Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 3, 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.
Estonian Kristjan Palusalu had only previously competed in one international event, the 1933 European Greco-Roman Championships, in which he placed fourth. He had already won five Estonian titles in freestyle and four in Greco-Roman by the time of the 1936 Olympics. In Berlin he made history by winning the heavyweight class in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, the only time this has ever happened, making him the absolute champion wrestler of the year. In 1937 he won the European title in Greco-Roman before retiring in 1938 due to a shoulder injury. In 1991 Palusalu was voted the greatest Estonian athlete of all-time. Palusalu won his gold medal in this class with a final round unanimous decision over Finland’s Hjalmar Nyström, who won bronze. The silver went to Czechoslovak Josef Klapuch, who had been runner-up at the 1934 European Championships in this class, in which Nyström finished third.
|AC||Georg Gehring||32||Germany||GER||Eliminated r3/5||5|
|AC||George Chiga||22||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r3/5||6|
|AC||Mehmet Çoban||31||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r3/5||7|
|AC||Léon Charlier||33||Belgium||BEL||Eliminated r2/5||6|
|AC||Roy Dunn||25||United States||USA||Eliminated r2/5||6|