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Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg

Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, was held on August 14 at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium. Italian wrestler Andrea Minguzzi won the gold medal in this event.

Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueChina Agricultural University Gymnasium
Date14 August
Competitors20 from 20 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Andrea Minguzzi  Italy
2nd, silver medalist(s) Zoltán Fodor  Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nazmi Avluca  Turkey
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This Greco-Roman wrestling competition consists of a single-elimination tournament, with a repechage used to determine the winner of two bronze medals. The two finalists face off for gold and silver medals. Each wrestler who loses to one of the two finalists moves into the repechage, culminating in a pair of bronze medal matches featuring the semifinal losers each facing the remaining repechage opponent from their half of the bracket.

Each bout consists of up to three rounds, lasting two minutes apiece. The wrestler who scores more points in each round is the winner of that rounds; the bout ends when one wrestler has won two rounds (and thus the match).



All times are China Standard Time (UTC+08:00)

Date Time Event
14 August 2008 09:30–13:00 Qualification rounds
16:00–17:00 Repechage
17:00–19:45 Finals



  Zoltán Fodor (HUN) 1 1 0
  Andrea Minguzzi (ITA) 1 1 4

Top halfEdit

Qualifications 1/8 finals Quarterfinals Semifinals
              Oleksandr Daragan (UKR) 0 2 0  
              Saman Tahmasebi (IRI) 4 1 3  
                Saman Tahmasebi (IRI) 2 0    
                Nazmi Avluca (TUR) 2 3    
              Nazmi Avluca (TUR) 4 1    
              Badri Khasaia (GEO) 0 1    
                Nazmi Avluca (TUR) 1 1  
                Zoltán Fodor (HUN) 2 1  
              Shalva Gadabadze (AZE) 5 5    
              Haykel Achouri (TUN) 0 0    
                Shalva Gadabadze (AZE) 1 0 1  
                Zoltán Fodor (HUN) 1 3 1  
              Ma Sanyi (CHN) 0 1            
              Zoltán Fodor (HUN) 2 2            

Bottom halfEdit

Qualifications 1/8 finals Quarterfinals Semifinals
              Mélonin Noumonvi (FRA) 1 1    
              Andrea Minguzzi (ITA) 1 1    
                Andrea Minguzzi (ITA) 1 0 2  
                Aleksey Mishin (RUS) 1 3 1  
              Andrey Samokhin (KAZ) 1 0    
              Aleksey Mishin (RUS) 2 3    
                Andrea Minguzzi (ITA) 1 2  
  Shingo Matsumoto (JPN) 2 0           Ara Abrahamian (SWE) 1 1  
  Denis Forov (ARM) 4 6         Denis Forov (ARM) 4 1 3  
  Brad Vering (USA) 4 1         Brad Vering (USA) 0 2 0  
  Artur Michalkiewicz (POL) 0 1           Denis Forov (ARM) 1 3 1  
  Ara Abrahamian (SWE) 1 1 1         Ara Abrahamian (SWE) 1 0 2  
  Kim Jung-sub (KOR) 3 1 1       Ara Abrahamian (SWE) 2 1 1          
  Attila Bátky (SVK) 0 0         Yunior Estrada (CUB) 1 1 1          
  Yunior Estrada (CUB) 4 5    


Repechage round 2 Bronze medal bout
  Ma Sanyi (CHN) 3 3       Ma Sanyi (CHN) 4 0 0
  Shalva Gadabadze (AZE) 3 2       Nazmi Avluca (TUR) 0 5 6
  Mélonin Noumonvi (FRA) 0 1 1     Mélonin Noumonvi (FRA) 0 1  
  Aleksey Mishin (RUS) 3 1 1     Ara Abrahamian (SWE) 4 1  

Final standingEdit

Rank Athlete
    Andrea Minguzzi (ITA)
    Zoltán Fodor (HUN)
    Nazmi Avluca (TUR)
  not awarded1
5   Ma Sanyi (CHN)
5   Mélonin Noumonvi (FRA)
7   Denis Forov (ARM)
8   Shalva Gadabadze (AZE)
9   Aleksey Mishin (RUS)
10   Yunior Estrada (CUB)
11   Saman Tahmasebi (IRI)
12   Brad Vering (USA)
13   Kim Jung-sub (KOR)
14   Oleksandr Daragan (UKR)
15   Shingo Matsumoto (JPN)
16   Badri Khasaia (GEO)
16   Artur Michalkiewicz (POL)
16   Andrey Samokhin (KAZ)
19   Attila Bátky (SVK)
20   Haykel Achouri (TUN)

1 Ara Abrahamian of Sweden originally won a bronze medal, but he was disqualified after he walked off the podium and threw his medal onto the mat at the medal ceremony to protest the judging in his semi-final match. The IOC decided not to reaward the medal as Abrahamian's offence did not occur in the context of the competition. [1] [2]


Pelle Svensson, a former two-time world champion (Greco-Roman 100 kg class) and member of board of FILA from 1990 to 2007, spoke out in support of the allegations of corruption during the semifinals in the men's Greco-Roman wrestling 84 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, when Ara Abrahamian lost against Andrea Minguzzi from Italy after a controversial ruling by the referee. It was later reported that the referee of the match, Jean-Marc Petoud from Switzerland, is a first cousin of the current President of FILA Raphaël Martinetti.[3] Abrahamian, who was stripped of his bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics after dropping the medal in protest, has received a level of vindication through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). His protest revolved around a second round bout with Italian Andrea Minguzzi, where a penalty wasn't assessed until after the round had concluded. Abrahamian's coach was denied a chance to review the call via video, and FILA also refused an official protest from the coach.[4] Minguzzi later took gold in the event.

The IOC decided not to award French wrestler Mélonin Noumonvi the bronze medal because the disqualification did not happen in the context of the competition. Noumonvi verbally abused and lunged at the officials for not awarding him the medal before security restrained him; Abrahamian was banned for two years, and Noumonvi for one year.


  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-08-23). "Court: Wrestler who dropped medal was right". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  2. ^ Jere Longman (2008-08-16). "Swede Stripped of His Medal After His Angry Reaction". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  3. ^ Sundberg, Andréas (2008-08-14). "Mattdomaren är kusin med presidenten för internationella brottningförbundet". Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 5 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine