United States results in men's freestyle wrestling

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List of Results by the United States in Men's Freestyle Wrestling at the Olympics and World Championships[edit]

Men's freestyle wrestling competition began in the Olympics in 1904. FILA began holding World Championships in men's freestyle in 1951.

During Olympic years, FILA suspends the World Championships.

The United States did not send wrestlers to the championships in 1951, 1957, 1959, 1980, and 2002.

No official team standings are kept for the Olympics. Some team finishes are approximate.

1904[edit]

Year Team Finish 47.6 kg 52.2 kg 56.7 kg 61.2 kg 65.8 kg 71.7 kg 71.7+ kg
1904 1st Curry, Robert (1st) Mehnert, George (1st) Niflot, Isidor (1st) Bradshaw, Benjamin (1st) Roehm, Otto (1st) Ericksen, Charles (1st) Hansen, Bernhoff (1st)
Hein, John (2nd) Bauer, Gustave (2nd) Wester, August (2nd) McLear, Theodore (2nd) Tesing, Rudolph (2nd) Beckmann, William (2nd) Kugler, Frank (2nd)
Thiefenthaler, Gustav (3rd) Nelson, William (3rd) Strebler, Louis (3rd) Clapper, Charles (3rd) Zirkel, Albert (3rd) Jerry Winholtz (3rd) Warmbold, Fred (3rd)
Holgate, Claude (4th) N/A Four Other Competitors Six Other Competitors Seven Other Competitors Seven Other Competitors Two Other Competitors

1908[edit]

Year Team Finish 54 kg 60.3 kg 66.6 kg 73 kg 73+ kg
1908 2nd Mehnert, George (1st) Dole, George (1st) Krug, John (5th) Craige, John (DNP) Talbot, Lee (DNP)
N/A N/A N/A Narganes, Frank (DNP) N/A

1920[edit]

Year Team Finish 60 kg 67.5 kg 75 kg 82.5 kg 82.5+ kg
1920 2nd Ackerly, Charles (1st) Metropoulos, George (DNP) Johnson, Charley (3rd) Maurer, Walter (3rd) Pendleton, Nat (2nd)
Gerson, Samuel (2nd) Shimmon, Joseph (DNP) Frantz, Angus (4th) Redman, John (4th) Meyer, Fred (3rd)

1924-1936[edit]

Year Team Finish 56 kg 61 kg 66 kg 72 kg 79 kg 87 kg 87+ kg
1924 1st Hines, Bryan (3rd) Reed, Robin (1st) Vis, Russell (1st) Lookabaugh, Guy (4th) Smith, Herschel (DNP) Spellman, John (1st) Steel, Harry (1st)
MacWilliam, Milton (DNP) Newton, Chester (2nd) Martter, Perry (DNP) Johnson, William (5th) Wright, Walter (DNP) Strack, Charles (DNP) Flanders, Roger (DNP)
1928 4th Hewitt, Robert (5th) Morrison, Allie (1st) Berryman, Clarence (6th) Appleton, Lloyd (2nd) Hammond, Ralph (4th) Edwards, Heywood (4th) George, Ed (4th)
1932 1st Pearce, Robert (1st) Nemir, Edgar (2nd) Clodfelter, Melvin (4th) van Bebber, Jack (1st) Hess, Robert (4th) Mehringer, Peter (1st) Riley, Jack (2nd)
1936 2nd Flood, Ross (2nd) Millard, Francis (2nd) Strong, Harley (5th) Lewis, Frank (1st) Voliva, Richard (2nd) Clemons, Ray (5th) Dunn, Roy (DNP)

1948-1968[edit]

