To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world

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


THESSALONIKI, Greece (July 12) - Ryo Minemura earned a bronze medal at 55 kg as the greco-roman competition got under way at the world university wrestling championships.

The recent Kanagawa University graduate scored a pair of wins sandwiched around a semifinal loss to Yemar Ramazanov of Kazakhstan. In the match for third place, Minemura edged Turkey’s Sensoy Onur, a fifth place finisher at the 2005 university championships.

Japan’s other three entries on the day lost in their opening bouts and were unable to proceed to the repechage rounds.


Results of individual bouts involving Japanese entries:

55 kg - MINEMURA, Ryo (3rd, 9 entries)
R1 - bye
R2 - df. Alexander Nikitin (RUS), 2-0 (4-1, 2-1)
SF - lost to Yernar Ramazanov (KAZ), 1-2 (1-1, 1-1, 1-3)
F3 - df. Sensoy Onur (TUR), 2-1 (1-1, 1-1, 2-0)

66 kg - FUJIMOTO, Kohei (11th, 12 entries)
R1 - lost to Yevgan Kosmyna (UKR) by fall, 1P=1:10 (F0-6)

84 kg - NAGUCHI, Yoshihiro (11th, 16 entries)
R1 - lost to Yerbol Raimbekov (KAZ), 0-2 (0-7, 4-6)

120 kg - KITAMURA, Katsuya
R1 - lost to Yayuz Guvendi (TUR), 0-2 (1-2, 1-3)