BUDAPEST (September 18) – Eri TOSAKA pinned two opponents and score another pair of technical falls to win her first world title as the women’s events got under way the senior wrestling world championships.
TOSAKA of Shigakkan University in Aichi needed only 1:44 to put away three-time Olympic Games veteran Mayelis CARIPA CASTILLO (VEN) in the 48kg final at Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena and complete climb up the medals podium after finishing a second one year ago.
TOSAKA became the 21st woman to win a world championship title for Japan and the first in five years since Mio MISHIMAKI won the 63kg crown in 2008.
Japan’s other female entry, junior world champion Yu MIYAHARA, did not fare as well at 51kg, getting overpowered by defending world champion Jessica MacDONALD in a second-round bout. MIYAHARA did not get a chance in the consolation bracket after MacDONALD lost in the semifinals.
On the final day of competition in men’s freestyle, Sosuke TAKATANI notched a pair of wins by technical fall, but lost to eventual silver medalist Essadollah AKBARI (IRI) in the final 10 seconds of the quarterfinals, 4-6, and then by the same margin to Jacob MAKARASHVILI (GEO) in repechage.
With TAKATANI’s seventh place, Japan concluded the men’s freestyle competition with only nine points and 16th place overall. Iran took the team title with 46 points and two champions, one runner-up and two bronze medalists followed by Russia with 44 (2-0-3) and Georgia with 29 (0-0-1).
74kg– TAKATANI, Sosuke (7th, 39 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – df. Giya CHYKHLANDZE (UKR) by TF, 10-2=5:44
TAKATANI opens up in the second period with a pair of takedowns and a nearfall for eight points and the technical fall against the European bronze medal winner.
R3 – df. Akzhurek TANATAROV (KAZ) by TF, 9-4=4:01
TAKATANI comes from behind in the second period with a three-point counter to the London 2012 bronze medalist’s front headlock attempt and earns the technical fall with a three-point takedown.
QF – lost to Essadollah AKBARI (IRI), 4-6
TAKATANI grabbed the lead in the second period, 4-2, but is countered with AKBARI twice – with the last points coming in the final 10 seconds.
c1 – lost to Jacob MAKARASHVILI (GEO), 4-6
TAKATANI wins a scramble for a three-point takedown and a 4-3 lead heading into the final minute of the match. TAKATANI attempts a final a final takedown but is countered with a front headlock and spin for three points.
48kg – TOSAKA, Eri (Gold, 29 entries)
R1 – df. Madalina LINGURARU (ROU) by fall, 4:38 (6-0)
TOSAKA, leading 4-0, takes a front headlock in the second period and converts with a spin under and fall against the 2012 European junior bronze medalist.
R2 – df. Alyssa LAMPE (USA) by TF, 8-0=2:48
TOSAKA counters a takedown attempt by the 2012 world bronze medalist for three points and opens up a 5-0 lead with a takedown. TOSAKA then concludes the match with a force-out and another takedown.
QF – df. Tatyana AMANZHOL (KAZ), 11-7
Asian champion AMANZHOL struggles to stay ahead in a seesaw contest, but TOSAKA pulls away in the second period with three takedowns and a counter for the win.
SF – df. Melanie LeSAFFRE (FRA) by fall, 4:50 (7-3)
TOSAKA trails 2-3 after the first period, but scores with a takedown in the second and then cranks the Mediterranean Games champion over with an armbar for the fall.
F1 – df. Mayelis CARIPA CASTILLO (VEN) by TF, 7-0=1:44
TOSAKA races out to a five-point lead with a takedown, a counter and ankle turn – all in the first 30 seconds. CARIPA CASTILLO attempts to get back into the match with her own takedown, but TOSAKA blocks and spins behind for the win and the gold medal.
51kg – MIYAHARA, Yu (9th, 23 entries)
R1 – df. Aguis RIVERA (VEN) by TF, 9-0=2:59
MIYAHARA snaps and spins behind the Pan American silver medalist for two points in the first 15 seconds, then after 2-minute mark begins a second attack with a takedown and cross-ankle turn for the technical fall.
R2 – lost to Jessica MacDONALD (CAN), 3-8
Defending world champion MacDONALD puts MIYAHARA on the defensive early with a go-behind and gut wrench. MIYAHARA pulls back a takedown before the intermission to make it 2-4. MIYAHARA opens with a low single attack, but MacDONALD answers with lift and turn, then counters MIYAHARA’s headlock attempt for the final score.
MIYAHARA was eliminated when MacDONALD lost to eventual champion SUN Yanan (CHN) in the semifinals.