YOKOHAMA (April 24-25) Fumitaka Morishita reclaimed his junior national title at 55kg in freestyle and was named the outstanding wrestler of the JOC Cup junior and cadet national championships.
Along with Morishita, three other members of the Nippon Sports Science University squad won individual titles in the school's return to the tourney. NSSU wrestlers, including Morishita, were forced out of last year's meet following the arrest and conviction of a teammate for sexual assault in 2009.
Morishita won his first title in 2009 as a student at Kasumigaura high school in Ibaraki and went on to win a silver medal at the Asian junior championships that year.
Meanwhile, Waseda University freshman Shori Maekawa defended his title at 120kg in greco-roman as he and two teammates won three titles at Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium.
Joining Maekawa as repeat winners were Waseda teammate Ko Osaka at 96kg in greco-roman and Nobuyuki Oka of Nihon University at 120kg in freestyle.
The JOC Cup meet also serves as a selection tourney for the Japanese men's team for the junior world championships. Selection for the women's national team was based on results from the Japan Queens Cup meet held April 2-3.
Men's freestyle winners, juniors
50kg Gento Nakamura, Kyoto Hachiman high school
55kg Fumitaka Morishita, Nippon Sports Sciences University
60kg Makoto Kuwabara, Waseda University
66kg Naoki Iwabuchi, Takushoku University
74kg Saisuke Shimada, Kokushikan University
84kg Kengo Sasaki, NSSU
96kg Koki Yamamoto, Hanasaku Tokuharu high school (Saitama)
120kg Tomoyuki Oka, Nihon University
Greco-roman winners, juniors
50kg Tomohiko Kagawa, Toyo University
55kg Tomoaki Nakano, NSSU
60kg Suguru Yamaguchi, Tokuyama University
66kg Hyogo Endo, Meiji University
74kg Takaharu Nakamura, NSSU
84kg Ryo Kikuchi, Aoyama Gakuin University
96kg Akira Osaka, Waseda
120kg Shori Maekawa, Waseda
Boys freestyle, cadets
42kg Yudai Fujita, Inabe club (Mie)
46kg Yuhi Fujinami, Inabe
50kg Rinya Nakamura, Hanasaku Tokuharu
54kg Daichi Takatani, Amino high school (Kyoto)
58kg Katsuyoshi Kawase, Inabe Sogo Gakuen high school (Mie)
63kg Kazuma Ito, Amino
69kg Masato Mizuno, Amino
76kg Tsubasa Asai, Kyoto Hachiman
85kg Koji Takeda, Saitama Sakae high school
100kg Shinya Yamamoto, Hanasakui Tokuharu
Boys greco-roman, cadets
42kg Daiki Kobayashi, Hokugo middle school (Ehime)
46kg Katsutoshi Ichioka, Nakatsu Shogyo middle school (Gifu)
50kg Kenichiro Fumita, Nirasaki Kogyo high school (Yamanashi)
54kg Yoshiki Izumida, Niigata Ken-ou Kogyo high school
58kg Yuki Tanaka, Minami Kyoto high school
63kg Shohei Yabiku, Urazoe Kogyo high school (Okinawa)
69kg Yuya Maeta, Kurayoshi Sogo Shogyo high school (Tottori)
76kg Yuki Ikezawa, Hanasaku Tokuharu
85kg Ryuta Yonaha, Urazoe Kogyo
100kg Arata Sonoda, Hino high school (Shiga)