|Date||21 August 2016|
|Location||Arena Carioca 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro|
|Participants||21 from 21 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.|
If there was a wide open weight class in men’s freestyle in Rio for favourites, it’s was this one, as there had been a different World champion all three years of the Olympic cycle to date, with a gifted group right behind them. With no strong favorite, everybody in the field had a chance to get on the podium.
Two medalists from the 2012 Olympic Games were competing – the gold medalist from Azerbaijan Toğrul Əsgərov, and the bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt of India, who was competing in his fourth Olympic Games. Other contenders were world-ranked number one Frank Chamizo of Italy, the 2015 World champion who had lost Asgarov in the European final; the 2014 World champion and 2015 bronze medalist Soslan Ramonov from Russia, and two-time World bronze medalist (2013, 2014) Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia.
In the end, it was Ramonov beating the defending Olympic champion Asgarov (60 kg) in just two minutes five seconds in the gold medal bout. He scored 11 unanswered points, winning 11-0 on technical points in a bout that was much harder than the score line indicated.
The much-decorated Asgarov (2010 World silver medalist, 2012 European champion, 2015 European Games gold medalist), who captured his second Olympic medal in as many Games, felt great fatigue after a tough semi-final against Italian Chamizo, who went on to earn the bronze medal beating American Frank Molinaro.
The other bronze medal match had the Mongolian Mandakhnaran leading his opponent Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan, 7-6 and he started celebrating with only seconds left. The judges, however, awarded a penalty point because Mandakhnaran was not engaging with an opponent during the match and with the score tied at 7-7, Navruzov was awarded the victory by virtue of earning the last point. What proceeded was an epic meltdown from Mandakhnaran’s coaches, who stripped down to their underwear, which only prompted the referees to award Navruzov another penalty point for the Mongolian outburst following the match. Mandakhnaran refused to accept the decision and walked away from the referee who was about hold the hand up of Navruzov to make the match official.
Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Frank Chamizo||ITA||Bye|
|Match #2||Davit Safaryan||ARM||Bye|
|Match #3||Zurabi Iakobishvili||GEO||Bye|
|Match #4||Amas Daniel||NGR||Bye|
|Match #5||Toğrul Əsgərov||AZE||Bye|
|Match #6||Andriy Kviatkovskyi||UKR||Bye|
|Match #7||Frank Molinaro||USA||Bye|
|Match #8||Magomiedmurad Gadżyjew||POL||Bye|
|Match #9||Ikhtiyor Navruzov||UZB||Bye|
|Match #10||Adam Batirov||BRN||Bye|
|Match #11||Franklin Gómez||PUR||Bye|
|Match #12||Borislav Novachkov||BUL||Meisam Nasiri||IRI||Decision (10 - 7)|
|Match #13||Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran||MGL||Yogeshwar Dutt||IND||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #14||Katai Yeerlanbieke||CHN||Sahit Prizreni||AUS||Decision (6 - 1)|
|Match #15||Soslan Ramonov||RUS||Haislan Garcia||CAN||Decision (7 - 1)|
|Match #16||Alejandro Valdés||CUB||Mustafa Kaya||TUR||Fall (3:32)|
Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Frank Chamizo||ITA||Davit Safaryan||ARM||Decision (3 - 1)|
|Match #2||Zurabi Iakobishvili||GEO||Amas Daniel||NGR||Decision (2 - 1)|
|Match #3||Toğrul Əsgərov||AZE||Andriy Kviatkovskyi||UKR||Technical Superiority (12 - 2)|
|Match #4||Frank Molinaro||USA||Magomiedmurad Gadżyjew||POL||Decision (2 - 2)|
|Match #5||Ikhtiyor Navruzov||UZB||Adam Batirov||BRN||Decision (7 - 7)|
|Match #6||Franklin Gómez||PUR||Borislav Novachkov||BUL||Decision (7 - 4)|
|Match #7||Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran||MGL||Katai Yeerlanbieke||CHN||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #8||Soslan Ramonov||RUS||Alejandro Valdés||CUB||Decision (11 - 3)|
Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Frank Chamizo||ITA||Zurabi Iakobishvili||GEO||Decision (4 - 3)|
|Match #2||Toğrul Əsgərov||AZE||Frank Molinaro||USA||Great Superiority (10 - 0)|
|Match #3||Ikhtiyor Navruzov||UZB||Franklin Gómez||PUR||Decision (8 - 5)|
|Match #4||Soslan Ramonov||RUS||Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran||MGL||Decision by shutout (6 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Toğrul Əsgərov||AZE||Frank Chamizo||ITA||Decision (7 - 4)|
|Match #2||Soslan Ramonov||RUS||Ikhtiyor Navruzov||UZB||Technical Superiority (18 - 7)|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Andriy Kviatkovskyi||UKR||Bye|
|Match #2||Haislan Garcia||CAN||Alejandro Valdés||CUB||Decision (3 - 3)|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Frank Molinaro||USA||Andriy Kviatkovskyi||UKR||Decision (8 - 5)|
|Match #2||Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran||MGL||Haislan Garcia||CAN||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #1||Frank Chamizo||ITA||Frank Molinaro||USA||Decision (5 - 3)|
|Match #2||Ikhtiyor Navruzov||UZB||Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran||MGL||Decision (8 - 7)|
|Match 1/2||Soslan Ramonov||RUS||Toğrul Əsgərov||AZE||Great Superiority (11 - 0)|