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.
The last two World Champions had been Soviet wrestlers, but the Soviets moved [Givi K’art’ozia] up to this class in 1960. K’art’ozia was the 1956 middleweight gold medalist and had won three consecutive World Championships at that weight. Though he had not yet wrestled internationally as a light-heavy, he was considered a slight favorite, virtually by default. The event was very close with four wrestlers having 5 bad points after five rounds – K’art’ozia, Turk Tevfik Kış, Bulgarian Krali Bimbalov, and Hungarian Péter Piti. They met in round six with Bimbalov defeating Piti and Kış defeating K’art’ozia, both by decisions, which eliminated Piti and K’art’ozia. Kış and Bimbalov had met in round two, but that result was a draw, so the gold medal was decided based on bodyweight, with Kış winning the gold medal because he was lighter than Bimbalov. K’art’ozia won the bronze medal because he had defeated Piti in round six.
|3||Givi K'art'ozia||31||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|8||Eugen Wiesberger, Jr.||26||Austria||AUT|
|12T||Howard George||25||United States||USA|