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Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤96 kilograms), Men

Date 7 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationExCeL, Newham, London (North Arena 2)
Participants19 from 19 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

The reigning World Champion in men’s heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestling, and a favorite for gold at the London Olympics, was Elis Guri, who had first participated in the Olympics in 2008 as a competitor for his native Albania. Thereafter he was absent from major competitions for three years as he switched allegiances to Bulgaria and made his return by winning a bronze medal at the 2011 European Championships prior to his victory at the World Championships. He faced challenges from several wrestlers in his quest for Olympic glory, most notably Jimmy Lidberg of Sweden, who was twice runner-up (2009 and 2011) and once a bronze medalist (2010) at the World Championships.

Guri and Lidberg were drawn into the same half, setting up a potentially exciting semi-final match, but it was not to be: both wrestlers were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Guri was defeated by Timofey Deynichenko of Belarus, runner-up at the 2010 European and World Championships, while Lindberg was bested by 2011 World Championship bronze medalist Rustam Totrov of Russia. Totrov then conquered Deynichenko in the semifinals, eliminating any chance of Guri winning a medal. In the final the Russian met Ghasem Rezaei of Iran, a two-time Asian Champion (2007 and 2008) whose best finish at the World Championships was third in 2007.The first round went to par terre where, although Totrov almost managed to rise from the bottom position, he was taken down at the last moment by Rezaei and scored upon. The second period again went to par terre, despite the best efforts of the Russian, who was unable to convert his top advantage to a point, even with a fantastic push that tossed both competitors out of the ring simultaneously (and therefore scored no points). Thus Iran, which had begun the 2012 Olympics with zero Greco-Roman gold medals to its name, left the tournament with three, following earlier victories by Hamid Soryan and Omid Noroozi in the featherweight and lightweight categories respectively.

Lidberg and Deynichenko, meanwhile, met up in a bronze medal bout, where Deynichenko took an early lead by reversing the Swede’s advantage in the first par terre and scoring two points in the dying seconds of the period. Lidberg struck back in the next two rounds, however, starting with a successful defense in the second par terre that forced a third, decisive period. This round too went to par terre, but the Swede had fewer cautions and was therefore granted the top advantage, using it to score four points to Deynichenko’s one in the final twenty-two seconds of the match and clinch the bronze. The final podium spot was decided between Yunior Estrada of Cuba and Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia, the 2012 European Champion and 2011 runner-up. For many years, including an appearance at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Estrada was a light-heavyweight wrestler and had won bronze in this division at the 2007 Pan American Games. He had switched to heavyweight by 2010, however, and won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games. In the bronze medal bout, Aleksanyan was dominant: he converted his top advantage in the round one par terre to two points and then pushed Estrada out of the ring in the second period to claim victory.

PosWrestlerNOC
1Ghasem RezaeiIRIGold
2Rustam TotrovRUSSilver
=3Artur AleksanyanARMBronze
=3Jimmy LidbergSWEBronze
=5Tsimafei DzeinichenkaBLR
=5Yunior EstradaCUB
7Elis GuriBUL
8Ardo ArusaarEST
9Hassine AyariTUN
10Şalva QadabadzeAZE
11Cenk İldemTUR
12David VálaCZE
=13Mohamed Abd El-FatahEGY
=13Soso JabidzeGEO
15Choucri AtafiMAR
16Norikatsu SaikawaJPN
17Alin Alexuc-CiurariuROU
18Daigoro TimonciniITA
19Erwin CaraballoVEN

Round One (7 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.

Match #1 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Bye
Match #2 Cenk İldemTUR Bye
Match #3 Artur AleksanyanARM Bye
Match #4 Daigoro TimonciniITA Bye
Match #5 Hassine AyariTUN Bye
Match #6 Choucri AtafiMAR Bye
Match #7 Yunior EstradaCUB Bye
Match #8 David VálaCZE Bye
Match #9 Rustam TotrovRUS Bye
Match #10 Şalva QadabadzeAZE Bye
Match #11 Jimmy LidbergSWE Bye
Match #12 Norikatsu SaikawaJPN Bye
Match #13 Soso JabidzeGEO Bye
Match #14 Elis GuriBUL Alin Alexuc-CiurariuROU Decision by shutout (2 - 0)
Match #15 Tsimafei DzeinichenkaBLR Mohamed Abd El-FatahEGY Decision (3 - 1)
Match #16 Ardo ArusaarEST Erwin CaraballoVEN Decision by shutout (5 - 0)

Round Two (7 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.

Match #1 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Cenk İldemTUR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Artur AleksanyanARM Daigoro TimonciniITA Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #3 Hassine AyariTUN Choucri AtafiMAR Decision (5 - 1)
Match #4 Yunior EstradaCUB David VálaCZE Decision (2 - 1)
Match #5 Rustam TotrovRUS Şalva QadabadzeAZE Decision (3 - 3)
Match #6 Jimmy LidbergSWE Norikatsu SaikawaJPN Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #7 Elis GuriBUL Soso JabidzeGEO Decision (3 - 1)
Match #8 Tsimafei DzeinichenkaBLR Ardo ArusaarEST Decision (2 - 1)

Quarter-Finals (7 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Artur AleksanyanARM Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #2 Yunior EstradaCUB Hassine AyariTUN Decision by shutout (2 - 0)
Match #3 Rustam TotrovRUS Jimmy LidbergSWE Decision by shutout (4 - 0)
Match #4 Tsimafei DzeinichenkaBLR Elis GuriBUL Decision by shutout (4 - 0)

Semi-Finals (7 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Yunior EstradaCUB Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #2 Rustam TotrovRUS Tsimafei DzeinichenkaBLR Decision by shutout (4 - 0)

Repêchage Round One (7 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Cenk İldemTUR Bye
Match #2 Şalva QadabadzeAZE Bye

Repêchage Round Two (7 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Artur AleksanyanARM Cenk İldemTUR Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #2 Jimmy LidbergSWE Şalva QadabadzeAZE Decision (2 - 1)

Repêchage Final (7 August 2012)

Match #1 Artur AleksanyanARM Yunior EstradaCUB Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #2 Jimmy LidbergSWE Tsimafei DzeinichenkaBLR Decision (5 - 3)

Final Round (7 August 2012)

Match 1/2 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Rustam TotrovRUS Decision by shutout (3 - 0)