Yoshida, Icho claim national titles in new weight classes

Jun 15, 2014

Yoshida, Icho claim national titles in new weight classes

Olympic wrestling standouts Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho each won in her new weight division on Sunday at Japan’s National Invitational Championships, an event that doubles as a qualifier for this year’s world championships. Yoshida, who had been unrivaled at 55 kg, dropped down ...

Wrestler Yoshida captures 11th national title

Dec 23, 2013

Wrestler Yoshida captures 11th national title

Saori Yoshida captured her 11th women’s 55-kg title on Monday, the final day of the Japan national championships. Yoshida, who has won 11 consecutive world championships and three straight Olympic gold medals in the division, defeated Chiho Hamada in the final to resume her ...

Yoshida, Icho add more gold to huge collections

Sep 20, 2013

Yoshida, Icho add more gold to huge collections

Olympic champion Saori Yoshida won her 11th consecutive title at the world championships in Budapest on Thursday as Japanese women underlined their domination of freestyle wrestling. The 29-year-old Yoshida comfortably defeated Sofia Mattson in the 55-kg final, while Kaori Icho won her eighth world ...