To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


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


   GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (August 30) - Takushoku University’s Kazuma Kuramoto rebounded from a loss to European junior champion Zaur Kuramagomedov of Russia to claim a fifth place at the junior wrestling world

   Wrestling at 55 kg on the final day of greco-roman competition, Kuramoto fell to Kuramagomedov after a tough battle 3-4, 0-3 in the quarterfinals, but qualified for repechage after the Russian advanced to the finals where he eventually took the gold medal. Kuramoto posted one win to advance to the final for third place, but fell to Bulgaria’s Aleksandar Kostadinov 1-3, 5-4, 0-5.

   At 66 kg, Kazuhiko Naruse of Nippon Sports Science University lost to eventual bronze medalist Tamas Lorincz Of Hungary 1-1x, 0-2 in the quarterfinals and had to settle for ninth place when Lorincz fell in the

   As the greco-roman competition came to a close, Japan earned a 10th place in the final team standings with 14 points. Russia won the team title with three individual champions and 70 points while Turkey was second with 55 points despite winning four weight categories.

Results of Japanese entries:

55 kg - KURAMOTO, Kazuma (5th, 23 entries)
1R - bye
2R - df. Stepan Vychko (UKR), 2-0 (5-0, 6-0)
QF - lost to Zaur Kuramagomedov (RUS), 0-2 (3-4, 0-3)
r2 - df. Vasilios Tersenidis (GRE) by TF, 2-0 (8-0, 7-0)
F3 - lost to Aleksandar Kostadinov (BUL), 1-2 (1-3, 5-4, 0-5)

66 kg - NARUSE, Kazuhiko (9th, 23 entries)
R1 - bye
R2 - df. Eduardo Vera (CHI) by fall, 1P=1:26 (4-0)
QF - lost to Tamas Lorincz (HUN), 0-2 (1-1x, 0-2)

84 kg - SAIKAWA, Norikatsu (19th, 26 entries)
R1 - bye
R2 - lost to Hristo Marina (BUL), 0-2 (1-4, 1-2)

120 kg - YASUDA, Iori (12th, 15 entries)
R1 - lost to Dimitri Jvakhishvili (GEO), 1-2 (0-3, 1x-1, 1-1x)