Suzuki captures national title


Suzuki took out Anai with an “osotogaeshi” foot throwing technique 2 minutes, 37 seconds into the final at Nippon Budokan to claim his fourth overall national crown.

Kazuhiko Takahashi, who stunned both Suzuki and Anai en route to victory last year, was eliminated in the third round of the open weight meet, while 21-year-old Daiki Kamikawa lost his opening bout in the second round.

Suzuki and open-class world champion Kamikawa were both selected to wrestle at over 100-kg at this summer’s world championships in Paris.