NIIGATA, Niigata (March 29) – Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Yajuro YAMASAKI added to his growing collection of tournament hardware with a triumph at 84kg at the National High School Invitational Wrestling Tournament.
Yamasaki, who won the triple crown of high school wrestling titles in 2014, defeated last year’s high school greco-roman champion Tatsuya FUJII (Ritto, Shiga) in the invitational final, 4-1, to bag the first jewel of 2015.
Along with Yamasaki’s repeat title, Ryuki YOSHIDA (Wakayama Kita) won his second straight title at 74kg while Taishi NARIKUNI (Inabe Sogo Gakuen, Mie) won the 60kg crown after prevailing at 50kg one year ago.
Meanwhile, high school national champion at 96kg Takashi ISHIGURO (Hanasaki Tokuharu, Saitama) won his first invitational title with a series of wins by fall or technical fall without giving up a point in all of his bouts.
Results of individual championship finals:
50kg – Toshiya ABE (Teikyo, Tokyo) df. Ryo MATSUI (Chukyo, Gifu) by fall, 5:52 (4-1)
55kg – Takuto OTOGURO (Teikyo) df. Ryutaro HAYAMA (Kyoto Hachiman), 4-2
60kg – Taishi NARIKUNI (Inabe Sogo Gakuen, Mie) df. Rion ISOKAWA (Amino, Kyoto) by TF, 0:44, 10-0
66kg – Yusho MIWA (Wakayama Kita) df. Tsuyoshi NAKAMURA (Hanasaki Tokuharu, Saitama), 4-4=last point
74kg – Ryuki YOSHIDA (Wakayama Kita) df. Taisei MATSUYUKI (Seijo, Ehime), 8-1
84kg – Yajuro YAMASAKI (Saitama Sakae) df. Tomoki IIMURA (Kajima Gakuen, Ibaraki) by TF, 10-0, 5:45
96kg – Takashi ISHIGURO (Hanasaki Tokuharu) df. Yoshiki SHIRATORI (Komoro, Nagano) by fall, 2:25 (10-0)
120kg – Masahide TOMEI (Kasumigaura, Ibaraki) df. Keiichi ANEISHI (Miyako Shogyo, Iwate) by fall, 0:32 (8-0)