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 Nikolov] 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|