TOKYO (December 22) – World champion Eri TOSAKA stormed from behind to defeat rival Yuki IRIE in the women’s 48kg final on the second day of the All-Japan national wrestling championships.
TOSAKA fell behind early in the 48kg final at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium complex, but locked up a cross-ankle hold and hit a series of turns for a 14-4 win by technical superiority and her second national championship crown.
Meanwhile, world bronze medalist Sara DOSHO tagged 2012 world team member Kayoko KUDO with a technical fall for her third straight all-Japan crown.
In men’s freestyle, Sosuke TAKATANI, a seventh-place finisher at the world championships, avenged a loss to Ryoichi YAMANAKA in the National Sports Festival with a technical fall in the final to stand atop the all-Japan medals podium for a third year in a row.
World No.8 Takeshi YAMAGUCHI notched a pair of falls and a technical fall – all in the first period – to repeat as champ at 96kg.
In greco-roman, London 2012 entry at 66kg Tsutomu FUJIMURA made a successful move to 74kg for his first all-Japan crown at his new weight and third overall.
Meanwhile, National Sports Festival champion Tsukasa TSURUMAKI also made a successful move to a heavier weight to win his first all-Japan title at 84kg and fifth overall. World teammate Shori MAEKAWA repeated as national champ at 120kg.
74kg (18 entries)
F1 – Sosuke TAKATANI df. Ryoichi YAMANAKA by TF, 7-0=3:38
(TAKATANI wins 3rd straight title)
F3 – Daisuke SHIMADA df. Manabu KAMATA by TF, 10-3=3:38
SF – TAKATANI df. KAMATA by fall, 4:27 (5-0)
SF – YAMANAKA df. SHIMADA by TF, 8-0=3:21
96kg (13 entries)
F1 – Takeshi YAMAGUCHI df. Koki YAMAMOTO by fall, 1:52 (10-2)
(YAMAGUCHI wins 2nd straight title)
F3 – Shinichi NAKAI df. Suguru KINOSHITA by TF, 7-0=2:28
SF – YAMAGUCHI df. NAKAI by TF, 7-0=2:20
SF – YAMAMOTO df. Yuji FUKUI, 9-5
74kg (16 entries)
F1 – Tsutomu FUJIMURA df. Takaharu NAKAMURA by fall, 3:34 (4-0)
(FUJIMURA wins 1st title at 74kg, 3rd title overall)
F3 – Takehiro KANAKUBO df. Tomohiro INOUE by fall, 0:47 (7-0)
SF – FUJIMURA df. KANAKUBO, 6-5
SF – NAKAMURA df. So SAKABE, 5-0
84kg (10 entries)
F1 – Tsukasa TSURUMAKI df. Masayuki AMANO, 4-0
(TSURUMAKI wins 1st title at 84kg, 5th title overall)
F3 – Taichi OKA df. Masato SUMI by TF, 7-0=0:36
SF – AMANO df. OKA by disq., 5:40 (3-2)
SF – TSURUMAKI df. Yoichiro KAGAYA by fall, 2:38 (7-0)
120kg (11 entries)
F1 – Shori MAEKAWA df. Arata SONODA, 4-2
(MAEKAWA wins 2nd straight title)
F3 – Masahiro TANIDA df. Hirotake TSUDA, 5-0
SF – MAEKAWA df. Tsuyoki HISAKA by TF, 8-0=0:44
SF – SONODA df. Ryuta KONO by TF, 7-0=4:13
48kg (21 entries)
F1 – Eri TOSAKA df. Yuki IRIE by TF, 14-4=4:15
(TOSAKA wins 2nd straight title)
F3 – Anna IWAMURE df. Shiori ITO, 4-3
SF – TOSAKA df. Yoshika WATANABE by TF, 8-0=1:14
SF – IRIE df. Yuka YAGO by TF, 7-0=1:54
67kg (8 entries)
F1 – Sara DOSHO df. Kayoko KUDO by TF, 9-0=2:33
(DOSHO wins 3rd straight title)
F3 – Chihiro HASHIMOTO df. Masako FURUICHI by fall, 4:35 (7-0)
SF – DOSHO df. HASHIMOTO by TF, 8-0=4:32
SF – KUDO df. FURUICHI, 6-5