To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


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


   ATHENS (August 27) - Results of bouts involving Japanese entries in the second session of the freestyle wrestling competition August 24-26 at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall:
55 kg (22 entries, 7 pools) - TANABE, Chikara

Pool D
1R - df. Namig Abdullayev (AZE), 5-2
2R - df. Yogeshwar Dutt (IND), 4-3
3R - bye

QF - df. Kim Hyo-Sub (KOR) by TF, 10-0, 2:29

   Tanabe took control early with a single-leg takedown and then dropping Kim to his back with an arm and near-leg trap (4-0). He then closed out the match with a leg grapevine (2+1) and a trap-arm gut wrench for exposure and a near fall (2+1).
・Before I stepped on the mat, I saw Ikematsu lose a heart-breaker. And, also in greco-roman, Sasamoto lost in a disappointing way. So, I had this sense that I had to avenge their losses,・Tanabe said.

SF - v Stephen Abas (USA)

SF - Maviet Batirov (RUS) vs Amiran Kartanov (GRE)
66 kg (21 entries, 7 pools) - IKEMATSU, Kazuhiko

Pool A

1R - bye

2R - df. Fred Jessey (NGR) by fall, 1:07 (3-1)

3R - df. Baek Jin-Kuk (KOR), 4-3

   Ikematsu forged a 3-0 lead in the first 1:12 of the match on with a takedown and gut wrench. Ikematsu went on the defensive in the second period, but managed to hang on against the 2002 Asian Games champion for a 4-3 victory.

QF - lost to Leonid Spirodonov (KAZ), 3-2, 6:25

   Ikematsu took the 1-0 lead in the first period with a duck-under takedown and received a second point in the second period when Spiridonov fled the mat to avoid a single-leg. In the overtime clinch, Ikematsu gave up one point with a slipped headlock. Spiridonov, then, completed his come-from-behind win with a tight ankle lace. ・I only needed one more point so I was passive in my thinking, waiting for my opponent to make a mistake. I feel terrible, but I don't know what I feel terrible about,・Ikematsu said. The loss left Ikematsu in the final for fifth place.

F5 - v Apostolos Taskoudis (GRE)
84 kg (22 entries, 7 pools) - YOKOYAMA, Hidekazu

Pool A

1R - bye
2R - lost to Majid Khodaei (IRI), 8-1

3R - df. Anuj Kumar (IND), 11-5

   Yokoyama gave up a three-point lead, but stormed back with a headlock and some aggressive wrestling for a 7-3 lead at the break. In the second period, Yokoyama added to his advantage with a go-behind and back exposure (10-3) and then went on the defensive to preserve the win. Yokoyama's victory and one point in his loss to Khodaei gave the Akita high school teacher four classification points and 10th place overall.