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|