BUDAPEST (September 17) – Japan’s three entries on the second day of the senior wrestling world championships all made early exits from the competition with only a pair of wins to show for their efforts.
And, to add injury to insult, Shogo MAEDA appeared to injure his knee or hamstring in his loss to eventual silver medalist Vladimir DUBOV (BUL) in the round of 16 at 60kg. MAEDA was taken to hospital and it is feared that Japan’s latest hope at 60kg may be out of action for a while.
MAEDA won his opening bout of the day with ease, but had to default after his injury and again in the consolation round.
Japan’s only other win came from Nobuyoshi ARAKIDA at 120kg, but the Tokyo police officer lost in the round of 16 to Tervel DLAGNEV (USA), a bronze medal finalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
At 84kg, Shinya MATSUMOTO had a tough battle with Mediterranean Games champion Serdar BOKE (TUR) and was eliminated from competition when BOKE lost in the quarterfinals.
Results of bouts involving Japanese entries:
60kg – MAEDA, Shogo (17th, 39 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – df. Luis PORTILLO MEJIA (ESA) by TF, 7-0=3:23
MAEDA, making his second appearance in the world championship, converts arm control into points with a takedown and nearfall in the first period, and a three –point takedown in the second for the technical.
R3 – lost to Vladimir DUBOV (BUL) by injury default, 5:05 (5-9)
MAEDA opens with takedown for two. The European runner-up, however, stops the next attempt, but Maeda still scores a nearfall while giving up two himself. In another scramble in the second period, MAEDA appears to be hurt and loses a point for stopping the match. DUBOV scores a takedown and gut wrench before the Japanese corner throws in the towel.
c1 – lost to Barjang BARJANG (IND) by injury default, 0:00
84kg – MATSUMOTO, Shinya (33rd, 37 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – lost to Serdar BOKE (TUR) by TF, 0-7=3:32
MATSUMOTO is put on the “shot clock” (the wrestler must attack and score in 30 seconds or lose a point) and is countered for two points. The 2012 student world runner-up then scores his own takedown and gut wrench to put MATSUMOTO in a six-point hole. In the second period, BOKE score another takedown to end the bouts.
120kg – ARAKIDA, Nobuyoshi (12th, 29 entries)
R1 – df. Luis VIVENES URBANEJA (VEN) by TF, 8-0=3:31
ARAKIDA goes behind in the first period for two, then blocks a takedown attempt for two more and a gut wrench. in the second, ARAKIDA wraps the the Pan American bronze medalist up in leg and head control and turns for the nearfall and technical.
R2 – lost to Tervel DLAGNEV (USA) by TF, 0-7=2:13
ARAKIDA gives up a single-leg takedown midway through the first period, then lets the 2009 world bronze medalist get behind for two more and the nearfall to end the bout.