Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: August 7, 1984
Date Finished: August 9, 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..
The world’s top wrestlers in this class were not present due to the Soviet-led boycott. In their absence the groups were won by American Ed Banach and Japan’s Akira Ota, who went through undefeated. The final lasted only 4:02 when it was stopped with Banach ahead, 15-3, winning the gold medal on technical superiority. Banach’s twin brother, Lou, also won a gold medal in Los Angeles, winning the heavyweight division two nights later. Ota never medalled at the World Championships, but he would return in 1988 at Seoul and repeat as Olympic silver medalist.
|1||Ed Banach||24||United States||USA||Gold|
|3||Noel Loban||27||Great Britain||GBR||Bronze|
|AC||Frank Andersson||28||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r4/4 Group A||12,0|
|AC||Edwin Lins||21||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r2/4 Group A||1,0|
|AC||Amadou Katy Diop||31||Senegal||SEN||Eliminated r2/4 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Ilie Matei||24||Romania||ROU||Withdrew r2/4 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Bodo Lukowski||23||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r3/3 Group B||4,0|
|AC||Jai Prakash||26||India||IND||Eliminated r2/3 Group B||3,0|
|AC||Abdul Breesam Rahman||Iraq||IRQ||Eliminated r2/3 Group B||1,0|
|AC||Mamadou Diallo||Mauritania||MTN||Eliminated r2/3 Group B||1,0|