Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 23, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler.
Hungary’s István Kozma was the defending gold medalist and had won the 1966-67 World Championships and the 1967 European title, so he came in as the favorite, but the 1964 silver medalist, Soviet Anatoly Roshchin was also back. In round five Kozma and Roshchin drew, as they had in 1964. The other match in that round saw Czechoslovak Petr Kment defeat Sweden’s [Ragnar Svensson] by disqualification, but Kment was injured and had to withdraw. That left only Kozma and Roshchin in the tournament and Kozma defended his gold medal based on fewer bad points, with Roshchin taking silver and Kment the bronze. After winning the 1969-70 World Championships, Roshchin would finally win the gold medal in this class in 1972, making him, at over 40-years-old, the oldest wrestling gold medalist since Finn Adolf Lindfors in 1920, and the second oldest ever.
|2||Anatoly Roshchin||36||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|AC||Raymond Uytterhaeghe||20||France||FRA||Eliminated r5/6||5,0|
|AC||Edward Wojda||27||Poland||POL||Eliminated r4/6||9,5|
|AC||Bekir Aksu||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r3/6||6,5|
|AC||Bob Roop||21||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Roland Bock||24||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r3/6||9,0|
|AC||Harry Geris||20||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Arje Nadbornik||33||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Yorihide Isogai||28||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Hassan Bechara||23||Lebanon||LIB||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|