SHUNAN, Yamaguchi (October 2-3) – Takao Isokawa won his fifth overall Kokutai crown as three wrestlers from host prefecture Yamaguchi prevailed in the men's freestyle finals at the National Sports Festival.
Isokawa, a staff member at Tokuyama University, won the 96kg title at Shinnanyo gymnasium for his fourth straight title in Japan's annual multi-sport event, modeled after the Olympic Games and called "Kokutai" by the Japanese.
Joining Isokawa as victors for the host prefecture were first-time winner Yasuhiro Morita (55kg) and defending champ Takafumi Kojima (66kg), a silver medalist at the 2006 Asian Games.
At 120kg, world team member Nobuyoshi Arakida defeated last year's world team representative Takahiro Shimonaka to add the freestyle crown to the Kokutai greco-roman title he won a year ago.
In the high school division, Youth Olympics champion Yuki Takahashi won his second straight festival crown at 55kg and was joined by fellow high school national champions Hirotaka Abe (50kg) and Koki Yamamoto (96kg) as Kokutai champs.
Individual champions were:
Men's freestyle, senior division
55kg – Yasuhiro Morita, Yamaguchi
60kg – Shogo Maeda, Aichi
66kg – Takafumi Kojima, Yamaguchi
74kg – Sosuke Takatani, Kyoto
84kg – Naoki Monma, Akita
96kg – Takao Isokawa, Yamaguchi
120kg – Nobuyoshi Arakida, Aomori
High school division
50kg – Hirotake Abe, Ibaraki
55kg – Yuki Takahashi, Mie
60kg – Kazuma Ito, Kyoto
66kg – Yoshitsugu Yamagata, Kanagawa
74kg – Shota Shirai, Tokyo
84kg – Yasunori Yoshioka, Saitama
96kg – Koki Yamamoto, Saitama
120kg – Yuto Ikeda, Aichi