Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: August 1, 1984
Date Finished: August 3, 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 favorite was Finn Tapio Sipilä who, unusually for 1984, came in as the defending World Champion. Sipilä seemed to have things well in hand, winning Group B easily, but he then met Yugoslav Vlado Lisjak in the final match, Lisjak throwing Sipilä in only 57 seconds to win a big upset gold medal. Lisjak had no international record and was only a last-minute substitute on the Yugoslavian team. Sipilä also won World silver medals in 1981 and 1986, and European bronze medals in 1980-81 and 1983. The bronze medal match came down to favored Romanian Ştefan Negrişan, the 1982 and 1984 European silver medalist, against American Jim Martinez, but Martinez prevailed, pinning Negrişan in only 25 seconds.
|3||Jim Martinez||25||United States||USA||Bronze|
|6||Mohamed Moutei Nakdali||22||Syria||SYR|
|AC||Saïd Souaken||Morocco||MAR||Eliminated r3/3 Group A||2,0|
|AC||Seiji Nemoto||22||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r2/3 Group A||1,0|
|AC||Lee Yeon-Ik||24||South Korea||KOR||Eliminated r2/3 Group A||1,0|
|AC||Antonios Papadopoulos||20||Greece||GRE||Eliminated r3/5 Group B||1,0|
|AC||Boris Goldstein||17||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||0,0|
|AC||Gerry Svensson||26||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||0,0|