Nagashima nabs wrestling title

Kyodo News

Kazuyuki Nagashima booked a berth in the World Wrestling Championships for the first time after claiming the title in the men’s 74-kg freestyle category at the National Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

Nagashima, who won his third consecutive national title last December, beat Takayuki Suzuki 2-0 in the final on the first day of action at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Annex. The 27-year-old Nagashima will debut at world championships in Denmark in September.

In Greco-Roman, Norikatsu Saikawa and Tsutomu Fujimura also booked spots in the worlds at 84 kg and 66 kg, respectively.