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.
Soviet Kazakh [Valery Rezantsev] was the dominant wrestler in this class in the early 1970s. He came to München having won the 1970-71 Worlds, the first of his five consecutive titles. He had also won the 1970 European Championship, a title he would capture again in 1973-74. In München he was held to a draw in his first match against Romaniana [Nicolae Neguţ], but then won his next six matches to win the gold medal. He would return in 1976 and defend his gold medal in Montréal. The silver medal went to Yugoslav [Josip Čorak], who had been the 1969 European Champion. Bronze went to Poland’s [Czesław Kwieciński], who had a silver medal from the 1970 Worlds and a bronze at the 1965 Worlds. He would return in 1976 and repeat as bronze medalist.
|1||Valery Rezantsev||25||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Kimuchi Tani||23||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r4/6||9,0|
|AC||Wayne Baughman||31||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/6||8,5|
|AC||Lothar Metz||33||East Germany||GDR||Eliminated r3/6||9,0|
|AC||Günter Kowalewski||29||West Germany||FRG||Withdrew r3/6||4,0|
|AC||Stoyan Nikolov||23||Bulgaria||BUL||Eliminated r2/6||6,0|
|AC||Jean-Marie Chardonnens||29||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Roland Andersson||27||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|