Year Team Finish 52 kg 57 kg 62 kg (-1961), 63 kg (1962-1968) 67 kg (-1961), 70 kg (1962-1968) 73 kg (-1961), 78 kg (1962-1968) 79 kg (-1961), 87 kg (1962-1968) 87 kg (-1961), 97 kg (1962-1968) 87+ kg (-1961), 97+ kg (1962-1968)
1948 2nd Jernigan, William (7th) Leeman, Gerald (2nd) Moore, Hal (6th) Koll, Bill (5th) Merrill, Leland (3rd) Brand, Glen (1st) Wittenberg, Henry (1st) Hutton, Richard (7th)
1949 N/A Event Not Held
1950 N/A Event Not Held
1951 DNC Team Did Not Compete
1952 4th Peery, Robert (7th) Borders, Bill (DNP) Henson, Josiah (3rd) Evans, Jay (2nd) Smith, William (1st) Hodge, Dan (DNP) Wittenberg, Henry (2nd) Kerslake, William (5th)
1953 N/A Event Not Held
1954 8th Delgado, Richard (5th) Rose, James (5th) Rice, Alan (5th) No Recorded Competitor Holt, James (6th) Hubel, Wenzel (4th) Thomas, Dale (6th) No Recorded Competitor
1955 N/A Event Not Held
1956 6th Delgado, Richard (5th) Allen, Lee (DNP) Roderick, Myron (4th) Evans, Jay (5th) Fischer, Ernest (8th) Hodge, Dan (2nd) Blair, Peter (3rd) Kerslake, William (7th)
1957 DNC Team Did Not Compete
1958 N/A Event Not Held
1959 DNC Team Did Not Compete
1960 2nd Simons, Gray (5th) McCann, Terry (1st) Giani, Louis (DNP) Wilson, Shelby (1st) Blubaugh, Douglas (1st) DeWitt, Ed (4th) Brand, Daniel (5th) Kerslake, William (8th)
1961 9th Wilson, Richard (5th) Molino, Carmen (5th) Allen, Lee (6th) Rodriguez, Michael (5th) Perillo, Earl (6th) Camilleri, Russ (6th) Brand, Daniel (4th) Lewis, Dale (DNP)
1962 6th Wilson, Richard (DNP) Aubel, Dave (4th) Finley, Ron (4th) Ruth, Gregory (5th) Ferguson, James (3rd) Farrell, Bill (DNP) Brand, Daniel (3rd) Solowin, Merrell (DNP)
1963 6th Fitch, Andrew (6th) Aubel, Dave (DNP) Finley, Ron (4th) Ruth, Gregory (3rd) Lahr, Dean (4th) Camilleri, Russ (6th) Winer, Russell (DNP) Solowin, Merrell (DNP)
1964 8th Simons, Gray (7th) Aubel, Dave (4th) Douglas, Bobby (4th) Ruth, Gregory (5th) Tribble, Charles (DNP) Brand, Daniel (3rd) Conine, Gerald (6th) Kristoff, Larry (7th)
1965 8th Sanders, Rick (DNP) No Recorded Competitor Douglas, Bobby (DNP) Burke, James (DNP) Camilleri, Russ (DNP) Baughman, Wayne (5th) Conine, Gerald (DNP) Kristoff, Larry (3rd)
1966 7th Sanders, Rick (3rd) Powell, Fred (5th) Douglas, Bobby (2nd) Holzer, Werner (4th) Kauffman, Len (4th) Lahr, Dean (5th) Lewis, Jess (5th) Kristoff, Larry (2nd)
1967 6th Sanders, Rick (2nd) Sofman, Richard (DNP) Young, Michael (3rd) Holzer, Werner (DNP) Kelly, Patrick (DNP) Baughman, Wayne (6th) Houska, Harry (4th) Kristoff, Larry (3rd)
1968 6th Sanders, Rick (2nd) Behm, Don (2nd) Douglas, Bobby (DNP) Wells, Wayne (4th) Combs, Steve (7th) Peckham, Thomas (4th) Lewis, Jess (6th) Kristoff, Larry (5th)

1969-1996[edit]

