Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 25, 2004
Date Finished: August 26, 2004
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.
Twice a World silver medalist, Egyptian Karam Gaber got stronger as this tournament went on. He came thru the four-man pool seven to make the knockout round, where he had a quarter-final bye because his pool had four wrestlers. In the semi-finals Gaber won in only 69 seconds over Turkey’s Mehmet Özal, the 2002 World Champion. Gaber then met Georgian Ramaz Nozadze, the 2003 European Champion, in the final, and crushed him, 12-1, in less than four minutes. Gaber would later go down in weight and win a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics as a light-heavy. All three medalists would compete in this class again at the 2008 Olympics, but their best finish would be a 10th by Özal.
|4||Ernesto Peña Williams||25||Cuba||CUB|
|19||Garrett Lowney||24||United States||USA||1||1|
|20||John Tarkong, Jr.||38||Palau||PLW||0||0|