COLORADO SPRINGS, U.S. (January 29) – Japan managed only one win against three loses and had to settle for a tie for sixth place in the Kiki Cup greco-roman dual meet competition.
Ryo Minemura at 55kg and Kazuma Kuramoto at 60kg turned in Japan's best performances for the day, winning three of their matches with one loss.
The Sunkist club won the team title with four wins, followed by an American combined military team and New York Athletic Club, each with three wins and a loss.
A combined Sweden-Norway squad and Poland tied for fourth place with a 2-2 mark while Japan and Bulgaria tied for sixth at 1-3. The Michigan juniors squad went 0-4 to bring up the rear.
Dual meet scores for Japan:
U.S. military team 15, Japan 12
New York AC 18, Japan 9
Sunkist 18, Japan 5
Japan 16, Michigan juniors 10