To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


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


   TASHKENT (March 13) - Results of preliminary pool bouts involving Japanese wrestlers at the 2nd Olympic qualification tournament for greco-roman wrestling at the Yunus Abad Sports Center in Tashkent
(Note: The top four wrestlers earn berths in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens):

55 kg (19 entries)

TOYOTA, Masatoshi (Tokyo Metropolitan Police Dept.)

1R - bye

2R - df. Venelin Venkov (BUL), 7-3
  Toyota scored seven unanswered points, including one on a lift and midair cartwheel, in the first period and then held off Venkov, twice a runner-up in the junior European championships.

3R - df. Kamol Kholmatov (UZB), 4-2
  Toyota needed overtime to down the stubborn Uzbek wrestler and move
into the quarterfinals -- one win away from a ticket to Athens.
66 kg (25 entries)

IMURO, Masaki (Japan Self Defense Forces)

1R - bye

2R - df. Rocco Fabio Spano (ITA) by TF, 11-0, time unavailable

3R - lost to Daniaz Kobonov (KGZ)
84 kg (20 entries)

MATSUMOTO, Shingo (Ichimiya Transport)

1R - df. Bjoern Holk (GER), 7-1
  Matsumoto countered a reverse waistlock for two points on his way to a 7-1 over Holk.

2R - df. Li Daxin (CHN), 5-1
  Matsumoto forced Li out of bounds for one point and then converted on his par terre chance with a gut wrench and low reverse waistlock and turn. The 2002 Asian Games gold medalist advances to the quarterfinals for a chance at qualifying for the Athens Olympics.

3R - bye
96 kg (22 entries)

KATO, Kenzo (Japan Self Defense Forces)

1R - bye

2R - df. Shodi Bakhramov (TJK) by fall, time unavailable
   Kato caught Bakhramov with a pair of headlocks and locked up the second one for a pin.

3R - lost to Marek Svec (CZE)
120 kg (20 entries)

SUZUKI, Katsuaki (Tokyo Metropolitan Police Dept.)

1R - df. Nikolas Liulamaga (ASA) by TF, 11-0, time unavailable
   Suzuki converted on a passivity call with a gut wrench and near fall bonus point and repeated the process until he rolled up enough points for the technical fall.

2R - bye

3R - lost to Rafael Barreno (VEN)