COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (February 4) – A pair of rising stars at the Nippon Sports Sciences University flexed their muscles on the final day of the Dave Schultz Memorial wrestling tournament and narrowly missed a trip to the medals podium in the greco-roman events.
Tomoaki Nakano rebounded with four straight wins after an opening round loss at 55kg to U.S. Olympian Spenser Mango (USA). Nakano, the Japanese collegiate open winner, however, fell in straight sets to Jeremiah Hodge (USA) in the match for third place.
Student champion Takuya Tomizuka also notched four wins but fell in the second round at 66kg to Italian world team member Tiziano Corriga (ITA) and to American 2010 world entry Faruk Sahin (USA) in the bronze medal bout.
Meanwhile, Yamanashi Gakuin’s Takuma Arizono won three bouts after losing in his 96kg opener to Pan American champ Justin Ruiz (USA). Arizono, however, came up one win shy of the bronze medal match after falling to Italian veteran Beniamino Scibilia (ITA) in the consolation semifinals.
55kg – Tomoaki Nakano, NSSU (4th, 14 entries)
60kg – Shinya Yano, Takushoku (did not place, 13 entries)
66kg – Takuya Tomizuka, NSSU (4th, 15 entries)
66kg – Takahiro Inoue, NSSU (dnp, 15 entries)
74kg – Takaharu Nakamura, NSSU (dnp, 17 entries)
84kg – Keisuke Okuda, Takushoku (dnp, 17 entries)
96kg – Takuma Arizono, YGU (dnp, 16 entries)
120kg – Kotaro Muraki, Takushoku (dnp, 13 entries)