Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972
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.
This was effectively a new class, although it was called the heavyweight class. The previous version of that weight class was now called the super-heavyweights. This would turn out to be a showcase for 1972 European Champion Ivan Yarygin, who won all seven of his matches by falls. He needed only 17:03 on the mat to win his gold medal decisively. Silver went to Mongolian Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh, who had been runner-up at the 1971 Worlds. He won that medal with a victory on points over Hungarian József Csátári, who had also won a bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics, that one in light-heavyweight freestyle.
Yarygin would win the 1973 World Championships, the 1975-76 Europeans, and defended his Olympic gold medal in 1976 at Montréal. Bayanmönkh also wrestlED at the 1976 Olympics, placing fifth in heavyweight freestyle.
|1||Ivan Yarygin||23||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Abolfazl Anvari||34||Iran||IRI||Eliminated r4/6||9,0|
|AC||Julio Tamussin||29||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r3/6||6,5|
|AC||Harry Geris||24||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r3/6||7,0|
|AC||Alfons Hecher||28||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r3/6||7,0|
|AC||Bruno Jutzeler||26||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Henk Schenk||27||United States||USA||Eliminated r2/6||6,0|
|AC||Gerd Bachmann||29||East Germany||GDR||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Karel Engel||32||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Shizuo Yada||24||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Robert N'Diaye||30||Senegal||SEN||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|