Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 6, 1936
Date Finished: August 9, 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.
The two favorites were Sweden’s Axel Cadier and Latvian Edvīns Bietags, who had won the European Championships in 1935 and 1934, respectively. After three rounds in Berlin they were well ahead on bad points, and maintained that in rounds four-five, winning by falls and byes, to move into a final match against each other. The final went to Cadier by unanimous decision, with Bietags taking the silver medal. Bronze went to Estonian August Neo, who also won a silver medal in Berlin in light-heavyweight freestyle.
Fourth went to Herman Werner Seelenbinder, who went out after round five, when he lost a decision to Cadier. Seelenbinder was a fervent anti-Nazi and considered not competing in Berlin, but was persuaded to do so. The Nazi authorities did not trust him, either, but allowed him to compete because they expected him to win a medal. He was a member of the German Communist party, and the underground Uhrig Group, and in February 1942 was arrested and placed in various prison camps for two years, before being executed by beheading in October 1944.
|AC||Franz Foidl||29||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r4/6||6|
|AC||Mustafa Avcioğlu-Çakmak||26||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r3/6||5|
|AC||Edvard Westerlund||35||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||František Mráček||22||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Jean Houdry||22||France||FRA||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Gyula Bóbis||26||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Georg Argast||36||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r2/6||6|