To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world

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


SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (February 28-March 1) - Kohei Hasegawa triumphed for a second time on Japan’s winter wrestling tour of Europe with a convincing win in the Hungarian Grand Prix greco-roman wrestling event. Hasegawa, who won at the Nikola Petrov International in Bulgaria two weeks earlier, racked up four straight wins against a strong field to claim the 55kg crown in the tournament that also served as a qualifying meet for the FILA Golden Grand Prix final in July.

His victories included wins over 2007 world military championships bronze medalist Maksim Kazharski (BLR) and Spencer Mango (USA), a ninth place finisher at last summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing. Hasegawa’s gold also meant that the young Japanese freestyle and greco-roman squads earned gold medals in each of their four stops on their winter tour of Europe.

Also, in the two-day Hungarian event, Yasuyuki Tanioka came from behind to defeat Japanese rival Ryota Sato in his first match and then went on to take the bronze at 60kg. It was his first medal ever in international competition.

Tanioka’s only loss came at the hands of Olympic 55kg silver medalist Rovshan Bayramov (AZE) in the semifinals.

Results of Japanese entries:

55kg - HASEGAWA, Kohei (1st, 20 entries)

R1 - bye

R2 - df. Maksim Kazharski (BLR), 2-0 (2-0, 5-0)
Hasegawa takes the first period with a gut wrench, then applies a body tackle for three and another gut wrench in the second period.

R3 - df. Anders Ronningen (NOR), 2-0 (2-0, 8-0)
Hasegawa falls on top of his opponent’s arm throw attempt and follows up with a gut wrench in the first period. In the second, Hasegawa crushes a duck-under attempt and converts with a lift and gut wrench for technical superiority.

SF - df. Spencer Mango (USA), 2-1 (0-1, 2-0, 1-0)
Hasegawa and U.S. Olympian Mango exchange first and second periods. After a scoreless 90 seconds in the third, Hasegawa chooses down and then escapes to run out the clock for the win.

F1 - df. Mariusz Los (POL), 2-0 (2-0, 1-0)
Hasegawa guts for two points in the first period and defends in the second for his second gold medal of the Japanese winter tour of Europe.


55kg - MINEMURA, Ryo (7th, 20 entries)

R1 - df. Arsen Eraliev (KGZ), 2-1 (2-1, 3-4, 1-1)
Minemura takes the first period with a late standing roll, but gives up the second with a 3-point body tackle against last year’s junior world runner-up. In the third period, Minemura ends up on top of his opponent’s headlock in 1-1 exchange to win on last-point criteria.

R2 - df. Lasha Gogitadze (GEO), 2-1 (0-3, 6-0, 3-1)
Minemura gets arched over in the first period, but rebounds with a body takedown to nearfall for the technical in the second. Minemura gives up an early point in the third, but comes back with a takedown and gut wrench against the Beijing Olympian.

R3 - lost to Mariusz Los (POL), 0-2 (0-1, 0-1)
Minemura cannot turn the up-and-coming Polish wrestler in the first period and gives up a body tackle in the second.

r1 - lost to Kristijan Fris (SRB), 0-2 (0-3, 0-1)
Minemura is forced out of bounds and gives up a gut wrench after a missed arm throw in the first period. In the second, he is forced out again by the 2007 world bronze medalist.


60kg - TANIOKA, Yasuyuki (3rd, 23 entries)

R1 - df. Ryota Sato (JPN), 2-1 (0-3, 5-3, 1-0)
Tanioka miscues on a bodylock and Sato lands on top for three points in the first period. In the second, Sato scores three with a head lock but Tanioka counters with an arm throw and a pair of gut wrenches. In the third period, Tanioka gets the choice for par terre and defends for a point and the win.

R2 - df. Ihar Shmatko (BLR), 2-1 (0-3, 6-0, 2-0)
Tanioka drops the first period giving up three points on defense in par terre, but rebounds with an arm throw and trap-arm gut wrench for the technical. Tanioka scores a gut wrench in par terre for the win.

R3 - df. Revaz Lashkhi (GEO), 2-0 (2-0, 1-0)
Tanioka takes the first period with a pair of gut wrenches and then defends for the win in the second against the bronze medal winner from last year’s Golden Grand Prix final.

SF - lost to Rovshan Bayramov (AZE), 1-2 (0-1, 2-0, 0-1)
Tanioka appears to have the advantage against the Beijing Olympic silver medalist in the third period, but is forced out of bounds midway through the stanza and slips into the matches for third place.

