Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 29, 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, 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.
Vladimir Yumin had won the last three World Championships but was not selected for the Soviet team, as they instead chose 1980 European Champion Magomedgasan Abushev. Abushev made the final round along with Bulgarian Mikho Dukov, who he had already defeated on points in round four, and Greek wrestler Georgios Khatziioannidis. Abushev then overhelmed Katziioannidis in the final, winning a decision, 14-3, to take the gold medal. Dukov, the 1979 World silver medalist and 1978-79 European Champion, threw Khatzi in 2:04 to take the silver medal. Dukov had placed fourth at the 1976 Olympics as a bantamweight. This was the only major podium placement of Khatziioannidis’s career.
|1||Magomedgasan Abushev||20||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|7||Brian Aspen||21||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||Jan Szymański||20||Poland||POL||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Phí Hữu Tình||19||Vietnam||VIE||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Victor Kede Manga||27||Cameroon||CMR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Augustine Atasie||22||Nigeria||NGR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Adnan Kudmani||23||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|