To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world
By William May
（Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee
KASUMIGAURA WINS HS CROWN 4th YEAR IN A ROW
SAKURA, Chiba Prefecture (August 3) - Kasumigaura high school of Ibaraki Prefecture rolled over Tamana Kogyo of Kumamoto Prefecture 5-2 to win the national high school wrestling championship team title. Wrestling at Sakura Municipal Gymnasium, Kasumigaura won the championship for the fourth year in a row and 18th time overall.
It was also the third straight year and 14th time overall that Kasumigaura has won the spring invitational and national championship title in the same year. The Ibaraki school also defeated Tamana Kogyo for the invitational crown in March.In the semifinals, Kasumigaura defeated local favorite Sekiyado 5-2 while Tamana Kogyo edged 4-3 past Ginan Kogyo of Gifu Prefecture. Kasumigaura’s Teppei Monya was selected the outstanding wrestler of the team competition.
ARAKIDA REPEATS AS HWT HIGH SCHOOL CHAMP
SAKURA, Chiba Prefecture (August 5) - Nobuyoshi Arakida rolled to his second straight national high school freestyle title at 120 kg and is one jewel away from repeating as heavyweight triple crown winner. Arakida of Kosei Gakuin high school in Aomori pinned Fumihiro Watanabe (Kasumigaura, Ibaraki) in the 120-kg final at Sakura Municipal Gymnasium to add to the championship he won at the national invitational in March. A repeat win at the national sports festival in October will give the Aomori star all three major high school freestyle titles for a second year in a row.
Meanwhile, defending champion Teppei Monya of Kasumigaura lost by fall in the 60-kg final to Yoshizumi yano of the Nihon Bunri University affiliate high school in Oita in his bid for a second straight championship. Doubling up on titles won at the invitational in March were former junior high school star Hiroyuki Oda of Kosei Gakuin at 55 kg and Yuki Eitata (74, Amino=Kyoto). Nagata also won the national cadet title in April.
For team tourney champion Kasumigaura, Kazuki Morikawa (66) and Naoto Komura (84) took individual crowns. The remaining two titles went to Daishi Inomata of Miyazaki Kogyo at 55 kg and Kenji Fujimoto of Morioka Kogyo in Iwate.
2007 BANGKOK UNIVERSIADE NOT TO INCLUDE WRESTLING
IZMIR, Turkey (August 9) - Wrestling will not be on the program for the 2007 Universiade in Bangkok, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) decided at its meeting in Izmir.
Organizers of the student games can elect to include some sports on its program along with the Universiade’s mainstay events which include athletics and swimming. The student wrestling world championships, held every other year and organized in Poland last year, will be held in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator next June 14-19.
NAGATOMO ELEVATED TO 2ND IN ASIA JR WRESTLING
TOKYO (August 10) - The international wrestling federation (FILA) has informed the Japan Wrestling Federation that Daisuke Nagatomo has been elevated to second place in the Asian junior wrestling championships. Nagatomo, who finished third in the greco-roman competition at 96 kg in June, will now receive the silver medal after Iranian winner G. M. Ghorbani tested positive in doping control.
EITA BAGS 4TH TITLE OF THE YEAR AT HS GRECO-ROMAN
TOKYO (August 18-19) - Yuki Eitata of Kyoto’s Amino high school bagged his fourth individual title of the year with a triumph at 74 kg at the high school greco-roman national championships. Eitata has earlier won titles in the national high school invitational in March, the national high school freestyle championships earlier this month and the junior national crown in April.
At 84 kg, Naoto Komuro of Kasumigaura high school in Ibaraki added a third title to his triumphs at the spring invitational and national freestyle championships. Also, defending champion Tomohiro Inoue of Hyogo’s Ikuei high school avenged a loss to Kazuki Morikawa in last year’s national sports festival to repeat as 66-kg winner. Morikawa of Kasumigaura won the high school freestyle title at the beginning of the month.
