|Date||6 August 2012|
|Location||ExCeL, Newham, London (North Arena 2)|
|Participants||20 from 20 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.|
Mijaín López of Cuba was the undisputed favorite in the men’s super-heavyweight Greco-Roman event at the 2012 Summer Olympics; as the defending Olympic champion and four-time World Champion, no one else came close. Since 2005 his only defeats at the World Championships had come from Khasan Baroyev of Russia, the 2004 Olympic Champion and the 2008 runner-up, and Rıza Kayaalp of Turkey, who was now the reigning World Champion. They were both in London, but were only two among a host of other strong entrants who were seen as unlikely to challenge López for the crown.
López powered through the tournament, which included defeating Kayaalp in the semi-finals. Baroyev, meanwhile, was conquered in his first match and, when the dust of the tournament had settled, Heiki Nabi of Estonia stood to challenge López for gold. Nabi had been a heavyweight wrestler throughout his career, winning the 2006 World Championship in the division, but had switched to the super-heavyweight category to compete in his first Olympics. In the end, however, it was López’s experience and raw power that won the day, making the most of his top advantage in the first-round par terre and successfully defending against both a gut-wrench and a challenge to his Olympic title in the second.
In the first bronze medal match, Kayaalp easily defeated Guram Pherselidze of Georgia, pushing him out of the ring in two rounds and claiming a podium spot. In the contest for the other bronze medal, Belarus’ Iosif Chugoshvili and Sweden’s Johan Eurén, a bronze medalist from the 2010 European Championships, were evenly matched. The first two rounds went to par terre, where each wrestler was successful in their defense, which left the final podium spot up to a final, decisive two minutes. With neither competitor able to score in the first 90 seconds, and with points and cautions tied, a ball was drawn to determine who would choose the positions in the final par terre. Chugoshvili won and picked the top position, but was unable to convert this advantage into any points, giving Eurén the bronze.
Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Guram Pherselidze||GEO||Bye|
|Match #2||Andrés Ayub||CHI||Bye|
|Match #3||Mijaín López||CUB||Bye|
|Match #4||Abdelrahman El-Trabily||EGY||Bye|
|Match #5||Dremiel Byers||USA||Bye|
|Match #6||Muminzhon Abdullayev||UZB||Bye|
|Match #7||Rıza Kayaalp||TUR||Bye|
|Match #8||Yevhen Orlov||UKR||Bye|
|Match #9||Łukasz Banak||POL||Bye|
|Match #10||Radhouane Chebbi||TUN||Bye|
|Match #11||Heiki Nabi||EST||Bye|
|Match #12||Iosif Chuhashvili||BLR||Bye|
|Match #13||Mihály Deák-Bárdos||HUN||Liu Deli||CHN||Decision (2 - 1)|
|Match #14||Johan Eurén||SWE||Nurmakhan Tynaliyev||KAZ||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #15||Yury Patrikeyev||ARM||Khasan Baroyev||RUS||Decision (4 - 1)|
|Match #16||Bashir Babajanzadeh||IRI||Ali Nadhim||IRQ||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Guram Pherselidze||GEO||Andrés Ayub||CHI||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #2||Mijaín López||CUB||Abdelrahman El-Trabily||EGY||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #3||Dremiel Byers||USA||Muminzhon Abdullayev||UZB||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #4||Rıza Kayaalp||TUR||Yevhen Orlov||UKR||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #5||Łukasz Banak||POL||Radhouane Chebbi||TUN||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #6||Heiki Nabi||EST||Iosif Chuhashvili||BLR||Decision (4 - 1)|
|Match #7||Johan Eurén||SWE||Mihály Deák-Bárdos||HUN||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #8||Bashir Babajanzadeh||IRI||Yury Patrikeyev||ARM||Decision (3 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Mijaín López||CUB||Guram Pherselidze||GEO||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
|Match #2||Rıza Kayaalp||TUR||Dremiel Byers||USA||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|
|Match #3||Heiki Nabi||EST||Łukasz Banak||POL||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|
|Match #4||Johan Eurén||SWE||Bashir Babajanzadeh||IRI||Decision by shutout (4 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Mijaín López||CUB||Rıza Kayaalp||TUR||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #2||Heiki Nabi||EST||Johan Eurén||SWE||Decision (2 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Abdelrahman El-Trabily||EGY||Bye|
|Match #2||Iosif Chuhashvili||BLR||Bye|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Guram Pherselidze||GEO||Abdelrahman El-Trabily||EGY||Decision (10 - 3)|
|Match #2||Iosif Chuhashvili||BLR||Łukasz Banak||POL||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #1||Rıza Kayaalp||TUR||Guram Pherselidze||GEO||Decision by shutout (2 - 0)|
|Match #2||Johan Eurén||SWE||Iosif Chuhashvili||BLR||Decision (2 - 1)|
|Match 1/2||Mijaín López||CUB||Heiki Nabi||EST||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|