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Middleweight, Freestyle (≤82 kilograms), Men

Date29 – 31 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationLegkoatletichesky manezh, Legkoatletichesky Futbolny Kompleks CSKA, Moskva
Participants14 from 14 countries
FormatScoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler, but a wrestler could not be eliminated after a victory. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

The only top wrestler missing was American defending gold medalist John Peterson, who had won bronze at the 1978 World Championships, and silver in 1979, but he would not have been favored. There were three co-favorites – Bulgaria’s Ismail Abilov, the 1980 European Champion, Soviet Magomedkhan Aratsilov, the 1978 World Champion, and Hungarian István Kovács, the 1979 World Champion. The chalk held as those three made it to the final round. Abilov had defeated Aratsilov on points in round five, and when he threw Kovács in 1:48 in the finals, he won the gold medal. Aratsilov took silver on a superior decision over Kovács, 18-1.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCREBad Points
1Ismail AbilovBULGold
2Magomedkhan AratsilovURSSilver
3István KovácsHUNBronze
4Henryk MazurPOL
5Abdulah MemediYUG
6Zevegiin DüvchinMGL
7Günter BusarelloAUT
8Mohamed El-OulabiSYR
ACArmin WeierGDREliminated r2/67,0
ACSören ClaesonSWEEliminated r2/67,0
ACZachée N'DockCMREliminated r2/68,0
ACAbdul Rahman MohammedIRQEliminated r2/68,0
ACVasile ȚigănașROUEliminated r2/68,0
ACAhmadjan KhasanAFGWithdrew r2/64,0

Round One (29 July 1980 — 11:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Ismail AbilovBUL0,0
=1Zevegiin DüvchinMGL0,0
=1Henryk MazurPOL0,0
=1Mohamed El-OulabiSYR0,0
=1Magomedkhan AratsilovURS0,0
=1Abdulah MemediYUG0,0
7István KovácsHUN1.0
8Günter BusarelloAUT3.0
=9Ahmadjan KhasanAFG4,0withdrew
=9Zachée N'DockCMR4,0
=9Armin WeierGDR4,0
=9Abdul Rahman MohammedIRQ4,0
=9Vasile ȚigănașROU4,0
=9Sören ClaesonSWE4,0

Match #1 István KovácsHUN
criteria (3-3)
Günter BusarelloAUT
Match #2 Mohamed El-OulabiSYR
fall (4:21)
Zachée N'DockCMR
Match #3 Ismail AbilovBUL
fall (4:01)
Sören ClaesonSWE
Match #4 Henryk MazurPOL
DQ (7:59)
Ahmadjan KhasanAFG
Match #5 Zevegiin DüvchinMGL
fall (1:43)
Vasile ȚigănașROU
Match #6 Magomedkhan AratsilovURS
fall (5:04)
Armin WeierGDR
Match #7 Abdulah MemediYUG
fall (7:31)
Abdul Rahman MohammedIRQ

Round Two (30 July 1980)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Ismail AbilovBUL0,0
=1Magomedkhan AratsilovURS0,0
=1Abdulah MemediYUG0,0
=3Zevegiin DüvchinMGL1,0
=3Henryk MazurPOL1,0
=3István KovácsHUN1.0
7Günter BusarelloAUT3.0
8Mohamed El-OulabiSYR4,0
=9Armin WeierGDR7,0eliminated
=9Sören ClaesonSWE7,0eliminated
=11Zachée N'DockCMR8,0eliminated
=11Abdul Rahman MohammedIRQ8,0eliminated
=11Vasile ȚigănașROU8,0eliminated

Match #1 István KovácsHUN
fall (4:48)
Zachée N'DockCMR
Match #2 Günter BusarelloAUT
DQ (6:58)
Mohamed El-OulabiSYR
Match #3 Henryk MazurPOL
decision (11-5)
Sören ClaesonSWE
Match #4 Ismail AbilovBUL
fall (0:46)
Vasile ȚigănașROU
Match #5 Zevegiin DüvchinMGL
decision (14-11)
Armin WeierGDR
Match #6 Magomedkhan AratsilovURS
fall (1:48)
Abdul Rahman MohammedIRQ
Match #7 Abdulah MemediYUG bye

Round Three (30 July 1980 — 11:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Ismail AbilovBUL0,0
=1Magomedkhan AratsilovURS0,0
3Henryk MazurPOL1,5
4István KovácsHUN2.0
5Abdulah MemediYUG3,0
6Zevegiin DüvchinMGL5,0
7Günter BusarelloAUT7.0eliminated
8Mohamed El-OulabiSYR7,5eliminated

Match #1 István KovácsHUN
decision (4-3)
Abdulah MemediYUG
Match #2 Ismail AbilovBUL
fall (7:25)
Günter BusarelloAUT
Match #3 Henryk MazurPOL
decision (15-6)
Mohamed El-OulabiSYR
Match #4 Magomedkhan AratsilovURS
DQ (5:49)
Zevegiin DüvchinMGL

Round Four (30 July 1980 — 19:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Ismail AbilovBUL0,0
=1Magomedkhan AratsilovURS0,0
3István KovácsHUN3.0
4Henryk MazurPOL5,5
5Abdulah MemediYUG7,0eliminated
6Zevegiin DüvchinMGL8,0eliminated

Match #1 Ismail AbilovBUL
fall (4:19)
Abdulah MemediYUG
Match #2 István KovácsHUN
decision (6-4)
Zevegiin DüvchinMGL
Match #3 Magomedkhan AratsilovURS
fall (5:49)
Henryk MazurPOL

Round Five (31 July 1980 — 10:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Ismail AbilovBUL1,0
2Magomedkhan AratsilovURS3,0
3István KovácsHUN4.0eliminated
4Henryk MazurPOL8,5eliminated

Match #1 István KovácsHUN
decision (7-4)
Henryk MazurPOL
Match #2 Ismail AbilovBUL
decision (8-4)
Magomedkhan AratsilovURS

Final Round One (31 July 1980 — 19:00)

Match #1 Ismail AbilovBUL
fall (1:48)
István KovácsHUN
Match #2 Magomedkhan AratsilovURS bye

Final Round Two (31 July 1980)

Match #1 Magomedkhan AratsilovURS
decision (18-)
István KovácsHUN
Match #2 Ismail AbilovBUL bye