To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world
By William May
（Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee
May wrestling news
NSSU WINS EAST COLLEGIATE LEAGUE CROWN
TOKYO (May 18) - Defending champion Nippon Sports Science University (NSSU) defeated archrival Nihon University 5-2 to remain kingpins of the East Japan Collegiate Wrestling League.
The title was the 25th East Japan students’ title overall for NSSU which needed a big win over Waseda University in the pool A final to ensure themselves a berth in the championship final. Having lost to Yamanashi Gakuin 3-4 in pool A competition, NSSU stormed past Waseda 5-2 and advanced to the final on criteria.
NSSU, YGU and Waseda each finished with six wins and a loss, but NSSU posted a greater number of wins in individual bouts throughout the pool competition.
Meanwhile, Nihon University lost in the pool final 3-4 to Takushoku University, but advanced to the championship on criteria.
NSSU captain Tetsuya Saikawa was named the outstanding wrestler of the competition while NU’s Noriyuki Takatsuka was awarded the fighting spirit prize.
WINS WEST JAPAN COLLEGIATE CROWN
OSAKA (May 12-13) - Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto defeated defending champion Tokuyama University 4-3 to win its first West Japan collegiate wrestling championship title in a year and a half.
The triumph was Ritsumeikan’s 12th overall championship in the west Japan students’ meets which are held in both the spring and fall. Kansai University won the title in the second division.
SCHEDULE CHANGED FOR MEN’S NAT’L TEAM TRIALS
TOKYO (May 18) - The Japan Wrestling Federation has announced a change in schedule for the Meiji Nyugyo Cup men’s invitational meet, which also serves as Japanese world team trials.
The Meiji Nyugyo meet will also feature special wrestle-offs for the Japanese women’s team at 51, 59 and 67 kg.
The new schedule will be as follows:
June 9 (Saturday) - Freestyle 66, 84, 120 kg; Greco-roman 55, 60, 66, 84, 96 kg
June 10 (Sunday) - Freestyle 55, 60, 74, 96 kg; Greco-roman 74, 120 kg
The trials will be broadcast on Nihon Television at 1:50-3:20 a.m. on June 10-11.
HATTORI TO SKIP WOMEN’S
WORLD TEAM WRESTLE-OFF
TOKYO (May 31) - National champion Ninako Hattori, citing her lack of conditioning, will miss the women’s special world team wrestle-offs on June 10 at Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Hattori of the Chukyo Women’s University Club won the national title at 51 kg in January but sat out the Japan Beverage Queen’s Cup tourney in April plagued by a handful of niggling injuries that hampered her preparations.
The wrestle-off at 51 kg will now feature Queens Cup winner Mizuho Shibata and reigning world champion Hitomi Sakamoto, who came up short in her bid for a berth at 55 kg against Saori Yoshida.
NU ALUM BLANCO TAKES BRONZE
AT PAN AM C’SHIPS
TOKYO (May 24) - Nihon University alum Maximo Blanco won a bronze medal for Venezuela at the Pan American wrestling championships May 18-20 in San Salvador.
Blanco took third at 74 kg in the freestyle competition behind Ivan Fundora of Cuba and Joe Heskett of the United States. Blanco wrestled and studied at Sendai Ikuei high school in northeastern Japan before going to Nihon University.
BEACH NATIONALS SET FOR TOKYO ON JULY 29
TOKYO (May 30) - The third all-Japan beach wrestling championships will be held in Tokyo at the seaside park in Daiba on July 29, the Japan Wrestling Federation announced.
The previous two national beach wrestling meets were held in Oarai, Ibaraki, making this year’s nationals the first to be staged in Tokyo. Details of the competition are still being discussed and will be announced later.