To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee
Kyodo World Services, senior sports


   NEW YORK (September 12) - Results of matches involving the Japanese men after the third session of the freestyle wrestling world championships at Madison Square Garden:

55 kg - TANABE, Chikara (31 entries, Pool 8)
1R - df. German Kontoev, Belarus 11-10
2R - bye
3R - df. Mikhel Japaridze, Canada 4-1
QF - v. Dilshod Mansurov, Uzbekistan
(Note: Tanabe scored with a gut wrench and takedown in the second period to win over the Pan American Games bronze medalist. The victory assured Tanabe of a berth in the quarterfinals and next year’s Olympic Games in Athens.)
60 kg - OTA, Ryosuke (36 entries, Pool 9)
1R - bye
2R - df. Lin Chien-liang, Chinese Taipei by TF 21-0, 1:51
3R - lost to Oyunbileg Purevbaatar, Mongolia 1-4
(Note: Ota scored the opening takedown, but was shut out over the remainder of the match by the two-time world silver medalist.)
66 kg - IKEMATSU, Kazuhiko (40 entries, Pool 12)
1R - bye
2R - df. Cory O’Brien, Australia by fall, 1:47 (8-0)
3R - df. Bayanjav Batzorig, Mongolia 4-0
QF - v. Nikolaos Loizidis, Greece
(Note: Ikematsu’s win puts him into the quarterfinals and qualifies the Asia No. 2 for the Athens Olympics.)
74 kg - OBATA, Kunihiko (34 entries, Pool 6)
1R - df. Hakki Ceylan, Turkey by TF 14-3, 5:09
2R - bye
3R - df. Eugen Preda, Romania 3-0
Q1 - v. Murad Gaidarov, Belarus
(Note: Obata forges a win with a first-period gut wrench and second-period takedown to advance to the championship bracket. Because of the large number of entries, however, Obata is only assured of an 11th-place finish -- one place shy of qualifying for an Olympic berth. A win in the championship bracket qualifier against European bronze medalist Gaidarov will put him in the Olympics.)
84 kg - YOKOYAMA, Hidekazu (36 entries, Pool 1)
1R - df. Sergey Kolesnikov, Israel 4-0
2R - lost to Magomed Kurugliyev, Kazakhstan 1-3, 6:21
3R - bye
96 kg - NAKAO, Yoshihiro (36 entries, Pool 11)
1R - bye
2R - df. Yan Virin, Israel 4-0
3R - lost to Tuvshintur Enkhtuya, Mongolia on criteria, 1-1, 9:00
(Note: Nakao was hit with a penalty for not clinching properly to start the second period and Enkhtuya was slapped with the same penalty to start overtime. Nakao lost to Enkhtuya for the second straight year the world championships and missed a chance to advance to the quarterfinals and the Olympics.)
120 kg - SUWAMA, Kohei (29 entries, Pool 2)
1R - lost to Otto Aubeli, Hungary 1-3
2R - df. Adrian Gilmore, Ireland 8-0
3R - bye


   NEW YORK (September 12) - Results of matches involving the Japanese women after the third session of the freestyle wrestling world championships at Madison Square Garden:

48 kg - SAKAMOTO, Makiko (29 entries, Pool 8)
1R - df. Mayeril Karipa, Venezuela 3-0, 6:03
2R - df. Nicoleta Badea, Romania 5-0
3R - df. Lidiya Karamchakova, Tajikistan 6-5
QF - v. Irina Melnik, Ukraine
(Note: Sakamoto came from behind with a go-behind point and a takedown to claim a victory over the 2002 Asian Games silver medalist. The win puts the high school student from Aomori into the quarterfinals against two-time world champion Irina Melnik of Ukraine.
51 kg - ICHO, Chiharu (18 entries, Pool 5)
1R - bye
2R - df. Emese Szabo, Hungary by fall, 1:55 (4-0)
3R - df. Alexandra Demmel, Germany by TF 11-0, 5:41
SF - Alena Kareisha, Belarus
(Note: Icho dominated the European bronze medalist on the feet and on the mat for a technical fall and a berth in the semifinals of the non-Olympic weight category.)
55 kg - YOSHIDA, Saori (29 entries, Pool 2)
1R - bye
2R - df. Olga Serbina, Belarus by TF 10-0, 4:16
3R - df. Kitti Godo, Hungary by fall, 0:38 (3-0)
Q1 - Monika Michalik, Poland
(Note: Yoshida went from takedown to an arm bar and body press for a quick fall over Godo. Yoshida, seeking to defend her 55-kg world title, will meet 59-kg European champion Monika Michalik of Poland in the lone championship bracket qualifier for a berth in the quarterfinals.)
59 kg - YAMAMOTO, Seiko (14 entries, Pool 2)
1R - df. Huang Yu-ning, Chinese Taipei by fall, 1:09 (9-0)
2R - bye
3R - df. Emily Richardson, Canada 10-1
SF - Helena Allandi, Sweden
(Note: Yamamoto, in the hunt for her fourth world championship title, struggled with her attack early, but found herself in the second period to move into the semifinals.)
63 kg - ICHO, Kaori (27 entries, Pool 4)
1R - bye
2R - df. Agoro Papavasileiou, Greece by fall, 1:45 (10-0)
3R - df. Christiana Renee LeGrand, France 4-0
QF - Volha Khilko, Belarus
(Note: Icho was unusually tight in her wrestling, but scored a pair of points on both sides of intermission to advance to the quarterfinals)
67 kg - SAITO, Norie (13 entries, Pool 4)
1R - df. Martina Zyklova, Czech Republic by TF 11-0, 2:03
2R - df. Jodeen Marie MacGregor, New Zealand by fall, 1:09 (6-0)
3R - lost to Kristie Marano, United States by fall, 2:13 (1-7)
(Note: Saito grabbed the opening point, but the former judoka from Teikyo University was dropped with a pair one-arm throws before being flattened by the former world champion.)
72 kg - HAMAGUCHI, Kyoko (23 entries, Pool 5)
1R - df. Svetlana Sayenko, Ukraine 3-0
2R - df. Sonika Kalirman, India by fall, 1:43 (9-1)
3R - bye
QF - Edyta Witkowska, Poland