TOKYO (June 21) – The Japan Wrestling Federation will send 11 wrestlers to the FILA Golden Grand Prix Final, wrestling's biggest prize money event, to be held in Baku on July 8-11.
Japan will send three wrestlers in men's freestyle, two in greco-roman and six in women's freestyle.
The JWF had originally planned to send world team member Shinichi Yumoto to compete at 55kg in men's freestyle, but he will be replaced because of some niggling injuries by student champion Mamoru Handa of Senshu University.
Handa joins Waseda University standouts Tomotsugu Ishida (60kg) and Kotaro Tanaka (66kg) on the men's freestyle squad. Ishida won the world university crown last year while Tanaka was a runner-up at the junior world championships.
The GGP final offers 10,000 dollars to the first-place winners, 5,000 dollars to second and 2,000 dollars to each of the third-place finishers.
Japan's other entries in the GGP final are:
66kg – Hiroyuki Shimizu, Japan Self-Defense Forces
94kg – Taichi Oka, SDF
51kg – Yu Miyahara, JOC Academy
55kg – Kanako Murata, JOC Academy
59kg – Kayoko Shimada, SDF
63kg – Rio Watari, Shigakkan University
67kg – Sara Dosho, Shigakkan high school
72kg – Hiroe Suzuki, Clean-up club