Kim Min-jae, Baekdu Jangsa 2nd crown… 21 game winning streak
‘Sand Rookie’ Kim Min-jae (21, Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team) won the Ssireum competition held this year in a row and won two gold medals this season.
On the 27th, Kim Min-jae defeated Choi Seong-min (21, Taean-gun Office), his high school rival, in the ‘Withers Pharmaceutical 2023 Folk Ssireum Mungyeong Competition’ Baekdu Jangsa (140kg or less) final match (5 out of 3 best-of-5 matches) held at Mungyeong Indoor Gymnasium in Mungyeong City, Gyeongsangbuk-do. Overpowered and lifted the bull trophy.
Following the New Year’s Day Business Ssireum Competition in January, it is the second consecutive victory. Last year, he stood at the top at the Dano Jangsa Ssireum Competition in June and the Cheonha Jangsa Ssireum Festival in November as a member of the University of Ulsan. He won the four tournaments he participated in (Baekdu Jangsa 3 times, Cheonha Jangsa 1 time) in a row. It has been 37 years since Lee Man-ki (60), a senior at Kyungnam University in 1985, has become a college student. Kim Min-jae has been on a 21-match winning streak since last year. 메이저놀이터
Kim Min-jae said, “I was very nervous because Seong-min (my opponent in the final match) was at the top level since I was in school. It worked because he thought that he was an opponent that he would have to overcome someday and eagerly participated in the game.” Kim Min-jae, who won three of the four major wrestling competitions (New Year’s Day, Chuseok, Dano, and Cheonhajangsa), aims to win the Chuseok Ssireum Tournament this year and win two consecutive championships in the Cheonha Jangsa Tournament. Attention is focusing on whether Kim Min-jae will be able to surpass the four consecutive Baekdu Jangsa records set by Lee Jun-hee (66) in 1983 and Kang Ho-dong (53) in 1991.
The Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team, to which Kim Min-jae belongs, won the championship by defeating the new team MG Saemaeul Geumgo Ssireum Team 4-2 in the finals of the team event held that day. Kim Min-jae played 4 matches from the round of 16 to the final, recording 3 wins and 1 loss.