Wrestler Saki Yoshikawa Wins the Second Place in the U.S.
• Saki started wrestling when she was a second grader in Tokyo. She happened to join a gymnastic exercise class where a past Olympian coach was teaching. Saki was gradually interested in wrestling and finally started it.
• Saki moved to Houston, Texas, in December 2016 due to her father’s job and joined a local club. She participated in multiple tournaments and won several top places. She was also selected as a member of the representative wrestling team of the state of Texas and participated in national competitions in the U.S.
• Saki’s family moved to the Chicago area last July again
due to her father’s job. Now she belongs to the Arlington Cardinals Wrestling
Club in Arlington Heights and has been practicing with a past Olympian
• Saki’s mother said that wrestling was popular in the Chicago area because of cold weather in the winter time, so the competition has become very hard compared to Texas or Tokyo.
• According to her mother, girls’ wrestling is freestyle
in Olympics, but folkstyle, which emphasizes pinning techniques, is common
in the U.S. Saki has learned three styles, free, folk, and Greco-Roman,
and has participated in all three styles of tournaments.
• Saki is a sixth grader in a local school and a first
grader of middle school in the Chicago Futabakai Saturday School, so she
is quite busy with two schools and wrestling tournaments. She has been
saddened not to be able to attend important events such as a graduation
ceremony at the Saturday School. She managed to attend an enrollment ceremony
of the middle school after a great struggle. She was still wearing her
wrestling jersey at the ceremony.
Saki Yoshikawa (R) wins the first place at 2017 Women’s National Championship in Irving, Texas.
Saki Yoshikawa (L)