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Pretty crazy how good Japan is across styles at the lighter weights. 

Greco Roman

55KG - Ogawa won a bronze

60KG - Furnita made the finals, so silver as a minimum

63KG - Ola won gold

Women’s Freestyle

50KG - Irie beat out a 2 time world champ to make the team. Japan has won gold at this weight for the last 7 years

53KG - Mukaida won worlds at 55KG last year. 

55KG - Nanomi Irie beat a multiple time world champ to make the team  she has won a bunch of age level golds, but this is her first senior team  

Men’s Freestyle

57KG - Takahashi won worlds in 2017 and got a bronze in 2018

61KG - yamaguchi just won junior worlds and is in a weak weight. May be least likely to medal out of the group  

65KG - Otoguro is the defending world champ. He will have a very tough draw however. He could not medal as there as multiple guys who can challenge him, but that applies to every world and Olympic champ in this weight (there are 4...)

 

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Pretty crazy how good Japan is across styles at the lighter weights. 
Greco Roman
55KG - Ogawa won a bronze
60KG - Furnita made the finals, so silver as a minimum
63KG - Ola won gold
Women’s Freestyle
50KG - Irie beat out a 2 time world champ to make the team. Japan has won gold at this weight for the last 7 years
53KG - Mukaida won worlds at 55KG last year. 
55KG - Nanomi Irie beat a multiple time world champ to make the team  she has won a bunch of age level golds, but this is her first senior team  
Men’s Freestyle
57KG - Takahashi won worlds in 2017 and got a bronze in 2018
61KG - yamaguchi just won junior worlds and is in a weak weight. May be least likely to medal out of the group  
65KG - Otoguro is the defending world champ. He will have a very tough draw however. He could not medal as there as multiple guys who can challenge him, but that applies to every world and Olympic champ in this weight (there are 4...)
 
Yamaguchi (30%) and Takahashi (I'd say 50%,) but they got a chance. Depending on draw, could be a fun storyline . Good catch

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1 hour ago, sidakova4991 said:

I am sad to see Susaki not crush her weight class in another World Championships..  she is really dominant.  The most dominant of any female wrestler right now.  

It's crazy to think that Yuki Irie, this year's rep for Japan at 50kg is the only person to have ever beaten Susaki, let alone beating her 3 times!  Just a bad style matchup.  Looking back, Yuki was Junior World Champion in 2012 and hasn't been able to be Japan's rep since 2012 because she lost to:

Hitomi Obara: 8x senior world champion, 2012 Olympic champion

Eri Tosaka:  3x senior world champion, 2016 Olympic champion, 1x 2nd senior

Yui Susaki:  2x senior world champion, 2x junior world champion, 3x cadet world champion

Yuki's sister(Namami)) is also Japan's rep at 55kg.  She beat 2x defending senior world champion, Haruna Okuno.  There is also a youngest Irie sister who is also very good, but didn't win her weight class this year.

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Not to steer off topic, but I found this Russian Journalist's womens' picks to be interesting.


TIGRAN AVANIAN
Russian journalist

Women's freestyle
50 kg/110 lbs. – Kika Kagata (Japan)
53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Mayu Mukaida (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Nanami Irie (Japan)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Risako Kawai (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Yuzuka Inagaki (Japan)
62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Yukako Kawai (Japan)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Naomi Ruike (Japan)
68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Sara Dosho (Japan)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Masako Furuichi (Japan)
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki (Japan)

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19 minutes ago, de4856 said:

Japan is just plain tough, and there is just no question about it. However I think we are sending some pretty tough Women and MFS over there as well, so hopefully we too can have a successful World tourney. 

I think we'll do well.  The most important thing to remember is that any of Japan's #1s at non-Olympic weights last year went for the Olympic weight this year. 

Meaning: Japan's #2s or #3s are at the non-Olympic weights.

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2 hours ago, airmail said:

Not to steer off topic, but I found this Russian Journalist's womens' picks to be interesting.


TIGRAN AVANIAN
Russian journalist

Women's freestyle
50 kg/110 lbs. – Kika Kagata (Japan)
53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Mayu Mukaida (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Nanami Irie (Japan)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Risako Kawai (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Yuzuka Inagaki (Japan)
62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Yukako Kawai (Japan)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Naomi Ruike (Japan)
68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Sara Dosho (Japan)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Masako Furuichi (Japan)
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki (Japan)

He is likely to get 6-8 right just by doing this. Not a bad strategy. 

I’d be shocked if Japan won 76kg though

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