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.
Iran’s Emam Ali Habibi was considered the overwhelming favorite in this class. He had won the 1959 World Championships, was Olympic lightweight gold medalist in 1956, and the 1958 Asian Champion. He was thought to be the “unbeatable Iranian.” Nobody outside of the United States had heard of American Doug Blubaugh but Habibi would soon find out. Blubaugh won his first four matches, three by falls, and one by walkover, and then met Habibi in round five, throwing him in 2:37 to eliminate Habibi, who would finish in a tie for fourth. In the final round Blubaugh then won by decision over Turkey’s İsmail Oğan and threw Pakistani [Muhammad Bashir] to win the gold medal.
Blubaugh should have been better known, having won two AAU titles, an NCAA title, and was the 1959 Pan American Champion. Habibi went on to win the 1961 and 1962 World Championships and his loss in Roma was his only loss ever at a major international. Oğan came back in 1964 and won the gold medal in this class.
|1||Doug Blubaugh||25||United States||USA||Gold|
|4T||Gaetano De Vescovi||22||Italy||ITA|
|4T||Emam Ali Habibi||29||Iran||IRI|
|7||Coenraad de Villiers||27||South Africa||RSA|
|11T||Vakht'ang Balavadze||32||Soviet Union||URS|
|16||Peter Amey||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|17T||Sultan Mohammad Dost||28||Afghanistan||AFG|
|21T||Choi Myeong-Jong||27||South Korea||KOR|