Wrestling at the 1904 Summer Olympics

At the 1904 Summer Olympics, seven wrestling events were contested, all in the freestyle discipline. It was the first time freestyle wrestling was featured, as the first Olympic wrestling contests had been in the Greco-Roman style. Weight classes also made their first appearance. The sport continues to be in the Olympic program to the present day.[1]

Wrestling

Medal summary

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Light flyweight
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Robert Curry
 United States
John Hein
 United States
Gustav Thiefenthaler
 Switzerland
Flyweight
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George Mehnert
 United States
Gustave Bauer
 United States
William Nelson
 United States
Bantamweight
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Isidor Niflot
 United States
August Wester
 United States
Louis Strebler
 United States
Featherweight
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Benjamin Bradshaw
 United States
Theodore McLear
 United States
Charles Clapper
 United States
Lightweight
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Otto Roehm
 United States
Rudolph Tesing
 United States
Albert Zirkel
 United States
Welterweight
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Charles Ericksen
 Norway
William Beckmann
 United States
Jerry Winholtz
 United States
Heavyweight
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Bernhoff Hansen
 Norway
Frank Kugler
 Germany
Fred Warmbold
 United States

Participating nations

Wrestling match during 1904 Summer Olympics.

A total of 42 wrestlers competed at the St. Louis Games:

The nationalities of many medalists are disputed, as many American competitors were recent immigrants to the United States who had not yet been granted US citizenship.

The International Olympic Committee considers Norwegian-American wrestlers Charles Ericksen and Bernhoff Hansen to have competed for the United States. Each man won a gold medal. In 2012, Norwegian historians however found documentation showing that Ericksen did not receive American citizenship until March 22, 1905, and that Hansen probably never received American citizenship. The historians have therefore petitioned the IOC to have the athletes registered as Norwegians.[2][3] In May 2013, it was reported that the Norwegian Olympic Committee had filed a formal application for changing the nationality of the wrestlers in the IOC's medal database.[4]

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States56617
2 Norway2002
3 Germany0101
4 Switzerland0011
Totals (4 entries)77721

Notes

  1. ^ "Wrestling at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Her er beviset som endrer norsk idrettshistorie". NRK. August 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "USA-guld 1904 var Norges". Svenska Dagbladet. August 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "Norges OL-historie skrives på nytt". Nettavisen. May 3, 2013.

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