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By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee:wmay52@hotmail.com


MOSCOW (September 11) – Japan's three entries on the penultimate day of the wrestling world championships in Moscow all made early exits and did not advance very high in the rankings – a day after Yasuhiro Inaba kicked off the men's freestyle competition with a bronze medal effort at 55kg.

Atsushi Matsumoto (84kg) and Takao Isokawa (96kg) posted wins in their opening bouts in the second round, but could go no further than the round of 16 at Olympiysky Sports Complex.

Matsumoto forced a disqualification on Gerald Meyer (RSA), a silver medalist at the 2009 African championships, but then fell in a free-for-all with Maciej Balawender (POL), a runner-up at the world military championships in August.

Isokawa forged a win over European junior bronze medalist Lyuben Iliev (BUL) with late points in both periods, but could not get on the board against last year's world bronze medal winner Serhat Balci (TUR).

At 60kg, Hiroyuki Oda, who had been expected to make a run at a medal after finishing second in January's prestigious Grand Prix event in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, disappointed many when he crashed out in his first bout. After a difficult six minutes, Oda had the advantage of the clinch against Enkhsaikhan Nyam-Ochir (MGL), a Asia bronze medalist in 2007. Oda, however, allowed Enkhsaikhan to escape and the overtime ended on the feet with a point for the Mongolian wrestler.


Men's freestyle

60kg – ODA, Hiroyuki (23rd, 34 entries)
R1 – bye

R2 – lost to Enkhsaikhan Nyam-Ochir (MGL), 1-2 (0-1, 1-0, 0-1=2:13)
Oda gives up a shuck to go-behind in the opening seconds of the match and Enkhsaikhan makes it stand for the first period. Oda gets a go-behind point at 0:30 and holds on to win the second against the one-time Asia bronze medalist.
After a scoreless third period, Oda draws his own color for the clinch. Oda, however, loses his grip and locks up for a headlock. Enkhsaikhan shucks behind and scores the winning takedown.
Oda is eliminated when Enkhsaikhan loses in the next round.

84kg – MATSUMOTO, Atsushi (11th, 33 entries)
R1 – bye

R2 – df. Gerald Meyer (RSA) by disqualification, 3P=1:16 (2-5, 6-0=1:21, C3-1)
Matsumoto gave up three points on an attempted force-out that judges called a last-second throw for Meyer. After the challenge and another force-out, Matsumoto on the board with a penalty point, followed by a takedown and gut wrench. Matsumoto kept the pressure on in the second for a technical.
Matsumoto opened the third period with a low single, followed by two force-outs and a takedown out-of-bounds that resulted in a third penalty against the 2009 African silver medal winner and disqualification.

R3 – lost to Maciej Balawender (POL), 0-2 (3-5, 1-4)
In a wild first period, Matsumoto comes from behind to tie the score 3-3 at 1:17 for the tie-break advantage, only to be hit with a fireman's carry in the final 15 seconds.
In the second period, Matsumoto gives up a single-leg and then loses two more when his leg attack is countered. Japanese coaches challenge, saying the decision should be two for their wrestler, but are denied. Matsumoto gains one point when Balawender is hit with a fleeing the hold penalty.
Matsumoto is eliminated from medal contention when Balawender loses in the quarterfinals.

96kg – ISOKAWA, Takao (17th, 33 entries)
R1 – bye

R2 – df. Lyuben Iliev (BUL), 2-0 (3-0, 1-0)
Isokawa scores two points with a front headlock and turn at the end of the first period and receives another when a challenge from the Bulgarian coaches is denied. In the second period, Isokawa stops a leg attack by the 2009 European junior bronze medalist and spins behind for a point at 1:30.

R3 – lost to Serhat Balci (TUR), 0-2 (0-1, 0-4)
In the first period, Isokawa goes chest-to-chest last year's world bronze medalist and is driven out of bounds. In the second, Isokawa gives up a duck-under early in the period, then is turned for two off a leg attack. A final go-behind makes it 0-4.
Isokawa was knocked out of medal contention when Balci lost in the quarterfinals.

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