Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: September 6, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 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.
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. The favorite was Sweden’s [Per Svensson], the 1970-71 World Champion and 1969-70 European Champion, but he surprisingly went out after two rounds, the result of a draw and a loss by fall. With Svensson out the draw was open. After five rounds the two finalists were determined, Soviet [Nikolay Yakovenko], the 1972 European Champion, and Romanian [Nicolae Martinescu], a light-heavyweight bronze medalist at the 1968 Olympics. Yakovenko was well ahead on bad points, 1.0 to 5.5, but in his round five win over Bulgarian [Khristo Ignatov], Yakovenko was injured and had to withdraw from the final round, giving the gold medal to Martinescu.
|2||Nikolay Yakovenko||30||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|5||Fredi Albrecht||25||East Germany||GDR|
|AC||Andrzej Skrzydlewski||25||Poland||POL||Eliminated r4/6||8,5|
|AC||Ruedi Lüscher||27||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r2/6||6,0|
|AC||Per Svensson||29||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r2/6||6,0|
|AC||Makoto Saito||21||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r2/6||6,5|
|AC||Lorenz Hecher||25||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Aimo Mäenpää||35||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Buck Deadrich||27||United States||USA||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Hassan Bechara||27||Lebanon||LIB||Withdrew r2/6||2,0|