Year Team Finish 48 kg 52 kg 57 kg 62 kg 68 kg 74 kg 82 kg 90 kg 100 kg 100+ kg (-1984), 130 kg (1985-1996)
1969 2nd Kestel, Dale (5th) Sanders, Rick (1st) Behm, Don (2nd) Young, Michael (5th) Douglas, Bobby (4th) Wells, Wayne (2nd) Fozzard, Fred (1st) Schenk, Henk (3rd) Kristoff, Larry (2nd) Rasley, Rocky (5th)
1970 4th Orta, Joe (DNP) Morley, John (5th) Behm, Don (5th) Young, Michael (3rd) Douglas, Bobby (3rd) Wells, Wayne (1st) Fozzard, Fred (5th) Harlow, Bill (2nd) Kristoff, Larry (2nd) Wojciechowski, Greg (4th)
1971 4th Gonzales, Sergio (6th) Carr, Jimmy (DNP) Behm, Don (2nd) Davis, Gene (4th) Gable, Dan (1st) Gallego, Mike (DNP) Peterson, John (DNP) Hellickson, Russ (3rd) Kristoff, Larry (DNP) Deadrich, Buck (DNP)
1972 2nd Gonzales, Sergio (7th) Carr, Jimmy (DNP) Sanders, Rick (2nd) Davis, Gene (DNP) Gable, Dan (1st) Wells, Wayne (1st) Peterson, John (2nd) Peterson, Ben (1st) Schenk, Henk (DNP) Taylor, Chris (3rd)
1973 3rd Range, David (DNP) Geller, Henry (DNP) Behm, Don (4th) Morgan, Larry (4th) Keaser, Lloyd (1st) Dziedzic, Stan (DNP) Peterson, John (DNP) Peterson, Ben (3rd) Duschen, James (DNP) McCready, Mike (DNP)
1974 15th Rosado, William (DNP) Breece, Gary (DNP) Gitcho, Jan (DNP) Humphrey, Jim (DNP) Davis, Gene (6th) Dziedzic, Stan (5th) Hicks, Greg (DNP) Paolano, Vincent (DNP) Bowlsby, John (DNP) McCready, Mike (6th)
1975 11th Baltezore, Larry (DNP) Haines, Jim (DNP) Massery, Mark (4th) Humphrey, Jim (4th) Keaser, Lloyd (DNP) Adams, Carl (5th) Hicks, Greg (5th) Hellickson, Russ (4th) Peterson, Ben (4th) McCready, Mike (5th)
1976 3rd Rosado, William (DNP) Haines, Jim (DNP) Corso, Joe (DNP) Davis, Gene (3rd) Keaser, Lloyd (2nd) Dziedzic, Stan (3rd) Peterson, John (1st) Peterson, Ben (2nd) Hellickson, Russ (2nd) Jackson, Jimmy (DNP)
1977 3rd No Recorded Competitor Miller, Randal (DNP) Reinwand, Jack (3rd) Humphrey, Jim (2nd) Yagla, Chuck (DNP) Dziedzic, Stan (1st) Campbell, Chris (5th) Soucie, Laurent (DNP) McCready, Mike (DNP) Bowlsby, John (6th)
1978 4th Rosado, William (DNP) Haines, Jim (4th) Lewis, Randy (DNP) Cysewski, Tim (DNP) Humphrey, Jim (DNP) Kemp, Lee (1st) Peterson, John (3rd) Peterson, Ben (5th) Bielenberg, Larry (6th) Wojciechowski, Greg (5th)
1979 3rd Weaver, Bobby (2nd) Haines, Jim (2nd) Corso, Joe (3rd) Metzger, Andre (3rd) Yagla, Chuck (DNP) Kemp, Lee (1st) Peterson, John (2nd) Soucie, Laurent (6th) Hellickson, Russ (2nd) Klemm, David (DNP)
1980 DNC Weaver, Bobby (DNC) Mills, Gene (DNC) Azevedo, John (DNC) Lewis, Randy (DNC) Yagla, Chuck (DNC) Kemp, Lee (DNC) Campbell, Chris (DNC) Peterson, Ben (DNC) Hellickson, Russ (DNC) Wojciechowski, Greg (DNC)
1981 3rd Rosado, William (3rd) Gonzales, Joe (5th) Corso, Joe (DNP) Land, Mike (5th) Rein, Andy (4th) Kemp, Lee (3rd) Campbell, Chris (1st) Lewis, Dan (DNP) Gibson, Greg (2nd) Smith, Harold (5th)
1982 3rd Vanni, Tim (6th) Gonzales, Joe (3rd) Azevedo, John (4th) Lewis, Randy (4th) Metzger, Andre (4th) Kemp, Lee (1st) Schultz, Dave (3rd) Hull, Mitch (9th) Gibson, Greg (3rd) Baumgartner, Bruce (7th)
