TOKYO (June 18-19) – Japan rolled over China 7-0 but could post only three more individual wins in three losses as it finished in 8th place at the Kazakhstan President Cup greco-roman dual meet tournament.
Kazakhstan A won the tourney with a 4-3 triumph over Hungary while Kazakhstan B took third place 5-2 over Korea.
In the other preliminary pool matches, world No. 5 Takehiro Kanakubo earned Japan's only win over Kazakhstan A in a 6-1 loss with a 3-1 triumph over Asia No. 3 Ashkat Dilmuhamedov at 74kg. Against Belarus, Shota Tanokura stopped Europe No. 3 Elbek Tazhyiev 3-0 at 55kg.
In Japan's final dual, a 6-1 loss to Korea, Masayuki Amano pinned Asia No. 2 Cho Hyo-Chul at 84kg.