To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


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


   SOFIA (March 18-19) - Veteran Makoto Sasamoto and up-and-coming Tsukasa Tsurumaki grabbed bronze medals at the Nikola Petrov International greco-roman wrestling tournament.

   Wrestling on the final day of the Golden Grand Prix tourney in Sofia, Sasamoto and Tsurumaki each pocketed 1,000 dollars for their third-place finishes. At 60 kg, Sasamoto fell to world bronze medalist Eusebiu Diaconu of Romania in the semifinals, but rebounded with a 2-1 win over last year’s junior world champion Davor Stefanek of Serbia-Montenegro for the bronze medal.

   Tsurumaki, meanwhile, posted a win over Georgia’s Manuchar Kvirkvelia, a former world champion at 66 kg, in the first round at 74 kg but fell to France’s Christophe Guenot in semifinals. Tsurumaki came back with a reverse waist-lock to lift for the fall against Greece’s Konstantos Papadopulos in the bronze medal match.

   On the first day of competition, all four Japanese entries, including Poland Open winner Shingo Matsumoto, failed to advance beyond their first round matches.

Results of matches with Japanese entries:

55 kg - TOYOTA, Masatoshi (did not place)
1R - lost to Jasem Amiri (IRI), 1-2 (1-1x=last point, 4-1, 0-3)
55 kg - HASEGAWA, Kohei (dnp)
1R - lost to Chochua Irakli (GEO), 0-2 (1-3, 1-3)
60 kg - SASAMOTO, Makoto (3rd place)
1R - df. Nurbakyt Tengizbayev (KAZ), 2-0 (3-0, 1x-1=last)
2R - df. Bunyamin Emik (TUR), 2-1 (0-5, 4-0, 2-1)
SF - lost to Eusebiu Diaconu (ROM), 0-2 (0-5, 0-4)
F3 - df. Davor Stefanek (SCG), 2-1 (7-0, 0-9, 6-0)
66 jg - IMURO, Masaki (dnp)
1R - lost to Ambako Vachazde (RUS) by TF, 0-2 (0-6, 0-6)
74 kg - TSURUMAKI, Tsukasa (3rd place)
1R - df. Manuchar Kvirkvelia (GEO), 2-0 (8-0, 3-0)
2R - df. Emre Comlekcioglu (TUR), 2-0 (5-0, 7-2)
SF - lost to Christophe Guenot (FRA), 0-2 (1-2, 0-5)
F3 - df. Konstantinos Papadopulos (GRE) by fall, 2P=time not available
84 kg - MATSUMOTO, Shingo (dnp)
1R - lost to Noumonvi Melonin (FRA), 0-2 (0-6, 0-2)