Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler.
At one time Finland produced many of the world’s best wrestlers, but they had not won an Olympic gold medal since 1956. Nobody expected that to change in Montréal as Soviet Farkhat Mustafin had won the 1976 Europeans and the 1974-75 World Championships. The final round matched Mustafin, Yugoslavian Ivica Frgić, and Finland’s Pertti Ukkola. Ukkola had won a bronze medal at the 1975 Worlds, but his 6-5 decision victory over Mustafin in round two was considered a big upset. His final match was just as close, a 5-4 victory over Frgić which brought the Finn the gold medal. He would later win the 1977 World Championships, with the same podium as in Montréal, with Mustafin second and Frgić third. Ukkola also won the 1977 European Championships, again with Mustafin in second place.
|3||Farkhat Mustafin||25||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|AC||Joseph Sade||23||United States||USA||Eliminated r4/7||8,5|
|AC||Józef Lipień||27||Poland||POL||Eliminated r4/7||10,0|
|AC||Doug Yeats||18||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r3/7||8,0|
|AC||Luís Grilo||30||Portugal||POR||Eliminated r3/7||8,0|
|AC||Per Lindholm||23||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r3/7||8,0|
|AC||An Han-Yeong||28||South Korea||KOR||Eliminated r2/7||6,5|
|AC||Hans-Jürgen Veil||29||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r2/7||7,0|
|AC||Nyamyn Jargalsaikhan||20||Mongolia||MGL||Eliminated r2/7||7,5|
|AC||Ali Lachkar||26||Morocco||MAR||Withdrew r2/7||0,0|