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.
Serbian Yugoslav Momir Petković was known for his magnificent moustache, but prior to 1976, not for his wrestling. He came to Montréal with no international record, having never competed at the Worlds or Europeans, but he left a gold medalist. Petković was helped by a weak field with no major favorites. In round three he faced Soviet Vladimir Cheboksarov in a desperately close match which ended in a 6-6 tie, but Petković was declared the winner on criteria, or various tie-breaking methods. Petković won all six of his matches, winning by disqualification in round one, and then taking six straight decisions to win the gold medal. He would later win silver medals at the World Championships in 1978-79 and 1981, but never again won a major international. Cheboksarov won silver while the bronze went to Bulgarian [Ivan Kolev], who lost his final match to Petković.
|2||Vladimir Cheboksarov||24||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|AC||Keijo Manni||25||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r4/6||8,5|
|AC||André Bouchoule||28||France||FRA||Eliminated r3/6||7,0|
|AC||Dan Chandler||24||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/6||8,5|
|AC||Csaba Hegedűs||27||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r2/6||6,0|
|AC||Franz Pitschmann||21||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||David Cummings||27||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Houshang Montazeralzohour||25||Iran||IRI||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Giuseppe Vitucci||25||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Ibrahim Diop||Senegal||SEN||Withdrew r2/6||4,0|