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.
This event was expected to come down to Poland’s Kazimierz Lipień and Soviet Nelson Davydian, who had divided up the most recent World and European Championships. They both made the final along with Hungarian Lászlo Réczi, but all three had already met so there was no need for a final round. In round five Réczi had defeated Davydian on points, 4-2. Davydian then defeated Lipień on points, 10-6, in round six. The round seven match was decisive when Lipień defeated Réczi on points, 13-4, which was a superior decision. This gave Lipień only 3.5 bad points in the final round, to 4.0 for Davydian, and 4.5 for Réczi, which is how the medals were sorted out. Lipień’s twin brother, Józef, also won a silver medal in wrestling at Moskva in 1980, after having won the 1973 World Championships as a bantamweight.
|2||Nelson Davydian||26||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|AC||Gholam Reza Ghassab||20||Iran||IRI||Eliminated r3/7||8,0|
|AC||Choi Gyeong-Su||30||South Korea||KOR||Eliminated r3/7||8,0|
|AC||Lars Malmkvist||20||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r3/7||8,5|
|AC||Mehmet Uysal||22||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r3/7||8,5|
|AC||Lionel Lacaze||21||France||FRA||Eliminated r2/7||7,5|
|AC||Howard Stupp||21||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/7||8,0|
|AC||Domenico Giuffrida||22||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r2/7||8,0|
|AC||Joaquim Jesus Vieira||30||Portugal||POR||Eliminated r2/7||8,0|
|AC||Gary Alexander||32||United States||USA||Eliminated r2/7||8,0|