Wrestling at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman middleweight

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Men's Greco-Roman middleweight
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
VenueRoyal Exhibition Building
Dates3–6 December
Competitors10 from 10 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Rune Jansson  Sweden
← 1952
1960 →

The men's Greco-Roman middleweight competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne took place from 3 December to 6 December at the Royal Exhibition Building. Nations were limited to one competitor.[1]

Competition format[edit]

This Greco-Roman wrestling competition continued to use the "bad points" elimination system introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman and at the 1932 Summer Olympics for freestyle wrestling, as modified in 1952 (adding medal rounds and making all losses worth 3 points—from 1936 to 1948 losses by split decision only cost 2). Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points. The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated. This elimination continued until the medal rounds, which began when 3 wrestlers remained. These 3 wrestlers each faced each other in a round-robin medal round (with earlier results counting, if any had wrestled another before); record within the medal round determined medals, with bad points breaking ties.[2][1]

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Simić withdrew after his bout.

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Viljo Punkari  Finland Fall William Paterson  Australia
Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union Decision, 3–0 Rune Jansson  Sweden
György Gurics  Hungary Decision, 2–1 Jim Peckham  United States
Hans Sterr  United Team of Germany Fall İsmet Atlı  Turkey
Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria Fall Branislav Simić  Yugoslavia
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria 0 0 0
1 Viljo Punkari  Finland 0 0 0
1 Hans Sterr  United Team of Germany 0 0 0
4 György Gurics  Hungary 0 1 1
4 Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union 0 1 1
6 İsmet Atlı  Turkey 0 3 3
6 Rune Jansson  Sweden 0 3 3
6 William Paterson  Australia 0 3 3
6 Jim Peckham  United States 0 3 3
10 Branislav Simić  Yugoslavia 0 3 3*

Round 2[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Rune Jansson  Sweden Fall Viljo Punkari  Finland
Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union Fall William Paterson  Australia
Jim Peckham  United States Decision, 2–1 Hans Sterr  United Team of Germany
György Gurics  Hungary Decision, 3–0 İsmet Atlı  Turkey
Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria 0 0 0
2 Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union 1 0 1
3 György Gurics  Hungary 1 1 2
4 Rune Jansson  Sweden 3 0 3
4 Viljo Punkari  Finland 0 3 3
4 Hans Sterr  United Team of Germany 0 3 3
7 Jim Peckham  United States 3 1 4
8 İsmet Atlı  Turkey 3 3 6
8 William Paterson  Australia 3 3 6

Round 3[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria Decision, 2–1 Viljo Punkari  Finland
Rune Jansson  Sweden Decision, 2–1 Jim Peckham  United States
Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union Decision, 3–0 György Gurics  Hungary
Hans Sterr  United Team of Germany Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria 0 1 1
2 Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union 1 1 2
3 Hans Sterr  United Team of Germany 3 0 3
4 Rune Jansson  Sweden 3 1 4
5 György Gurics  Hungary 2 3 5
6 Viljo Punkari  Finland 3 3 6
7 Jim Peckham  United States 4 3 7

Round 4[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Rune Jansson  Sweden Decision, 3–0 Hans Sterr  United Team of Germany
Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union Decision, 2–1 Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union 2 1 3
2 Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria 1 3 4
3 Rune Jansson  Sweden 4 1 5
4 Hans Sterr  United Team of Germany 3 3 6

Medal rounds[edit]

Kartozia's victories over Jansson in round 1 and over Dobrev in round 4 counted for the medal round, giving him the gold medal with a 2–0 record against the other medalists. Dobrev defeated Jansson in a de facto silver medal bout.

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria Decision, 3–0 Rune Jansson  Sweden
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Wins Losses
1st, gold medalist(s) Givi Kartozia  Soviet Union 2 0
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dimitar Dobrev  Bulgaria 1 1
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Rune Jansson  Sweden 0 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman". Sports Reference. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 684.