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.
Sweden’s Ivar Johansson was the defending champion and had won the 1934-35 European Championships, and should have been a heavy favorite, but he elected to compete in Berlin only in Greco-Roman, winning the middleweight gold medal in that event. With Johansson out, the event was completely open, and eventually was won by France’s Émile Poilvé who had never won a major international previously. Poilvé led after five rounds, with only American Dick Voliva remaining, but the Frenchman defeated Voliva by a fall in 10:25 to win the gold medal.
|2||Dick Voliva||23||United States||USA||Silver|
|AC||János Riheczky||32||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r3/6||5|
|AC||Ercole Gallegati||24||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r3/6||5|
|AC||Leslie Jeffers||26||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Ludvig Lindblom||26||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Frans Van Hoorebeke||28||Belgium||BEL||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Terry Evans||24||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Hans Schedler||32||Germany||GER||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Karam Rasul||25||India||IND||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Jan van der Merwe||24||South Africa||RSA||Withdrew r2/6||3|