The Soviet Union beat the United States 6-3 at a freestyle wrestling meeting at Moscow's Palace of Weightlifting Sports on Saturday (6 February).
GV Moscow's Palace of Weightlifting Sports.
GV INTERIOR Soviet and American flags
SV American and Soviet team leaders meeting/SV audience (2 shots)
SV Contestants Yuri Vorobyov and Roy Oliver (USSR & USA) wrestling PAN TO scoreboard
SV Oliver kneeling on ground, then getting up with Vorobyov looking on and referee.
SV American team looking concerned
SV Vorobyov being attended by his seconds, then getting up to continue bout. SV Russian audience (2 shots)
SV American is thrown to ground by the Russian, and held on canvas (2 shots)
SV Scoreboard PAN wrestlers continuing to fight. SV Audience looking on (2 shots)
SV Russian wrestling holding his hand up in victory
SPORT: FREESTYLE WRESTLING.
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Background: The Soviet Union beat the United States 6-3 at a freestyle wrestling meeting at Moscow's Palace of Weightlifting Sports on Saturday (6 February). Teams from both countries included national and European champions, as well as veterans of the Olympics. Wrestling matches between the USSR and USA traditionally open the season for the sport in each country. In fact, the competition has done so for the past eight years. This year's U.S. team was mostly young athletes, sent to gain experience. In this contest, Yuri Vorobyov, the 1981 Soviet champion was matched against Roy Oliver, a Nebraska student who was placed second at the American championships last year. Vorobyov won the match 6.06 - 13.15. With the next Olympics in Los Angeles more than two years away, neither side placed too much importance in the results.