F3 - df. Edward Barsegjan (POL), 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 2-0)
Neither wrestler can score in the standing position through three periods, Tanioka wins the ball pick-up in the third period and thinks he has the choice of par terre starting position. The chairman, however, explains that because no offensive points were scored in the match, Tanioka has to take the offensive position and begin with the reverse waistlock. Unfazed, Tanioka quickly moves from the waistlock to a front headlock and dives over the top to expose his opponent’s shoulders to the mat.


60kg - SATO, Ryota (13th, 23 entries)

R1 - lost to Yasuyuki Tanioka (JPN), 1-2 (3-0, 3-5, 0-1)
See above


66kg - FUJIMURA, Tsutomu (5th, 25 entries)

R1 - df. Tomasz Swierk (POL), 2-0 (1-0, 3-0)
Fujimura defends in par terre to win the first period, and guts to a nearfall in the second.

R2 - df. Mikhail Siamionav (BLR), 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 2-0)
Fujimura and the Beijing Olympic bronze medalist exchange the first and second period, but Fujimura shucks to a go-behind for one point and then is awarded a second after a rejected video challenge by the Belarus coach.

R3 - df. Hiroyuki Shimizu (JPN) by fall, 2P=1:57 (1-2, F5-0)
Shimizu takes the first period with a headlock, but Fujimura presses for the fall from a gut wrench in the second period.

SF - lost to Manuchar Tskhadaia (GEO), 1-2 (2-2, 0-4, 0-1)
Fujimura takes the first period on big-point criteria, but cannot score in the next two periods.

F3 - lost to Ionut Panait (ROU), 0-2 (0-2, 0-1)
Fujimura is forced out for a point, but then appears to score on a shuck and go-behind for the last point. The officiating crew, however, rules that control had not been established. In the second period, Fujimura cannot turn the former European No. 2 in par terre and has to settle for fifth place.


66kg - SHIMIZU, Hiroyuki (7th, 25 entries)

R1 - df. Hussein Abdel Ghat Elyan (EGY) by fall, 2P=1:48 (0-4, F6-0)
Shimizu gives up a big lift in the first period, but launches his own high-arching throw in the second and presses for the fall.

R2 - df. Marius Thommesen (NOR), 2-0 (1-0, 5-1)
Shimizu takes the first period with a tight par terre defense, then rallies from behind with a throw and gut wrench in the second.

R3 - lost to Tsutomi Fujimura by fall, 2P=1:57 (2-1, F0-5)
See above


74kg - TSURUMAKI, Tsukasa (12th, 25 entries)

R1 - bye

R2 - df. Jake Fisher (USA), 2-1 (0-1, 2-1, 6-1)
Tsurumaki and his opponent trade periods on gut wrenches in the first and second, but Tsurumaki breaks the match open with an arm throw and front headlock turn in the third.

R3 - lost to Alexander Kikinov (BLR), 0-2 (0-2, 0-2)
Tsurumaki had difficulties against the 2004 Olympian, giving up a reversal in the first period par terre and then being penalized in the second for not taking an open position in the defensive position.

r1 - lost to Farid Mansurov (AZE), 0-2 (0-2, 0-1)
Tsurumaki has difficulty generating any offense against the 2007 world champion (at 66kg), getting turned with a gut wrench in the first period and then penalized on the feet for failing to keep his head up in the second.


74kg - KANAKUBO, Takeo (22nd, 25 entries)

R1 - lost to Yauhani Silivonchik (BLR), 0-2 (0-1, 0-3)
Kanakubo weathers a rough push-and-pull in the first 90 seconds, but cannot score on top in par terre and drops the first period. He then gets arched over in the second by the former Euro junior bronze medalist.


84kg - SAIKAWA, Norikatsu (12th, 20 entries)

R1 - bye

R2 - lost to David Karchava (GEO), 1-2 (0-4, 6-0, 0-3)
Saikawa roars to a second-period technical after dropping the first period to the 2008 Golden Grand Prix runner-up, but then misfires with an arm throw and gives up a gut wrench and a force-out.

r1 - lost to Ahmet Yildirim (TUR), 0-2 (0-5, 0-7)
Saikawa gets gut wrenched three times in the first period, and then is penalized for a false start in par terre in the second before being arched over for the technical.


96kg - KITAMURA, Katsuya (24th, 27 entries)

R1 - lost to Vladzimir Marusav (BLR), 0-2 (0-2, 0-3)
Kitamura hit with two “head-up” penalties in the first period, and fails to generate any offense in the second.


120kg - NAKAMURA, Atsushi (16th, 16 entries)

R1 - lost to Ivan Ivanov (BUL), 0-2 (0-6, 0-5)
Nakamura is taken down with a headlock in the first period by the Beijing Olympian, and is hit with a penalty point in the second and then a pair of gut wrenches.