TOKYO (June 15) – Reigning world champion Eri TOSAKA defeated 51kg national champ Yu MIYAHARA in the women’s 48kg final and was named the outstanding wrestler at the Meiji Cup national invitational wrestling tournament.
Along with Tosaka, world champions Saori YOSHIDA and Kaori ICHO also won at 53kg and 58kg, respectively.
In men’s freestyle, Asian bronze medalist Fumitaka MORISHITA fell to 2010 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Yuki TAKAHASHI in the final at 57kg and again in the national team wrestle-off to take the inside track for an Asian Games berth.
London 2012 Olympian Sosuke TAKATANI prevailed at 74kg while 2013 Asia bronze medal winner Tomotsugu ISHIDA won at 66kg to tighten their grip on tickets to Incheon, Korea in September.
In greco-roman, London 2012 bronze medalist Ryutaro MATSUMOTO tagged national champ Hideyuki OTOIZUMI with a pair of technical falls at 66kg for the inside track to Incheon, Korea. All-Japan runner-up Arata SONODA defeated Shori MAEKAWA twice at 130kg.
57kg (17 entries)
F1 – Yuki TAKAHASHI df. Fumitaka MORISHITA, 6-6 (higher value technique)
F3 – Yasuhiro INABA df. Gaku AKAZAWA by TF, 3:52 (10-0)
National team wrestle-off: Yuki TAKAHASHI df. Fumitaka MORISHITA, 7-4
65kg (10 entries)
F1 – Tomotsugu ISHIDA df. Daichi TAKATANI, 9-3
F3 – Kotaro TANAKA df. Shogo MAEDA, 8-8 (higher value technique)
74kg (8 entries)
F1 – Sosuke TAKATANI df. Daisuke SHIMADA, 13-5
F3 – Kohei KITAMURA df. Ryoichi YAMANAKA, 6-0
66kg (12 entries)
F1 – Ryutaro MATSUMOTO df. Hideyuki OTOIZUMI by TF, 5:38 (8-0)
F3 – Naoya NAKAMURA df. Ryuji AMEMIYA by TF, 1:14 (8-0)
WO – Ryutaro MATSUMOTO df. Hideyuki MATSUMOTO by TF, 2:02 (8-0)
75kg (7 entries)
F1 – Takehiro KANAKUBO df. Hiroyuki SHIMIZU, 3-2
F3 – So SAKABE df. Tatsunori KAMEI by TF, 1:11 (8-0)
85kg (5 entries)
F1 – Taichi OKA df. Masayuki AMANO, 4-2
F3 – Yoichiro KAGAYA df. Shoya HOSHI by TF, 3:42 (9-0)
130kg (10 entries)
F1 – Arata SONODA df. Shori MAEKAWA, 8-6
F3 – Masahiro TANIDA df. Hirotake TSUDA, 2-1
WO – Arata SONODA df. Shori MAEKAWA, 4-0
48kg (11 entries)
F1 – Eri TOSAKA df. Yu MIYAHARA, 6-2
F3 – Yuki IRIE df. Shiori ITO by TF, 4:50 (12-1)
51kg (10 entries)
F1 – Saori YOSHIDA df. Nanami IRIE, 8-2
F3 – Mayu MUKAIDA df. Arisa TANAKA by fall, 2:51 (8-7)
58kg (4 entries)
F1 – Kaori ICHO df. Risako KAWAI, 4-0
F3 – Mikako HIGUCHI df. Yukako KAWAI by fall, 3:21 (8-4)