Other champions included Yuta Uchimura of Kashima Jitsugyo in Saga (50), Toshiyuki Kitaoka from Hino high school in Shiga (55), Taishi Okamoto of Shizuoka’s Hiryu (60), Yutaro Hirata of Kasaoka Kogyo of Okayama (96) and Kenji Tanaka of Kanoya Chuo in Kagoshima (120).
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN NAGOYA NEXT MAY
TOKYO (August 25) - Nagoya appears ready to be approved as host site of the 2006 World Cup of women’s wrestling, according to the schedule listed on FILA’s Internet website.
With the women’s World Cup already staged in Tokyo in 2003 and 2004, the Aichi prefectural wrestling association indicated that it wanted to host the event in which the top women’s teams compete in a dual meet format. The Japan Wrestling Federation has made an application for the event with FILA. With no other candidates apparently bidding for the World Cup, it is expected that Nagoya will be approved when FILA leaders meet in Budapest on September 25.
The World Cup in Nagoya will be a chance for supporters of women’s wrestling to showcase locally the strength of the Chukyo Women’s University wrestling team. It will be the first time that Nagoya will host an international wrestling competition.
SHIMADA WINS 2ND WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE CROWN
TOKYO (August 29) - Kayoko Shimada of Nihon University pinned rival Kei Yamana of Chukyo Women’s University in the 59-kg final to win her second title at the women’s wrestling collegiate national championships. Shimada won the championship crown last year at 63 kg.
Champions at the other weights were:
48 kg - Yuri Funatsu, Toyo University
51 kg - Yuna Sakae, CWU
55 kg - Chikako Matsukawa, NU
63 kg - Erika Matsukawa, NU
67 kg - Mami Shinkai, CWU
72 kg - Kie Tanaka, CWU
SATO, MATSUMOTO REPEAT AT COLLEGIATE OPEN
TOKYO (August 30) - Sophomores Tsukasa Sato of Waseda and Shinya Matsumoto of Nihon University won repeat titles at the collegiate open freestyle wrestling championships. Sato edged Muneyuki Suzuki of Ritsumeikan 2-1 in the 66-kg final at Komazawa Gymnasium while Matsumoto defeated NU teammate Yoichi Yamagata 2-0 in the 84-kg final.
In addition to Matsumoto, NU also received championship performances from Noriyuki Takatsuka at 60 kg and Maximo Blanco at 74.
Blanco is the second wrestler from Venezuela to win a Japanese collegiate championship after Luis Varela, who also wrestled for NU from 1992 to 1995.
Other champions included Takashi Adachi of Yamanashi Gakuin at 55, Yoshitsugu Yoneyama of Nippon Sports Science University at 96 and Senshu’s Katsuya Kitamura at 120. Two-time defending champion at 60 kg Takaomi Kojima of NSSU went up to 66 kg in his bid for a third open title, but fell to Suzuki in the quarterfinals.
NSSU’s Kenichi Yumoto (60), headed to the world championships in Budapest at the end of September and Universiade national team member Takao Isokawa (84) of Takushoku both forfeited in the semifinals with injuries.
TSURUMAKI WINS 2ND TITLE, OW AT COLLEGIATE OPEN GRECO
TOKYO (August 31) - Reigning national champion at 74 kg Tsukasa Tsurumaki rolled to the 84-kg title at the collegiate open greco-roman hampionships and was named the outstanding wrestler of the entire three-day meet.
Tsurumaki, who won the open title at 74 kg last year, defeated Tatsuya Ito of Waseda 2-0 in the 84-kg final to triumph for the second year in a row. Tsurumaki of Kokushikan was also a bronze medalist at the Universiade in
Izmir, Turkey earlier in the month.
Noritomo Eto also won for a second straight year at 66 kg while teammates Teppei Okamoto (74) and Ryuji Yamaguchi (96) gave Takushoku three championships overall. Kohei Hasegawa won at 55 kg to give Aoyama Gakuin its first collegiate open winner in five years and third overall. Shutaro Matsumoto (60) and Tetsuya Shato (120) won for NSSU.