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.
The 1954 World Champion was Soviet Georgian [Vakh’tang Balavadze] and he would make it to the final round in Melbourne, joined there by Japanese [Mitsuo Ikeda] and Turkey’s [İbrahim Zengin]. In rounds three and four, Ikeda had defeated Balavadze and Zengin, so the gold medal was his by default, and he did not have to wrestle in the final round, as earlier round results were carried over. Zengin then defeated Balavadze to win the silver medal.
Balavadze had started out in sambo wrestling, a Soviet variant of judo and wrestling. He would win the World Championships again in 1957 and competed at the 1960 Olympics, but was not a medal contender. Zengin had been third at the 1951 Worlds as a lightweight.
|3||Vakht'ang Balavadze||29||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|4T||Coenraad de Villiers||23||South Africa||RSA|
|AC||Mitko Petkov||30||Bulgaria||BUL||Eliminated r3/5||6|
|AC||Muhammad Latif||17||Pakistan||PAK||Eliminated r3/5||6|
|AC||Alfred Tischendorf||21||Germany||GER||Eliminated r3/5||7|
|AC||Ernie Fischer||26||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/5||7|
|AC||Noel Granger||Australia||AUS||Eliminated r2/5||6|
|AC||Ernst Wandaller||22||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r2/5||6|
|AC||Devi Singh||India||IND||Eliminated r2/5||6|
|AC||Bruno Ochman||Canada||CAN||Withdrew r2/5||3|
|AC||Veikko Rantanen||24||Finland||FIN||Withdrew r2/5||3|