TOKYO (June 14) – Kohei HASEGAWA and fellow London 2012 Olympic Games teammates Tsutomu FUJIMURA and Norikatsu SAIKAWA triumphed at the Meiji Cup invitational wrestling tournament to secure berths on Japan’s squad for the Asian Games.
Hasegawa, who stumbled in the 60kg quarterfinals at last December’s national championships, edged 60kg national champion Kazuma KURAMOTO in the invitational quarterfinals and 2013 world team member Shota TANOKURA for the Meiji Cup crown at 59kg.
Hasegawa then defeated Kuramoto again in the national team wrestle-off for the chance to wrestle in the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
Also at 59kg, Shinobu OTA, who defeated world champion YUN Won-Chol (PRK) on his way to a silver medal at the Asian championships in April, lost in the semifinals to Tanokura and did not get a chance to challenge for a national team berth.
Also in greco-roman, national champions Fujimura and Saikawa breezed past the opposition at 71kg and 98kg, respectively, to punch their tickets for Incheon. Tsukasa TSURUMAKI, national champion at 84kg, nailed down the 80kg title for his national team berth.
In freestyle, national champions Noriyuki TAKATSUKA and Atsushi MATSUMOTO won invitational titles to secure their place on the national team at 60kg and 84kg.
Veteran Takafumi KOJIMA pinned top-seeded Ken HOSAKA in the 70kg semifinals to win the invitational crown and then flattened the Asia bronze medal winner again in the wrestle-off for a spot on the Asian Games team.
Nobuyoshi ARAKIDA had to go an extra match at 125kg, losing to Tomoyuki OKA, 2-1, in the invitational final before rolling past Oka in the national team wrestle-off.
In women’s freestyle, Golden Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Rio WATARI tightened her grip on a ticket to the Asian Games with a 7-4 victory over Yarygin Grand Prix winner Yurika ITO at 63kg.
Meanwhile, 2013 world bronze medalist Sara DOSHO and world team member Hiroe SUZUKI won at 69kg and 75kg, respectively. Chiho HAMADA and Katsuki SAKAGAMI also moved closer to world team berths with wins at 55kg and 60kg.
61kg (12 entries)
F1 – Noriyuki TAKATSUKA df. Masakazu KAMOI, 4-1
F3 – Hirotaka ABE df. Shingo ARIMOTO by TF, 3:55 (10-0)
70kg (10 entries)
F1 – Takafumi KOJIMA df. Futoshi YOKOYAMA, 8-0
F3 – Hiroto NODA df. Ken Hosaka by TF, 3:38 (10-0)
National Team Wrestle-off – Takafumi KOJIMA df. Ken HOSAKA by fall, 1:52 (4-0)
86kg (14 entries)
F1 – Atsushi MATSUMOTO df. Shinya MATSUMOTO, 3-1
F3 – Naoya AKAGUMA df. Shota SHIRAI, 10-6
97kg (12 entries)
F1 – Seiji SUZUKI df. Suguru KINOSHITA, 3-1
F3 – Koki YAMAMOTO df. Shinichi NAKAI by TF, 3:56 (12-2)
125kg (6 entries)
F1 – Tomoyuki OKA df. Nobuyoshi ARAKIDA, 2-1
F3 – Katsutoshi KANAZAWA df. Tetsuya MATSUMOTO by TF, 0:36 (10-0)
NTWO – Nobuyoshi ARAKIDA df. Tomoyuki OKA, 6-1
59kg (17 entries)
F1 – Kohei HASEGAWA df. Shota TANOKURA, 8-3
F3 – Shinobu OTA df. Bai SHIMOYAMADA by TF, 1:12 (8-0)
NTWO – Kohei HASEGAWA df. Kazuma KURAMOTO, 4-0
71kg (6 entries)
F1 – Tsutomu FUJIMURA df. Noritomo ETO by TF, 4:14 (8-0)
F3 – Tomohiro INOUE df. Yushi HAMAGUCHI by TF, 2:06 (9-0)
80kg (6 entries)
F1 – Tsukasa TSURUMAKI df. Masato SUMI by TF, 2:56 (8-0)
F3 – Yuya MAEDA df. Naoki HANAYAMA by TF, 4:59 (12-4)
98kg (11 entries)
F1 – Norikatsu SAIKAWA df. Akira OSAKA by TF, 4:18 (10-0)
F3 – Yasuhito YONEHIRA df. Yusuke YAMAMOTO by default
55kg (6 entries)
F1 – Chiho HAMADA df. Hikari SUGAWARA, 2-2 (big point)
F3 – Anri KIMURA df. Yuki IKEGAME, 8-8 (big point)
60kg (10 entries)
F1 – Katsuki SAKAGAMI df. Kanako MURATA, 17-6
F3 – Ayaka ITO df. Yui SAKANO, 8-5
63kg (8 entries)
F1 – Rio WATARI df. Yurika ITO, 7-4
F3 – Haruna UEHARA df. Kona SUZUKI, 9-4
69kg (4 entries)
F1 – Sara DOSHO df. Kayoko KUDO by TF, 5:33 (17-7)
F3 – Masako FURUICHI df. Mami SHINKAI by default
75kg (5 entries)
F1 – Hiroe SUZUKI df. Rino ABE by TF, 3:35 (11-0)
F3 – Chiaki IIJIMA df. Mukku SAITO by TF, 4:01 (10-0)