|Date||5 August 2012|
|Location||ExCeL, Newham, London (North Arena 2)|
|Participants||19 from 19 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.|
The tournament for the men’s middleweight Greco-Roman wrestling crown seemed as if it would shape up to be a battle between World Champions Selçuk Çebi of Turkey and Roman Vlasov of Russia. Çebi had been World Champion in 2009 and 2010, but was unseated in 2011 by Vlasov, who had just made the jump from the junior to the senior edition of the competition. While these two were the favorites for gold, attention was also given to Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia who was vying to repeat the feat of his father Levon, who won a gold medal in the lightweight Greco-Roman category in 1988. Arsen had been eliminated in the 1/8 finals of the 2008 Summer Games, but had improved significantly since then with second and third-place finishes at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships respectively. If he won the gold medal in London, he would become part of the first father-son Olympic wrestling champions. The other 2011 World Championship bronze medalist, Neven Žugaj, was aiming to become the first Croatian Olympic wrestling medalist, while Christophe Guénot was the only returning Olympic medalist from the 2008 Games.
In a shocking turn of events, Çebi was eliminated in his opening match by Robert Rosengren, an unheralded wrestler from Sweden. The only question now was who would face Vlasov in the final, a call answered by Julfalakyan who, unlike Vlasov, never lost a round on his journey to the gold medal match. In the end, however, Vlasov demonstrated clear superiority over Julfalakyan, successfully defending against his opponent’s aggressive style and bringing each round to par terre, where his strength gave him the advantage in both the top and bottom positions. Vlasov successfully flipped, then defended, in this stage, winning the match in two rounds and claiming the top podium spot.
The first bronze medal match pitted Aleksandras Kazakevičius of Lithuania against Mark O. Madsen of Denmark, both veteran Olympians from 2008. Madsen was a three-time silver medalist at the World Championships (2005, 2007, and 2009) while Kazakevičius was fighting at a disadvantage, having injured his right eye in an earlier bout. Nonetheless the Lithuanian maintained his defenses throughout, bringing his opponent to par terre both times, and was able to successfully defend, and then convert, to win the match in two rounds and capture the bronze medal. In the second match, Aleksandr Kikinyov of Belarus, who had competed in the 2004 Summer Games and had a bronze medal from the 2009 World Championships, faced Emin Əhmədov of Azerbaijan, a rookie on the international scene. Each wrestler was able to convert their par terre top advantage to a point in the first two rounds, leading to a third round where, with points and cautions tied, a ball was drawn and Əhmədov was given the opportunity to choose his position in the third par terre. Selecting the top, the Azerbaijani was able to drive Kikinyov out of the ring for a point, although this ruling was unclear and challenged at first. Even when replays showed clearly that the Belarusian had stepped outside, however, Kikinyov refused to admit defeat or shake hands with his opponent. Regardless of these protestations, Əhmədov was awarded the bronze medal.
|=5||Mark O. Madsen||DEN|
|=17||Zied Ait Ouagram||TUN|
Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Aleksandras Kazakevičius||LTU||Bye|
|Match #2||Péter Bácsi||HUN||Bye|
|Match #3||Robert Rosengren||SWE||Bye|
|Match #4||Selçuk Çebi||TUR||Bye|
|Match #5||Roman Vlasov||RUS||Bye|
|Match #6||Mark O. Madsen||DEN||Bye|
|Match #7||Christophe Guénot||FRA||Bye|
|Match #8||Zied Ait Ouagram||TUN||Bye|
|Match #9||Arsen Julfalakyan||ARM||Bye|
|Match #10||Daniyar Kobonov||KGZ||Bye|
|Match #11||Aliaksandr Kikiniou||BLR||Bye|
|Match #12||Askhat Dilmukhamedov||KAZ||Bye|
|Match #13||Emin Əhmədov||AZE||Bye|
|Match #14||Neven Žugaj||CRO||Islam Tolba||EGY||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #15||Ben Provisor||USA||Alexei Bell||CUB||Decision (2 - 3)|
|Match #16||Zurabi Datunashvili||GEO||Kim Jin-Hyeok||KOR||Decision by shutout (6 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Aleksandras Kazakevičius||LTU||Péter Bácsi||HUN||Injury (5:58)|
|Match #2||Robert Rosengren||SWE||Selçuk Çebi||TUR||Decision (2 - 1)|
|Match #3||Roman Vlasov||RUS||Mark O. Madsen||DEN||Decision (5 - 2)|
|Match #4||Christophe Guénot||FRA||Zied Ait Ouagram||TUN||Decision by shutout (5 - 0)|
|Match #5||Arsen Julfalakyan||ARM||Daniyar Kobonov||KGZ||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|
|Match #6||Aliaksandr Kikiniou||BLR||Askhat Dilmukhamedov||KAZ||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #7||Emin Əhmədov||AZE||Neven Žugaj||CRO||Decision by shutout (5 - 0)|
|Match #8||Zurabi Datunashvili||GEO||Ben Provisor||USA||Decision by shutout (7 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Aleksandras Kazakevičius||LTU||Robert Rosengren||SWE||Decision (3 - 1)|
|Match #2||Roman Vlasov||RUS||Christophe Guénot||FRA||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #3||Arsen Julfalakyan||ARM||Aliaksandr Kikiniou||BLR||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #4||Emin Əhmədov||AZE||Zurabi Datunashvili||GEO||Decision (7 - 3)|
Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Roman Vlasov||RUS||Aleksandras Kazakevičius||LTU||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #2||Arsen Julfalakyan||ARM||Emin Əhmədov||AZE||Decision by shutout (5 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Mark O. Madsen||DEN||Bye|
|Match #2||Daniyar Kobonov||KGZ||Bye|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Mark O. Madsen||DEN||Christophe Guénot||FRA||Decision (4 - 2)|
|Match #2||Aliaksandr Kikiniou||BLR||Daniyar Kobonov||KGZ||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #1||Aleksandras Kazakevičius||LTU||Mark O. Madsen||DEN||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #2||Emin Əhmədov||AZE||Aliaksandr Kikiniou||BLR||Decision (4 - 2)|
|Match 1/2||Roman Vlasov||RUS||Arsen Julfalakyan||ARM||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|