Wrestling at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman lightweight

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Men's lightweight Greco-Roman wrestling
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
DatesJuly 6–15
Competitors48 from 13 nations
Medalists
Gold medal icon.svg Emil Väre Flag of Russia.svg  Finland
Silver medal icon.svg Gustaf Malmström Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Bronze medal icon.svg Edvin Mattiasson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
  1908
1920  

The Greco-Roman lightweight competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics was part of the wrestling programme.

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The competition used a form of double-elimination tournament. Rather than using the brackets that are now standard for double-elimination contests (and which assure that each match is between two competitors with the same number of losses), each wrestler drew a number. Each man would face off against the wrestler with the next number, provided he had not already faced that wrestler and that the wrestler was not from the same nation as him (unless this was necessary to avoid byes).

When only three wrestlers remain (the medalists), the double-elimination halts and a special final round is used to determine the order of the medals.

Results

First round

48 wrestlers began the competition.

LossesWinnerLoserLosses
0Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  József Sándor  (HUN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Karl Johnson  (SWE)1
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Johan Nilsson  (SWE)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Ludwig Sauerhöfer  (GER)1
0Flag of Norway.svg  Herbrand Lofthus  (NOR)Flag of France.svg  Raymond Cabal  (FRA)1
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Andreas Dumrauf  (GER)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Volmar Wikström  (FIN)Flag of France.svg  Eugène Lesieur  (FRA)1
0Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Dezső Orosz  (HUN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Richard Rydström  (SWE)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Paul Tirkkonen  (FIN)Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg  Josef Stejskal  (AUT)1
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE)Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Urvikko  (FIN)1
0Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ernő Márkus  (HUN)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Arthur Gould  (GBR)1
0Flag of Denmark.svg  Frederik Hansen  (DEN)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Árpád Szántó  (HUN)1
0Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg  Viktor Fischer  (AUT)Flag of Norway.svg  Thorbjørn Frydenlund  (NOR)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Armas Laitinen  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Gottfrid Svenson  (SWE)1
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Bror Flygare  (SWE)Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Karel Halík  (BOH)1
0Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ödön Radvány  (HUN)Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  August Kippasto  (RUS)1
0Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Jan Balej  (BOH)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  William Ruff  (GBR)1
0Flag of Norway.svg  Richard Frydenlund  (NOR)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  William Lupton  (GBR)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Salonen  (FIN)Flag of France.svg  Jean Bouffechoux  (FRA)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Georg Baumann  (RUS)1
0Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Oskar Kaplur  (RUS)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  William Hayes  (GBR)1
0Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Alessandro Covre  (ITA)Flag of Russia.svg  Tuomas Pukkila  (FIN)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  David Kolehmainen  (FIN)Flag of Norway.svg  Thorvald Olsen  (NOR)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Aatami Tanttu  (FIN)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Johannes Eillebrecht  (NED)1
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Hugo Björklund  (SWE)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Robert Phelps  (GBR)1
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Carl Lund  (SWE)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Bruno Heckel  (GER)1

Second round

Arthur Gould and Árpád Szántó withdrew after their first round losses. 46 wrestlers started the second round, 24 with no losses and 22 with one.

16 were eliminated. 6 survived potential elimination (5 by eliminating another wrestler, 1 by giving a previously undefeated wrestler his first loss). 7 received their first loss, while 17 remained undefeated.

LossesWinnerLoserLosses
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Johan Nilsson  (SWE)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  József Sándor  (HUN)1
1Flag of the German Empire.svg  Ludwig Saeurhöfer  (GER)Flag of Sweden.svg  Martin Jonsson  (SWE)2
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE)Flag of France.svg  Raymond Cabal  (FRA)2
0Flag of Norway.svg  Herbrand Lofthus  (NOR)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Andreas Dumrauf  (GER)2
0Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Dezső Orosz  (HUN)Flag of France.svg  Eugène Lesieur  (FRA)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  Volmar Wikström  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Richard Rydström  (SWE)2
1Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Urvikko  (FIN)Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg  Josef Stejskal  (AUT)2
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE)Flag of Russia.svg  Paul Tirkkonen  (FIN)1
0Flag of Denmark.svg  Frederik Hansen  (DEN)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ernő Márkus  (HUN)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Otto Laitinen  (FIN)Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg  Viktor Fischer  (AUT)1
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Gottfrid Svenson  (SWE)Flag of Norway.svg  Thorbjørn Frydenlund  (NOR)2
1Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Karel Halík  (BOH)Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  August Kippasto  (RUS)2
0Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ödön Radvány  (HUN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Bror Flygare  (SWE)1
0Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Jan Balej  (BOH)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  William Lupton  (GBR)2
0Flag of Norway.svg  Richard Frydenlund  (NOR)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  William Ruff  (GBR)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Salonen  (FIN)Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Georg Baumann  (RUS)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Flag of France.svg  Jean Bouffechoux  (FRA)2
0Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Oskar Kaplur  (RUS)Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Alessandro Covre  (ITA)1
1Flag of Russia.svg  Tuomas Pukkila  (FIN)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  William Hayes  (GBR)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  Aatami Tanttu  (FIN)Flag of Norway.svg  Thorvald Olsen  (NOR)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  David Kolehmainen  (FIN)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Johannes Eillenbrecht  (NED)2
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Carl Lund  (SWE)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Robert Phelps  (GBR)2
1Flag of the German Empire.svg  Bruno Heckel  (GER)Flag of Sweden.svg  Hugo Björklund  (SWE)1

Third round

Paul Tirkkonen and Bror Flygare abandoned the contest after their first losses in round 2. 28 wrestlers started the third round, 17 with no losses and 11 with one.

