Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 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.
Soviet [Gennady Korban] was a slight favorite over Romaniana [Ion Draica]. Korban was the 1979 World and 1980 European Champion, while Draica had won the 1978 Worlds and was European Champion from 1977-79. In the first two rounds, however, Draica lost both matches when he was disqualified for passivity, which eliminated him from the tournament. After four rounds Korban and Bulgarian [Pavel Pavlov], bronze medalist at the 1979 Worlds and 1980 Europeans, were tied with only 1.0 bad points, and advanced to the final round along with Poland's [Jan Dołgowicz], runner-up at the 1978-79 Europeans. Korban had already defeated Dołgowicz by decision in round four, so when he defeated Pavlov in the first round of the final, winning by a 13-7, the gold medal was Korban's. Pavlov easily threw Dołgowicz in 1:28 to secure the silver medal.
|1||Gennady Korban||31||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|5||Detlef Kühn||21||East Germany||GDR|
|AC||Jarmo Övermark||25||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r2/5||7,0|
|AC||Fernando San Isidro||29||Spain||ESP||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Aduuchiin Baatarkhüü||24||Mongolia||MGL||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Ion Draica||22||Romania||ROU||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|