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 most recent World and European Championships had been won by Soviet Temur Abchasawa, but he would never get to the compete at the Olympics. In his absence the favorite was likely Romanian Ion Draica, silver medalist at the 1982 Worlds and bronze medalist at the 1983 Europeans. In the first round of Group A, Draica narrowly won over Norwegian Klaus Mysen, winning on criteria after tying 4-4. Draica then cruised through Group A, meeting Greek Dimitrios Thanopoulos in the final. Thanopoulos had no international record but the match was close, Draica winning the gold medal by a narrow decision, 4-3.
|8||Kim Sang-Gyu||24||South Korea||KOR|
|AC||Klaus Mysen||31||Norway||NOR||Eliminated r2/4 Group A||2,0|
|AC||Mustafa Suzan||27||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r2/4 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Dan Chandler||32||United States||USA||Eliminated r2/4 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Siegfried Seibold||24||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r3/3 Group B||5,0|
|AC||Georg Marchl||20||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r3/3 Group B||3,0|
|AC||Ernesto Razzino||23||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r3/3 Group B||2,0|
|AC||Yasutoshi Moriyama||26||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r2/3 Group B||0,0|