Japan claimed nine gold medals at the World Junior Wrestling Championships ©Getty Images

After a week of competition, Japan finished top of the medals table at the World Junior Wrestling Championships in Sofia, excelling in women's categories particularly.

Eight of their nine titles came in women's events, with all 10 of their female wrestlers claiming spots on the podium too.

Umi Ito defeated Audrey Jimenez of the United States in the women's under-50 kilogram category for gold while her team-mate Moe Kiyooka won the under-55kg gold.

Ruka Natami and Sakura Motoki took victories in the under-57kg and under-59kg finals over American Sofia Macaluso and Hungary's Viktoria Borsos.

World bronze medallist and Asian champion at senior level Nonoka Ozaki expectedly delivered in the under-62kg final against Sonam Malik, while Mahiro Yoshitake made it another victory over India in the under-65kg against Priyanka.

Nonoka Ozaki was the most high-profile winner at the Championships ©Getty Images
Nonoka Ozaki was the most high-profile winner at the Championships ©Getty Images

Ami Ishii took under-68kg gold against Kyrgyzstan's Nurzat Nurtaeva and Ayano Moro completed the gold rush in the under-73kg final against Indian Priya Malik.

Japan's other gold medal came in the men's under-61kg final thanks to Yuto Nishiuchi, who defeated Armin Habibzadeh of Iran.

Iran generally had a strong showing in the men's freestyle events as well as in Greco-Roman, finishing top of their respective medals tables.

Sobhan Yari won the men's under-79kg gold against Armenia's Mushegh Mkrtchyan, while Iran's other men's titles came in the under-92kg and under-125kg finals for Amir Hossein Firouzpour and Amir Reza Masoumi against Andro Margishvili of Georgia and Mahendra Gaikwad of India respectively.

Four more golds were added in Greco-Roman, including back-to-back victories for Saeid Esmaeili and Iman Mohammadi in the under-60kg and under-63kg.

They defeated Armenia's Suren Aghajanyan and Baiaman Karimov of Kyrgyzstan.

Alireza Mohmadi won the under-82kg final against Achiko Bolkvadze of Georgia and Ali Abedi stood atop the podium too in the under-97kg competition, beating Iussuf Matsiyev of Kazakhstan in the final.

Azerbaijan and the US were third and fourth on the medals table with five and three golds respectively.