Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 21, 1988
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top four in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-8th place.
This class was different than in past Olympics as there was a maximum weight limit for the first time, with wrestlers required to no more than 130 kg, or 286 lbs. This was to prevent the massive men who had taken over this class since American [Chris Taylor] in 1972, who weighed in at over 400 lbs. (182 kg) at the München Olympics.
And this class began the era of Aleksandr Karelin, the Soviet Russian bear of a man who would dominated Greco-Roman wrestling for the next 12 years. Karelin won the gold medal in Seoul by defeating Bulgarian Rangel Gerovski in the final, 5-3, although Gerovski had gotten off to an early 3-0 lead. Karelin would repeat the gold medal performance in 1992 and 1996, and won every World title from 1989-99, before being finally defeated at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in a major upset by American Rulon Gardner.
|1||Aleksandr Karelin||20||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|8||Duane Koslowski||29||United States||USA|
|AC||Alexander Neumüller||22||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r3/4 Group A||5,0|
|AC||Lubomír David||24||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Eliminated r2/4 Group A||4,0|
|AC||Fritz Gerdsmeier||26||West Germany||FRG||Eliminated r2/4 Group A||1,0|
|AC||Khodr Bechara||23||Lebanon||LIB||Eliminated r2/4 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Navind Ramsaran||27||Mauritius||MRI||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||4,0|
|AC||Daniel Payne||22||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||0,0|
|AC||Farhan Mohammed||Iraq||IRQ||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||0,0|
|AC||Fabio Valguarnera||21||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r2/5 Group B||0,0|