Wrestling at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 68 kg

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The Men's Freestyle 68 kg at the 1972 Summer Olympics as part of the wrestling program at the Fairgrounds, Judo and Wrestling Hall.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Dan Gable
 United States
Silver Kikuo Wada
 Japan
Bronze Ruslan Ashuraliyev
 Soviet Union

Tournament results[edit]

The competition used a form of negative points tournament, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When only two or three wrestlers remain, a special final round is used to determine the order of the medals.

Legend
  • DNA — Did not appear
  • TPP — Total penalty points
  • MPP — Match penalty points
Penalties
  • 0 — Won by Fall, Passivity, Injury and Forfeit
  • 0.5 — Won by Technical Superiority
  • 1 — Won by Points
  • 2 — Draw
  • 2.5 — Draw, Passivity
  • 3 — Lost by Points
  • 3.5 — Lost by Technical Superiority
  • 4 — Lost by Fall, Passivity, Injury and Forfeit

Round 1[edit]

TPP MPP Time MPP TPP
1 1  Ali Şahin (TUR)  Eliezer Halfin (ISR) 3 3
3 3  Jagrup Singh (IND)  Tsedendambyn Natsagdorj (MGL) 1 1
3 3  Ismail Yuseinov (BUL)  Ruslan Ashuraliyev (URS) 1 1
3.5 3.5  Segundo Olmedo (PAN)  Abdollah Movahed (IRI) 0.5 0.5
1 1  Eduardo Quintero (CUB)  Gabriel Ruz (MEX) 3 3
3 3  Josef Engel (TCH)  Petre Poalelungi (ROU) 1 1
0 0  Udo Schröder (GDR) 1:08  Arona Mané (SEN) 4 4
0 0  Stefanos Ioannidis (GRE) 2:47  Georges Carbasse (FRA) 4 4
4 4  Safer Sali (YUG) 7:35  Dan Gable (USA) 0 0
4 4  Ronald Ouellet (CAN) 8:58  Klaus Rost (FRG) 0 0
3.5 3.5  André Chardonnens (SUI)  Włodzimierz Cieślak (POL) 0.5 0.5
4 4  Joseph Gilligan (GBR) 7:36  Kikuo Wada (JPN) 0 0
0  József Rusznyák (HUN) Bye

Round 2[edit]

TPP MPP Time MPP TPP
3 3  József Rusznyák (HUN)  Ali Şahin (TUR) 1 2
4 1  Eliezer Halfin (ISR)  Jagrup Singh (IND) 3 6
4 3  Tsedendambyn Natsagdorj (MGL)  Ismail Yuseinov (BUL) 1 4
1.5 0.5  Ruslan Ashuraliyev (URS)  Segundo Olmedo (PAN) 3.5 7
5 4  Eduardo Quintero (CUB) 5:45  Josef Engel (TCH) 0 3
7 4  Gabriel Ruz (MEX) 5:31  Petre Poalelungi (ROU) 0 1
3 3  Udo Schröder (GDR)  Stefanos Ioannidis (GRE) 1 1
8 4  Arona Mané (SEN) 1:50  Georges Carbasse (FRA) 0 4
7 3  Safer Sali (YUG)  Ronald Ouellet (CAN) 1 5
0.5 0.5  Dan Gable (USA)  Klaus Rost (FRG) 3.5 3.5
6.5 3  André Chardonnens (SUI)  Joseph Gilligan (GBR) 1 5
3.5 3  Włodzimierz Cieślak (POL)  Kikuo Wada (JPN) 1 1
0.5  Abdollah Movahed (IRI) DNA

Round 3[edit]

TPP MPP Time MPP TPP
3 0  József Rusznyák (HUN) 4:50  Eliezer Halfin (ISR) 4 8
5 3  Ali Şahin (TUR)  Tsedendambyn Natsagdorj (MGL) 1 5
4 0  Ismail Yuseinov (BUL) 3:27  Eduardo Quintero (CUB) 4 9
1.5 0  Ruslan Ashuraliyev (URS) 7:37  Josef Engel (TCH) 4 7
3 2  Petre Poalelungi (ROU)  Udo Schröder (GDR) 2 5
5 4  Stefanos Ioannidis (GRE) 4:03  Dan Gable (USA) 0 0.5
4 0  Georges Carbasse (FRA) 4:53  Ronald Ouellet (CAN) 4 9
7 3.5  Klaus Rost (FRG)  Kikuo Wada (JPN) 0.5 1.5
3.5 0  Włodzimierz Cieślak (POL) 7:29  Joseph Gilligan (GBR) 4 9

Round 4[edit]

TPP MPP Time MPP TPP
7 4  József Rusznyák (HUN) 4:42  Tsedendambyn Natsagdorj (MGL) 0 5
5 0  Ali Şahin (TUR) 8:26  Ismail Yuseinov (BUL) 4 8
1.5 0  Ruslan Ashuraliyev (URS) 2:23  Petre Poalelungi (ROU) 4 7
5 0  Udo Schröder (GDR) 2:17  Georges Carbasse (FRA) 4 8
8 3  Stefanos Ioannidis (GRE)  Włodzimierz Cieślak (POL) 1 4.5
1.5 1  Dan Gable (USA)  Kikuo Wada (JPN) 3 4.5

Round 5[edit]

TPP MPP Time MPP TPP
6 1  Ali Şahin (TUR)  Ruslan Ashuraliyev (URS) 3 4.5
6 1  Tsedendambyn Natsagdorj (MGL)  Udo Schröder (GDR) 3 8
1.5 0  Dan Gable (USA) 4:13  Włodzimierz Cieślak (POL) 4 8.5
4.5  Kikuo Wada (JPN) Bye

Final[edit]

Results from the preliminary round are carried forward into the final (shown in yellow).

TPP MPP Time MPP TPP
1  Dan Gable (USA)  Kikuo Wada (JPN) 3
4 1  Kikuo Wada (JPN)  Ruslan Ashuraliyev (URS) 3
2 1  Dan Gable (USA)  Ruslan Ashuraliyev (URS) 3 6

Final standings[edit]

  1.  Dan Gable (USA)
  2.  Kikuo Wada (JPN)
  3.  Ruslan Ashuraliyev (URS)
  4.  Ali Şahin (TUR) and  Tsedendambyn Natsagdorj (MGL)
  5. -
  6.  Udo Schröder (GDR)
  7.  Włodzimierz Cieślak (POL)

References[edit]