To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


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


   NOVI SAD, Serbia and Montenegro (February 28) - Results of preliminary pool bouts involving Japanese wrestlers on Saturday at the 1st greco-roman wrestling Olympic qualifying tournament at Vojvodina Sports Center:

55 kg (29 entries

TOYOTA, Masatoshi (Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department)

Q1 - lost to Asset Imanbayev (KAZ), 6-0
  Toyota was called for passivity a minute into the bout and Imanbayev took advantage with a pair of lifts for a 6-0 lead at the intermission. Toyota forced a couple of passivity calls on the Asia champion, but could not convert.
60 kg (30 entries)

SASAMOTO, Makoto (Sogo Seibi security employee)

QF - df. Alexei Shevtsov (RUS), 4-3
  Toyota scored with a pair of tight gut wrenches in the first period and then held off the determined Russian. Shevtsov pulled two points back with a front headlock and turn. He had one final chance to tie with a gut wrench in the final seconds, but could only get one point.

SF - df. Paolo Fucile (ITA), 3-0
  Sasamoto, who apparently injured his right hand in the match with Shevtsov, wrestled cautiously and took the opening points with a gut wrench just before the end of the first period. In the second period, he was looking for the big throw to put the match out of reach, but had to settle for a single point on a failed arm throw.

F1 - v Aslidin Hudoyberdiev (UZB)
66 kg (36 entries)

IMURO, Masaki (Japan Self Defense Forces)

Q1 - lost to Kanatbek Begaliev (KGZ), 4-0
  Imuro got rolled over twice on a pair of gut wrenches to give Begaliev a 3-0 lead. The Asia No. 3 closed out the scoring with a bodylock and tackle.