Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler.
The favorite was Soviet [Shamil Serikov], the 1978-79 World Champion and 1979 European Champion. His biggest threat was expected to come from Poland’s [Józef Lipień], now competing in his fourth Olympics, and World Champion back in 1973, placing second in that tournament in 1974-75. Serikov won easily, winning every match, and defeating Lipień in the final match, 11-4 on points. The bronze medal went to Sweden’s [Benni Ljungbeck], who had recently placed second at the 1980 Europeans. Serikov threw Ljungbeck in round five in 2:42. Lipień and Ljungbeck met in the final round, and both were disqualified for passivity.
|1||Shamil Serikov||24||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Pertti Ukkola||29||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r3/6||7,0|
|AC||Mohamed Moutei Nakdali||18||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/6||7,5|
|AC||Herbert Nigsch||19||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Julien Mewis||22||Belgium||BEL||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Leonel Pérez||26||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|