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.
Bulgaria’s Boyan Radev was the defending gold medalist, had won the 1966 World Championships, and was runner-up at the 1967 Worlds. He was slightly favored, but the 1967 World Champion, Soviet Nikolay Yakovenko was at about the same level, and Romanian Nicolae Martinescu had won bronze at the last two Worlds and was also highly considered. After four rounds, those three remained as finalists and would contest the medals. First, Radev and Yakovenko fought to a draw, followed by Yakovenko decisioning Martinescu. Radev then threw Martinescu to win the gold medal, with Yakovenko taking silver. It was later revealed in Communist-era secret service files that Radev was an intelligence officer for Bulgaria at the time of the 1968 Olympics.
|2||Nikolay Yakovenko||26||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|AC||Takeshi Nagao||24||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r3/7||8,0|
|AC||Ferenc Kiss||26||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r3/7||9,0|
|AC||Daniel Verník||20||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r2/7||6,0|
|AC||Henk Schenk||23||United States||USA||Eliminated r2/7||6,5|
|AC||Jürgen Klinge||28||East Germany||GDR||Eliminated r2/7||7,0|
|AC||Heinz Kiehl||25||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r2/7||7,0|
|AC||Ed Millard||21||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/7||8,0|
|AC||Gürbüz Lü||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r2/7||8,0|