match #1 Ivan KocherginURS
DQ (both)
Ion BaciuROU