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.
The Soviet coaches had to choose between Vladimir Zubkov, World Champion in 1971 and 1973-75, and [Aleksandr Shumakov], the 1976 European Champion and runner-up in 1974-75. They chose Shumakov who made it to the final round along with the defending gold medalist Gheorghe Berceanu of Romania and Bulgaria’s Stefan Angelov, bronze medalist at München. Shumakov defeated both by decisions in the final round to win the gold medal, with Berceanu taking silver, based on a fifth round victory over Angelov on points.
|1||Aleksey Shumakov||27||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|5||Dietmar Hinz||23||East Germany||GDR|
|8T||Khalil Rashid Mohamed Zadeh||23||Iran||IRI|
|8T||Mike Farina||18||United States||USA|
|AC||Sirvano Valdes||23||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r3/6||9,0|
|AC||Lee In-Chang||20||South Korea||KOR||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Aleksander Zajączkowski||26||Poland||POL||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Ferenc Seres||30||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Antonio Quistelli||26||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Byambajavyn Javkhlantögs||16||Mongolia||MGL||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|