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 the first time this class was held at the Olympics, but there had been World and European Championships since 1969. All three Worlds prior to München were won by Iranian Ibrahim Javadi, who came in as the favorite. After four rounds Javadi was left along with Soviet Roman Dmitriyev, the 1969 European Champion, and Bulgaria’s Ognyan Nikolov, bronze medalist at the 1971 Worlds. Going into the final matches Dmitriyev was leading on bad points, and that proved decisive as the three wrestlers posted 1-1 marks against each other and tied with 4 bad points in the final round, giving Dmitriyev the gold medal. Nikolov won the silver medal based on his victory over Javadi on points.
|1||Roman Dmitriyev||23||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Jürgen Möbius||28||East Germany||GDR||Eliminated r3/5||6,0|
|AC||Sergio Gonzalez||24||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/5||6,0|
|AC||Rolf Lacour||35||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r3/5||7,0|
|AC||Jang Dok-Ryong||19||North Korea||PRK||Eliminated r3/5||7,0|
|AC||Attila Laták||26||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r3/5||8,5|
|AC||Adkar Maruti||22||India||IND||Eliminated r2/5||7,0|
|AC||Bazarragchaagiin Jamsran||21||Mongolia||MGL||Eliminated r2/5||7,0|
|AC||Gad Zobari||28||Israel||ISR||Eliminated r2/5||7,5|