Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: August 1, 1984
Format: Two groups of competitors. Placement within each group decided by a series of matches with positive points awarded for each result, from 4.0 for victory by fall, to 0.0 for defeat by fall. When three wrestlers remained within a group, they wrestled a round-robin series to determine the top three placements within the group. The winners of each group then wrestled for 1st and 2nd place. Runners-up in each group wrestled for 3rd and 4th place. Third-place finishers within each group wrestled for 5th and 6th place..
Turkey’s Salih Bora, silver medalist at the 1981-82 World Championships, was favored, as all the other recent major international medalists could not compete because of the Soviet-led boycott. In the first match of Group A he met Italy’s Vincenzo Maenza, who had won a bronze medal at the 1984 European Championships. Maenza prevailed, 3-0, in points, which effectively eliminated Bora from gold medal contention. Maenza went to the final match where he met West German Markus Scherer, easily defeating him, 12-0, to win the gold medal. Maenza was unscored on in Los Angeles, winning his four matches, 31-0. Bora placed fourth, defeated in the bronze medal match by Japan’s Ikuzo Saito.
Maenza would defend his gold medal at Seoul in 1988, and added a silver medal at Barcelona in 1992. He had a long career, winning four medals at the Europeans from 1981-87, and three at the Worlds from 1982-87, including a World title in 1985 and a European title in 1987.
|2||Markus Scherer||22||West Germany||FRG||Silver|
|6||Jeon Dae-Je||18||South Korea||KOR|
|AC||Mark Fuller||23||United States||USA||Eliminated r2/3 Group A||2,0|
|AC||Jukka-Pekka Tanner||21||Finland||FIN||Withdrew r2/3 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Gustavo Delgado||23||Mexico||MEX||Eliminated r2/2 Group B||0,0|
|AC||Abdel Malek El-Aouad||24||Morocco||MAR||Withdrew r2/2 Group B||0,0|