To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world
By William May
（Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public
Kyodo World Services, senior sports writer：firstname.lastname@example.org）
TATEMOTO ADVANCES ON 1ST OF ASIAN C'SHIPS
NEW DELHI (June 5) - Unheralded Sayuri
Tatemoto, who learned she was going to the
Asian Wrestling Championships only days go,
booked her place in the finals of the women's
55-kg category with two convincing wins on
the first day of the championships.
Tatemoto, a little-known grappler from
the star-studded Chukyo Women's University
wrestling club, used a nifty foot sweep to
grab the early lead against Korea's Lee Na-Lae
on her way to a 4-0 triumph over the Asian
Games silver medalist. Tatemoto came back
in the evening session with a hard-fought
5-0 win over Manju Shekhavat of India, wearing
down the tricky hometown favorite with a
number of takedown feints and plenty of movement.
Also in the women's competition, Mika
Noguchi and Ayako Shoda rolled to easy wins
at 48 kg and 63 kg respectively. Noguchi,
in a slump recently after being a member
of Japan's world team last November, used
a headlock and a variety of tilts to score
a technical fall win over Kazakhstan's Saniya
Rakhimova. Noguchi, however, twisted her
knee in an early scramble with Rakhimova
and used her bye in the evening session to
rest her shaky limb.
Two-time Asia champion Shoda, meanwhile,
tipped Taiwan's Chuang Shu-fang up with three
different gut wrenches before nailing down
the win by fall at 2:55.
The young Japanese men's squad put up a good
fight on the first day, but were often left
holding the short end of the stick.
World university champion Tomohiro Matsunaga
dropped a pair of one-point decisions in
overtime when he could not stop the high-crotch
single-leg takedown. Matsunaga gave up the
lead twice on a pair of high-crotch takedowns
to Kazakhstan's Bauyezhan Orazhalyev in a
first-round match at 55 kg, but equalized
each time with a double-leg takedown.
After the second double-leg, Matsunaga
appeared to score with a trap-arm gut wrench
for what would have been a 4-2 lead, but
the judge and chairman rejected the referee's
call to send the bout into overtime. In the
clinch, Matsunaga attempted to end the bout
quickly with an inside trip, but Orazhalyev
stepped out and spun around behind for the
Again, in the evening session, Matsunaga
could not stop the high-crotch and fell to
Iran's Mohammad Aslani 5-4 in overtime.
World team member Kazuhiko Ikematsu also
got into trouble with the clinch at 66 kg,
when he attempted to hook and throw Kim Sung
Sil of Korea and got thrown to his back.
A quick gut wrench by Kim put Ikematsu into
a 4-0 hole. The Nippon Sports Science University
coach, however, battled back to narrow the
gap to 4-3, but could not get any closer.
Meanwhile, Takushoku University freshman
Takao Isokawa received a rude welcome to
Asian wrestling when he has manhandled in
a 10-0 loss to Uzbekistan's Magomad Kuzugiyev
at 84 kg.
In greco-roman, Yasuto Fujita could not
stop Iran's Hamid Bavafa at 55 kg as last
year's junior Asian champ cruised to a 10-0
win by technical superiority.
In the evening session, however, Fujita made
life difficult for Kyrgyzstan's Uran Kalilov,
holding the Asian Games bronze medalist to
three hard-earned points before a lift and
hip toss in the final minute of an 8-1 loss.
At 66 kg, Masaaki Izena gave up a lift
and back-arching throw to India's Gurbinder
Singh midway through their first-round match
and lost 6-0.
At 84 kg, little-known Mitsuhiro Ota posted
the only win of the morning session for the
Japanese men with a lift, roll and lift again
combination for a 10-0 technical win over
Vietnam's Can Van Thuc.
The Nihon Bunri University employee,
however, was brought down to earth in the
evening session by Evgeny Erofailov of Uzbekistan
as the former Asia No. 3 shoved Ota around
the mat for a one-sided 3-0 win.