Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: September 1, 1960
Date Finished: September 6, 1960
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.
Turkey’s Hüseyin Akbaş had won the World Championships in 1957 and 1959 and came in as the favorite, but he drew his first round match and then lost his next two matches, and was eliminated, placing only 14th. The final round competitors turned out to be Bulgaria’s Nezhdet Zalev, Poland’s Tadeusz Trojanowski, and American Terry McCann, who had barely made it as the last qualifier. However, McCann won two decisions over the other finalists to secure the gold medal, with Zalev’s fifth-round victory over Trojanowski bringing him the silver medal. McCann was a multiple AAU and NCAA Champion in the United States, but had no previous international record, and retired from competition after the 1960 Olympics.
|1||Terry McCann||26||United States||USA||Gold|
|6||Mykhailo Shakhov||28||Soviet Union||URS|
|7||Mohamed Mehdi Yaghoubi||30||Iran||IRI|
|10T||Im Gwang-Jae||22||South Korea||KOR|
|16T||Walter Pilling||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|16T||Vittorio Mancini||24||San Marino||SMR|