To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world
By William May
（Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public
Kyodo World Services, senior sports writer：email@example.com）
YOUNG CWU DUO PULL OFF BIG WINS AT JAPAN
TOKYO, April 7 - Two young challengers from Chukyo Women's
University pulled off a pair of big wins
at the Japan Queens Cup wrestling tournament,
the first competition to employ the weight
classes instituted by FILA last winter.
Saori Yoshida(photgraph), a junior world champion at 58 kg, defeated
three-time world champion Seiko Yamamoto
in the finals at 55 kg and was named the
most outstanding wrestler of the tournament
at Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo. Yoshida's
win was a reversal of the national championship
final last December in which Yamamoto scored
in the last 20 seconds to complete a come-from-behind
triumph for the title.
At 48 kg, Mika Noguchi defeated Misato
Shimizu, a fifth-place finisher at last year's
world championships, in the semifinals and
then claimed her first Queen's Cup crown
with a triumph over national champion Shoko
Also for the CWU juggernaut, Chiharu
Icho won her first title at 51 kg, CWU graduate
Rena Iwama won at 59 kg and Kaori Icho, the
champion at 56 kg one year ago, won at 63
kg to give the Nagoya school five of the
seven titles at stake. The other two titles
went to Norie Saito at 67 kg and Kyoko Hamaguchi
at 72 kg.
National team berths for the world championships,
World Cup and Asian Games will be determined
in wrestle-offs at the national team training
camps to be held through July.
The champions are:
48 kg - NOGUCHI, Mika (Chukyo Women's University, 1st title)
Born: 1982 October 9, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Age: 19. High school: Kanoya Chuo, Kagoshima
Prefecture. 1999 cadet world champion at
51 kg - ICHO, Chiharu (CWU, 1st)
Born: 1981 October 9, Aomori Prefecture.
Age: 20. High school: Amino, Kyoto. 2000,
2001 world champion at 50 kg.
56 kg - YOSHIDA, Saori (CWU, 1st)
Born: 1982 October 5, Mie Prefecture. Age:
19. High School: Hisai, Mie. 1999 cadet
world champion at 56 kg; 2000, 2001 junior
world champion at 58 kg.
59 kg - IWAMA, Rena (Repre, 2nd straight, 2nd overall)
Born: 1979 August 2, Iwate Prefecture.
Age: 22. High School: Miyako Shogyo, Iwate.
1999 junior world champion 58 kg, 2000 world
championships 2nd, 62 kg.
63 kg - ICHO, Kaori (CWU high school, 2nd straight, 2nd overall)
Born: 1984 June 13, Aomori Prefecture.
Age: 17. Ht: 165 cm. Won the 2001 Japan Queens
Cup at 56 kg by fall over world champion
Seiko Yamamoto. No international experience.
67 kg - SAITO, Norie (Japan Beverage, 1st)
Born: 1978 October 24, Ibaraki Prefecture.
Age: 23. High school: Tsuchiura Nichidai,
Ibaraki. University: Teikyo. Switched from
judo to wrestling after graduating university.
National team member for 2001 world championships.
72 kg - HAMAGUCHI, Kyoko (Hamaguchi Gym, 4th straight, 6th overall)
Born: 1978 January 11, Tokyo. Age: 24.
Three-time world champion at 75 kg, 1997-1999.
1998 FILA women's wrestler of the year. 2000
world championships, 3rd. 2001 world championships,
WINNERS AT JUNIOR NATIONALS
YOKOHAMA, April 28 - Winners at the JOC Cup, junior national
championships at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium:
50 kg - Masahiro Shimozawa (Tokyo University
54 kg - Seshito Shimizu (Nippon Sport Science
58 kg - Masashi Saito (Nihon University)
63 kg - Takayuki Suzuki (Ritsumeikan University)
69 kg - Koki Sugamori (NSSU)
76 kg - Ryuta Takahashi (Takushoku University)
85 kg - Takao Isokawa (Nihon Bunri University
97 kg - Akihito Tanaka (Senshu University)
120 kg - Kazuo Sugiura (Yamanashi Gakuin
50 kg - Kohei Hasegawa (Yaezu Chuo high
54 kg - Munenori Wada (NSSU)
58 kg - Yuryo Shoji (Takushoku)
63 kg - Tatenori Funaba (Minami Kyushu
69 kg - Takeshi Yoshida (NSSU)
76 kg - Tatsuo Nagatomo (NSSU)
85 kg - Yoshio Shimowada (Takushoku)
97 kg - Nobuhiko Maejima (Takushoku)
120 kg - Hirokazu Shinjo (Kokushikan University)