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 23) - Results of bouts involving Japanese entries in the first session of the greco-roman wrestling competition August 24-26 at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall:

55 kg (23 entries, 7 pools) - TOYOTA, Masatoshi

Pool A

1R - lost to Istvan Majoros (HUN), 5-3, 7:26

Toyota grabbed a 2-0 lead with a gut wrench in the first period, then misfired with a back-arching throw (1 point) that resulted with Majoros on top (2 points). Majoros converted on a par terre chance in the second period to draw even at 3-3. In extra time, Majoros executed another gut wrench for the win.

2R - df. Jansel Ramirez (DOM) by TF, 11-0, 4:19

Toyota got rolling with a gut wrench and back-arching throw to go up 6-0 at the break. The Tokyo police officer then scored with exposure off a passivity call and a low back-arching throw to cap the match.

3R - bye
84 kg (20 entries, 6 pools) - MATSUMOTO, Shingo

Pool F

1R - lost to Ara Abrahamian (SWE), 5-0, 6:07

Matsumoto gave up a pair of one-point gut wrenches in the first period, then battled the 2002 world champion evenly through the remainder of regulation. From the clinch to start extra time, Abrahamian hit a back-arching throw for three points and the win.

2R - df. Janarbek Kenjeev (KGZ), 7-1

Matsumoto surrendered the first point, but rallied for a 2-1 lead at intermission. In the second period, Matsumoto converted on a par terre chance with a reverse waist lock, lift and throw to put the match away.

3R - v Attila Batky (SVK)