6 were eliminated. 5 survived potential elimination (2 by eliminating another wrestler, 3 by giving a previously undefeated wrestler his first loss). 8 received their first loss, while 9 remained undefeated.

LossesWinnerLoserLosses
1Flag of the German Empire.svg  Ludwig Saeurhöfer  (GER)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  József Sándor  (HUN)2
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Johan Nilsson  (SWE)Flag of Norway.svg  Herbrand Lofthus  (NOR)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Volmar Wikström  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE)1
1Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Urvikko  (FIN)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Dezső Orosz  (HUN)1
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ernő Márkus  (HUN)2
1Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg  Viktor Fischer  (AUT)Flag of Denmark.svg  Frederik Hansen  (DEN)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Otto Laitinen  (FIN)Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Karel Halík  (BOH)2
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Gottfrid Svenson  (SWE)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ödön Radvány  (HUN)1
0Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Jan Balej  (BOH)Flag of Norway.svg  Richard Frydenlund  (NOR)1
0Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Oskar Kaplur  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Salonen  (FIN)1
0Flag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Alessandro Covre  (ITA)2
1Flag of the German Empire.svg  Bruno Heckel  (GER)Flag of Russia.svg  Tuomas Pukkila  (FIN)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  David Kolehmainen  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Hugo Björklund  (SWE)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  Aatami Tanttu  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Carl Lund  (SWE)1

Fourth round

22 wrestlers started the fourth round, 9 with no losses and 13 with one.

6 were eliminated. 7 survived potential elimination (4 by eliminating another wrestler, 3 by giving a previously undefeated wrestler his first loss). 5 received their first loss, while 4 remained undefeated.

LossesWinnerLoserLosses
0Flag of Russia.svg  Volmar Wikström  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Johan Nilsson  (SWE)1
1Flag of Norway.svg  Herbrand Lofthus  (NOR)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Ludwig Saeurhöfer  (GER)2
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Dezső Orosz  (HUN)2
1Flag of Denmark.svg  Frederik Hansen  (DEN)Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Urvikko  (FIN)2
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE)Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg  Viktor Fischer  (AUT)2
1Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ödön Radvány  (HUN)Flag of Russia.svg  Otto Laitinen  (FIN)1
0Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Jan Balej  (BOH)Flag of Sweden.svg  Gottfrid Svenson  (SWE)2
1Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Salonen  (FIN)Flag of Norway.svg  Richard Frydenlund  (NOR)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Oskar Kaplur  (RUS)1
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Carl Lund  (SWE)Flag of Russia.svg  David Kolehmainen  (FIN)1
1Flag of the German Empire.svg  Bruno Heckel  (GER)Flag of Russia.svg  Aatami Tanttu  (FIN)1

Fifth round

Otto Laitinen withdrew after his first loss, in round four.

15 wrestlers started the fifth round, 4 with no losses and 11 with one. The round exhibited a set-up slightly peculiar for the format, in that every match was symmetrical in terms of number of losses for each wrestler. 2 matches were between pairs of undefeated men, while 5 matches were between pairs of wrestlers both facing elimination. There were no matches between an undefeated wrestler and one with one loss.

Unsurprisingly, given that, 5 men were eliminated and 5 survived potential elimination, with a sixth advancing with one loss due to a bye. 2 received their first loss, while 2 remained undefeated.

LossesWinnerLoserLosses
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Johan Nilsson  (SWE)Flag of Russia.svg  Johan Salonen  (FIN)2
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE)Flag of Norway.svg  Herbrand Lofthus  (NOR)2
0Flag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE)Flag of Russia.svg  Volmar Wikström  (FIN)1
1Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ödön Radvány  (HUN)Flag of Denmark.svg  Frederik Hansen  (DEN)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Jan Balej  (BOH)1
1Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Oskar Kaplur  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Aatami Tanttu  (FIN)2
1Flag of Russia.svg  David Kolehmainen  (FIN)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Bruno Heckel  (GER)2
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Carl Lund  (SWE)Bye

Sixth round

10 wrestlers started the fifth round, 2 with no losses and 8 with one.

The two remaining undefeated wrestlers, Väre and Malmström, faced off, with Väre coming out the better. The other four matches were all between two men facing elimination, and so the winners of those four matches were expected to join Malmström in moving to the seventh round with one loss while the losers were out. The match between Kaplur and Kolehmainen, however, resulted in both wrestlers disqualified, so only 5 wrestlers moved on.

LossesWinnerLoserLosses
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Carl Lund  (SWE)Flag of Russia.svg  Volmar Wikström  (FIN)2
1Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ödön Radvány  (HUN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Johan Nilsson  (SWE)2
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE)Bohemian Olympic Flag (1912).svg  Jan Balej  (BOH)2
0Flag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE)1
2Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg  Oskar Kaplur  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  David Kolehmainen  (FIN)2

Seventh round

5 wrestlers started the fifth round, 1 with no losses and 4 with one. The match between Lund and Radvány resulted in both wrestlers disqualified, pulling the round to a quick halt since there were then remaining only three wrestlers. Those three moved on to the final round.

LossesWinnerLoserLosses
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Carl Lund  (SWE)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Ödön Radvány  (HUN)2
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE)Bye
0Flag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Bye
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE)Bye

Final round

With three wrestlers remaining, all of the previous results were ignored for the final round.

MatchWinnerLoser
ATo CFlag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE)To B
BTo CFlag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE)Flag of Sweden.svg  Edvin Mathiasson  (SWE) Med 3.png
C Med 1.png Flag of Russia.svg  Eemili Väre  (FIN)Flag of Sweden.svg  Gustaf Malmström  (SWE) Med 2.png

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