Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Nurbakyt Tengizbayev
Because FILA still refused to seed wrestling draws, many of the favorites met in early rounds. Armenian-born Bulgarian [Armen Nazaryan], a two-time Olympic gold medalist in 1996 and 2000, met the 2007 World Champion, Georgian [David Bedinadze], in the first round and eliminated him. Nazaryan then defeated Makoto Sasamoto (JPN), the 2007 World silver medalist, taking three periods to win. However, Nazaryan then lost to Azerbaijani Vitaliy Rəhimov, the 2005 European Champion, and was eliminated. Defending champion Jeong Ji-Hyeon of Korea also lost in the quarter-finals, going out against Kazakh Nurbakyt Tengizbayev, who then lost to Rəhimov. The final came down to Rəhimov against 19-year-old Russian Islam-Beka Albiyev, bronze medalist at the 2007 World Cup. Albiyev won fairly easily, taking two straight periods without giving up a point, and at 19 years, 227 days, became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, and the second youngest male gold medalist in Olympic wrestling, after Yugoslav Macedonian Šaban Trstena, who was six days younger in 1984. All four medalists were from former Soviet republics.
|9||Jeong Ji-Hyeon||25||South Korea||KOR|
|19||Stig André Berge||25||Norway||NOR|