Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Komazawa Gymnasium, Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
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.
At the 1962-63 World Championships, Soviet Aleksandr Ivanitsky won gold, with Bulgarian Lyutvi Akhmedov taking silver. After four rounds in Tokyo, they were the only wrestlers remaining and they met for the gold medal. The match turned out to be a draw, which gave the gold medal to Ivanitsky based on fewer bad points in earlier rounds. The bronze went to Turk Hamit Kaplan, who completed his set of medals from this class, after winning gold in 1956 and silver in 1960. Kaplan won the bronze in an unusual tournament that had to be held for the third podium position, after he was tied through four rounds with 7 bad points, along with Czechoslovak Bohumil Kubát and Britain’s Denis McNamara. That position was decided when Kaplan threw McNamara in 4:18.
|1||Aleksandr Ivanitsky||27||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|5||Denis McNamara||38||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||Wilfried Dietrich||30||Germany||GER||Eliminated r3/5||6|
|AC||Masanori Saito||22||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r3/5||6|
|AC||Larry Kristoff||21||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/5||6|
|AC||János Reznák||33||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r3/5||7|
|AC||Arne Robertsson||22||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r3/5||8|
|AC||Ganpat Andhalkar||29||India||IND||Eliminated r3/5||9|
|AC||Tserendonoin Sanjaa||27||Mongolia||MGL||Eliminated r2/5||8|