Junior Asian Championships

Trio of Junior World Champs Propel Japanese Women to Team Title at Junior Asian C'ships

By United World Wrestling Press

CHON BURI, Thailand (July 12) - A trio of junior world champions helped propel Japan to the team title in women's wrestling on Friday at the Junior Asian Championships in Chon Buri, Thailand.

Umi IMAI (53kg), Andoriahanako SAWA (57kg) and Atena KODAMA (62kg), all returning junior world champions, captured gold medals on the final day of women's wrestling at the Junior Asian Championships.

Japan finished with 200 points and earned medals in all 10 weight categories. The medal haul included four gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals. China finished second in the team standings with 157 points, while India was third with 123 points. 

Umi IMAI (JPN) was dominant in the finals. (Photo: Sachiko Hotaka)

Imai, a Klippan Lady Open champion, won her second straight title at the Junior Asian Championships, beating Anudari NANDINTSETSEG (MGL) by 10-0 technical superiority in the finals at 53kg. She went up 4-0 in the first period. In the second period she added two takedowns before ending the match with a gut wrench. 

Andoriahanako SAWA (JPN) cruised to a 10-0 technical superiority in the finals. (Photo: Sachiko Hotaka)

Sawa cruised to the gold medal at 57kg with a 10-0 victory over Nuraida ANARKULOVA (KGZ). She built a 6-0 lead after a takedown followed up by two gut wrenches. Sawa then took Anarkulova down to her back late in the first period, nearly securing the fall before settling with a technical superiority. 

Kodama claimed her gold medal at 62kg by defeating Yaru WU (CHN) 15-5 in the finals. She used two first-period takedowns to go up 4-0 at the break. Kodama added another takedown to go up 6-0 before Yu scored a reversal, which she followed up with two consecutive gut wrenches to get within a point at 6-5. But Kodama would dominate the rest of the way, scoring nine consecutive points on her way to a technical superiority. 

Yue ZHANG (CHN) celebrates after her finals victory. (Photo: Sachiko Hotaka)

Japan's gold-medal run was halted by Yue ZHANG (CHN), who defeated Shion MASUYAMA (JPN) by fall in the finals at 65kg. The two wrestlers traded four-point moves in the opening period, and Zhang held a 5-4 lead at the break. With just under two minutes remaining in the match, Zhang threw Masuyama to her back and secured a fall. 

Tsz CHANG (TPE) came from behind to win at 72kg. (Photo: Sachiko Hotaka)

At 72kg, Hui Tsz CHANG (TPE) came back to defeat Svetlana OKNAZAROVA (UZB) to earn the gold medal. Oknazarova took a 2-0 lead into the break after a first-period takedown. She added to her lead in the second period with another takedown to go up 4-0 before Chang turned the tables, scoring with an exposure and then a takedown to take the lead on criteria with just over a minute and 30 seconds remaining. She would then hang on for the narrow victory. 

The freestyle competition at the Junior Asian Championships begins on Saturday. Action is set to begin at 10 a.m. local time.


Final Women's Wrestling Team Scores 
GOLD - Japan (200 points)
SILVER - China (157 points)
BRONZE - India (123 points)
Fourth - Uzbekistan (113 points)
Fifth - Kazakhstan (89 points)

GOLD - Umi IMAI (JPN) df. Anudari NANDINTSETSEG (MGL), 10-0
BRONZE - Song Ok KIM (PRK) df. Shokhida AKHMEDOVA (UZB), 10-0
BRONZE - Pooja POOJA (IND) df. Thi Oanh NGUYEN (VIE), 4-0

GOLD - Andoriahanako SAWA (JPN) df. Nuraida ANARKULOVA (KGZ), 10-0
BRONZE - Bharti BAGHEL (IND) df. Thi My Trang NGUYEN (VIE), 3-1
BRONZE - Youmei WU (CHN) df. Madina USMONJONOVA (UZB), 9-0

GOLD - Atena KODAMA (JPN) df. Yaru WU (CHN), 15-5
BRONZE - Ariukhan JUMABAEVA (UZB) df. Phimsuphak AINPHEN (THA), FALL 

BRONZE - Hsin Ping PAI (TPE) df. Assiya ALIBEK (KAZ), 7-2
BRONZE - Tina TINA (IND) df. Jeumeun KWON (KOR), FALL

GOLD - Hui Tsz CHANG (TPE) df. Svetlana OKNAZAROVA (UZB), 4-4 
BRONZE - Dieu Thuong LAI (VIE) df. Dokyung (Hyerim) YUN (KOR), 10-0

Junior Asian Championships

Iran Captures Freestyle Team Title on Final Day of Junior Asian C'ships

By United World Wrestling Press

CHON BURI, Thailand (July 14) - After winning the Greco-Roman team title on Wednesday, Iran captured the freestyle team title on the final day of the Junior Asian Championships in Chon Buri, Thailand.

