Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 6, 1956
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 3 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.
There were no favorites in this class, which was considered wide open. The finalists would be Soviet Konstantin Vyrupayev, Romanian Francisc Horvath, and Sweden’s Edvin Vesterby. Vyrupayev had actually lost his first round match to Horvath, but continued to win after that to make the final round. However, in the final round he defeated Vesterby by unanimous decision. All three finalists ended up with four bad points and a 1-1 record against each other, with Vyrupayev winning gold because Vesterby’s victory over Horvath had been by split decision. Vesterby would return in 1960 and place fourth in this class at Roma.
|1||Konstantin Vyrupayev||26||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Adolfo Díaz||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r3/6||5|
|AC||Reijo Nykänen||26||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Kent Townley||26||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Yaşar Yılmaz||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Franz Brunner||25||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Ronald Sweeney||Australia||AUS||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Omer Vercouteren||26||Belgium||BEL||Eliminated r2/6||6|