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Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Japan Wrestling Federation President Tomiaki Fukuda on Wednesday called into question the International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games, saying the sport’s governing body has failed to give “clear reasons” for why wrestling is being removed. Fukuda said the fight to keep wrestling in the Olympics ...

Feb 26, 2013

Japan launches petition to save Olympic wrestling

The Japan Wrestling Federation launched an online petition site to keep wrestling in the Olympics on Monday with the aim of submitting 100,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee. The website, titled “Save Olympic Wrestling,” can be accessed in several languages. The federation plans ...

Yoshida wins 10th straight world title

Sep 30, 2012

Yoshida wins 10th straight world title

Three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida of Japan won an unprecedented 10th consecutive title Friday after beating American Helen Maroulis in the 55-kg final of the Women’s World Wrestling Championships. Yoshida came from behind to overcome European champion Nataliya Synyshyn of Ukraine in the semifinals ...

Aug 13, 2012

Yumoto denied wrestling bronze

Kenichi Yumoto was denied a second straight Olympic bronze when American Scott Coleman rallied in a last-ditch effort to win the men’s wrestling 60-kg freestyle at the London Olympics on Saturday. Yumoto was aiming to bring home the second bronze in his family after ...

Shinichi Yumoto earns bronze medal in 55-kg freestyle wrestling

Aug 11, 2012

Shinichi Yumoto earns bronze medal in 55-kg freestyle wrestling

Japan’s Shinichi Yumoto emulated his twin brother Kenichi by winning an Olympic bronze medal in men’s 55-kilogram freestyle wrestling on Friday at the London Olympics. Shinichi fell in his semifinal to Georgia’s Vladimer Khinchegashvili but won his bronze medal match over Beijing bronze medalist ...

Yoshida second Japanese wrestler to 3-peat in London Olympics

Aug 10, 2012

Yoshida second Japanese wrestler to 3-peat in London Olympics

Saori Yoshida became the second Japanese wrestler in as many days to achieve a three-peat when she won her third consecutive Olympic gold in the women’s 55 kilograms at the London Games on Thursday. The 29-year-old Yoshida overpowered longtime rival Tonya Verbeek of Canada ...

Aug 9, 2012

Yoshida ready to defend wrestling title

by Ed Odeven

Two-time defending gold medalist Saori Yoshida will be seeking another Olympic title when the women’s 55-kg freestyle wrestling competition is staged on Thursday at Excel Arena. Canadian Tonya Verbeek is one of the top grapplers in the field, having earned a silver at the ...

Aug 8, 2012

Matsumoto rallies for Greco-Roman wrestling bronze

Japan’s Ryutaro Matsumoto rallied from a period down en route to a dramatic victory over Almat Kebispayev of Kazakhstan to win the bronze medal in the men’s Greco-Roman 60 kg at the London Olympics on Monday. Matsumoto dropped the first period 2-1 when Kebispayev ...

Aug 6, 2012

Yoshida set for wrestling challenge

Once the undisputed queen of the mat, Saori Yoshida now faces her biggest challenge ever as she bids to win her third consecutive title in the women’s 55-kg wrestling competition at the London Olympics. Though still ascendant, the nine-time world champion has had her ...

Jun 15, 2011

Wrestler Yamamoto plans comeback

Former women’s world champion Miyu Yamamoto is coming out of retirement for her third time to try to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, her management firm announced Tuesday. The 36-year-old wrestler is scheduled to hold a news conference on Wednesday. Yamamoto won her ...