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Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Wrestling – USA Joe Gonzales VS YUG Saban Trstena


Saban Trstena is a former freestyle wrestler….who won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles….and also won the silver medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Trstena is currently the youngest to win any wrestling gold at the Olympics….being 19 years of age at the Los Angeles Olympics.  In the 1984 European Championships….Trstena won gold beating the then World Champion Valentin Yordanov….and he would then win silver in 1983, 1985, 1986 and the bronze in 1982 and 1988 at the European Championships. In the 1982 World Wrestling Championships….Trstena reached bronze….and during the three times he competed in the Mediterranean or Balkan Games….he won gold in all three. He has been pronounced the Best Macedonian athlete many times….and once in 1984….was named the best athlete of Yugoslavia….and in 2000 was named the best Albanian athlete of the last century. He has won 715 matches out of 741 fights. He participated in 42 tournaments in the world….winning 30 gold medals….last but not least….at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games he won the fifth place.

In this video, Trestena takes on USA Joe Gonzales in what turned out to be another victory on his way to winning the gold medal at the Los Angeles Games.

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