Kinki University's sumo club has announced that their top graduates Daisuke Sugiyama and
Devon Makoto Aoki have decided which stables to join - Sugiyama will be going to Isegahama-beya, Aoki to Kise-beya. A press conference will be held on Friday.
Sugiyama 183 cm / 155 kg, runner-up at the 2007 All-Japan university championships, openweight winner of the 2008 university individual weight class championships
Aoki 180 cm / 150 kg, winner of the 2008 West Japan university championships (and semifinalist in the openweight tournament that Sugiyama won)
Edit: Sugiyama joins his Kinki senior Homarefuji at Isegahama-beya, and perhaps more importantly just like Homarefuji (and the shisho) he is also from Aomori prefecture. Aoki is from Nara prefecture and is Kise-beya's third collegiate recruit after Shiratsuka and Ogata who does not hail from the shisho's alma mater Nichidai.
Not only is Sugiyama from the same prefecture as Isegahama Oyakata, he went to the same high school as his shisho. At Gosho Kawahara Commercial High School, he finished in the top 8 in the Inter-High tournament and took fifth place at the Kokutai.
The other day, he went back to his hometown to make his rounds of "aisatsu"--paying his respects and informing various people, including the mayor, of his plans to turn professional. As part of the tour, he visited his alma mater and worked out with the current club members. After about 20 intense bouts, one young kohai had this to say, "Once Sugiyama-san grabbed hold of the mawashi, there was nothing I could do. He was just too strong."
His former coach said, "Joining ozumo has always been his dream. I think it is a wonderful thing that he never gave up and made it a reality."
His parents were there to observe the keiko. His father, who was a coach at the dojo where Sugiyama began doing sumo as a third grader, expressed the parental hopes, "We want him to remain healthy and injury-free. To start, we would like to see him make it to juryo."
The 21-year-old Daisuke will start with mae-zumo in Hatsu Basho. His forte is yori from the hidari yotsu stance. As for his aspirations, he said, "I want to be a sekitori as soon as possible. I want to face Goeido-zeki, whom I couldn't beat in high school. I would like to see how much stronger I have gotten."