KAZAN, Russia (July 12) – Japan’s entries on the second day of men’s freestyle competition all lost their opening bouts and did not have a chance to wrestle in the consolation rounds at the Universiade currently under way in Kazan.
Daisuke YAMADA (JPN) fell to Reza AFZALIPAEMAMI (IRI) by technical fall, 2-10, in his opening bout and was eliminated from the competition when the defending world student champion lost to eventual winner Denis TSARGUSH (RUS) in the second round.
Meanwhile, Masakazu KAMOI (JPN) lost to RYANG Won-Chol (PRK) in their 60kg opener and was eliminated when RYANG fell to Bekhan GOYGEREEV (RUS), the eventual gold medalist, in the next round.
Koki YAMAMOTO (JPN) lost in the second round to Asia No.2 Rustam ISKANDARI (TJK) and was knocked out of the tourney by European champion Pavlo OLEYNIK (UKR), who defeated ISKANDARI in the quarterfinals.
The short day on the mats for Japan left the men’s freestyle squad with a lone bronze medal, won by Fumitaka MORISHITA (JPN) at 55kg on the opening day of the wrestling competition.
60kg – KAMOI, Masakazu (18th, 20 entries)
R1 – lost to RYANG Won-Chol (PRK) by TF, 0-8
74kg – SHIMADA, Daisuke (19th, 26 entries)
R1 – lost to Reza AFZALIPAEMAMI (IRI) by TF, 2-10
96kg – YAMAMOTO, Koki (18th, 18 entries)
R1 – lost to Rustam ISKANDARI (TJK) by TF, 0-8