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.
Bulgaria’s Aleksandar Tomov was a clear favorite, having won the 1971 and 1973-75 World Championships and the European title in 1972-73 and1976. Tomov had also won the silver medal in this class at München in 1972. Thus it was a shock in the first round when Tomov was defeated by American Pete Lee, who threw Tomov in 1:14. Tomov went on to win all his remaining preliminary matches but it would not be enough to overcome Soviet Oleksandr Kolchynskiy, who won all his preliminary matches by falls and went to the final round with 0.0 bad points. There he met Tomov, who had defeated Kolchynskiy six consecutive times, including at the 1976 Europeans, but in Montréal Kolchynskiy prevailed by decision, 12-6, to win the gold medal, with Tomov settling for another silver. Lee would place fifth and was eliminated after a fourth-round loss to Romania’s Roman Codreanu, who went on to win bronze. In 1980 at Moskva, Kolchynskiy would repeat as gold medalist, again defeating Tomov, who would win his third consecutive silver in this class.
|1||Oleksandr Kolchynskiy||21||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|5||Pete Lee||25||United States||USA|
|7T||Richard Wolff||27||West Germany||FRG|
|AC||Seiji Matsunaga||21||Japan||JPN||Withdrew r3/5||4,0|
|AC||Carlos Braconi||28||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Mamadou Sakho||25||Senegal||SEN||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Arne Robertsson||34||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|