Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 6, 1948
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 [Gösta Frändfors] was the 1947 European Champion but he elected to only compete in freestyle in London. He was replaced on the Swedish team by [Gustav Freij], who proved formidable, going undefeated through four rounds to make the final round, along with Norway’s [Aage Eriksen], Hungarian [Károly Ferencz], and Lebanese [Charif Damage]. Freij defeated Ferencz, and Eriksen defeated Damage, but as Eriksen had lost his first-round match against Ferencz, this gave Freij the gold medal, Eriksen taking silver. The bronze came down to an unusual tie-breaking match with Ferencz defeating Damage by a split decision. Freij would return in 1952 and win a silver medal in this class at Helsinki, also winning silver at the 1950 World Championships and gold at the 1953 Worlds. Eriksen also competed at Helsinki but failed to place.
|AC||Abraham Kurland||36||Denmark||DEN||Eliminated r3/6||5|
|AC||Giacomo Gesino||30||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r3/6||5|
|AC||Mohamed Ahmed Osman||28||Egypt||EGY||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Albert Falaux||27||France||FRA||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Luis Rosado||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Frans Rombaut||26||Belgium||BEL||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Ray Myland||20||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Václav Tuhý||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Withdrew r2/6||1|
|AC||Alfred Jauch||Switzerland||SUI||Withdrew r2/6||3|