To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world
By William May
（Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee
November wrestling news
SAKAMOTO SISTERS WIN AT NYAC OPEN
NEW YORK (November 18-19) - Sisters Hitomi and Makiko Sakamoto, looking ahead to bids for next year's national team and eventually the 2008 Olympics, won handily at the New York Athletic Club Holiday International. Hitomi defeated two-time world runner-up Tina George 8-0, 4-0 in the final at 55 kg while younger sister Makiko was triumphant at 51 kg with a 2-1 win over former world bronze medalist Jenny Wong.
Hitomi, the 51-kg world champion in 2005 and 2006, is expected to challenge Saori Yoshida for the 55-kg spot on the Japanese national team next year for a chance to wrestle at the 2008 Olympics. Makiko, a world bronze medalist at 48 kg last year, is expected to drop to 48 again and square off with current world champion Chiharu Icho.
Also for the Japanese select team, Seshito Shimizu won the men's 60-kg freestyle title while Hiroshi Shimomura prevailed in greco-roman at the same weight. Yasuyuki Tanioka fell to Shimomura in the greco-roman finals for the silver medal at 60 kg while Takeshi Sugitani had to settle for the silver at 55 kg in freestyle after defeating Djamal Dtarsultanov of Russia in the semifinals.
Takumu Otsu added a bronze medal to the Japanese haul with a solid effort at 55 kg in greco-roman.
FUJIMOTO REACHES QUARTERS OF TOUGH MONGOLIAN MEET
ERDENET, Mongolian (November 4-5) - Kenta Fujimoto of the Kinki University wrestling club posted a pair of wins at the inaugural Mongolian President's Cup meet for Japan's best showing, but could not advance beyond the quarterfinals.
Japan's other three entries in the meet all lost in their opening matches. The competition featured a number of top wrestlers from Mongolia, Russia, Korea and Cuba, which sent former world champion Rene Montero and Olympic gold medalist Yandro Quintana.
TAKEUCHI WINS SPECIAL MEDAL AT FOLK FESTIVAL
ANTALYA, Turkey (November 4-5) - Last-minute entry Masanobu Takeuchi proved to be a fan favorite and was awarded a special gold medal at the folk wrestling festival held a day after the inaugural beach wrestling world championships.
Takeuchi of Kokushikan University in Tokyo received his medal from FILA President Raphael Martinetti.
The folk wrestling festival including exhibitions of Turkey's traditional oil wrestling, as well as wrestling styles from Nigeria and India.
A day earlier Takeuchi earned an eighth place in the heavyweight division of beach wrestling, despite failing to post a win, while collegiate teammate Ken Numajiri scored a win in the lightweight division (under 85 kg) before being eliminated.
FILA COACHES CLINIC HELD IN TOKYO
TOKYO (November 23-26) - FILA's advanced school for coaches of female wrestling was held at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences in Tokyo. A total of 42 coaches from 11 countries and host Japan attended the four-day seminar that featured discussions of coaching theory as well as practice sessions on the mat and in the JISS weight room.
Instructors included FILA Vice President Mario Saletnig, FILA Bureay members Harold Tunnemann and Stepan Kazarian as well as Japanese national team director Hideaki Tomiyama and women's head coach Kazuhito Sakae.
ATHENS BRONZE MEDALIST INOUE RETURNS TO MATS
TOKYO (November 25-26) - Athens Olympics bronze medalist Kenji Inoue returned to competition after a 17-month hiatus to win the 60-kg freestyle crown at the national shakaijin open. Former 66-kg world bronze medalist Kazuhiko Ikematsu, meanwhile, entered the meet for non-student seniors at 74 kg, but had to settle for the silver medal.
In the greco-roman competition, wrestlers from the Japan Self-Defense Forces team won five of the seven weight categories.
55 kg - Ryuichi Adachi, Japan SDF
60 kg - Kenji Inoue, Japan SDF
66 kg - Motohiko Iwayama, Senshu Club
74 kg - Hiroki Kayamori, Niigata
84 kg - Ryuta Takahashi, Japan SDF
96 kg - Jun Aisawa, Toyo Suisan
120 kg - Masao Nakamoto, Hiroshima
55 kg - Takuya Tei, Japan SDF
60 kg - Kazuki Iwaya, Japan SDF
66 kg - Yukihiro Ukita, Japan SDF
74 kg - Tsutomu Fujimura, Japan SDF
84 kg - Akihiko Ogawa, Nerima
96 kg - Yasuhiro Mori, Yokkaichi
ASIAN GAMES DELEGATION FORMALLY LAUNCHED
TOKYO (November 25) - Japan's delegation for the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar was formally launched in ceremonies at the New Takanawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo. The Japanese delegation will include 628 athletes and 279 officials and support personnel.
Tomiaki Fukuda, president of the Japan Wrestling Federation, will serve as the deputy chef de mission of the delegation. Olympic and world champ wrestler Saori Yoshida will serve as the delegation's flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies of the games on December 1.
TOKUYAMA REPEATS AS WEST JAPAN COLLEGIATE CHAMP
OSAKA (November 25-26) - Tokuyama University, which won its first title in 11 years earlier this year, repeated as West Japan collegiate champion in the semi-annual tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. Tokuyama defeated Kyoto's Ritsumeikan 5-2 in the division one final to win its 15th overall West Japan championship.
Nihon Bunri University edged Fukuoka University 4-3 for third place.Kinki University won all six of its duals to claim the division two title.