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  1. And there you go. Takahashi won to be Japan's rep. A chain of events all caused by Higuchi missing weight at what would have been an extremely easy qualification tournament. If you also think about how Higuchi jumped up to 61kk/65kg after Rio, but couldn't beat Otoguro, then he went up to 70kg and couldn't make the team, then back down to 57kg just for the Olympic trials during one quad....
  2. Takahashi vs Higuchi June 12th for the Olympic spot at the National Training Center. Should be really interesting.
  3. I think it's funny that during the entire OG qualifier, everybody kept saying he was Polish...lmao.
  4. Ahhh. I thought he was. Forgot Luka was this old already lol
  5. Zander's career is over. Had too many injuries.
  6. I don't know about that. All Higuchi had to do was make weight for the Asian qualifier and he had a very good chance to beat everybody if he did. Takahashi was called on and did what they wanted him to do. As far as Japan's World team goes, Takahashi has been more consistent as Rei has jumped all over the place since his 2016 silver(robbed) and I mentioned this before, but he was up at 70kg a few years ago when he couldn't beat Otoguro at 65kg. 61kg was too light for him at the time.
  7. Well, he did it. Now he's going to have another playoff match with Rei Higuchi because of this whole situation of Higuchi missing weight and having to go qualify the weight. That match is going to be really interesting because their last match that Higuchi won to be Japan's rep was 7-6 and really damn close.
  8. lol...I think you're forgetting that by the time Pico was in high school, high school students weren't allowed to compete in "prestigious wrestling tournaments like Midlands" since it was against NCAA rules, right? What other "prestigious" folk tournaments could he win besides winning all of them(high school)? The only one he lost was on a homer call for Heil in the Super 32 finals.
  9. If 1 year of wrestling is eligible for this discussion, Pico is definitely #1 by far as you stated. If it has to be all 4 years, then I'd definitely say #1 Zahid Valencia and #2 Anthony Valencia. Just because of all the tournaments they won while in HS. Not just within the state, but nationally in the biggest folkstyle tournaments like Ironman, Super 32, Flonationals, CK Folkstyle nationals, etc.
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGd85oyzgSs
  11. If not Higuchi, most likely Takatani since he's the #2 at 57kg.
  12. He lost a very close match to Lin of China, 8-7 in the semis.
  13. If Higuchi doesn't win the last chance, I'm sure they'd want 57kg qualified. I don't think any other weight has a chance to win Gold.
  14. Yes. It was determined at the All-Japan championships in Dec of last year. That tournament usually determines their world/olympic team. 57kg- Rei Highuchi(2016 silver) Higuchi barely beat Takatani by 1 point, 7-6 at All-Japan. The crazy thing is that several years ago, he was up at 65kg and challenged Otoguro for the spot there, but lost. He then went up to 70kg and also lost in the national tournament. Higuchi came all the way back down to 57kg for the Toyko Olympics, so him missing weight is no surprise. Just can't believe it came at this time because it potentially is going to cost Japan a 57kg spot. (didn't qualify the weight) 65kg- Takuto Otoguro(2018 WC) 74kg- Keisuke Otoguro(Takuto's brother) He moved up from 70kg and won All-Japan last Dec, but there was a playoff match last month to be the Olympic rep against Mao Okui(2019- 5th at the WC, lost to Sidakov 6-0 in the quarters, then teched by JB in the bronze medal match 10-0). Keisuke won 5-2 against Okui. 86kg-Sosuke Takatani moved up to 86kg from 74kg and won at All-Japan, but lost in the semis Asia Olympic qualifier and eventually won bronze(didn't qualify the weight) 97kg- Naoya AKAGUMA- won at All-Japan, but lost in the first round at the Asia Olympic qualifier and lost in the consolation match before the bronze medal match(didn't qualify the weight) 125kg- Tetsuya TANAKA won at All-Japan, but lost in the semis Asia Olympic qualifier and eventually forfeited in the bronze medal match I think(didn't qualify the weight) Japan's mens FS team is in some big trouble unless they can qualify those 4 weights at the last chance qualifier.
  15. I can guarantee the JWF is very pissed. Especially since Higuchi beat Takahashi to represent Japan at 57kg.
  16. Dake taught him a refresher course in physics. Nolf passed with flying colors.
  17. I don't think her coaches were too worried about that last sequence. Now, had it been in an Olympic match, then it would be a whole different story.
