Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 1960
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler.
The last two World Champions had been Soviet wrestlers, but the Soviets moved [Givi Kâartâozia] up to this class in 1960. Kâartâozia was the 1956 middleweight gold medalist and had won three consecutive World Championships at that weight. Though he had not yet wrestled internationally as a light-heavy, he was considered a slight favorite, virtually by default. The event was very close with four wrestlers having 5 bad points after five rounds â Kâartâozia, Turk [Tevfik KÄ±Å], Bulgarian [Krali Bimbalov], and Hungarian [PÃ©ter Piti]. They met in round six with Bimbalov defeating Piti and KÄ±Å defeating Kâartâozia, both by decisions, which eliminated Piti and Kâartâozia. KÄ±Å and Bimbalov had met in round two, but that result was a draw, so the gold medal was decided based on bodyweight, with KÄ±Å winning the gold medal because he was lighter than Bimbalov. Kâartâozia won the bronze medal because he had defeated Piti in round six.
|3||Givi K'art'ozia||31||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|8||Eugen Wiesberger, Jr.||26||Austria||AUT|
|12T||Howard George||25||United States||USA|