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 third 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

Sasamoto scored with a three-point underarm spin and followed with a gut wrench one minute into his first-round match. Sasamoto then showed a reverse waist lock, but drove the other direction for a near fall and then capped the technical fall with a gut wrench.

2R - bye
3R - v Davor Stefanek (SCG)
74 kg (20 entries, 6 pools) - NAGATA, Katsuhiko

Pool B
1R - lost to Daniar Kobonov (KGZ), 3-2

Kobonov converted on a par terre chance with a gut wrench midway through the first period for a 2-0 lead and then added a third point with an escape off of Nagata's chance in par terre. Nagata scored a with a go-behind at the end of the first period and received a penalty point for fleeing the mat in the second period, but could not draw level before time ran out.

2R - lost to Marko Yli-Hannuksela (FIN), 3-0

Former world champion Yli-Hanniksela scored three points off a pair of gut wrenches in the first period and held off Nagata's scoring attempts the rest of the match. Nagata, the silver medalist at the Sydney Olympics four years ago, saw his quest for a medal in Athens come to a sudden end.

3R - bye