1983 2nd Weaver, Bobby (5th) Gonzales, Joe (9th) Davis, Barry (12th) Smith, Lee Roy (2nd) Carr, Nate (8th) Schultz, Dave (1st) Schultz, Mark (7th) Banach, Ed (7th) Gibson, Greg (2nd) Baumgartner, Bruce (3rd)
1984 1st Weaver, Bobby (1st) Gonzales, Joe (DNP) Davis, Barry (2nd) Lewis, Randy (1st) Rein, Andy (2nd) Schultz, Dave (1st) Schultz, Mark (1st) Banach, Ed (1st) Banach, Lou (1st) Baumgartner, Bruce (1st)
1985 2nd Vanni, Tim (10th) Gonzales, Joe (4th) Darkus, Kevin (2nd) Mills, Gene (DNP) Metzger, Andre (DNP) Schultz, Dave (2nd) Schultz, Mark (1st) Scherr, Bill (1st) Severn, Dan (6th) Baumgartner, Bruce (3rd)
1986 3rd Vanni, Tim (6th) Erb, Mike (9th) Davis, Barry (2nd) McFarland, Joe (2nd) Metzger, Andre (2nd) Schultz, Dave (3rd) Schultz, Mark (7th) Scherr, Jim (3rd) Scherr, Bill (2nd) Baumgartner, Bruce (1st)
1987 2nd Vanni, Tim (5th) Robbins, Greg (12th) Davis, Barry (2nd) Smith, John (1st) Metzger, Andre (3rd) Schultz, Dave (2nd) Schultz, Mark (1st) Scherr, Jim (2nd) Scherr, Bill (3rd) Baumgartner, Bruce (3rd)
1988 2nd Vanni, Tim (4th) Chertow, Ken (DNP) Davis, Barry (DNP) Smith, John (1st) Carr, Nate (3rd) Monday, Kenny (1st) Schultz, Mark (6th) Scherr, Jim (5th) Scherr, Bill (3rd) Baumgartner, Bruce (2nd)
1989 2nd Vanni, Tim (5th) Jones, Zeke (7th) Penrith, Brad (DNP) Smith, John (1st) Giura, John (7th) Monday, Kenny (1st) Douglas, Melvin (2nd) Scherr, Jim (2nd) Scherr, Bill (2nd) Baumgartner, Bruce (2nd)
1990 4th Baze, Cory (6th) Jones, Zeke (4th) Melchiore, Joe (7th) Smith, John (1st) Carr, Nate (5th) Koll, Rob (5th) Alger, Royce (2nd) Campbell, Chris (2nd) Trost, Kirk (3rd) Baumgartner, Bruce (2nd)
1991 2nd Vanni, Tim (11th) Jones, Zeke (1st) Penrith, Brad (2nd) Smith, John (1st) Saunders, Townsend (15th) Monday, Kenny (2nd) Jackson, Kevin (1st) Campbell, Chris (5th) Coleman, Mark (2nd) Baumgartner, Bruce (7th)
1992 2nd Vanni, Tim (5th) Jones, Zeke (2nd) Cross, Kendall (6th) Smith, John (1st) Saunders, Townsend (7th) Monday, Kenny (2nd) Jackson, Kevin (1st) Campbell, Chris (3rd) Coleman, Mark (7th) Baumgartner, Bruce (1st)
1993 1st Eiter, Rob (9th) Jones, Zeke (4th) Brands, Terry (1st) Brands, Tom (1st) Saunders, Townsend (4th) Schultz, Dave (2nd) Jackson, Kevin (4th) Douglas, Melvin (1st) Kerr, Mark (7th) Baumgartner, Bruce (1st)
1994 10th Vanni, Tim (9th) Jones, Zeke (11th) Brands, Terry (11th) Brands, Tom (11th) Saunders, Townsend (11th) Schultz, Dave (7th) Jackson, Kevin (11th) Douglas, Melvin (3rd) Kerr, Mark (11th) Baumgartner, Bruce (2nd)
1995 1st Eiter, Rob (7th) Jones, Zeke (3rd) Brands, Terry (1st) Brands, Tom (9th) Saunders, Townsend (8th) Schultz, Dave (5th) Jackson, Kevin (1st) Douglas, Melvin (3rd) Angle, Kurt (1st) Baumgartner, Bruce (1st)
1996 1st Eiter, Rob (8th) Rosselli, Lou (11th) Cross, Kendall (1st) Brands, Tom (1st) Saunders, Townsend (2nd) Monday, Kenny (6th) Gutches, Les (7th) Douglas, Melvin (7th) Angle, Kurt (1st) Baumgartner, Bruce (3rd)

