To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


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


    GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (August 29) - Ryutaro Matsumoto of Nippon Sports Science University posted a pair of wins at 60 kg to claim seventh place on the opening day of the junior wrestling world championships.

    Matsumoto won by default over Armenia's Khosrov Melikyan, a bronze medalist in the European junior meet, in the opening round and then stopped Aleksandar Maksimovic of Serbia-Montenegro 7-0, 2-1 in the round of 16.
Matsumoto, from Gunma'S Tatebayashi high school, fell in the quarterfinals to Cuba's Sergio Rodriguez Martinez of Cuba 0-3, 0-3 and did not advance to the repechage matches.

    Hyogo high school student Masaharu Kaji and Yusuke Yamamoto of Yamanashi Gakuin University lost to a pair of European junior bronze medalists in the first round.

Results of Japanese entires:

Greco-roman style
50 kg - KAJI, Masaharu (10th, 14 entries)
1R - lost to Lasha Gogitadze (GEO), 0-2 (1-4, 3-5)

60 kg - MATSUMOTO, Ryutaro (7th, 25 entries)
1R - bye
2R - df. Khosrov Melikyan (ARM) by default
3R - df. Aleksandar Maksimovic (SCG), 20 (7-0, 2-1)
QF - lost to Sergio Rodriguez Martinez (CUB), 0-2 (0-3, 0-3)

74 kg - KURAYA, Shuhei (16th, 27 entries)
1R - lost to Cho Hyun-Ha (KOR), 0-2 (0-1, 0-1)

96 kg - YAMAMOTO, Yusuke (20th, 21 entries)
1R - Roman Marchenko (RUS), 0-2 (0-5, 0-6)