Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec; Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 27, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 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, but a wrestler could not be eliminated after a victory. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.
Soviet Soslan Andiyev was a heavy favorite in this class, having won the 1973 and 1975 World Championships and the 1974-75 Europeans. He dominated the class winning six matches easily. Silver went to Hungarian József Balla who lost in the first round to Andiyev by disqualification. Andiyev would win the 1977-78 Worlds and defended his Olympic gold medal in Moskva in 1980, with Balla again taking the silver. Because of Andiyev, Balla would win six medals at the World and Europeans, but his only title came in winning the 1983 European Championship.
|1||Soslan Andiyev||24||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|4||Roland Gehrke||22||East Germany||GDR|
|AC||Jimmy Jackson||19||United States||USA||Eliminated r3/6||7,0|
|AC||Doljingiin Adyaatömör||31||Mongolia||MGL||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Harry Geris||28||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r3/6||9,0|
|AC||Einar Gundersen||27||Norway||NOR||Eliminated r2/6||7,5|
|AC||Carlos Braconi||28||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Lázaro Morales||20||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Heinz Eichelbaum||35||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|