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|