Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952
Format: Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss of any type = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler. When only three wrestlers remained, if they had not yet met one another, they wrestled further rounds. Medal placements were determined by the match record among the medalists, with bad points as a tie breaker. A wrestler in the medal rounds could continue with 5 or more bad points.
Swede Axel Grönberg came in as the defending gold medalist, the 1950 World Champion, and the clear favorite. He had little difficulty defending his title, winning all five of his matches by unanimous decisions. In the medalist round he defeated Finland’s Kalervo Rauhala and Soviet Nikolay Belov, who won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. One other favorite entering the event was Turkey’s Ali Özdemir, runner-up to Grönberg at the 1950 Worlds, but Özdemir was eliminated after a loss in round three, and placed fifth.
|3||Nikolay Belov||32||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze||0-2|
|AC||Émile Courtois||34||Belgium||BEL||Eliminated r3/5||6|
|AC||Gustav Gocke||33||Germany||GER||Eliminated r3/5||7|
|AC||Adel Ibrahim Moustafa||22||Egypt||EGY||Eliminated r2/5||5|
|AC||Lars Bilet||25||Norway||NOR||Eliminated r2/5||6|
|AC||Jerzy Gryt||30||Poland||POL||Eliminated r2/5||6|