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Welterweight, Freestyle (≤74 kilograms), Men

Date28 – 30 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationLegkoatletichesky manezh, Legkoatletichesky Futbolny Kompleks CSKA, Moskva
Participants18 from 18 countries
FormatScoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler, but a wrestler could not be eliminated after a victory. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

The best wrestler in this class was American Leroy Kemp, the 1978-79 World Champion and 1979 Pan American Games Champion, but he could not compete because of the boycott. The 1980 European Champion was West German Martin Knosp, who was also boycotted out. In their absence Valentin Raychev won the gold medal, but it took him eight matches to do so. In round six, he threw Soviet Pavel Pinigin, 1976 Olympic lightweight gold medalist, which eliminated Pinigin, who placed fourth. In the final round Raychev won the gold medal by winning decisions over Mongolian Jamtsyn Davaajav and Czechoslovak Dan Karabin.

Kemp went on to win the 1982 World Championships and the 1983 Pan American Games. He was then surpassed by American Dave Schultz, however, who won the 1983 Worlds and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, defeating Kemp in the US Trials, as Kemp never got to wrestle at the Olympics. Knosp would win the 1981 World title, with Raychev second and Kemp third, and Knosp would win a silver medal in this class at the 1984 Olympics, behind Schultz.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCREBad Points
1Valentin RaychevBULGold
2Jamtsyn DavaajavMGLSilver
3Dan KarabinTCHBronze
4Pavel PiniginURS
5Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL
6Rajinder SinghIND
7István FehérHUN
8Riccardo NiccoliniITA
ACOtto SteingräberGDREliminated r3/77,0
ACMarin PîrcălabuROUEliminated r3/77,0
ACKhojawahid ZahediAFGWithdrew r3/74,0
ACKiro RistovYUGEliminated r2/76,0
ACFitz WalkerGBREliminated r2/77,5
ACBartholomäus BrötznerAUTEliminated r2/78,0
ACIsaie TonyeCMREliminated r2/78,0
ACIbrahim Khalil JumaIRQEliminated r2/78,0
ACRuedi MarroSUIEliminated r2/78,0
ACBani Merje FawazSYREliminated r2/78,0

Round One (28 July 1980 — 10:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Khojawahid ZahediAFG0,0
=1Valentin RaychevBUL0,0
=1Riccardo NiccoliniITA0,0
=1Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL0,0
=1Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL0,0
=1Pavel PiniginURS0,0
7István FehérHUN0,5
=8Rajinder SinghIND1,0
=8Dan KarabinTCH1,0
=10Otto SteingräberGDR3,0
=10Kiro RistovYUG3,0
12Fitz WalkerGBR3,5
=13Bartholomäus BrötznerAUT4,0
=13Isaie TonyeCMR4,0
=13Ibrahim Khalil JumaIRQ4,0
=13Marin PîrcălabuROU4,0
=13Ruedi MarroSUI4,0
=13Bani Merje FawazSYR4,0

Match #1 Khojawahid ZahediAFG
fall (5:39)
Bani Merje FawazSYR
Match #2 Rajinder SinghIND
decision (14-8)
Otto SteingräberGDR
Match #3 Valentin RaychevBUL
fall (4:20)
Bartholomäus BrötznerAUT
Match #4 Riccardo NiccoliniITA
fall (8:46)
Marin PîrcălabuROU
Match #5 Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL
fall (2:09)
Isaie TonyeCMR
Match #6 Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL
fall (2:45)
Ibrahim Khalil JumaIRQ
Match #7 Pavel PiniginURS
fall (0:52)
Ruedi MarroSUI
Match #8 István FehérHUN
decision (25-6)
Fitz WalkerGBR
Match #9 Dan KarabinTCH
decision (9-2)
Kiro RistovYUG

