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.
Khazan Ortsyev had won the 1979 World Championships but was bypassed for the Soviet team in favor of the 1980 European Champion, Sanasar Oganisyan. His biggest opponent was expected to be East German Uwe Neupert, runner-up to Ortsyev and Oganisyan at those tournaments, and the 1978 World Champion and the 1978-79 European Champion. They made the final round where they were joined by Poland’s Aleksander Cichoń, who was a surprise. Oganisyan and Neupert had already met in round four, with the result a 6-6 tie on points, but Oganisyan declared the winner on criteria, or tie-breaks. That decided the gold and silver medals as both defeated Cichoń in the final round. Oganisyan (1981) and Neupert (1982) won the next two World titles, with Neupert winning the 1981 Europeans. Oganisyan would add another World Championship in this class in 1986. Neupert would move up to heavyweight and won multiple international medals in that class in the 1980s.
|1||Sanasar Oganisyan||20||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|2||Uwe Neupert||22||East Germany||GDR||Silver|
|AC||Rafael Gómez||20||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r3/6||7,5|
|AC||Amadou Katy Diop||27||Senegal||SEN||Eliminated r3/6||9,0|
|AC||Ibrahim Shudzandin||29||Afghanistan||AFG||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Safaa Ali Nema||Iraq||IRQ||Eliminated r2/6||7,5|
|AC||Jean-Claude Biloa||30||Cameroon||CMR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Keith Peache||32||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Kartar Dhillon Singh||26||India||IND||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|