Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 19, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.
There were three favorites, with little to help choose between them. The podium at the 1994-95 Worlds had the same three athletes â American [Dennis Hall] (1995 champion), Kazakh [Yury Melnichenko] (1994 champion), and Russian [Aleksandr Ignatenko], four-times a World medalist, but never the champion. With wrestlingâs odd method of not seeding wrestlers, Ignatenko and Melnichenko met in the first round, which resulted in an 11-0 romp for Melnichenko. He continued to win and made it to the final where he again met Dennis Hall. Melnichenko went up early with a 4-point lift and toss and Hall could not recover, the Kazakh winning gold, 4-1. This made him the first athlete to win a gold medal for independent Kazakhstan.
|2||Dennis Hall||25||United States||USA||Silver|
|11||Park Chi-Ho||23||South Korea||KOR||6||21|
|12||Remigijus Å ukeviÄius||26||Lithuania||LTU||6||17|