AGEO, Saitama (February 2) – All-Japan freestyle 120kg champion Tomoyuki Oka won the over-100kg crown at the inaugural President Putin Cup sambo wrestling championships at the Saitama Prefectural Budokan.
With the triumph, Oka took the inside track on a place on the Japanese sambo team for this summer's Universiade to be held in Kazan, Russia. Oka was the only wrestler in a field dominated by judoka and sambo wrestlers to win one of the 18 titles on offer.
The Universiade, to be held in July, will feature competition in 27 sports, including 14 sports not normally contested at the university games. One of sports being organized in Kazan is sambo, which is a Russian martial art that includes judo, wrestling and jujutsu techniques.
Japan will be allowed to send four men and three women to the sambo competition with Japanese entries to be selected from among the Putin Cup winners.
Individual President Putin Cup winners:
52kg – Ryo Nakajima, Hosei University
57kg – Masanori Araki, Nippon Sports Sciences University
62kg – Yuto Tanaka, International Budo University
68kg – Takuya Sato, IBU
74kg – Kota Eto, Tokai University
82kg – Yasutaka Takamori, NSSU
90kg – Jiko Uehara, Tokai
100kg – Naoto Matsuyuki, Tokai
+100kg – Tomoyuki Oka, Nihon University
48kg – Airi Katsuma, Yamanashi Gakuin University
52kg – Chiho Takada, YGU
56kg – Yawara Komatsu, International Pacific Rim University
60kg – Haruna Nakayama, YGU
64kg – Akane Ikuta, Tokai University graduate school
68kg – Terumi Kimura, IPU
72kg – Rui Takahashi, IPU
80kg – Shori Hamada, YGU
+80kg – Haruka Murase, Chiba Yakuhin