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#1 Asashosakari

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 17:51

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.

Vital stats:
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.

Edited by Asashosakari, 17 December 2008 - 18:12.


#2 Charlemagne

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 20:00

Hmm... These two heya are getting all the prospective recruits. Asi if Ogata, Fukao, Kamei and Shiratsuka weren't enough for Kise-beya. :)

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 00:26

"My model is Chiyotaikai. I love to tsuppari my way forward!", declared Aoki. "I'd like to meet Gouiedou on the dohyo. I could never beat him in high school..", said Sugiyama. Both declared they want to become sekitori as soon as possible.

Aoki (left) and Takanonami Sugiyama, already mastering the non-flag:
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Edited by Kintamayama, 20 December 2008 - 00:32.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 21:15

A classmate of Adiya Baasandorj from Tottori Johoku High School has decided to join Oguruma Beya. He is Rei Nogami, the captain of the sumo team. The 18-year-old is 175 cm tall and weighs 125 kg.

"It's been my dream to become a pro since I was in primary school," Nogami said at the press conference. "I want to develop the kind of sharp, penetrating tachiai of my sempai, Kotomitsuki-zeki."

Oguruma Oyakata has known about the new deshi since the kid was in grade school. "He used to be a bit on the quiet, gentle side, but Johoku has really toughened him up," said the shisho. "I don't care if he is still rough-edged but I want him to develop the power to blast opponents out of the dohyo."

His high school coach is optimistic about his future. "He works twice as hard as others during keiko. If he follows his oyakata diligently, I am sure he will become an excellent rikishi."

When asked about former teammate, Baasandorj, with whom he will make his ozumo debut next basho, the young recruit said, "He is now a rival. I am not going to let him beat me."


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Posted 21 December 2008 - 21:36

Guess somebody told Aoki that he looks a bit like Taikai ;-)
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 08:00

Twins are joining Takanohana beya. They are Masatada and Masaoki Ogasawara out of Toyodai Ushikyu high school, the school that won the inter-high school championships. Although there never were twin sekitori, they declared their wish to become sekitori. They were told by their father to join Takanohana beya as he was " a splendid man". They both stayed at the heya back when Takanohana was Yokozuna and they were in the fifth grade. "My impression is that the Oyakata is a great man!* declared Masatada. Masatada reached the top 16 in the high school nationals, and Masaoki was second in the Kanto championships. Together with the new Mongolian ( who BTW has been christened Takanoiwa), Takanohana beya seems to be awakening.

The twins with the Okamisan and Gunther:
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Edited by Kintamayama, 23 December 2008 - 18:26.

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#7 Asashosakari

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 10:40

Twins are joining Takanohana beya. [etc.]

Nikkan's Takanohana-beya insider strikes again...


Masatada reached the top 16 in the high school nationals ...

Kokutai, I believe, not the inter-high national competitions.

Edited by Asashosakari, 23 December 2008 - 11:21.


#8 Kintamayama

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 18:26

Twins are joining Takanohana beya. [etc.]

Nikkan's Takanohana-beya insider strikes again...


Masatada reached the top 16 in the high school nationals ...

Kokutai, I believe, not the inter-high national competitions.

Probably. I don't know what the hell I'm talking about most of the time, and when it comes to Harumafuji-sumo, I have no idea. ALL the time.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 15:37

13 new recruits including:
Oguruma beya has recruited a Waseda University sumo club alumni-the first from Waseda in 70 years, 直江俊司 (Naoe Toshiji) 22 years old, 182/130. Only 2 recruits in the past from Waseda- Former Sekiwake Kasagiyama (later Hidenoyama Oyakata) (1932) and ex-Makushita Yamaguchi (1939).
The new guy injured his shoulder and left the sumo club in his third year, and is now in his 4th year. "Last autumn I decided I wanted to become a rikishi . I did look for other jobs but in the end decided to pursue my dream. I'd like to not shame the name of my university and hope to become a sekitori within three years!", he declared.

which was mistakenly posted on the "Kyushu basho new recruits" thread.

Edited by Kintamayama, 11 January 2009 - 22:38.

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#10 Asashosakari

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 16:50

Wow, 13? Highest number outside of March tournaments since Hatsu 2005...

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 19:47

Indeed - wow, so many (Showing respect...)

13 including those who wanted to join in Kyuushuu but couldn't? Or just the guys from the current check up?

Edited by ilovesumo, 05 January 2009 - 19:50.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 21:17

Indeed - wow, so many (Showing respect...)

13 including those who wanted to join in Kyuushuu but couldn't? Or just the guys from the current check up?

Current checkup, probably, as the two Mongolians are banzuke-gai for all intents and purposes, and these are not counted as new entries of course.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 07:56

The new Waseda guy said he was looking for a job in real estate, but felt he had an unfinished job in sumo, as he left the sumo club in his third year due to an injury. "I left in the middle and couldn't live with that.. I really want to climb the ranks quickly. I'd like to test my strength and and become strong!", he declared.
His up to date stats are 181/127.
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Edited by Kintamayama, 06 January 2009 - 08:03.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:58

The Takanohana twins;
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Waseda guy:
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 10:29

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.

