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 defending champion was Turkey’s Mithat Bayrak who had not competed at the 1958 World Championships, which were won by his teammate, Kazım Ayvaz. Bayrak was chosen to represent Turkey at the 1960 Olympics in welterweight with Ayvaz moving up to middleweight. After six rounds three finalists remained, all with 5 bad points – Bayrak, German Günter Maritschnigg, and France’s René Schiermeyer. None of the three had met previously so three final round matches took place, with Bayrak defeating Maritschnigg by fall and Schiermeyer by decision to repeat as gold medalist. Maritschnigg won the silver based on a decision victory over Schiermeyer.
Bayrak emigrated to Germany in 1961 and wrestled for KSV Witten 07 for almost 20 years, but never competed internationally again. Maritschnigg competed at the 1961 World Championships without winning a medal and then retired, also settling in Witten. Schiermeyer competed in this class at the 1964 Olympics, where he finished in a tie for seventh.
|5||Hryhoriy Hamarnik||31||Soviet Union||URS|
|12T||Ben Ali||United Arab Republic||UAR|
|20T||Fritz Fivian||30||United States||USA|