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Featherweight, Freestyle (≤62 kilograms), Men

Date5 – 7 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationInstituto Nacional de Educación Física de Cataluña (INEFC), Barcelona
Participants21 from 21 countries
FormatTwo groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top five in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-10th place.

This class was unusual in international wrestling as there was an overwhelming favorite and it was an American. John Smith had won the gold medal in 1988 and was World Champion in 1987 and 1989-91, also winning Pan American gold medals in 1987 and 1991. He had also won the World Cup in 1989 and 1991 and was Goodwill Games champion in 1990.

This competition, however, was much closer than expected. Smith barely won his first two matches, 3-2 and 2-1, and then lost his final match in Group A to Cuban Lázaro Reinoso, 3-1, on points. Smith, Reinoso, and Unified Team wrestler Magomed Azizov all ended Group A with one loss, but Smith advanced on more classification points in the head-to-head matches. In the final Smith met Iran’s Asgari Mohammadian, the 1988 Olympic silver medalist as a bantamweight. Smith finally came out of his funk and won fairly easily, shutting out Mohammadian, 6-0, to defend his gold medal.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRECP
1John SmithUSAGold
2Asgari MohammadianIRISilver
3Lázaro ReinosoCUBBronze
4Rosen VasilevBUL
5Magomed AzizovEUN
6Musa IlhanAUS
7Martin MüllerSUI
8Sin Sang-GyuKOR
9Karsten PolkyGER
10Anibál NievesPUR
ACKim Gwang-CholPRKEliminated r4/5 Group A5,0
ACGiovanni SchillaciITAEliminated r3/5 Group A5,0
ACİsmail FaikoğluTUREliminated r3/5 Group A5,0
ACMarty CalderCANEliminated r3/5 Group A2,0
ACTakumi AdachiJPNEliminated r2/5 Group A2,0
ACTjaart du PlessisRSAEliminated r2/5 Group A1,0
ACEduards ŽukovsLATEliminated r4/6 Group B6,0
ACDariusz GrzywińskiPOLEliminated r3/6 Group B4,0
ACGeorgios MoustopoulosGREEliminated r3/6 Group B3,0
ACVicente CáceresESPEliminated r2/6 Group B2,0
ACDharan Singh DahiyaINDEliminated r2/6 Group B2,0

Group A - Round One (5 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
=1Karsten PolkyGER3,0
=1Giovanni SchillaciITA3,0
=1Kim Gwang-CholPRK3,0
=1Magomed AzizovEUN3,0
=1John SmithUSA3,0
=6Lázaro ReinosoCUB1,0
=6Takumi AdachiJPN1,0
=6Sin Sang-GyuKOR1,0
=6Tjaart du PlessisRSA1,0
=6İsmail FaikoğluTUR1,0
11Marty CalderCAN0,0

Match #1 Magomed AzizovEUN
decision (11-6)
Lázaro ReinosoCUB
Match #2 Giovanni SchillaciITA
decision (2-1)
Takumi AdachiJPN
Match #3 John SmithUSA
decision (3-2)
İsmail FaikoğluTUR
Match #4 Karsten PolkyGER
decision (5-3)
Tjaart du PlessisRSA
Match #5 Kim Gwang-CholPRK
decision (6-2)
Sin Sang-GyuKOR
Match #6 Marty CalderCAN bye

Group A - Round Two (5 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
=1Karsten PolkyGER6,0
=1Magomed AzizovEUN6,0
=1John SmithUSA6,0
=4Lázaro ReinosoCUB4,0
=4Giovanni SchillaciITA4,0
=4Kim Gwang-CholPRK4,0
=4İsmail FaikoğluTUR4,0
8Takumi AdachiJPN2,0eliminated
=9Marty CalderCAN1,0
=9Sin Sang-GyuKOR1,0
=9Tjaart du PlessisRSA1,0eliminated

Match #1 Magomed AzizovEUN
decision (3-1) (5:59)
Giovanni SchillaciITA
Match #2 İsmail FaikoğluTUR
decision (9-0)
Tjaart du PlessisRSA
Match #3 John SmithUSA
decision (2-1)
Kim Gwang-CholPRK
Match #4 Karsten PolkyGER
decision (7-5)
Takumi AdachiJPN
Match #5 Lázaro ReinosoCUB
decision (10-7)
Marty CalderCAN
Match #6 Sin Sang-GyuKOR bye

Group A - Round Three (5 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
=1Magomed AzizovEUN9,0
=1John SmithUSA9,0
3Lázaro ReinosoCUB7,0
4Karsten PolkyGER6,0
=5Giovanni SchillaciITA5,0eliminated
=5İsmail FaikoğluTUR5,0eliminated
=7Sin Sang-GyuKOR4,0
=7Kim Gwang-CholPRK4,0
9Marty CalderCAN2,0eliminated

Match #1 Lázaro ReinosoCUB
decision (3-1)
Giovanni SchillaciITA
Match #2 Magomed AzizovEUN
decision (2-1)
İsmail FaikoğluTUR
Match #3 John SmithUSA
decision (8-0)
Karsten PolkyGER
Match #4 Sin Sang-GyuKOR
decision (5-2)
Marty CalderCAN
Match #5 Kim Gwang-CholPRK bye

