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.
Sweden’s [Frank Andersson] came in as the favorite, having won the 1979 World Championship and the 1978-79 Europeans. He won his first three matches but then lost on a close decision to Soviet [Ivan Kanygin], the 1980 European Champion. Andersson then lost again to Romania’s [Petre Dicu], again losing narrowly on points, 3-2, and was eliminated. Dicu and Kanygin made the final round along with Hungarian [Norbert Növényi]. Kanygin had already faced both finalists, defeating Dicu on a passivity charge, but losing to Növényi, 7-6, in round five. Növényi then faced Dicu, winning by a 4-1 decision to secure the gold medal, with Kanygin taking silver and Dicu bronze. Andersson placed fourth, after finishing fifth in 1976. He would continue to win international meets, including the 1981 Europeans and 1982 Worlds, and improved to a bronze medal in 1984 at Los Angeles. Kanygin was World Champion in 1981 and 1983 but could not compete at the 1984 Olympics.
|2||Igor Kanygin||24||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|5||Thomas Horschel||19||East Germany||GDR|
|AC||Stoyan Nikolov||31||Bulgaria||BUL||Eliminated r3/6||7,0|
|AC||Franz Pitschmann||25||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Czesław Kwieciński||37||Poland||POL||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Keijo Manni||29||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r3/6||9,0|
|AC||Darko Nišavić||28||Yugoslavia||YUG||Eliminated r2/6||6,0|
|AC||Jamtsyn Bor||22||Mongolia||MGL||Eliminated r2/6||7,5|
|AC||Atef Mahayri||28||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|