| Event type

Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle (>100 kilograms), Men

Date29 – 31 July 1980
LocationLegkoatletichesky manezh, Legkoatletichesky Futbolny Kompleks CSKA, Moskva
Participants12 from 12 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.

At the 1976 Olympics, Soviet Soslan Andiyev had defeated Hungarian József Balla to win the gold medal. Andiyev was again favored, having won the Worlds in 1977-78. The 1979 World Champion was his teammate, Salman Khasimikov, but he was not chosen to compete in Moskva. Andiyev and Balla again made the final round, joined by Poland’s Adam Sandurski. Andiyev and Balla had already met in round three, with Andiyev winning on disqualification in 4:55. Andiyev then defended his gold medal by decisioning Sandurski, 6-3, in the first match of the final. Balla repeated as silver medalist when he defeated Sandurski on criteria, after tying 6-6.

Khasimikov would win the World Championships in 1981-83 but never got to compete at the Olympics because of the Soviet boycott in 1984. He later became the first Soviet to become a professional wrestler, wrestling mostly in Japan, and won the IWGP Heavyweight Professional title in 1989.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCREBad Points
1Soslan AndiyevURSGold
2József BallaHUNSilver
3Adam SandurskiPOLBronze
4Roland GehrkeGDR
5Andrei IankoROU
6Mamadou SakhoSEN
7Petar IvanovBUL
8Arturo DíazCUB
ACMiguel ZambranoPEREliminated r3/59,0
ACMatthew ClempnerGBREliminated r2/57,0
ACOdnoin BakhytMGLEliminated r2/57,5
ACYoussef DibaSYREliminated r2/58,0

Round One (29 July 1980 — 11:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1József BallaHUN0,0
=1Adam SandurskiPOL0,0
=1Andrei IankoROU0,0
4Mamadou SakhoSEN0,5
=5Miguel ZambranoPER1,0
=5Soslan AndiyevURS1,0
=7Matthew ClempnerGBR3,0
=7Roland GehrkeGDR3,0
9Odnoin BakhytMGL3,5
=10Petar IvanovBUL4,0
=10Arturo DíazCUB4,0
=10Youssef DibaSYR4,0

Match #1 Miguel ZambranoPER
decision (11-5)
Matthew ClempnerGBR
Match #2 Adam SandurskiPOL
fall (1:15)
Arturo DíazCUB
Match #3 Mamadou SakhoSEN
decision (10-1)
Odnoin BakhytMGL
Match #4 Soslan AndiyevURS
decision (7-5)
Roland GehrkeGDR
Match #5 József BallaHUN
DQ (8:37)
Petar IvanovBUL
Match #6 Andrei IankoROU
DQ (6:29)
Youssef DibaSYR

Round Two (30 July 1980 — 11:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1József BallaHUN0,0
=1Adam SandurskiPOL0,0
3Soslan AndiyevURS1,0
4Roland GehrkeGDR3,0
=5Petar IvanovBUL4,0
=5Arturo DíazCUB4,0
=5Andrei IankoROU4,0
8Mamadou SakhoSEN4,5
9Miguel ZambranoPER5,0
10Matthew ClempnerGBR7,0eliminated
11Odnoin BakhytMGL7,5eliminated
12Youssef DibaSYR8,0eliminated

Match #1 Arturo DíazCUB
DQ (5:46)
Miguel ZambranoPER
Match #2 Adam SandurskiPOL
fall (1:28)
Matthew ClempnerGBR
Match #3 Roland GehrkeGDR
fall (1:05)
Mamadou SakhoSEN
Match #4 Soslan AndiyevURS
fall (0:37)
Odnoin BakhytMGL
Match #5 Petar IvanovBUL
fall (0:58)
Youssef DibaSYR
Match #6 József BallaHUN
DQ (6:52)
Andrei IankoROU

Round Three (30 July 1980 — 19:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Adam SandurskiPOL0,0
2Soslan AndiyevURS1,0
=3Roland GehrkeGDR4,0
=3József BallaHUN4,0
=3Andrei IankoROU4,0
6Mamadou SakhoSEN4,5
7Petar IvanovBUL7,0eliminated
8Arturo DíazCUB8,0eliminated
9Miguel ZambranoPER9,0eliminated

Match #1 Adam SandurskiPOL
fall (2:06)
Miguel ZambranoPER
Match #2 Mamadou SakhoSEN
injury (2:43)
Arturo DíazCUB
Match #3 Roland GehrkeGDR
decision (5-3)
Petar IvanovBUL
Match #4 Soslan AndiyevURS
DQ (4:55)
József BallaHUN
Match #5 Andrei IankoROU bye

Round Four (31 July 1980 — 11:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Adam SandurskiPOL0,0
2Soslan AndiyevURS1,0
3József BallaHUN5,0
4Roland GehrkeGDR7,0eliminated
5Andrei IankoROU8,0eliminated
6Mamadou SakhoSEN8,5eliminated

Match #1 Adam SandurskiPOL
fall (5:01)
Andrei IankoROU
Match #2 Soslan AndiyevURS
fall (0:40)
Mamadou SakhoSEN
Match #3 József BallaHUN
decision (6-4)
Roland GehrkeGDR

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

Match #1 Soslan AndiyevURS
decision (6-3)
Adam SandurskiPOL
Match #2 József BallaHUN bye

Final Round Two (31 July 1980)

Match #1 József BallaHUN
criteria (4-4)
Adam SandurskiPOL
Match #2 Soslan AndiyevURS bye