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.
There was no heavier favorite in Olympic wrestling in 1976 than Soviet Valery Rezantsev. Rezantsev was the defending Olympic Champion, and had won the last five World titles. Rezantsev won his first four matches with only 1.0 bad points, and then defeated Bulgarian [Stoyan Ivanov] in the final round on criteria (tie-breakers), 6-6. Rezantsev retired after the 1976 Olympics, ending his career with 10 international gold medals in 10 competitions, also winning the European title three times.
|1||Valery Rezantsev||29||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|7T||James Johnson||22||United States||USA|
|AC||Hashem Kolahi||20||Iran||IRI||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Fred Theobald||26||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r3/6||9,0|
|AC||Michel Grangier||28||France||FRA||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Petre Dicu||22||Romania||ROU||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Ambroise Sarr||25||Senegal||SEN||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|