KRASNOYARSK, Russia (January 29) – Japan’s three entries on the final day of the Yarygin Grand Prix all made early exits with Momojiro NAKAMURA the only Japanese wrestler to post a win in Krasnoyarsk.
Nakamura, wrestling in only his second international event, stopped Mirzo KHAYTOV (UZB) in the preliminary round at 70kg but could not get past eventual bronze medal winner Magomedkhabib KADIMAGOMEDOV (RUS), 1-6, in the round of 16.
Nakamura, who finished 13th overall in a 26-wrestler bracket, was eliminated from the competition when Kadimagomedov lost in the semifinals, 7-9, to 2016 Russia champion Zaurbek SIDAKOV (RUS).
Japan’s other entries on the final day – Kei YONEZAWA (65kg) and Masakazu KAMOI (65kg) – both lost in the early rounds and did not get a chance in the consolation bracket.
Results of bouts involving Japanese entries:
65kg – YONEZAWA, Kei (16th, 30 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – lost to Alexander SEMISOROW (GER), 4-8
65kg – KAMOI, Masakazu (20th, 30 entries)
R1 – lost to Mohammed Mehdi YEGANEHJAFARI (IRI), 2-3
70kg – NAKAMURA, Momojiro (13th, 26 entries)
R1 – df. Mirzo KHAYTOV (UZB), 8-0
R2 – lost to Magomedkhabib KADIMAGOMEDOV (RUS), 1-6