Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 28, 1980
Date Finished: July 30, 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.
The only major contender missing was American Russ Hellickson, the 1976 silver medalist, who had lost in the final of the 1979 Worlds to Soviet Illia Mate. However, Mate would have been favored at any rate, also having won the 1979 European title. Another contender was Bulgarian Slavcho Chervenkov, runner-up at the Europeans in 1979-80. Mate and Chervenkov both made the final round, joined there by Czechoslovak Július Strnisko. Mate had won a close decision over Chervenkov in round four, 6-4, so when he defeated Strnisko by superior decision in the final, 15-3, Mate won the gold medal. Chervenkov also easily defeated Strnisko, 11-3, to take silver. Mate would win the 1982 World Championships, again defeating Chervenkov in the final round. Strnisko won two more bronze medals at the 1982-83 European Championships.
|1||Illia Mate||23||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|4||Harald Büttner||27||East Germany||GDR|
|AC||Antal Bodó||22||Hungary||HUN||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Ambroise Sarr||29||Senegal||SEN||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Bourcard Binelli||22||Cameroon||CMR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Santiago Morales||28||Spain||ESP||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Satpal Singh||25||India||IND||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Saleh El-Said||30||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Frank Andersson||24||Sweden||SWE||Withdrew r2/6||4,0|