In the two weights that opened the match between Russia and Japan in Group A in the second round of the first World Cup competition day, the host team lost to the Asian team. In the category up to 57 kg, the winner of the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix Muslim Saidulayev lost to the 2017 world champion Yuki Takahashi with a score of 1: 2. in the weight category up to 61 kg, the Russian championship winner Zelimkhan Abakarov, with an equal score of 2: 2, experienced the bitterness of defeat from Yudai Fujita.
But in the remaining 8 bouts the victory was celebrated by Russian wrestlers. Two-time European champion Gadzhimurad Rashidov finished with a technical victory in a fight with Daichi Takatani. Also, Anzor Zakuev, Timur Bizhoev, Magomed Ramazanov, Alikhan Zhabrailov and Pavel Krivtsov managed to do it ahead of time. European champion Vladislav Valiev in a very difficult bout with the World Cup finalist Sohsuke Takatani pulled out a victory in the last minute. Honored Master of Sports of Russia Vladislav Baitsaev broke down resistance of Naoya Akaguma 6: 2.
Russia – Japan, 8:2
Up to 57 kg. Muslim Sadulaev - Yuki Takahashi - 1: 2
Up to 61 kg. Zelimkhan Abakarov - Yudai Fujita - 2: 2. Judai Fujita’s victory
Up to 65 kg. Gadzhimurad Rashidov - Daichi Takatani - 10: 0
Up to 70 kg. Anzor Zakuev - Kojiro Shiga - 11: 0
Up to 74 kg. Timur Bizhoev - Yuto Miwa - 11: 0
Up to 79 kg. Magomed Ramazanov - Yuta Abe - 10: 0
Up to 86 kg. Vladislav Valiev - Sohsuke Takatani - 6: 4
Up to 92 kg. Alikhan Zhabrailov - Atsushi Matsumoto - 10: 0
Up to 97 kg. Vladislav Baytsaev - Naoya Akaguma - 6: 2
Up to 125 kg. Pavel Krivtsov - Katsutoshi Kanazawa - 10: 0