Wrestling at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle middleweight

The men's freestyle welterweight competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne took place from 28 November to 1 December at the Royal Exhibition Building. Nations were limited to one competitor.[1]

Men's freestyle middleweight
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
VenueRoyal Exhibition Building
Dates28 November–1 December
Competitors15 from 15 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Nikola Stanchev  Bulgaria
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dan Hodge  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Georgy Skhirtladze  Soviet Union
← 1952
1960 →

Competition formatEdit

This freestyle 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]

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Viljo Punkari   Finland Fall Muhammad Faiz   Pakistan
Dan Hodge   United States Fall George Farquhar   Great Britain
Bakshish Singh   India Decision, 3–0 William Davies   Australia
Bengt Lindblad   Sweden Decision, 3–0 Manie van Zyl   South Africa
Hans Sterr   United Team of Germany Fall Nicolas Arcales   Philippines
Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria Decision, 3–0 Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union
Abbas Zandi   Iran Decision, 3–0 Kazuo Katsuramoto   Japan
İsmet Atlı   Turkey Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 İsmet Atlı   Turkey 0 0 0
1 Dan Hodge   United States 0 0 0
1 Viljo Punkari   Finland 0 0 0
1 Hans Sterr   United Team of Germany 0 0 0
5 Bengt Lindblad   Sweden 0 1 1
5 Bakshish Singh   India 0 1 1
5 Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria 0 1 1
5 Abbas Zandi   Iran 0 1 1
9 Nicolas Arcales   Philippines 0 3 3
9 William Davies   Australia 0 3 3
9 Muhammad Faiz   Pakistan 0 3 3
9 George Farquhar   Great Britain 0 3 3
9 Kazuo Katsuramoto   Japan 0 3 3
9 Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union 0 3 3
9 Manie van Zyl   South Africa 0 3 3

Round 2Edit

Punkari withdrew after his bout.

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
İsmet Atlı   Turkey Fall Muhammad Faiz   Pakistan
Dan Hodge   United States Decision, 3–0 Viljo Punkari   Finland
William Davies   Australia Decision, 3–0 George Farquhar   Great Britain
Manie van Zyl   South Africa Decision, 3–0 Bakshish Singh   India
Hans Sterr   United Team of Germany Fall Bengt Lindblad   Sweden
Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union Fall Nicolas Arcales   Philippines
Kazuo Katsuramoto   Japan Fall Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria
Abbas Zandi   Iran Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 İsmet Atlı   Turkey 0 0 0
1 Hans Sterr   United Team of Germany 0 0 0
3 Dan Hodge   United States 0 1 1
3 Abbas Zandi   Iran 1 0 1
5 Kazuo Katsuramoto   Japan 3 0 3
5 Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union 3 0 3
7 William Davies   Australia 3 1 4
7 Bengt Lindblad   Sweden 1 3 4
7 Bakshish Singh   India 1 3 4
7 Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria 1 3 4
7 Manie van Zyl   South Africa 3 1 4
12 Viljo Punkari   Finland 0 3 3*
13 Nicolas Arcales   Philippines 3 3 6
13 Muhammad Faiz   Pakistan 3 3 6
13 George Farquhar   Great Britain 3 3 6

Round 3Edit

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
İsmet Atlı   Turkey Decision, 3–0 Abbas Zandi   Iran
Dan Hodge   United States Fall William Davies   Australia
Bengt Lindblad   Sweden Fall Bakshish Singh   India
Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union Fall Manie van Zyl   South Africa
Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria Fall Hans Sterr   United Team of Germany
Kazuo Katsuramoto   Japan Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 İsmet Atlı   Turkey 0 1 1
1 Dan Hodge   United States 1 0 1
3 Kazuo Katsuramoto   Japan 3 0 3
3 Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union 3 0 3
3 Hans Sterr   United Team of Germany 0 3 3
6 Bengt Lindblad   Sweden 4 0 4
6 Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria 4 0 4
6 Abbas Zandi   Iran 1 3 4
9 William Davies   Australia 4 3 7
9 Bakshish Singh   India 4 3 7
9 Manie van Zyl   South Africa 4 3 7

Round 4Edit

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
İsmet Atlı   Turkey Decision, 3–0 Kazuo Katsuramoto   Japan
Dan Hodge   United States Fall Abbas Zandi   Iran
Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria Fall Bengt Lindblad   Sweden
Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union Fall Hans Sterr   United Team of Germany
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Dan Hodge   United States 1 0 1
2 İsmet Atlı   Turkey 1 1 2
3 Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union 3 0 3
4 Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria 4 0 4
5 Kazuo Katsuramoto   Japan 3 3 6
5 Hans Sterr   United Team of Germany 3 3 6
7 Bengt Lindblad   Sweden 4 3 7
7 Abbas Zandi   Iran 4 3 7

Round 5Edit

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union Decision, 2–1 İsmet Atlı   Turkey
Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria Fall Dan Hodge   United States
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Dan Hodge   United States 1 3 4
1 Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union 3 1 4
1 Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria 4 0 4
4 İsmet Atlı   Turkey 2 3 5

Medal roundsEdit

Stanchev's victories over Skhirtladze in round 1 and Hodge in round 5 counted for the medal rounds, giving the Bulgarian wrestler the gold medal with a 2–0 record against the other medalists. Hodge defeated Skhirtladze in a de facto silver medal match.

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Dan Hodge   United States Fall Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Wins Losses
  Nikola Stanchev   Bulgaria 2 0
  Dan Hodge   United States 1 1
  Georgy Skhirtladze   Soviet Union 0 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's Freestyle Middleweight". Sports Reference. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 668.