Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: August 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 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..
This was the only freestyle wrestling class in Los Angeles in which the 1983 World Champion competed, which was American Dave Schultz. Likely the most competitive class in 1984, other top competitors present were Yugoslav Macedonian Šaban Sejdi, Olympic bronze medalist in 1980 as a lightweight and the 1984 European welterweight champion; and West German Martin Knosp, 1982 European champion and bronze medalist at the 1983 Worlds. Schultz crushed all his opponents in Group A, advancing to the final against Knosp, who put up a close match, Schultz winning the gold on decision, 4-1. Sejdi won the bronze medal after he had lost out in Group A to Schultz. The day after this event ended, Mark Schultz, Dave’s brother, won a gold medal in the middleweight division.
Schultz won silver and bronze medals at the 1985-87 World Championships and then retired, but he came back in 1993, winning another World silver medal. He began training in Wilmington, Delaware at a club called Team Foxcatcher, which was sponsored by DuPont Chemical heir, John Eleuthère du Pont. In January 1996, with Schultz in full Olympic training mode, he was shot and killed by du Pont, who had become mentally unstable.
|1||Dave Schultz||25||United States||USA||Gold|
|2||Martin Knosp||24||West Germany||FRG||Silver|
|6||Han Myeong-U||27||South Korea||KOR|
|AC||Selahattin Sağan||23||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r5/5 Group A||8,5|
|AC||Ali Hussain Faris||Iraq||IRQ||Eliminated r3/5 Group A||4,5|
|AC||Romelio Salas||26||Colombia||COL||Eliminated r3/5 Group A||4,0|
|AC||Muhammad Gul||25||Pakistan||PAK||Eliminated r3/5 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Mohamed Hamad||32||Egypt||EGY||Eliminated r2/5 Group A||4,0|
|AC||Ignacio Ordóñez||18||Spain||ESP||Eliminated r2/5 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Zane Coleman||23||New Zealand||NZL||Eliminated r2/5 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Houkreo Bambe||Cameroon||CMR||Eliminated r4/5 Group B||6,0|
|AC||Kyriakos Bogiatzis||28||Greece||GRE||Eliminated r4/5 Group B||3,0|
|AC||Seidu Olawale||22||Nigeria||NGR||Eliminated r3/5 Group B||4,5|
|AC||Craig Green||20||Australia||AUS||Eliminated r3/5 Group B||2,0|
|AC||Fitz Walker||25||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||1,0|
|AC||Mohamed Zayar||20||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||1,0|
|AC||Oscar Strático||28||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||0,0|