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|