Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 1, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.
|Gold:||Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi|
This class would be discontinued after 1996, as the International Wrestling Federation (FILA) shuffled weight limits to decrease the number of weight classes, as mandated by the IOC. The last two gold medals had been won by Russia’s Makharbek Khadartsev, and he was back and still tough, having won the 1995 European title, and been runner-up at the 1994-95 Worlds, but he was not as dominant as he had been, losing the last two World titles, which had been won by Iranian Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi. The two met again in the Atlanta final, with Khadem Azgadhi winning a workmanlike final, 3-0. His brother, Amir Reza Khadem Azgadhi, won a bronze medal in Atlanta, as a freestyle middleweight.
|1||Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi||24||Iran||IRI||Gold|
|7||Melvin Douglas||32||United States||USA|
|8||Kim Ik-Hui||24||South Korea||KOR|
|16||Bashir Bhola Bhala||25||Pakistan||PAK||3||7|
|20T||José Betancourt||33||Puerto Rico||PUR||0||0|
|20T||Louis Purcell||23||American Samoa||ASA||0||0|