Greco-Roman wrestling world cup – Japan includes world champion Ota and Fumita in 12-man squad

By   - 12/11/2019

Tehran is all geared up for the Greco-Roman wrestling world cup on 28th November and Japan has announced there 12 member squad for the world cup. As expected both Kenichiro Fumita (60 kg, world no. 1) and Shinobu Ota are included in the Japanese squad. Fumita won his second Senior World title in September while Ota collected his first.
Japan has qualified for the Greco-Roman world cup after a long gap of 25 years. The last time they played in the world cup was in 1994 that’s the reason they don’t want to leave any stone unturned in preparing for the mega event. Japan is clubbed with Uzbekistan, Georgia and Hungary in Group B.
Ota is moving up to 67 kilograms for the Olympic Year after triumphing in Nur-Sultan at 63. However, Ota’s primary domestic obstacle at 67, Shogo Takahashi, is also in the 12 man team for Tehran world cup. The blazing hot Shota Ogawa (55 kg), who just won the U23 Worlds after taking third position in Kazakhstan, is coming along for the ride, as well.

55 kg: Shota Ogawa (2019 U23 World Champion, ’18 World bronze)
60 kg: Kenichiro Fumita (Two-time World Champion, ’18 U23 World Champion)
60 kg: Ayata Suzuki
63 kg: Yoshiki Yamada
67 kg: Shogo Takahashi (2019 Asian Championships bronze)
67 kg: Shinobu Ota (2019 World Champion, ’16 Olympic silver)
72 kg: Tomohiro Inoue (Two-time Asian Championships bronze)
77 kg: Shohei Yabiku (2013 Junior World bronze)
82 kg: Yuya Okajima
87 kg: Takahiro Tsuruta
97 kg: Masaaki Shikiya
130 kg: Arata Sonoda

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