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 Anatoly Roshchin had won the silver medal in this class in 1964 and 1968, and was the World Champion in 1969-70, but he would be challenged by the 1971 World Champion, Bulgarian Aleksandar Tomov, who had already won the European Championship in 1972. After four rounds Roshchin and Tomov were left, along with Romanian Victor Dolipschi. Both defeated Dolipschi in the final round, and because of Roshchin’s victory over Tomov by decision in round two, the gold medal went to Roshchin. At 40-years-old he was the second oldest Olympic wrestling gold medalist, behind only 41-year-old Adolf Lindfors (FIN), who won in heavyweight Greco-Roman in 1920.
German Wilfried Dietrich also competed in this class, placing in a tie for fourth, after competing in the 1972 freestyle competition. This was his fifth Olympics, and his eighth Olympic wrestling tournament. Several other wrestlers have competed in five Olympics, but Dietrich’s eight tournaments is an absolute Olympic best.
|1||Anatoly Roshchin||40||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Wilfried Dietrich||38||West Germany||FRG||Withdrew r4/5|
|AC||Chris Taylor||22||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/5||4,0|
|AC||Petr Kment||30||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Eliminated r3/5||7,0|
|AC||Raimo Karlsson||24||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Tomomi Tsuruta||21||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Miguel Zambrano||20||Peru||PER||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Edward Wojda||31||Poland||POL||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|