By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information


KRASNOYARSK, Russia (January 30) - Seiko Yamamoto-Nagashima defeated two-time world silver medalist Lubov Volossova (RUS) and European champion Yulia Ostapchuk (UKR) to win her first international title at 63kg on the second day of the Ivan Yarygin International wrestling tourney.

It was Yamamoto's second win overseas since announcing plans a year ago to make a bid for the Japanese squad for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Yamamoto, wrestling as Seiko Nagashima, won the Poland Open last August at 59kg. In her four wins, Yamamoto, a four-time former world champion, did not drop a period, racked up 25 points while allowing only one point to be scored against her.
Also in the women's events, Chikako Matsukawa posted one win at 55kg, but lost to European champion Nataliya Synyshyn and failed to place.

In the men's competition, newly crowned national champion Hiroyuki Oda ground out four wins at 60kg - each win requiring three periods - but had to settle for second place after losing to Beijing Olympic silver medalist Vasil Fedoryshyn (UKR) in the final.

Meanwhile, Noriyuki Takatsuka, who also lost to Fedorysyn in the third round, posted a pair of wins in repechage and defeated his Uzbek opponent for a bronze medal.

Japan does not have any wrestlers entered on the final day of competition.

Results of bouts involving Japanese entries:

60kg - ODA, Hiroyuki (2nd, 37 entries)

R1 - bye

R2 - df. (Batmagnai Batchuluun-) Batuduun (MGL), 2-1 (3-0, 0-2, 3-0)
Oda scores with an arm throw early in the third period and holds on for the win

R3 - df. (Magomedkamil Magomedov-) (BLR), 2-1 (1-0=2:04, 0-1, 1-0=2:30)
Oda defends against the clinch in the third period to win

R4 - df. -- Banzarak (RUS), 2-1 (0-1=2:02, 1-0, 1x-1)
Oda gives up a go-behind point early in the third period, but scores a takedown right before the buzzer for the win.

SF - df. Albert Saritov (RUS), 2-1 (1-0=2:08, 0-1=2:00. 1-0=2:05)
Oda wins the ball pick-up after all three periods, dropping the second after two false starts but hoisting the former world military champion out of bounds for the win.

F1 - lost to Vasil Fedoryshyn (UKR), 0-2 (0-3, 1-7=1:56)
Oda gives up a pair of throws and falls to the Beijing Olympic silver medalist.


60kg - TAKATSUKA, Noriyuki (3rd, 37 entries)

R1 - df. Shawn Bunch (USA), 2-0 (1x-1=last, 1-0)
Takatsuka scores a late go-behind for the first period, and an early force-out for the second.

R2 - df. Kozlov (RUS), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
Takatsuka wins on a force-out and go-behind.

R3 - lost to Vasil Fedoryshyn (UKR), 0-2 (0-1=2:04, 0-3)
Takatsuka gets taken down from the clinch in the first period, then gives up a go-behind and gut wrench in the second.

r1 - df. -- Chakaev (RUS), 2-0 (3-0, 1-0)
Takatsuka scores a three-point takedown in the first and gets a force-out in the second.

r2 - df. Mandarkhnaran Ganzorig (MGL) by fall, 1P=1:25 (F4-0)
Takatsuka follows up a force-out with a takedown to the back and presses the Asia runner-up for the fall.

F3 - df. Bakhram Ermatov (UZB), 2-0 (2-1, 5-0)
Takatsuka scores with a pair of go-behinds in the first period, then wraps up a front headlock with the leg and puts his opponent on his back for a nearfall.

Women's freestyle

55kg - MATSUKAWA, Chikako (did not place, 15 entries)

R1 - df. -- Oleiniko (KAZ), 2-0 (2-0, 5-0)
Matsukawa takes the first period with a single-leg takedown and scores big with a three-pointer in the second.

R2 - lost to Nataliya Synyshyn (UKR), 0-2 (0-6=1:47, 1-5)
Matsukawa is hit with a three-point takedown in the first period, then errs on a front headlock and turn against the European champion for a nearfall in the second.


63kg - YAMAMOTO, Seiko (1st, 13 entries)

R1 - df. (Bayarzaya Tserendorj--) Tchdenborzh (MGL), 2-0 (2-0, 6-0=1:46)
Yamamoto scores with a double-leg for one point and go-behind in the first period, then a pair of three-point takedowns in the second.

R2 - df. Elena Pirozkhova (USA) by fall, 2P=0:29 (1-0=2:04, F4-0)
Yamamoto drops the Pan American champion with an outer thigh trap in the second period for the fall.

SF - df. Lubov Volossova (RUS), 2-0 (1-0, 7-0=1:53)
Yamamoto takes the first period with an ankle-pick takedown, then drops the two-time world silver medalist to her back at the end of the second for the technical.

F1 - df. Yulia Ostapchuk (UKR), 2-0 (3-1, 1-0)
Yamamoto opens with a two-point counter to a takedown in the first period, and scores a takedown with two seconds remaining in the second to defeat the European champion.

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