Vital stats:
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."


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Posted 06 January 2009 - 23:12

The Takanohana twins;
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According to Sports Hochi, the twins caused some minor amusement for the assembled oyakata by measuring exactly the same in both height and weight, 173/123. Thank goodness they'll be distinguishable by their shikona soon...

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:10

Have they been instructed to wear different colour obi, or do they just do it out of courtesy/taste?

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 16:52

I was fortunate enough to have a talk with Sugiyama today after the reporters finished with him.
He is very nice and polite, quite cute and HUGE! He is just massive... and muscular!

When I started talking to him he was quite overwhelmed that I knew so much about him. I guess one day I'll have to explain that there are those of us here reading this kind of info with enthusiasm!

We finished up our chat with his promise to do his best and I gave him a big chocolate kiss, the look on his face was priceless. He suddenly changed to English to thank me.

He's a good kid. I'll put my money on him...

#19 Asashosakari

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 07:28

Another stylish picture of the twins, this time with shisho:

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Edited by Asashosakari, 10 January 2009 - 07:28.


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Posted 11 January 2009 - 11:00

NSK data:
SHIKONA KANJI NAME HEYA HEIGHT WEIGHT DOB BIRTHPLACE
Aimoto 相本 Aimoto Ken Kokonoe 174 102 06 - June - 1990 Fukuoka
Amatsu 天津 Amatsu Shinji Ounomatsu 179 126 03 - April - 1990 Osaka
Aoki 青木 Aoki Makoto Kise 181 152 22 - August - 1986 Nara
Asahyuga 朝日向 Mitsui Yuki Takasago 176 132 28 - August - 1990 Kumamoto
Daitoku 大徳 Daitoku Mitsuo Shikihide 180 101 13 - September- 1988 Hyogo
Kishi Kishi Eita Kokonoe 178 129 12 - July - 1990 Kyoto
Mori Mori Takeshi Kokonoe 182 75 05 - July - 1988 Nagasaki
Naoe 直江 Naoe Toshiji Oguruma 181 127 23 - September- 1986 Tokyo
Nogami 野上 Nogami Ren Oguruma 175 126 15 - August - 1990 Aomori
Obamaumi 小浜海 Yamamoto Koki Sakaigawa 177 115 10 - August - 1990 Nagasaki
Takageppo 貴月芳 Ogasawara Masatada Takanohana 173 123 19 - April - 1990 Saitama
Takarafuji 宝富士 Sugiyama Daisuke Isegahama 184 149 18 - February - 1987 Aomori
Takatoshi 貴斗志 Ogasawara Masaoki Takanohana 173 123 19 - April - 1990 Saitama
Edit: Shikona/Kanji changes

Edited by Naganoyama, 20 January 2009 - 15:45.


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Posted 11 January 2009 - 21:40

I'm struck by the fact that there is only one scrawny guy amongst these recruits. The rest are of a decent weight, or at least they won't have to gorge themselves immediately in an attempt not to get blown away on size alone. Just as an impression, is this different to the last few basho we've seen? I have the feeling there have been a number of lighter, younger guys entering in say the last year (or is my impression biased by, say, the former host guy that entered?)

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 22:44

Mori 森 Takeshi Mori Kokonoe 182 75 05 - July - 1988 Nagasaki

Just as we got rid of two Moris in one basho, along comes a new one.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 03:22

Eita Kishi was a judo star at his high school in Kyoto. He had started doing judo at age 3, and by the time he entered junior high, he was already 170 cm tall and weighed over 90 kg. At Kyoto Kyoei Gakuen High, he was the captain of the judo team that qualified for the Inter-High tournament.

He had always liked sumo and enjoyed watching it on TV as a kid. Chiyotaikai was his favorite rikishi. He decided to join ozumo after the Inter-High meet. "I told my family that I wanted to give it a try," he said. He also told his coach of his intentions and the latter contacted the people at Kokonoe Beya. A meeting was set up with Kokonoe Oyakata, where the shisho told the boy, "If you have the desire, come and join us. If you are not sure, it's better that you don't."

One of his teachers said, "When he loses, he has a tendency to get down on himself. I am a bit concerned because he is such a nice, gentle boy. However, [he should find strength with] all his classmates solidly behind him."

His judo coach said, "He is very dedicated and practices with intensity. He has a strong lower body and has the knack of knowing what to do to win a match."

As for the young man, he intends to develop a "tsuppari like Chiyotaikai-zeki's." His goal is, of course, to become a sekitori.


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Posted 12 January 2009 - 03:34

Mori 森 Takeshi Mori Kokonoe 182 75 05 - July - 1988 Nagasaki

Just as we got rid of two Moris in one basho, along comes a new one.

I better not mention that there are no less than 11 Yamamotos in ozumo right now with the new guy...

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 06:53

Mori 森 Takeshi Mori Kokonoe 182 75 05 - July - 1988 Nagasaki

Just as we got rid of two Moris in one basho, along comes a new one.

I better not mention that there are no less than 11 Yamamotos in ozumo right now with the new guy...

But only one at the moment with that as his shikona. We had two Moris as shikonae..
But you knew that..

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