Round Two (28 July 1980 — 18:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Valentin RaychevBUL0,0
=1Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL0,0
=1Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL0,0
=1Pavel PiniginURS0,0
=5Rajinder SinghIND1,0
=5Dan KarabinTCH1,0
7István FehérHUN1,5
8Otto SteingräberGDR3,0
=9Khojawahid ZahediAFG4,0
=9Riccardo NiccoliniITA4,0
=9Marin PîrcălabuROU4,0
12Kiro RistovYUG6,0eliminated
13Fitz WalkerGBR7,5eliminated
=14Bartholomäus BrötznerAUT8,0eliminated
=14Isaie TonyeCMR8,0eliminated
=14Ibrahim Khalil JumaIRQ8,0eliminated
=14Ruedi MarroSUI8,0eliminated
=14Bani Merje FawazSYR8,0eliminated

Match #1 Otto SteingräberGDR
fall (4:54)
Khojawahid ZahediAFG
Match #2 Rajinder SinghIND
fall (0:55)
Bani Merje FawazSYR
Match #3 Valentin RaychevBUL
fall (7:59)
Riccardo NiccoliniITA
Match #4 Marin PîrcălabuROU
decision (7-1)
Bartholomäus BrötznerAUT
Match #5 Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL
fall (1:58)
Isaie TonyeCMR
Match #6 Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL
fall (2:42)
Ibrahim Khalil JumaIRQ
Match #7 Pavel PiniginURS
fall (1:24)
Fitz WalkerGBR
Match #8 Dan KarabinTCH
fall (2:59)
Ruedi MarroSUI
Match #9 István FehérHUN
decision (8-6)
Kiro RistovYUG

Round Three (29 July 1980 — 12:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Valentin RaychevBUL0,0
=1Pavel PiniginURS0,0
=3Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL1,0
=3Dan KarabinTCH1,0
=5Rajinder SinghIND4,0
=5Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL4,0
7Riccardo NiccoliniITA5,0
8István FehérHUN5,5
=9Otto SteingräberGDR7,0eliminated
=9Marin PîrcălabuROU7,0eliminated

Match #1 Valentin RaychevBUL
decision (25-6)
Otto SteingräberGDR
Match #2 Riccardo NiccoliniITA
criteria (8-8)
Rajinder SinghIND
Match #3 Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL
decision (9-4)
Marin PîrcălabuROU
Match #4 Pavel PiniginURS
fall (7:11)
Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL
Match #5 Dan KarabinTCH
injury (3:14)
István FehérHUN

Round Four (29 July 1980)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Pavel PiniginURS0,5
=2Valentin RaychevBUL1,0
=2Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL1,0
4Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL4,0
5Dan KarabinTCH4,5
6Rajinder SinghIND7,0eliminated
7Riccardo NiccoliniITA9,0eliminated
8István FehérHUN9,5eliminated

Match #1 Valentin RaychevBUL
decision (12-8)
Rajinder SinghIND
Match #2 Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL
decision (20-2)
Riccardo NiccoliniITA
Match #3 Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL
DQ (6:48)
István FehérHUN
Match #4 Pavel PiniginURS
decision (11-1)
Dan KarabinTCH

Round Five (30 July 1980)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Valentin RaychevBUL2,0
=2Dan KarabinTCH4,5
=2Pavel PiniginURS4,5
4Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL5,0
5Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL7,0eliminated

Match #1 Valentin RaychevBUL
decision (9-4)
Ryszard ŚcigalskiPOL
Match #2 Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL Pavel PiniginURS
Match #3 Dan KarabinTCH bye

Round Six (30 July 1980 — 10:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Valentin RaychevBUL2,0
2Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL6,0eliminated
3Dan KarabinTCH7,5eliminated
4Pavel PiniginURS8,5eliminated

Match #1 Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL
decision (6-5)
Dan KarabinTCH
Match #2 Valentin RaychevBUL
fall (1:59)
Pavel PiniginURS

Final Round One (30 July 1980 — 18:00)

Match #1 Valentin RaychevBUL
decision (10-6)
Dan KarabinTCH
Match #2 Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL bye

Final Round Two (30 July 1980)

Match #1 Valentin RaychevBUL
decision (6-5)
Jamtsyn DavaajavMGL
Match #2 Dan KarabinTCH bye