Wrestling
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Wrestling pictogram.svg
VenueRoyal Exhibition Building
Dates28 November – 6 December
Competitors173 from 30 nations
← 1952
1960 →

At the 1956 Summer Olympics, 16 wrestling events were contested, all for men. There were eight weight classes in Greco-Roman wrestling and eight classes in freestyle wrestling.[1]

Medal Table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union (URS)62513
2 Turkey (TUR)3227
3 Iran (IRI)2204
4 Japan (JPN)2103
5 Finland (FIN)2024
6 Bulgaria (BUL)1304
7 Sweden (SWE)0134
8 Hungary (HUN)0112
 Italy (ITA)0112
 United States (USA)0112
11 Belgium (BEL)0101
 United Team of Germany (EUA)0101
13 Romania (ROU)0011
Totals (13 entries)16161648

Medal summary

Greco-Roman

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight
details
Nikolai Solovyov
 Soviet Union
Ignazio Fabra
 Italy
Dursun Ali Egribas
 Turkey
Bantamweight
details
Konstantin Vyrupayev
 Soviet Union
Edvin Vesterby
 Sweden
Francisc Horvat
 Romania
Featherweight
details
Rauno Mäkinen
 Finland
Imre Polyák
 Hungary
Roman Dzeneladze
 Soviet Union
Lightweight
details
Kyösti Lehtonen
 Finland
Riza Dogan
 Turkey
Gyula Tóth
 Hungary
Welterweight
details
Mithat Bayrak
 Turkey
Vladimir Maneyev
 Soviet Union
Per Gunnar Berlin
 Sweden
Middleweight
details
Givi Kartozia
 Soviet Union
Dimitar Dobrev
 Bulgaria
Rune Jansson
 Sweden
Light Heavyweight
details
Valentin Nikolayev
 Soviet Union
Petko Sirakov
 Bulgaria
Karl-Erik Nilsson
 Sweden
Heavyweight
details
Anatoli Parfenov
 Soviet Union
Wilfried Dietrich
 United Team of Germany
Adelmo Bulgarelli
 Italy

Freestyle

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight
details
Mirian Tsalkalamanidze
 Soviet Union
M. Ali Khojastehpour
 Iran
Hüseyin Akbaş
 Turkey
Bantamweight
details
Mustafa Dağıstanlı
 Turkey
Mehdi Yaghoubi
 Iran
Mikhail Shakhov
 Soviet Union
Featherweight
details
Shozo Sasahara
 Japan
Joseph Mewis
 Belgium
Erkki Penttilä
 Finland
Lightweight
details
Emam-Ali Habibi
 Iran
Shigeru Kasahara
 Japan
Alimbeg Bestayev
 Soviet Union
Welterweight
details
Mitsuo Ikeda
 Japan
Ibrahim Zengin
 Turkey
Vakhtang Balavadze
 Soviet Union
Middleweight
details
Nikola Stanchev
 Bulgaria
Danny Hodge
 United States
Georgi Skhirtladze
 Soviet Union
Light heavyweight
details
Gholamreza Takhti
 Iran
Boris Kulayev
 Soviet Union
Peter Blair
 United States
Heavyweight
details
Hamit Kaplan
 Turkey
Hussein Mehmedov
 Bulgaria
Taisto Kangasniemi
 Finland

Participating nations

A total of 173 wrestlers from 30 nations competed at the Melbourne Games:[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ "THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE GAMES OF THE XVI OLYMPIAD MELBOURNE 1956". I. 1958: 650–691. Retrieved 23 September 2015. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)