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 through 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|