Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 28, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
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.
Japan’s [Shozo Sasahara] had won the 1954 World Championships, and came to Melbourne as the favorite. The final round consisted of Sasahara, Belgian [Jef Mewis], and Finn [Erkki Penttilä], but Penttilä had to withdraw with injury which gave Sasahara a walkover, as Mewis received a bye in the first round of the final. Sasahara then won the gold medal with a victory by decision over Mewis.
Sasahara never competed at another Olympics but would later serve as vice-president of FILA, the international wrestling federation, and the Japanese Olympic Committee, and as mayor of the Olympic Village at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. Mewis was competing in his second Olympics, after Helsinki, and would also compete in 1960 and 1964, but this was his only Olympic medal.
|4T||Myron Roderick||22||United States||USA|
|6T||Linar Salimullin||24||Soviet Union||URS|
|AC||Ram Sarup||India||IND||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Abe Geldenhuys||24||South Africa||RSA||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Muhammad Nazir||20||Pakistan||PAK||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||John Elliott||22||Australia||AUS||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Herbie Hall||30||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Bálint Galántai||24||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r2/6||6|