Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 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.
Soviet Oleg Karavayev was the 1958 World Champion and came in as the favorite, and did nothing to challenge that role. He won his first two matches by falls, then won two decisions, winning by fall again in round five. After round five he had only 2 bad points, and the only wrestler remaining, Romanian Ion Cernea, had 5 bad points. They met in the final round with Karavayev winning the gold medal with a safe decision over Cernea. Karavayev would repeat as World Champion in 1961, again defeating Cernea in the final round. Cernea would compete again at Tokyo, winning a bronze medal in 1964, and he would win the 1965 World Championship. The bronze medal in Roma went to Bulgarian Dinko Petrov, who had the fewest bad points of the eliminated wrestlers after round five.
|1||Oleg Karavayev||24||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|17T||Kamel Ali El-Sayed||25||United Arab Republic||UAR|
|17T||Ali Bani Hashemi||26||Iran||IRI|
|25T||Michel Ben Akoun||24||Morocco||MAR|
|25T||Larry Lauchle||20||United States||USA|