To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee


   GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (September 2) - Shigeki Osawa and Aoi Otsuki won bronze medals on the opening day of freestyle competition at the junior wrestling world championships.

Osawa of Yamanashi Gakuin University lost his opening round match at 60 kg to eventual champion Mehdi Taghavi Kermani of Iran, but rebounded for a pair of wins in repechage matches. Osawa defeated Zalimkhan Kutseev of Russia for the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Waseda University’s Otsuki fell to European junior champion Kahaber Khubeztu of Russia in the semifinals, but came back for a win against Euro bronze medalist Andrei Taucci of Moldova in the match for third

Otsuki’s Waseda teammate Tetsuro Asami did not fare as well at 96 kg, losing in the first round to Behname Taghipoor of Iran. Taghipoor’s loss in the semifinals eliminated Asami from the competition. At 50 kg, Musashi Nagao of Kinki University did not feel well and did not wrestle.

Results of matches involving Japanese entries:

Men’s freestyle
50 kg - No entry (18 entries)

60 kg - OSAWA, Shigeki (3rd, 30 entries)
1R - lost to Mehdi Taghavi Kermani (IRI), 1-2 (3-1, 1-4, 0-4)
r1 - df. Artur Arakelyan (ARM), 2-0 (3-0, 5-3)
r2 - df. Jack Bond (CAN), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
F3 - df. Zelimanhan Kutsaev (RUS), 2-0 (6-0, 4-3)

74 kg - OTSUKI, Aoi (3rd, 25 entries)
1R - bye
2R - df. Stefan Koch (GER), 2-0 (3-0, 4-1)
QF - df. Radoslaw Marcinkewicz (POL), 2-0 (4-0, 2-1)
SF - lost to Kahaber Khubezhtu (RUS) by fall, 1P
F3 - df. Andrei Taucci (MDA), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)

96 kg - ASAMI, Tetsuro (15th, 15 entries)
1R - lost Behname Taghipoor (IRI), 2-0 (0-3, 0-7)