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.
Sweden’s Ivar Johansson was likely the greatest pound-for-pound wrestler in the world in the 1930s. At Los Angeles in 1932 he had won gold in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Between 1931-39 he won nine European titles, six in Greco-Roman and three in freestyle. He had been European Champion in this class in 1931, 1934, and 1935. He led throughout in Berlin, only accumulating 2 bad points on decision wins before he won the gold medal by defeating Hungary’s József Palotás by a fall in the final at 3:48. Palotás’ loss to Johansson gave the silver medal to Germany’s Ludwig Schweickert, with Palotás taking bronze. Schweickert lost to Johansson in the final of the 1937 and 1939 Europeans, but he would later die in World War II, fighting on the Russian Front.
|AC||Francisc Cocoş||25||Romania||ROU||Eliminated r4/6||6|
|AC||Hans Pointner||27||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Josef Přibyl||32||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Kalman Kiš||21||Yugoslavia||YUG||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Voldemar Mägi||21||Estonia||EST||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Hans Frederiksen||31||Denmark||DEN||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Édouard Pigeot||24||France||FRA||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Georgios Lefakis||Greece||GRE||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Ernest Gogel||24||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Adnan Yurdaer||27||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r2/6||6|