Vasile Andrei

Vasile Andrei ( born July 28, 1955 in Albesti, Circle Ialomiţa ) is a former Romanian wrestler and Olympic champion in 1984 in Greco-Roman wrestling in the heavyweight division.


Vasile Andrei began as a teenager with the rings. He was discovered early and delegate at the top club Steaua Bucharest by the usual in the former socialist states outstanding talent. There he continued to develop very well. He specialized in the Greco- Roman style. However, it took until 1979 until he was able to prevail in Romania in the seniors against his hard competitors Nicolae Martinescu and Ivan Savin and could go on the international championships at the start.

From the Junior European Championships 1975 in Haskovo, where he finished 4th in the heavyweight division, apart, Vasile Andrei started his international career Ringer at the European Championships in 1979 in the domestic Bucharest at heavyweight. He arrived there with three wins, inter alia, he beat the West German champion Hans -Günter Klein from Witten and the strong Hungary Tamás Gáspár, and defeats against Roman Bierła from Poland and then in this weight class almost invincible Soviet wrestler Nikolai Balboschin he immediately reached with his third place to win a medal. At the World Championships the same year in San Diego, he won again Hans- Günter Klein and also defeated Roman Bierła, against whom he had lost at the European Championships, he was defeated by the Americans Brad Rheingans and Nikolai Balboschin and came so only on the thankless fourth place.

1980 won Vasile Andrei at the European Championships in Prievidza even the EM- Silver medal in the heavyweight behind Georgi Rajkow from Bulgaria, against whom he lost the final battle. Remarkably, Vasile Andrei had lost in a first round battle against Hans -Günter Klein, but left early defeats against other wrestlers, so that the defeat against small Andreis not have been adversely affected for Andrei. At the Olympic Games in 1980 Vasile Andrei celebrated victories over the strong Yugoslavs Refik Memišević, who later became world champion in super heavyweight and was, however, because of a persistent leading up to the Games in weak form located ligand Nikolai Balboschin. Against Roman Bierła and Georgi Rajkow Vasile Andrei subject, however, and so won the bronze medal.

1981 was a somewhat weaker year for Vasile Andrei. It was only used at the European Championships in Gothenburg, where he claimed two victories against Nikolai Inkow from the Soviet Union and Christer Gulldén from Sweden, who was actually a light heavyweight, defeated and therefore only came to 4th place. In the 1981 World Championship, he was not at the start.

In 1982, Vasile Andrei became vice world champion at the World Championships in Katowice, after he had to make do with the 4th place again at the European Championships in Varna in the spring. In Katowice, he defeated among others Nikolai Inkow and the reigning European champion Andrey Dimitrov from Bulgaria. In the final battle he lost a bit surprising the novel Wroclaw Poland, with the support of his Polish compatriots had a Glanztag in Katowice.

1983 won Vasile Andrei neither at the European Championships in Budapest, and even at the World Championships in Kiev a medal. With the 4th place in Budapest and the 5th place in Kiev but he scored again excellent results. Also in the 1984 European Championship in Jonkoping he came only on the 4th Place. Andrey Dimitrov, Tamás Gáspár and Soviet athlete Viktor Awdychew were at these championships too strong for him.

1984, when the other strong nations Ringer missing from the Eastern bloc countries at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Vasile Andrei took advantage of the situation and was in the heavyweight Olympic champion. But in the final battle made ​​him Pikilidis Georgios from Greece and especially the American Gregory Gibson this victory very difficult. He wrestled in Los Angeles by the way also in the free style in the super heavyweight, because Romania had nominated no actual freestyle wrestler here and came to him in the unusual style on the 6th Place.

Vasile Andrei ranking after his Olympic victory even further to 1988. Although he did not win any more titles, but with his second place finish at the 1986 World Championships in Budapest, his 2nd place at the European Championship 1987 in Tampere and his 3rd place at the 1987 World Championships in Clermont- Ferrand, he proved that his Olympic victory no fluke. With a fifth place finish at the 1988 European Championship in Kolbotn / Norway Vasile Andrei ended his international career Ringer. Younger wrestlers such as Anatoly Fedorenko from the Soviet Union, Gerhard sky from the FRG and Andrzej Wronski from Poland came forward and broke it off.

The reliability, Vasile Andrei, showed the 19 international championships, which he played from 1975 to 1988 deserves to be highlighted. None of these championships, he retired prematurely, always struggling for the medals, finishing in 18 of these championships a place among the top six winners.

After ending his active career Ringer graduated from Vasile Andrei, who also multiple Romanian champion in the weight category up to 100 kg body weight ( heavyweight), was a sports studies and then worked for several years as a coach in his parent club Steaua Bucharest. Today, he is the Secretary General of the Romanian Association Ringer.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, European Championship EM =, GR = Greek and Roman. Styles, S = Heavy weight, then up to 100 kg body weight)


  • Journal The wrestler, numbers: 5/ 1979, pages 10, 9/ 1979, pages 8, 5/ 1980 page 9, 8/1980, page 7, 4/1981, page 8, 05/06/1982, page 6 9/1982, pages 10/11, 9/ 1983, page 9, 10/ 1983, page 6, 5/ 1984, pages 9/10, 9/ 1984, 11, 9/ 1985, page 6, 11 /1986 page 7, 6/ 1987, page 9, 9/ 1987, page 10 and 6/1988, page 6
  • Website of the Institute for Applied Training Science of the University of Leipzig