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.
Soviet Georgian [Givi K’art’ozia] was the heavy favorite in this class. He was first noticed internationally at the 1951 World Festival of Youth and Students, where he won gold in Greco-Roman middleweight, repeating in 1953. K’art’ozia won the 1956 World Cup and the 1953 and 1955 World Championships. With only 10 entrants in this class, he had to win only four matches to win the 1956 gold medal, which he did easily. The silver medal went to Bulgaria’s Dimitar Dobrev, while Sweden’s Rune Jansson won bronze. Jansson had won his second round match against Finland’s Viljo Punkari by fall in only 11 seconds, the fastest pin in Olympic history.
K’art’ozia would win the 1958 World title in middleweight and then moved up to light-heavyweight, winning a silver medal in that class at the 1960 Olympics. Dobrev would also return in 1960 and won the gold medal in this class.
|1||Givi K'art'ozia||27||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Jim Peckham||27||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/5||5|
|AC||William Paterson||Australia||AUS||Eliminated r2/5||6|
|AC||İsmet Atlı||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r2/5||6|
|AC||Branislav Simić||21||Yugoslavia||YUG||Withdrew r2/5||3|