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 Boris Gurevich had won this title in 1952 and was World Champion in 1953 and 1958, but he was retired by 1960, which left the class wide open. After four rounds, six wrestlers remained with either 4 or 5 bad points. Romanian [Dimitri Pîrvulescu] won a decision over Italy’s Ignazio Fabra, the 1952 and 1956 silver medalist, which gave Pîrvulescu the gold medal. Osman El-Sayed of the United Arab Republic (Egypt) and Iranian Mohamed Paziraie won the other fifth round matches, which gave El-Sayed the silver medal, based on his second round decision over Paziraie. Pîrvulescu competed in 1964 at Tokyo, winning a bronze medal, as did Fabra, who finished fourth in this class in 1964, his fourth Olympics.
|2||Osman El-Sayed||30||United Arab Republic||UAR||Silver|
|5T||Ivan Kochergin||24||Soviet Union||URS|
|9||Dick Wilson||26||United States||USA|