To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world
By William May
（Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public
Kyodo World Services, senior sports writer：firstname.lastname@example.org）
RESULTS AT 2ND OLYMPIC FS QUALIFIER - JAPAN (3RD SESSION)
SOFIA (February 15) - Results in championship
bracket matches involving Japanese wrestlers
at the 2nd Olympic freestyle wrestling qualification
tournament Universiada Hall in Sofia:
60 kg (24 entries)
INOUE, Kenji (Self Defense Forces)
QF - df. Alexander Karnitzky (BLR), 3-2
Inoue opened the bout with an ankle pick
that dropped Karnitzky to his back for a
3-0 lead. Most of the rest of the bout was
a battle for control of the tie-up. Inoue
was hit with a passive call one minute into
the second period and Karnitzky converted
with a gut wrench to narrow the margin to
3-2. Karnitzky got one more chance in par
terre with 10 seconds remaining, but Inoue
put up a solid defense and refused to be
SF - df. Oyunbuleg Purevbaatar (MGL) by default
The two-time world runner-up bowed out
of the semifinals for medical reasons.
F1 - v. Ibrahim Abdulrahman (QAT)
96 kg (26 entries)
KODAIRA, Kiyotaka (Tokyo Metropolitan Police)
QF - lost to Aleksei Krupniakov (KGZ), 0-8
Kodaira could not match the raw power
of Krupniakov. Krupniakov used snap-downs
and front headlocks to keep Kodaira off balance
and then would spin around behind for points
one at a time in a one-sided bout.
Freestyle national team coach Takahiro
Wada said later that he had hoped to take
wrestlers at all seven weight categories
to the Olympic Games in Athens. apan will
send five wrestlers to the freestyle competition."I
thought we had a chance to go at every weight.
It's very regrettable. All the wrestlers
worked so hard. When you qualify five wrestlers,
you always want a sixth and a seventh,"
At the conclusion of the quarterfinal
round, a total of 38 nations had qualified
wrestlers for the Olympic freestyle event.
Of those nations, host Greece, Iran, the
United States, Russia and Bulgaria had qualified
wrestlers in each weight category.