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 25) - Results of bouts involving Japanese entries in the fourth session of the greco-roman wrestling competition August 24-26 at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall:
60 kg (22 entries, 7 pools) - SASAMOTO, Makoto

Pool D
1R - df. Sidney Guzman (PER) by TF, 11-0, 2:31

2R - bye

3R - df. Davor Stefanek (SCG), 9-1

  Sasamoto took advantage of his first par terre chance with a gut wrench, but misfired on the reverse waist lock and lift to give Stefanek a point. Sasamoto got rolling with an underarm spin, followed by another gut wrench. He received another two penalty points when Stefanek grabbed his legs to prevent being thrown the reverse waist lock. In the second period, Sasamoto showed the waist lock again but drove the other direction for the 9-1 win.

  With the victory, Sasamoto finishes on top of his pool and advances to the quarterfinal round where he will meet two-time Olympic champion Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria. ・My opponent kept grabbing my legs on the reverse waist lock, but I felt pretty good picking him up. I wrestled my style and I was moving real well today. I hope I can keep it going tomorrow,・Sasamoto said. ・My opponent tomorrow (Nazarian) is a specialist with the reverse waist lock, so I want to throw him with my own. For four years (after losing to Nazarian at the Sydney Olympics), I have practiced with the idea of throwing Nazarian.・
74 kg (20 entries, 6 pools) - NAGATA, Katsuhiko

Pool B

1R - lost to Daniar Kobonov (KGZ), 3-2
2R - lost to Marko Yli-Hannuksela (FIN), 3-0
3R - bye
Nagata did not wrestle in the fourth session/