1997-2001[edit]

Year Team Finish 54 kg 58 kg 63 kg 69 kg 76 kg 85 kg 97 kg 130 kg
1997 3rd Jones, Zeke (11th) Purler, Tony (10th) Kolat, Cary (2nd) McIlravy, Lincoln (12th) St. John, Dan (16th) Gutches, Les (1st) Douglas, Melvin (9th) Erikson, Tom (4th)
1998 3rd Henson, Sammie (1st) Purler, Tony (11th) Kolat, Cary (3rd) McIlravy, Lincoln (3rd) Marianetti, Steve (11th) Gutches, Les (7th) Douglas, Melvin (5th) McCoy, Kerry (4th)
1999 2nd Akin, Eric (16th) Guerrero, Eric (7th) Kolat, Cary (4th) McIlravy, Lincoln (2nd) Williams, Joe (4th) Gutches, Les (3rd) Black, Dominic (17th) Neal, Stephen (1st)
2000 2nd Henson, Sammie (2nd) Brands, Terry (3rd) Kolat, Cary (9th) McIlravy, Lincoln (3rd) Slay, Brandon (1st) Burton, Charles (5th) Douglas, Melvin (18th) McCoy, Kerry (5th)
2001 6th Abas, Stephen (16th) Guerrero, Eric (13th) Zadick, Bill (7th) Bono, Chris (13th) Williams, Joe (3rd) Eggum, Brandon (2nd) Black, Dominic (13th) McCoy, Kerry (4th)

2002-2013[edit]

