To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


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


   SOFIA (February 14) - Results in preliminary pool matches involving Japanese wrestlers at the 2nd Olympic freestyle wrestling qualification tournament Universiada Hall in Sofia:

60 kg (24 entries, eight pools)
INOUE, Kenji (Self Defense Forces)

Pool D
R1 - bye
R2 - df. Ilie Esir (MDA), 3-2, 6:58
R3 - df. Zhou Xiande (CHN) by fall, 4:53 (5-2)
   Inoue gave up the lead with on a single-leg and ankle-lace, but answered back with a reversal and gut wrench. In the second period, Inoue took advantage of a par terre chance to crank Zhou over with a gut wrench that led to the fall.

QF - v. Alexander Karnitzky (BLR)
   Karnitzky is the 2001 university world champion and bronze medalist in
the European championships the same year.
96 kg (26 entries, eight pools)
KODAIRA, Kiyotaka (Tokyo Metropolitan Police)

Pool B
R1 - df. Hong Seong-Jun (KOR), 9-1
R2 - bye
R3 - df. Kazbek Missikov (FRA), 3-2
   Kodaira opened the match with a crisp double-leg takedown, but missed with a gut wrench attempt to surrender the lead 1-2. The lead stood up for the recently naturalized French citizen for five minutes until Kodaira received one final par terre chance. Kodaira converted with a gut wrench for a 3-2 lead as time expired.

QF - v. Aleksei Krupniakov (KGZ)
120 kg (18 entries, six pools)
Akihito Tanaka (JPN)

Pool E
R1 - df. Jose Cuba (ESP), 12-3
R2 - bye
R3 - lost Boyidar Boyadiev (BUL), 10-9, 8:50
   Tanaka gave up seven points in the first period on failed attempts at the fireman's carry and a pair of gut wrenches. The Senshu University junior, however, opened the second period with a shoulder throw and followed with a pair of chest-high gut wrenches to a 9-7 lead.With the hometown crowd behind him, Boyadiev got one point back midway through the second period. And then, as time ran out made one final attempt that, after a video review, was ruled good to send the match into overtime.

  In overtime, neither wrestler was willing to take any chances until Tanaka attempted a takedown in the final 20 seconds that Boyadiev countered for the winning point and the ticket to the Athens Olympics.