  18. Susaki is in. She ran through everybody at the qualifier a few hours ago.
  19. I do think we have a good chance to win 2-3, but nothing is ever guaranteed. We'll see. Should be fun.
  20. Well, it's similar, but not really. Usually there are several more weight classes in the World Championships. Those non-Olympic weights usually have Japan's A or B, but due to Japan's Olympic qualification process, all of those non-Olympic weights were abandoned by the top stars to try and secure a spot at an Olympic weight. Take a look at a few of the past senior WC with all weights: -2017 Senior World Championships in Paris with 2 high schoolers on Japan's Womens freestyle team that jumped from Cadet straight to Senior level. 50kg- Yui Susaki(high schooler) teched Vuc 10-0 in the Gold medal match 53kg- Mayu Mukaida lost on a last second TD by Kaladzinskya 6-8 in the Gold medal match. Mukaida almost teched her, then Kaladinskya came back...crazy match. 55kg- Haruna Okuno(high schooler) beat Adekuoroye 5-4 in the Gold medal match. Okuno let Adekuroye get that one TD at the end to not give up a 4 point move. 58kg- Katsuki Sakagami lost in the prelims to Khariv. This is the year Helen won 11-0 against Amri in the finals! 60kg- Risako Kawai teched Ragan in the Gold medal match 63kg- Yukako Kawai lost to Castillo in the quarterfinals 0-2 69kg- Dosho beat Fokken 3-0 in the Gold medal match 75kg- Hiroe Minagawa beat Mae 6-0 in the bronze medal match 4 champions 1 silver 1 bronze WFS team score: Japan 60 USA/Belarus(tie) 38 -2018 Senior World Championships in Budapest for Women's Freestyle for Japan at close to full strength with everybody at their correct weights and a few junior wrestlers making the lineup due to injuries: 50kg- Yui Susaki teched Stadnik 10-0 in the Gold medal match 53kg- Haruna Okuno teched Sarah Hildebrandt 11-0 in the Gold medal match 55kg- Mayu Mukaida teched Sidakova 12-2 in the Gold medal match 57kg- Katsuki Sakagami-Lost to Adekuroye in qualification 11-6 59kg- Risako Kawai beat Yesiliarmak 8-0 in the Gold medal match 62kg- Yukako Kawai lost to Yusein 2-6 in the Gold medal match 65kg- Anya Gempei beat Ritu 7-2 in the Gold medal match 68kg- Rio Watari lost to Fransson in qualification 5-7. Dosho injured this year 72kg- Naruha Matsuyuki lost to Hamza 1-12 in the quarters 76kg- Hiroe Minagawa beat Nemeth in the bronze medal match 5 champions 1 silver 1 bronze WFS team score: Japan: 156 China: 119 USA: 103
  21. 50kg- Hildebrandt is wrestling really well at 50kg, but Susaki is back. After her having a dislocated elbow late 2018, rested it for most of 2019, I'm expecting her to be very eager to go and I know Stadnik is glad Susaki wasn't there in the 2019 WC finals. 53kg, I still see Mukaida(2x WC, 2x silver) winning it. She beat out college teammate Haruna Okuno(2x WC, she won the 2017 WC 53kg as a high schooler) for this year's spot. Jacarra beat Irie(5-3) in a very close match the 2019 finals, but let's remember that Irie(her sister is Susaki's nemesis) is usually on Japan's B but mostly C team. 57kg- Although Helen is back, there's no way I'm not thinking Risako Kawai(1x Olympic champion, 3x WC, 1x silver) isn't going to be very ready to compete in her home country. Let's also remember that Kawai went down in weight classes to make room for her sister at 62kg. She also was breezing though the Emperor's Cup in 2018, but ran into Kaori Icho who didn't wrestle for 2 years and lost to Icho. Kawai almost quit wrestling because of the loss, came back in 2019 at All-Japan and squeaked by Icho by 2 points setting up a playoff. Kawai won 3-3 on criteria in the playoff match to decide who was going to represent 57kg for Japan at the 2019 World Championships. 62kg Yukako Kawai(Risako's sister) 1x silver, 1x bronze. She's worked her way up from bronze to silver the past few years and I could see her doing really well. It's just hard for me to gauge. I want Kayla to do well, so let's see what happens. 68kg- I've said this since 2019, but I've thought since then that TMS would win the Olympic gold in Tokyo. She's just elevated her game so high. Sara Dosho(2016 Olympic champ and 1x WC, 1x silver, 2x bronze) had a pretty serious shoulder injury a few years ago. Even though she made this year's team, I can't see her beating TMS. 76kg- Adeline's had very close matches with Minagawa(1x Silver, 2x bronze) in the past few years in the WC finals in 2019 as well as the World Cup that year. I'm still picking Adeline, but from what happened the last Olympics, I can see her losing. Don't know why. Japan always struggles a little from 68-76kg, but the lighter weights are usually almost always lights out.
  22. You're forgetting a major, major factor here. Due to the way Japan did the Olympic team selection(medaling at the 2019 WC guaranteed a spot for the 2020 Olympics) All of Japan's TOP, A-Team women wrestlers faced off against each other at Olympic weights. World champions knocked off other world champions all over the place. All of the non-Olympic weights were Japan's B and C team members.
  23. Susaki is going to be Japan's rep at 50kg. She's just going to qualify the weight, but Japan is sending another killer at 50kg to the Asian Championships instead of Susaki. Her name is Remina YOSHIMOTO.
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