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 Georgian [Giorgi Skhirt’ladze] came in as the favorite, after winning bronze in this class at Melbourne in 1956, a silver at the 1957 World Championships, and winning the 1959 World title. After four rounds in Roma four wrestlers remained, led by American Ed DeWitt with only 3 bad points. He was joined by Skhirt’ladze, Turkey’s Hasan Güngör, and Swede Hans Antonsson, all with 4 bad points. Güngör then threw DeWitt in 5:06, and when Antonsson and Skhirt’ladze drew, all but Güngör were eliminated on bad points, giving the gold medal to the Turk. Skhirt’ladze won silver and Antonsson bronze.
Güngör would later win a silver medal in this class at the 1964 Olympics and win gold at the 1964 European Championships. Skhirt’ladze never competed again.
|2||Giorgi Skhirt'ladze||27||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|4||Ed DeWitt||26||United States||USA|
|10||Fred Thomas||21||New Zealand||NZL|
|12T||Mohammad Asif Khokan||24||Afghanistan||AFG|
|17T||Alan Butts||20||Great Britain||GBR|