To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world
By William May
（Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee
SAITO WINS BRONZE MEDAL ON 1ST DAY OF ASIAN C'SHIPS
By Sachiko Hotaka
ALMATY (April 6) - Tokyo police officer Masashi Saito (right) raked in a bronze medal for Japan with a pair of falls on the opening day of the Asian Wrestling Championships. Saito's lone loss of the day came in the freestyle semifinals at 55 kg 0-2 to Iran's Mohammad Rezaei. "I was hoping to win a medal of a shinier color, but I ran out of gas. I need to practice more,・Saito said.
Japan's other two entries on the day -- Takafumi Kojima (66 kg) and Yutaka Suzuki (84 kg) -- both fell in theirbronze medal matches and had to settle for fifth place. Japan did not enter a wrestler at 120 kg.
The championships continue through Sunday.
Results of matches involving Japanese entries:
55 kg - SAITO, Masashi (3rd, 11 entries)
1R - bye
2R - df. Qin Yi (CHN) by fall, 1P=1:53
SF - lost to Mohammad Rezaei (IRI), 0-2 (0-3, 1-3)
F3 - df. Yasser al-Qubaisi (UAE) by fall, 1P=1:01
66 kg - KOJIMA, Takafumi (5th, 11 entries)
1R - lost to Batzorig Buyanjav (MGL), 0-2 (0-6, 1-3)
r1 - df. Kim In-Chol (PRK), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
F3 - lost to Arslan Khutaliev (UZB), 1-2 (1-0, 4-6, 0-1)
84 kg - SUZUKI, Yutaka (5th, 10 entries)
1R - bye
2R - df. No Jae-Hyun (KOR), 2-1 (3-0, 0-2, 1x-1)
SF - lost to Zaurbek Sokhiev (UZB), 0-2 (0-2, 0-3)
F3 - lost to Majid Khodaei (IRI) by fall, 2P=1:16