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 shockingly 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 Champ, 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|