Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: August 27, 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.
The favorite was Soviet Ukrainian Ivan Bohdan, the 1958 World Champion, who was expected to be challenged by German Wilfried Dietrich, the 1956 silver medalist who would later win the freestyle gold medal in Roma. Turkey’s Hamit Kaplan would also have been a contender, but he competed only in freestyle in 1960, winning the silver behind Dietrich. Bohdan and Dietrich met in round two and drew, but Dietrich then met Czechoslovak Bohumil Kubát in round three, which ended in another draw. After three rounds six wrestlers remained. Kubát and Bohdan fought to a draw, while Dietrich won his match by fall over Bulgarian Radoslav Kasabov. Bohdan, Dietrich and Kubát survived but no final round was necessary as they had all wrestled each other, all three matches ending in draws. Bohdan won the gold medal based on total bad points, as he won his other two matches by falls. Dietrich and Kubát tied with 5 bad points with Dietrich winning the silver medal based on lower bodyweight than Kubát. In fact, Kubát outweighed Dietrich by 40 kg (88 lbs.).
|1||Ivan Bohdan||32||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|11||Dale Lewis||26||United States||USA|