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 [Davit Bedinadze], in the first round and eliminated him. Nazaryan then defeated [Makoto Sasamoto] of Japan, the 2007 World silver medalist, taking three periods to win. Nazaryan then lost to Azerbaijani [Vitaliy Rəhimov], however, 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|