To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee
Kyodo World Services, senior sports


ANKARA (August 4) - Hosei University’s Kosei Taguchi turned in Japan’s best performance without the benefit of a win, finishing 10th on the opening day of greco-roman competition at the junior world wrestling championships.

Taguchi fell in his opening bout at 50kg to Kyrgyzstan’s Hasan Sulaimanov 0-4, 3-6 and was eliminated from the competition when Sulaimanov lost in the semifinals. Taguchi’s three points in the second period helped him move up in the final rankings. He also got an unexpected boost from Sulaimanov, who was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct after losing in the match for third place and was not placed. Because of Sulaimanov’s disqualification, Taguchi moved up one rank from 11th to 10th place.

Meanwhile, Takuma Arizono of Yamanashi Gakuin University posted only Japan’s win of the day at 96kg, but then lost his next two matches and slipped to 13th. Ironically, Arizono’s defeated opponent, Lukas Hormann of Austria, placed 10th, ahead of Arizono, by virtue of scoring more technical points in his two bouts.

Japan’s third entry of the day Shinya Yano of Takushoku University fell in a one-sided bout to 2008 Asia junior runner-up Nurdaulet Yelmuratov of Kazakhstan.

At 74kg, Yuya Tatsukawa of Nippon Sports Science University did not make the trip to Ankara because of poor condition.

50kg - TAGUCHI, Kosei (10th, 19 entries)
R1 - bye
R2 - lost to Hasan Sulaimanov (KGZ), 0-2 (0-4, 3-6)

60kg - YANO, Shinya (29th, 29 entries)
R1 - lost to Nurdaulet Yelmuratov (KAZ), 0-2 (0-4, 0-7)

74kg - no Japanese entry (31 entries)

96kg - ARIZONO, Takuma (13th, 27 entries)
R1 - bye
R2 - df. Lukas Hormann (AUT), 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0)
R3 - lost to Coskun Efe (GER), 1-2 (0-2, 1-0, 0-1)
r1 - lost to Mikalai Danilau (BLR), 0-2 (0-2, 0-1)