Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 29, 1980
Date Finished: July 31, 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 top wrestler missing was American defending gold medalist [John Peterson], who had won bronze at the 1978 World Championships, and silver in 1979, but he would not have been favored. There were three co-favorites – Bulgaria's [Ismail Abilov], the 1980 European Champion, Soviet [Magomedkhan Aratsilov], the 1978 World Champion, and Hungarian [István Kovács], the 1979 World Champion. The chalk held as those three made it to the final round. Abilov had defeated Aratsilov on points in round five, and when he threw Kovács in 1:48 in the finals, he won the gold medal. Aratsilov took silver on a superior decision over Kovács, 18-1.
|2||Magomedkhan Aratsilov||29||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|AC||Armin Weier||23||East Germany||GDR||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Sören Claeson||21||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Zachée N'Dock||25||Cameroon||CMR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Abdul Rahman Mohammed||Iraq||IRQ||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Vasile Țigănaș||29||Romania||ROU||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Ahmadjan Khasan||23||Afghanistan||AFG||Withdrew r2/6||4,0|