Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 2, 1936
Date Finished: August 4, 1936
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 2 points; loss by 3-0 decision = 3 points; loss by fall = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler.
Finland’s Kustaa Pihlajamäki came in as the favorite, having won the 1934-35 European Championships. He was 34-years-old in 1936, after winning a gold medal in 1924 as a bantamweight, and a silver medal in this class in 1928. His cousin, Hermann, was the defending champion from Los Angeles, but he fought as a lightweight in Berlin. Kustaa Pihlajamäki won his first four bouts by falls, and then met American Frank Millard, defeating him by a unanimous decision. Pihlajamäki, Millard and Sweden’s Gösta Jonsson advanced to the final round, where the Finn had a bye. Millard defeated Jonsson, which eliminated him and decided the medals, Pihlajamäki winning gold, Millard silver, and Jonsson bronze.
|2||Frank Millard||22||United States||USA||Silver|
|AC||Marco Gavelli||21||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r3/6||5|
|AC||Norman Morrell||24||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Nevil Hall||20||South Africa||RSA||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Yaşar Erkan||25||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Hector Riské||26||Belgium||BEL||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Jean Chasson||30||France||FRA||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Josef Böck||23||Germany||GER||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Werner Spycher||19||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Karel Kváček||24||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Eliminated r2/6||6|