Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Armen Vardanian
[Fərid Mənsurov] of Azerbaijan was the defending gold medalist and the 2007 World Champion and came in favored, but he lost his first bout against 2008 European Champion [Armen Vardanan] of the Ukraine. Vardanian lost his next match against Kyrgyzstan’s [Kanat Begaliyev], 2006 World runner-up, and Begaliyev continued on to the final. His opponent in the final was France’s [Steeve Guénot], who had been runner-up at the 2007 Worlds. Guénot won a straight period victory to win gold, the first Olympic wrestling gold for France since [Henri Deglane] had won in 1924. Begaliyev won the first ever silver medal for Kyrgyzstan in any sport. Shortly after Guénot won gold, his brother, [Christophe], took bronze in the middleweight Greco-Roman event. Three of the four medalists were from former Soviet republics.
|12||Jake Deitchler||18||United States||USA|
|15T||Kim Min-Chul||25||South Korea||KOR|