To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world

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


THESSALONIKI, Greece (July 9) - Japan won two gold medals and a pair of bronze medals as the world university wrestling championships got under way with men’s freestyle wrestling at Alexandrio Melathron sport hall in Thessaloniki. Yasuhiro Inaba, a recent graduate of Senshu University, and Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Takushoku University, posted four wins apiece to win the gold medals at 55-kg and 66-kg respectively.

The victories gave Japan its third and fourth champions in the men’s events at the university championships after Makoto Sasamoto (greco-roman, 58 kg) and Tomohiro Matsunaga (freestyle, 55 kg).

Also on the opening day of competition, Japan received bronze medal efforts from Naoki Monma (84 kg, Nippon Sports Science University) and Atsushi Nakamura (120 kg, Takushoku graduate).


Results of bouts involving Japanese entries:
Men’s freestyle
55 kg - INABA, Yasuhiro (1st, 11 entries)
R1 - df. Mahmut Bayoglu (TUR) by TF, 2-0 (7-1, 7-0)
R2 - df. Vladislav Andreev (BLR) by fall, 2P=0:38 (1x-1, F3-0)
SF - df. Alexandre Chirtoaca (MDA) by fall, 2P=1:09 (3-0, F6-1)
F1 - df. Mikhail Zakharov (RUS), 2-0 (3-1, 3-1)

66 kg - YONEMITSU, Tatsuhiro (1st, 12 entries)
R1 - df. Dmitry Shadrin (RUS), 2-0 (5-0, 4-0)
R2 - df. Josh Churella (USA), 2-0 (1-0, 2-0)
SF - df. Gergo Woller (HUN) by fall 3P=0:49 (0-1, 2-1 F4-0)
F1 - df. Yasin Bolat (TUR), 2-1 (5-5x=big point, 1-0, 4-3)

84 kg - MONMA, Naoki (3rd, 10 entries)
R1 - bye
R2 - df. Bartosz Sofinski (POL), 2-0 (1c-1, 4-0)
SF - lost to Eldar Mansyrov (UKR), 0-2 (0-, 1x-1)
F3 - df. Kurban Dalgatov (RUS), 2-1 (2-6, 5-2, 3-1)

120 kg - NAKAMURA, Atsushi (3rd, 8 entries)
R1 - df. Krisztian Tozser (HUN), 2-0 (1-0, 4-0)
SF - lost to Tervel Dlagnev (USA) by fall, 1P=1:30 (F0-7)
F3 - df. C. Nymfadopoulos (GRE) by default