For the second straight day, Iran won three gold medals in freestyle, bringing the gold-medal haul to six over the two-day freestyle competition. Iran finished with 201 points, 55 points ahead of runner-up Japan. India finished third in the team standings with 129 points. 

Iran's gold medalists on Sunday were Mahdi SHIRAZI (61kg), Ali Reza ABDOLLAHI (92kg) and Amir ZARE (125kg). 

Mahdi SHIRAZI (IRI) claimed a gold medal at 61kg. (Photo: Sachiko Hotaka)

Shirazi used a big first period to pace him to a 6-0 victory over Nodir RAKHIMOV (UZB) in the gold-medal match at 61kg. After scoring his first point from the activity clock, Shirazi picked up a four-point, feet-to-back takedown to build his lead to 5-0. He would add an additional point off a caution in the second period to win by six. 

Ali Reza ABDOLLAHI (IRI) scored with a big throw in the finals. (Photo: Sachiko Hotaka)

Abdollahi, a cadet world champion, was dominant in the 92kg finals, beating Ajiniyaz SAPARNIYAZOV (UZB) by 10-0 technical superiority in the first period. After scoring with a step out, Abdollahi executed a throw midway through the first period to score four points and go up 5-0. A short time later, he picked up a four-point, feet-to-back takedown. The call was challenged and upheld, giving the Iranian the gold medal. Last year Abdollahi won gold at the Cadet Asian Championships. 

Zare, also a cadet world champion, cruised to the gold medal at 125kg by beating Buheeerdun BUHEEERDUN (CHN) 11-1 in the finals. Zare got on the scoreboard first with a step out before Buheeerdun responded a short time later with a step out of his own to take the lead on criteria. But the Iranian dominated the rest of the way. He scored a couple takedowns to go up 5-1 and then used a gut wrench to turn Buheeerdun twice and build his lead to 9-1. Zare fired off a single leg late in the first period for another takedown, which closed out the technical superiority. 

Parveen MALIK (IND) won the gold at 74kg. (Photo: Sachiko Hotaka)

Parveen MALIK (IND) hung on to defeat Tu AHEIYOU (CHN) 4-2 in the gold-medal match at 74kg. He adds a junior Asian gold to his collection after winning a cadet Asian gold in 2017. Malik scored all four of his points in the first 30 seconds of the match off a four-point, feet-to-back takedown. Aheiyou battled his way back into the match, but ultimately fell short.

Tatsuya SHIRAI (JPN) defeated Baisal KUBATOV (KGZ) in the 86kg finals. (Photo: Sachiko Hotaka)

Tatsuya SHIRAI (JPN) edged Baisal KUBATOV (KGZ) 2-1 in the finals at 86kg. Shirai scored first off the activity clock and then with a step out to take a 2-0 lead at the break. Kubatov found his first point in the final 15 seconds, but Shirai would hang on to win. 


Final Freestyle Team Scores 
GOLD - Iran (201 points)
SILVER - Japan (146 points)
BRONZE - India (129 points)
Fourth - Kazakhstan (111 points)
Fifth - Korea (111 points)

GOLD - Mahdi SHIRAZI (IRI) df. Nodir RAKHIMOV (UZB), 6-0
BRONZE - Ikromzhon KHADZHIMURODOV (KGZ) df. Kodai OGAWA (JPN), 8-4
BRONZE - Adil OSPANOV (KAZ) df. Putawan SENAWAT (THA), 10-0

GOLD - Parveen MALIK (IND) df. Tu AHEIYOU (CHN), 4-2
BRONZE - Yu FUJITA (JPN) df. Jinwoo MOON (KOR), 11-0
BRONZE - Amirhossein KAVOUSI (IRI) df. Bayarsaikhan TSEDENBALJIR (MGL), 11-0

GOLD - Tatsuya SHIRAI (JPN) df. Baisal KUBATOV (KGZ), 2-1
BRONZE - Govind KUMAR (IND) df. Seyedabolfazl HASHEMIJOUYBARI (IRI), 8-4
BRONZE - Jeongwoo PARK (KOR) df. Teng ZHAO (CHN), 3-0

GOLD - Ali Reza ABDOLLAHI (IRI) df. Ajiniyaz SAPARNIYAZOV (UZB), 10-0
BRONZE - Haksu BAN (KOR) df. Enkh Orgil BEEJIN (MGL), 4-2

GOLD - Amir ZARE (IRI) df. Buheeerdun BUHEEERDUN (CHN), 11-1
BRONZE - Vishal VISHAL (IND) df. Gan Erdene SODBILEG (MGL), 7-0
BRONZE - Bakdaulet OSSERBAY (KAZ) df. Shogo MUTO (JPN), 10-0