Year Team Finish 55 kg 60 kg 66 kg 74 kg 84 kg 96 kg 120 kg
2002 DNC Abas, Stephen (DNC) Guerrero, Eric (DNC) Bono, Chris (DNC) Williams, Joe (DNC) Sanderson, Cael (DNC) Hartung, Tim (DNC) McCoy, Kerry (DNC)
2003 2nd Abas, Stephen (5th) Guerrero, Eric (10th) Kelly, Jamill (28th) Williams, Joe (13th) Sanderson, Cael (2nd) Cormier, Daniel (5th) McCoy, Kerry (2nd)
2004 2nd Abas, Stephen (2nd) Guerrero, Eric (16th) Kelly, Jamill (2nd) Williams, Joe (5th) Sanderson, Cael (1st) Cormier, Daniel (4th) McCoy, Kerry (7th)
2005 9th Henson, Sammie (14th) Lightner, Michael (22nd) Bono, Chris (22nd) Williams, Joe (3rd) Lawal, Mo (7th) Cormier, Daniel (11th) Thompson, Tolly (3rd)
2006 3rd Henson, Sammie (3rd) Zadick, Mike (2nd) Zadick, Bill (1st) Pritzlaff, Donny (3rd) Hrovat, Andy (18th) Cormier, Daniel (21st) Thompson, Tolly (14th)
2007 4th Cejudo, Henry (31st) Zadick, Mike (27th) Schwab, Doug (5th) Heskett, Joe (5th) Williams, Joe (5th) Cormier, Daniel (3rd) Rowlands, Tommy (5th)
2008 9th Cejudo, Henry (1st) Zadick, Mike (19th) Schwab, Doug (14th) Askren, Ben (7th) Hrovat, Andy (12th) Cormier, Daniel (19th) Mocco, Steve (7th)
2009 7th Felix, Danny (24th) Bunch, Shawn (28th) Paulson, Trent (24th) Schlatter, Dustin (23rd) Herbert, Jake (2nd) Varner, Jake (9th) Dlagnev, Tervel (3rd)
2010 22nd Blanc, Obe (9th) Zadick, Mike (25th) Metcalf, Brent (20th) Paulson, Travis (29th) Herbert, Jake (25th) Bergman, J.D. (10th) Sigman, Les (9th)
2011 3rd Simmons, Nick (5th) Humphrey, Reece (9th) Ware, Teyon (30th) Burroughs, Jordan (1st) Sanderson, Cael (5th) Varner, Jake (3rd) Dlagnev, Tervel (5th)
2012 3rd Hazewinkel, Sam (17th) Scott, Coleman (3rd) Frayer, Jared (17th) Burroughs, Jordan (1st) Herbert, Jake (7th) Varner, Jake (1st) Dlagnev, Tervel (5th)
2013 5th Escobedo, Angel (5th) Humphrey, Reece (8th) Metcalf, Brent (27th) Burroughs, Jordan (1st) Gavin, Keith (14th) Bergman, J.D. (25th) Dlagnev, Tervel (5th)


2014[edit]

Year Team Finish 57 kg 61 kg 65 kg 70 kg 74 kg 86 kg 97 kg 125 kg
2014 N/A Ramos, Tony (--) Kennedy, Jimmy (--) Metcalf, Brent (--) Marable, Nick (--) Burroughs, Jordan (--) Ruth, Edward (--) Varner, Jake (--) Dlagnev, Tervel (--)

Statistics[edit]

Medalists by weight, 1904-2010[edit]

Category 60 kg and below 61–70 kg 71–87 kg more than 87 kg
Total weight classes contested at international championships 153 130 144 139
Weights in which the United States medaled 44 46 71 51
Weights in which the United States won championships 16 20 30 14
Percentage of medals won by the United States 28.8 35.4 49.3 36.7
Percentage of championship titles won by the United States 10.4 15.4 20.8 10.1

Medalists by era[edit]

Category 1904-1936 1948-1968 1969-1996 1997-2010
Total weight classes contested at international championships 45 128 280 103
Weight classes in which the United States medaled 30 26 127 29
Weight classes in which the United States won championships 20 6 49 7
Percentage of medals won by the United States 66.7 20.3 45.4 28.2
Percentage of championship titles won by the United States 44.4 4.7 17.5 6.8

Average performances by era[edit]

Category 1904-1936 1948-1968 1969-1996 1997-2010
Weight classes contested by United States wrestlers 45 101 269 96
Number of United States wrestlers N/A 66 107 50
Average number of international championship appearances per wrestler N/A 1.53 2.51 1.92
Medalists' average number of international championship appearances until first medal 1.00 1.40 1.60 1.71
Champions' average number of international championship appearances until first title 1.00 1.00 1.85 1.57
Average number of medals ultimately won by United States medalists 1.02 1.67 2.23 1.38
Average number of championships ultimately won by United States champions 1.05 1.00 1.81 1.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]