1958 Wrestling World Cup

The 1958 Wrestling World Cup was held from June 20 to 22 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The second freestyle Wrestling World Cup drew 76 wrestlers from 14 countries. This was the second World Cup organized by FILA. As during the first edition in each weight category, a separate individual tournament was held, and the winning team was determined by the total number of the points gained by each of its participants. As during the previous edition, the winner of the World Cup was the USSR National Team, which scored 38 points. This time, Greco-Roman wrestling event has not been contested. Roger Coulon, President of the International Wrestling Federation, visited Bulgaria for the World Cup, he called the event "an example of sports organization."[1]

1958 Wrestling World Cup
Host citySofia, Bulgaria
Dates20–22 June

Final rankingEdit

# Team
1   Soviet Union
2   Turkey
3   People's Republic of Bulgaria
4   Iran
5   Italy
6   East Germany
7   Hungarian People's Republic
8   Polish People's Republic
9   Japan
10   Socialist Republic of Romania
11   West Germany

Medal summaryEdit

Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
52 kg
Georgy Sayadov
  Soviet Union
Mohammad Ali Khojastehpour
Naydet Zalev
57 kg
Hüseyin Akbaş
Enyu Valchev
Mikhail Shakhov
  Soviet Union
62 kg
Norayr Musheghyan
  Soviet Union
Mustafa Dağıstanlı
Stancho Kolev
67 kg
Vladimir Sinyavsky
  Soviet Union
Musa Aliyev
Gyula Tóth
73 kg
İsmail Ogan
Jahanbakht Tofigh
Garibaldo Nizzola
79 kg
Hasan Güngör
Georgy Skhirtladze
  Soviet Union
Lothar Lippa
  East Germany
Light heavyweight
87 kg
Anatoly Albul
  Soviet Union
Gholamreza Takhti
Ibrahim Karabacak
+87 kg
Lyutvi Ahmedov
Ottar Kandelaki
  Soviet Union
Hamit Kaplan


Bulgarian painter Vesselin Tomov made designs for a series of commemorative postage stamps "1958 World Cup Wrestling Championship," which were published later that year by the Bulgarian Post Office.[2][3]


  1. ^ ""An Example of Sports Organization"". Bulgaria Today. Sofia Press Agency. 7: 61. 1958.
  2. ^ Enhagen, Carl-Olof (1961). Sports Stamps. S. Paul. p. 224.
  3. ^ "Exposition du livre". La Bulgarie d'aujourd'hui. 7: 27. 1958.