|Date||10 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.|
A successful college-level wrestler, American Jordan Burroughs had exploded onto the international scene by winning the Pan American and World Championship titles in the men’s middleweight freestyle wrestling division in 2011 and was the favorite to win Olympic Gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics. His greatest rival was Russia’s Denis Tsargush, two-time World (2009 and 2010) and three-time European Champion (2010-2012) in the category. Another strong challenger was Sadegh Goudarzi of Iran, the Asian Champion in 2009 and 2012 and World Championship runner-up the past two years.
Burroughs and Tsargush were drawn in the same half, where the American edged out the Russian in the semi-finals, while Goudarzi was the winner of his bracket and advanced to challenge the World Champion in the gold medal match. Both wrestlers were extremely agile fighters, but Borroughs was quicker in each round, ably dodging all of the Iranians attacks and scoring in the final seconds of both rounds to win the United States’ first wrestling gold medal of the Games.
Of the two wrestlers who met in the first bronze medal match, Soslan Tigiyev of Uzbekistan was the more heralded, having won a silver medal at the 2008 Games and bronze at the 2006 Asian Games. His opponent, Gábor Hatos of Hungary, had finished 15th at the 2004 edition and had bronze medals from the 2006 European Championships and the 2010 World Championships. Tigiyev won the first round with a takedown and drew the advantaged position in a second round par terre, which he was able to convert not only to a point, but a bronze medal as well. For the final podium spot Tsargush faced Matt Gentry of Canada, a Pan American bronze medalist in 2007 and 2011 who finished 18th at the 2008 Olympics. As expected, the Russian had little trouble scoring against the Canadian, winning the match, and the bronze medal, 1-0 and 2-0 in the first and second rounds respectively.
In November 2012, Soslan Tigiyev (UZB) was revealed to have a positive test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone), and was disqualified, losing his bronze medal. Hungarian Gábor Hatos, who lost to Tigiyev in the repêchage final, was advanced to the bronze medal position. At Beijing in 2008, Tigiyev had also won a bronze medal in this class, but in October 2016, he was revealed to have a positive test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone), and was disqualified, losing his bronze medal.
Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Soslan Tigiyev||UZB||Bye|
|Match #2||Oleg Motsalin||GRE||Bye|
|Match #3||Sadegh Goudarzi||IRI||Bye|
|Match #4||Kiril Terziev||BUL||Bye|
|Match #5||Gábor Hatos||HUN||Bye|
|Match #6||Zhang Chongyao||CHN||Bye|
|Match #7||Abdulkhakim Shapiyev||KAZ||Bye|
|Match #8||Bilel Ouechtati||TUN||Bye|
|Match #9||Jordan Burroughs||USA||Bye|
|Match #10||Francisco Soler||PUR||Bye|
|Match #11||Matt Gentry||CAN||Bye|
|Match #12||Narsingh Yadav||IND||Bye|
|Match #13||Denis Tsargush||RUS||Bye|
|Match #14||Əşrəf Əliyev||AZE||Sohsuke Takatani||JPN||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|
|Match #15||Augusto Midana||GBS||Ricardo Roberty||VEN||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #16||Davit Khutsishvili||GEO||Purevjavyn Önörbat||MGL||Decision (3 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Soslan Tigiyev||UZB||Oleg Motsalin||GRE||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #2||Sadegh Goudarzi||IRI||Kiril Terziev||BUL||Decision (8 - 1)|
|Match #3||Gábor Hatos||HUN||Zhang Chongyao||CHN||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #4||Abdulkhakim Shapiyev||KAZ||Bilel Ouechtati||TUN||Decision (6 - 3)|
|Match #5||Jordan Burroughs||USA||Francisco Soler||PUR||Decision by shutout (10 - 0)|
|Match #6||Matt Gentry||CAN||Narsingh Yadav||IND||Decision (4 - 1)|
|Match #7||Denis Tsargush||RUS||Əşrəf Əliyev||AZE||Decision (2 - 1)|
|Match #8||Davit Khutsishvili||GEO||Augusto Midana||GBS||Decision (4 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Sadegh Goudarzi||IRI||Soslan Tigiyev||UZB||Decision (4 - 1)|
|Match #2||Gábor Hatos||HUN||Abdulkhakim Shapiyev||KAZ||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|
|Match #3||Jordan Burroughs||USA||Matt Gentry||CAN||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #4||Denis Tsargush||RUS||Davit Khutsishvili||GEO||Decision by shutout (5 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Sadegh Goudarzi||IRI||Gábor Hatos||HUN||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #2||Jordan Burroughs||USA||Denis Tsargush||RUS||Decision (5 - 4)|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Kiril Terziev||BUL||Bye|
|Match #2||Francisco Soler||PUR||Bye|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Soslan Tigiyev||UZB||Kiril Terziev||BUL||Decision by shutout (6 - 0)|
|Match #2||Matt Gentry||CAN||Francisco Soler||PUR||Decision by shutout (9 - 0)|
|Match #1||Soslan Tigiyev||UZB||Gábor Hatos||HUN||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|
|Match #2||Denis Tsargush||RUS||Matt Gentry||CAN||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match 1/2||Jordan Burroughs||USA||Sadegh Goudarzi||IRI||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|