Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 22, 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 heavy favorite was Romanian Constantin Alexandru, who was 1978-79 World Champion and 1974-75 and 1977-79 European Champion. Unfortunately, because wrestling was not seeded in this era, he met Soviet Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov in the first round, and lost by decision, 6-2 – and that decided the gold medal as neither lost any of their remaining matches. Hungarian Ferenc Seres also made the final round and won the bronze medal. No final round matches were necessary as Seres had already lost earlier to both Ushkempirov and Alexandru, both by decision. Ushkempirov would later win the 1981 World Championships.
|1||Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov||29||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Kent Andersson||20||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Saber Nakdali||20||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|