|Date||11 August 2012|
|Location||ExCeL, Newham, London (North Arena 2)|
|Participants||19 from 19 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.|
Şərif Şərifov of Azerbaijan was the reigning World Champion in the men’s light-heavyweight freestyle wrestling division and a favorite to win gold in the tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics. His supremacy was not unchallenged, however, and he would meet stiff competition with the likes of Dato Marsagishvili of Georgia, the reigning European Champion, and Ehsan Naser Lashgari of Iran, reigning and three-time Asian Champion. Şərifov and Lashgari were drawn in the same half and met in the semi-finals, where the Azerbaijani managed to edge out the Iranian in three rounds for a chance at the gold. In a comparatively weaker top bracket, Marsagishvili was thought to be a cinch to survive to the finals, but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Jaime Espinal of Puerto Rico. Espinal was the most recent Central American and Caribbean Games Champion and won one round against each of his opponents by at least six points in his successful journey to the gold medal match. In the final, however, Şərifov was unquestionably the dominant wrestler, winning the rounds 6-1 and 2-0 to give Azerbaijan its second gold medal of the competition – and the day – following Toğrul Əsgərov’s victory in the lightweight division.
In the first bronze medal bout, Marsagishvili faced rookie Soslan Gattsiyev of Belarus and was heavily favored to win. The Georgian asserted his dominance with a quick takedown in the first 10 seconds of the starting period that he was able to convert into a total of three points to capture the round. He was victorious in the second period by only a slightly less margin, 3-1, and easily won the bronze. For the final podium spot, Lashgari battled İbrahim Bölükbaşı of Turkey, the 2010 Mediterranean Champion, and was favored for the medal. The Iranian outscored the Turk 3-2 in an aggressive first round, but Bölükbaşı lost steam in the second period and was unable to answer the three points Lashgari scored on him to claim the bronze.
|16||Mohamed Riad Louafi||ALG|
Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Jaime Espinal||PUR||Bye|
|Match #2||Andrew Dick||NGR||Bye|
|Match #3||Dato Marsagishvili||GEO||Bye|
|Match #4||Orgodolyn Üitümen||MGL||Bye|
|Match #5||Saslan Hattsiyeu||BLR||Bye|
|Match #6||Mohamed Riad Louafi||ALG||Bye|
|Match #7||Armands Zvirbulis||LAT||Bye|
|Match #8||José Díaz||VEN||Bye|
|Match #9||Jake Herbert||USA||Bye|
|Match #10||Humberto Arencibia||CUB||Bye|
|Match #11||Şərif Şərifov||AZE||Bye|
|Match #12||İbrahim Bölükbaşı||TUR||Bye|
|Match #13||Anzor Urishev||RUS||Bye|
|Match #14||Ibrahim Aldatov||UKR||Zaurbek Sokhiyev||UZB||Decision (6 - 7)|
|Match #15||Ehsan Lashgari||IRI||Yermek Bayduashov||KAZ||Decision by shutout (5 - 0)|
|Match #16||Hajimurad Nurmagomedov||ARM||Yusup Abdusalomov||TJK||Decision (4 - 4)|
Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Jaime Espinal||PUR||Andrew Dick||NGR||Decision (9 - 1)|
|Match #2||Dato Marsagishvili||GEO||Orgodolyn Üitümen||MGL||Decision (16 - 5)|
|Match #3||Saslan Hattsiyeu||BLR||Mohamed Riad Louafi||ALG||Decision (6 - 3)|
|Match #4||Armands Zvirbulis||LAT||José Díaz||VEN||Decision (2 - 1)|
|Match #5||Jake Herbert||USA||Humberto Arencibia||CUB||Decision (9 - 5)|
|Match #6||Şərif Şərifov||AZE||İbrahim Bölükbaşı||TUR||Decision (8 - 4)|
|Match #7||Anzor Urishev||RUS||Ibrahim Aldatov||UKR||Decision (10 - 5)|
|Match #8||Ehsan Lashgari||IRI||Hajimurad Nurmagomedov||ARM||Disqualification (4:00)|
Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Jaime Espinal||PUR||Dato Marsagishvili||GEO||Decision (13 - 5)|
|Match #2||Saslan Hattsiyeu||BLR||Armands Zvirbulis||LAT||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #3||Şərif Şərifov||AZE||Jake Herbert||USA||Decision (10 - 1)|
|Match #4||Ehsan Lashgari||IRI||Anzor Urishev||RUS||Decision (6 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Jaime Espinal||PUR||Saslan Hattsiyeu||BLR||Decision (15 - 2)|
|Match #2||Şərif Şərifov||AZE||Ehsan Lashgari||IRI||Decision (3 - 3)|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Andrew Dick||NGR||Bye|
|Match #2||İbrahim Bölükbaşı||TUR||Bye|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Dato Marsagishvili||GEO||Andrew Dick||NGR||Injury (–)|
|Match #2||İbrahim Bölükbaşı||TUR||Jake Herbert||USA||Decision (7 - 8)|
|Match #1||Dato Marsagishvili||GEO||Saslan Hattsiyeu||BLR||Decision (6 - 1)|
|Match #2||Ehsan Lashgari||IRI||İbrahim Bölükbaşı||TUR||Decision (6 - 2)|
|Match 1/2||Şərif Şərifov||AZE||Jaime Espinal||PUR||Decision (8 - 1)|