TOKYO (December 22) – Three-time cadet world champion Yui SUSAKI overwhelmed the field at 48kg in women’s wrestling to claim her first All-Japan nationals championship title on Thursday, the second day of the All-Japan national wrestling championships.
Susaki racked up 10-0 technical falls in her first three bouts at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No.2 and turned away Asia junior champion Kika KAGATA, 5-0, in the flyweight final to join Sae NANJO as the second 17-year-old champion in as many days at the All-Japan meet.
Nanjo, a teammate of Susaki’s at the JOC Academy elite athletes development program, became the first 17-year-old national champion since 2011 when she won the 55kg crown on the opening day of the championships. Kagata, like Susaki, was a three-time cadet world champion (2012-2014) and now wrestles for Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.
Also in women’s wrestling, Hiroe SUZUKI returned to the mats for the first time since injuring a knee in August 2015, defeating junior world champion Masako FURUICHI of Nihon University, 3-0.
In men’s freestyle, 2014 world bronze medal finalist at 57kg Yuki TAKAHASHI of Yamanashi Gakuin University won his first All-Japan championship. Meanwhile, 2014 world team member at 61kg Masakazu KAMOI with the Japanese Self-Defense Forces won his first title at 65kg while Takushoku’s Taiki YAMAMOTO repeated as champion at 125kg.
In greco-roman, former freestyle world team member at 86kg Atsushi MATSUMOTO won his first All-Japan crown in the classic style at 85kg to go with three freestyle national titles. At 75kg, defending champion Shohei YABIKU (NSSU) won for a second year in a row, while Yuta NARA (NSSU) followed up a victory at the national invitational earlier this year with his first All-Japan crown.
Freestyle 57kg (19 entries)
F1 – Yuki TAKAHASHI (ALSOK) df. Toshihiro HASEGAWA (NSSU) by TF, 13-2, 2:58
(Takahashi wins 1st All-Japan title)
SF – Takahashi df. Kazuya KOYANAGI (YGU) by TF, 10-0, 4:15
SF – Hasegawa df. Taishi NARIKUNI (AGU), 8-6
65kg (14 entries)
F1 – Masakazu KAMOI (SDF) df. Kei YONEZAWA (Waseda),2-1
(Kamoi wins 2nd overall All-Japan title)
SF – Kamoi df. Daichi TAKATANI (Takushoku), 4-2
SF – Yonezawa df. Keisuke OTOGURO (YGU) by TF, 10-0, 5:53
125kg (11 entries)
F1 – Taiki YAMAMOTO (Taku) df. Katsutoshi KANAZAWA (SDF), 4-1
(Yamamoto wins 2nd straight, 2nd overall All-Japan title)
SF – Yamamoto df. Kotaro MURAKI (Shiga), 2-0
SF – Kanazawa df. Tetsuya TANAKA (SDF), 2-0
75kg (11 entries)
F1 – Shohei YABIKU (NSSU) df. So SAKABE (SDF), 3-1
(Yabiku wins 2nd straight, 2nd overall All-Japan title)
SF – Sakabe df. Rai HAYASHI (NSSU), 5-2
SF – Yabiku df. Hisamichi UNO (NSSU), 2-0
85kg (15 entries)
F1 – Atsushi MATSUMOTO (ALSOK) df. Kanta SHIOKAWA (NSSU), 4-1
(Matsumoto wins 1st Greco-Roman, 4th overall All-Japan title)
SF – Shiokawa df. Masayuki AMANO (Chuo Univ. staff), 2-0
SF – Matsumoto df. Yuya OKAJIMA (MPD Academy), 4-2
98kg (13 entries)
F1 – Yuta NARA (NSSU) df. Suguru KINOSHITA (SDF), 2-1
(Nara wins 1st All-Japan title)
SF – Nara df. Masaaki SHIKIYA (SDF), 9-4
SF – Kinoshita df. Akira OSAKA (Mitsubishi Denki), 2-1
48kg (16 entries)
F1 – Yui SUSAKI (JOC Academy) df. Kika KAGATA (AGU), 5-0
(Susaki wins 1st All-Japan title)
SF – Susaki df. Kanae YAMADA (SDF) by TF, 10-0, 5:59
SF – Kagata df. Miho IGARASHI (Shigakkan), 6-1
75kg (8 entries)
F1 – Hiroe SUZUKI (Clean-up) df. Masako FURUICHI (NU), 3-0
(Suzuki wins 1st All-Japan title in two years, 2nd overall)
SF – Suzuki df. Natsumi BABA (SDF), 6-3
SF – Furuichi df. Kanami DOBASHI (Shi), 3-0