YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa (August 4-5) – Asia junior runner-up Yuhi FUJINAMI pinned rival Tsuyoshi NAKAMURA for his first national high school championships crown and was named the outstanding wrestler of the meet.
Meanwhile, cadet world bronze medalist Yajuro YAMASAKI capped his run to the 84kg title with a technical fall over local favorite Yura NAITO and joined with Fujinami, Kei YONEZAWA (60kg) and Taiki YAMAMOTO (120kg) as winners at both the spring invitational and the summer national high school wrestling crowns.
Asia cadet champion Takuto OTOGURO of Teikyo high school in Tokyo became the ninth first-year champion with at the high school nationals the title at 50kg.
Team champion Hanasaki Tokuharu (Saitama) had two individual champions – Yushi TANABE at 74kg and Takashi ISHIGURO at 96kg. Asia cadet champion Ishiguro notched 12 wins without a loss over the four days of team and individual competition.
Championship finals, individual
50kg – Takuto OTOGURO (Teikyo, Tokyo) df. Takuma TANIYAMA (Kyoto Hachiman), 7-0
55kg – Toshihiro HASEGAWA (Jiyugaoka Gakuen, Tokyo) df. Takumi YOSHIMURA (Saitama Sakae) by fall, 0:58 (4-0)
60kg – Kei YONEZAWA (Akita Shogyo) df. Shoya SHIMAE (Tosu Kogyo, Saga), 9-8
66kg – Yuhi FUJINAMI (Inabe Sogo Gakuen, Mie) df. Tsuyoshi NAKAMURA (Hanasaki Tokuharu, Saitama) by fall, 1:53 (10-0)
74kg – Yushi TANABE (Hanasaki Tokuharu) df. Ryuki YOSHIDA (Wakayama Kita), 13-8
84kg – Yajuro YAMASAKI (Saitama Sakae) df. Yura NAITO (Isogo Kogyo, Kanagawa) by TF, 10-0=2:15
96kg – Takashi ISHIGURO (Hanasaki Tokuharu) df. Takuya YAMASHITA (Yawatahama Kogyo, Ehime) by TF, 10-0=1:41
120kg – Taiki YAMAMOTO (Hiryu, Shizuoka) df. Yasuhiro YAMAMOTO (Hanasaki Tokuharu), 4-3
OW – Yuhi FUJINAMI, Inabe Sogo Gakuen (Mie)