Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 21, 1980
Date Finished: July 23, 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.
Hungarian [Ferenc Kocsis] was the favorite, having won the 1978 World and 1978-79 European Championships. He was expected to be challenged by the defending gold medalist, Soviet [Anatoly Bykov]. They both made the final round, joined by Finland’s [Mikko Huhtala]. Kocsis had thrown Huhtala in round five in 5:44. Bykov defeated Huhtala in the first match of the final, winning on decision by 7-4. So Kocsis and Bykov then met for the gold medal, with Kocsis winning when Bykov was disqualified for passivity at 7:21. The actual decision was a passivity penalty against both wrestlers, but Kocsis was declared the victor, presumably for “less passivity.” Kocsis went on to win European titles again in 1981 and 1983.
|2||Anatoly Bykov||26||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|8||Jacques Van Lancker||30||Belgium||BEL|
|AC||Wiesław Dziadura||23||Poland||POL||Eliminated r3/6||7,0|
|AC||Ahmed Lutfi Shihad||Iraq||IRQ||Eliminated r2/6||7,0|
|AC||Karlo Kasap||25||Yugoslavia||YUG||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Idalberto Barban||27||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Kaj Jægergaard Hansen||20||Denmark||DEN||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Jamal Moughrabi||23||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|