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]. Mate, however, 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|