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.
Soviet Ukrainian [Volodymyr Syniavskiy] won the 1959 World Championships, defeating Bulgarian [Enyu Valchev] in the finals. This competition was very tight with five competitors remaining after round five – American [Shelby Wilson], with 4 bad points, Korean [Bong Ug-Won], Iran's [Moustafa Tajiki], and Syniavskiy and Valchev, all with 5 bad points. In round six, Wilson defeated Tajiki by decision and Valchev decisioned Bong. Wilson had defeated Syniavskiy in round four, and this gave him the gold medal, with Syniavskiy placing second, as Tajiki, Bong, and Valchev were all eliminated on bad points.
Wilson's victory was a major upset as he had never even won an NCAA or AAU title in the United States. Valchev would win the 1962 World Championship and then won the gold medal in this class at Tokyo in 1964. Syniavskiy was a silver medalist in the class at the 1961 World Championships.
|1||Shelby Wilson||23||United States||USA||Gold|
|2||Volodymyr Syniavskiy||27||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|4T||Bong Ug-Won||22||South Korea||KOR|
|11||Tony Ries, Jr.||20||South Africa||RSA|
|17T||Kenny Stephenson||22||Great Britain||GBR|
|24||Amir Jan Khalunder||35||Afghanistan||AFG|