Asian Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, May 8-9 2007

(NB: variable results in different sources! compare the result of the final match at 60 - 2:0, 3:0 or 1:0, 5:0?)

55 kg
1. Saito Masashi, Japan, def. Asset Serikbayev, Kazakhstan, 1-4, 3-0, 0-0, 1-0.
3. E. Nyamochir, Mongolia, def. Firas Ali Rafaei, Syria, 2-0, 3-0.
3. Abbas Dabbaghi Souraki, Iran, def. Lee Woo-Ju, South Korea, withdrew.

60 kg
1. Bazar Bazarguruev, Kyrgyzstan, def. Shinya Odate, Japan, 2-0, 3-0.
3. Ri Yong Chol, North Korea, def. Bakhrom Ermatov, Uzbekistan, 2-2, 3-2.
3. Mehdi Taghavi Kermani, Iran, def. Vitalyi Korjakin, Tajikistan, 3-0, 2-1.

Semifinal: Odate def. Mehdi Taghavi Kermani (IRI), 1-0 at 2:13, 1-2, 12-5.
Odate breaks open a close match with a pair of 3-point arm throws in the third period for the technical fall.
Final: Odate lost to Bazar Bazarguruev (KGZ), 0-1 at 2:19, 0-5.
Odate wins the coin toss after a scoreless first period, but losses the point after being forced out of bounds. Bazarguruev, formerly of Russia, scores with two cross-ankle turns late in the second to secure the win.
Odate edged junior world champion Mehdi Taghavi Kermani of Iran in three periods in the semifinals at 60 kg but then gave up a pair of cross-ankle turns in a loss in the finals to hometown favorite Bazar Bazarguruev. Japanese coaches had marked Taghavi Kermani as the wrestler to beat at 60 kg before coming to Bishkek, so Odate was understandably elated with his semifinals triumph. ?After winning against Iran, I really thought I could win,? Odate said, admitting dejectedly that he was ?careless? in the final and that he was not prepared mentally for the match with Bazaguruev.

66 kg
1. Hassan Tahmasebi, Iran, def. Sushil Kumar, India, 0-2, 1-0, by fall.
3. Jung Young-Ho, South Korea, def. Kim In Chol, North Korea, 4-2, 4-0.
3. U. Bayarkhuu, Mongolia, def. Ikemetsu Kazuhiko, Japan, 4-0, 3-0.

74 kg
1. Wu Zijian, China, def. Maysam Mostafa-Jokar, Iran, 4-1, 4-1.
3. Lee Sang-Kyu, South Korea, def. Nagashima Kazuyuki, Japan, 1-1, 1-0.
3. Saiffadin Osmanov, Kazakhstan def. Talant Jekshenov, Kyrgyzstan, 1-1, 3-0.

(Maysam Jokar was considered the new Iranian star at 74. In the finals of the Iranian league 2 months ago, he pinned the Ali Bazri, second at the 2006 worlds. He was not that successful vs his opponent of China.)

84 kg
1. Mehdi Mansouri, Iran, def. Ch. Ganzorig, Mongolia, 2-0, 1-0.
3. Abdul Ammaev, Uzbekistan, def. Wu Yunbilige, China, 4-0, 7-0.
3. Ermek Baiduashev, Kazakhstan, def. Lee Do-Soo, South Korea, 2-0, 0-1, 1-0.

96 kg
1. Aleksei Krupniakov, Kyrgyzstan, def. Amir Abbas Moradi-Ganji, Iran, 2-1, 0-1, 1-0.
3. J. Chuluunbat, Mongolia, def. Nurzhan Katayev, Kazakhstan, 7-0, 1-0.
3. Yang Wulin, China, def. Koo Tae-hyun, South Korea, 4-0, 4-0.

(At the 2005 worlds Krupniakov, the eventual silver medalist, pinned Ganji in the quarters.)

120 kg
1. Fardin Masoumi Valadi, Iran, def. Marid Mutalimov, Kazakhstan, 2-0, 1-4, 1-0.
3. Palwinder Singh Cheema, India, def. Lee Se-Hyung, South Korea, 1-1, 1-0, 2-0.
3. Zhao Haiyu, China, def. Ts. Magaljav, Mongolia, 0-0, 1-0, 3-1.

(Masoumi beat Mutalimov 2 times last year ? at the worlds and in the finals of the Asian games.)