Group A - Round Four (6 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
1John SmithUSA13,0
2Lázaro ReinosoCUB10,0
3Magomed AzizovEUN9,0
=4Karsten PolkyGER7,0
=4Sin Sang-GyuKOR7,0
6Kim Gwang-CholPRK5,0eliminated

Match #1 John SmithUSA
decision (17-1)
Magomed AzizovEUN
Match #2 Sin Sang-GyuKOR
decision (5-2)
Karsten PolkyGER
Match #3 Lázaro ReinosoCUB
decision (6-4)
Kim Gwang-CholPRK

Group A - Round Five (6 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
1John SmithUSA14,0
2Lázaro ReinosoCUB13,0
3Magomed AzizovEUN12,0
4Sin Sang-GyuKOR8,0

Match #1 Lázaro ReinosoCUB
decision (3-1)
John SmithUSA
Match #2 Magomed AzizovEUN
decision (11-5)
Sin Sang-GyuKOR

Group B - Round One (5 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
=1Eduards ŽukovsLAT4,0
=1Anibál NievesPUR4,0
=3Rosen VasilevBUL3,0
=3Georgios MoustopoulosGRE3,0
=3Asgari MohammadianIRI3,0
=6Vicente CáceresESP1,0
=6Dharan Singh DahiyaIND1,0
=6Martin MüllerSUI1,0
=9Musa IlhanAUS0,0
=9Dariusz GrzywińskiPOL0,0

Match #1 Asgari MohammadianIRI
decision (5-1)
Martin MüllerSUI
Match #2 Anibál NievesPUR
fall (2:15)
Dariusz GrzywińskiPOL
Match #3 Georgios MoustopoulosGRE
decision (6-4)
Dharan Singh DahiyaIND
Match #4 Eduards ŽukovsLAT
fall (1:25)
Musa IlhanAUS
Match #5 Rosen VasilevBUL
decision (10-3)
Vicente CáceresESP

Group B - Round Two (5 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
=1Rosen VasilevBUL6,0
=1Asgari MohammadianIRI6,0
=3Eduards ŽukovsLAT5,0
=3Anibál NievesPUR5,0
5Martin MüllerSUI4,0
=6Musa IlhanAUS3,0
=6Georgios MoustopoulosGRE3,0
=6Dariusz GrzywińskiPOL3,0
=9Vicente CáceresESP2,0eliminated
=9Dharan Singh DahiyaIND2,0eliminated

Match #1 Asgari MohammadianIRI
decision (4-0)
Georgios MoustopoulosGRE
Match #2 Dariusz GrzywińskiPOL
decision (4-2)
Eduards ŽukovsLAT
Match #3 Martin MüllerSUI
decision (8-2)
Dharan Singh DahiyaIND
Match #4 Musa IlhanAUS
decision (11-4)
Vicente CáceresESP
Match #5 Rosen VasilevBUL
decision (6-2)
Anibál NievesPUR

Group B - Round Three (5 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
=1Rosen VasilevBUL9,0
=1Asgari MohammadianIRI9,0
3Martin MüllerSUI8,0
4Musa IlhanAUS7,0
=5Eduards ŽukovsLAT5,0
=5Anibál NievesPUR5,0
7Dariusz GrzywińskiPOL4,0eliminated
8Georgios MoustopoulosGRE3,0eliminated

Match #1 Musa IlhanAUS
fall (4:36)
Anibál NievesPUR
Match #2 Asgari MohammadianIRI
decision (11-0)
Eduards ŽukovsLAT
Match #3 Martin MüllerSUI
injury
Georgios MoustopoulosGRE
Match #4 Rosen VasilevBUL
decision (5-4)
Dariusz GrzywińskiPOL

Group B - Round Four (6 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
1Asgari MohammadianIRI12,0
=2Musa IlhanAUS10,0
=2Rosen VasilevBUL10,0
4Martin MüllerSUI9,0
5Anibál NievesPUR8,0
6Eduards ŽukovsLAT6,0eliminated

Match #1 Anibál NievesPUR
decision (6-1)
Eduards ŽukovsLAT
Match #2 Asgari MohammadianIRI
decision (4-2) (6:04)
Rosen VasilevBUL
Match #3 Musa IlhanAUS
decision (4-3)
Martin MüllerSUI

Group B - Round Five (6 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
1Asgari MohammadianIRI15,0
=2Musa IlhanAUS10,0
=2Rosen VasilevBUL10,0

Match #1 Asgari MohammadianIRI
decision (6-0)
Musa IlhanAUS
Match #2 Rosen VasilevBUL bye

Group B - Round Six (6 August 1992)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCP
1Asgari MohammadianIRI15,0
2Rosen VasilevBUL13,0
3Musa IlhanAUS11,0

Match #1 Rosen VasilevBUL
decision (8-3)
Musa IlhanAUS
Match #2 Asgari MohammadianIRI bye

Final Round (7 August 1992)

Match 1/2 John SmithUSA
decision (6-0)
Asgari MohammadianIRI
Match 3/4 Lázaro ReinosoCUB
decision (4-0)
Rosen VasilevBUL
Match 5/6 Magomed AzizovEUN
decision (11-5)
Musa IlhanAUS
Match 7/8 Martin MüllerSUI
fall (3:39)
Sin Sang-GyuKOR
Match 9/10 Karsten PolkyGER
injury (forfeit)
Anibál NievesPUR