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#1 Asashosakari

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 21:54

The three-day sumo competition at this year's Kokutai is currently underway, starting with the junior team event prelims today. Here are the results:

Round 1:
Saitama    5-0  Hiroshima
Okayama    0-5  Tokyo
Wakayama   4-1  Shizuoka
Shiga      0-5  Niigata
Gunma      0-5  Okinawa
Hokkaido   0-5  Fukuoka
Kyoto      5-0  Miyagi
Saga       0-5  Gifu
Nara       0-5  Kagoshima
Yamagata   3-2  Kochi
Iwate      2-3  Mie
Aichi      0-5  Hyogo
Ishikawa   5-0  Ibaraki
Akita      4-1  Ehime
Fukui      0-5  Aomori
Kagawa     0-5  Tottori
Kumamoto   5-0  Nagasaki
Nagano     2-3  Yamaguchi
Chiba      5-0  Fukushima
Tochigi    3-2  Yamanashi
Oita       5-0  Miyazaki
Kanagawa   0-5  Toyama
Tokushima  0-5  Osaka
Fukushima  3-2  Shimane


Round 2:
Saitama    5-0  Okinawa
Okayama    0-5  Fukuoka
Wakayama   4-1  Miyagi
Shiga      0-5  Gifu
Gunma      0-5  Kagoshima
Hokkaido   0-5  Kochi
Kyoto      4-1  Mie
Saga       0-5  Hyogo
Nara       0-5  Ibaraki
Yamagata   2-3  Ehime
Iwate      0-5  Aomori
Aichi      0-5  Tottori
Ishikawa   4-1  Nagasaki
Akita      4-1  Yamaguchi
Fukui      3-2  Fukushima
Kagawa     3-2  Yamanashi
Kumamoto   5-0  Miyazaki
Nagano     1-4  Toyama
Chiba      3-2  Osaka
Tochigi    3-2  Shimane
Oita       5-0  Hiroshima
Kanagawa   2-3  Tokyo
Tokushima  0-5  Shizuoka
Saga       0-5  Niigata


Round 3:
Saitama    4-1  Kagoshima
Okayama    0-5  Kochi
Wakayama   3-2  Mie
Shiga      0-5  Hyogo
Gunma      2-3  Ibaraki
Hokkaido   2-3  Ehime
Kyoto      1-4  Aomori
Saga       0-5  Tottori
Nara       0-5  Nagasaki
Yamagata   1-4  Yamaguchi
Iwate      1-4  Fukushima
Aichi      3-2  Yamanashi
Ishikawa   5-0  Miyazaki
Akita      3-2  Toyama
Fukui      1-4  Osaka
Kagawa     2-3  Shimane
Kumamoto   5-0  Hiroshima
Nagano     3-2  Tokyo
Chiba      4-1  Shizuoka
Tochigi    0-5  Niigata
Oita       3-2  Okinawa
Kanagawa   1-4  Fukuoka
Tokushima  0-5  Miyagi
Shiga      0-5  Gifu


Standings:
 1 Gifu       3-0, 15 wins
 1 Hyogo      3-0, 15 wins
 1 Kumamoto   3-0, 15 wins
 1 Niigata    3-0, 15 wins
 1 Tottori    3-0, 15 wins
 6 Aomori     3-0, 14 wins
 6 Fukuoka    3-0, 14 wins
 6 Ishikawa   3-0, 14 wins
 6 Saitama    3-0, 14 wins
10 Oita       3-0, 13 wins
11 Chiba      3-0, 12 wins
12 Akita      3-0, 11 wins
12 Wakayama   3-0, 11 wins
14 Kochi      2-1, 12 wins
15 Kagoshima  2-1, 11 wins
15 Osaka      2-1, 11 wins
15 Toyama     2-1, 11 wins
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18 Kyoto      2-1, 10 wins
18 Tokyo      2-1, 10 wins
20 Fukushima  2-2,  9 wins
21 Ibaraki    2-1,  8 wins
21 Yamaguchi  2-1,  8 wins
23 Ehime      2-1,  7 wins
24 Tochigi    2-1,  6 wins
25 Okinawa    1-2,  7 wins
25 Shimane    1-2,  7 wins
25 Shizuoka   1-2,  7 wins
28 Mie        1-2,  6 wins
28 Miyagi     1-2,  6 wins
28 Nagano     1-2,  6 wins
28 Nagasaki   1-2,  6 wins
28 Yamagata   1-2,  6 wins
33 Kagawa     1-2,  5 wins
34 Fukui      1-2,  4 wins
35 Aichi      1-2,  3 wins
36 Yamanashi  0-3,  6 wins
37 Iwate      0-3,  3 wins
37 Kanagawa   0-3,  3 wins
39 Gunma      0-3,  2 wins
39 Hokkaido   0-3,  2 wins
41 Hiroshima  0-3,  0 wins
41 Miyazaki   0-3,  0 wins
41 Nara       0-3,  0 wins
41 Okayama    0-3,  0 wins
41 Saga       0-4,  0 wins
41 Shiga      0-4,  0 wins
41 Tokushima  0-3,  0 wins


Top 16 tie-breakers:
Toyama     3-1  Kagoshima
Osaka      3-1  Kagoshima

The 16-team playoffs will take place tomorrow, IIRC in a seeded pattern, as well as the individual competition - if things haven't changed, all rikishi who won all three bouts in the team prelims (or three out of four if their team got one of the fill-in slots) will be eligible. If I counted correctly that means 63 competitors will be in action for the individual title.

The adult team prelims will also be done tomorrow with 3-man squads, with their team and individual playoffs on Monday.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 14:20

Junior team playoffs:

Round of 16:
Niigata    4-1  Osaka
Saitama    4-1  Fukuoka
Hyogo      1-4  Wakayama
Gifu       1-4  Akita
Tottori    4-1  Toyama
Aomori     4-1  Oita
Kumamoto   2-3  Kochi
Ishikawa   4-1  Chiba

Quarterfinals:
Niigata    1-4  Saitama
Wakayama   1-4  Akita
Tottori    3-2  Aomori
Kochi      1-4  Ishikawa

Semifinals:
Saitama    4-1  Akita
Tottori    3-2  Ishikawa

Third Place:
Akita      1-4  Ishikawa

Final:
Saitama    2-3  Tottori

Tottori's quarterfinal and semifinal victories were both secured only in the 5th bout, the final victory was achieved after the 4th bout. It's Tottori's first championship in six years, and third overall. Saitama was the defending champion.

Edited by Asashosakari, 10 October 2011 - 22:55.


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Posted 09 October 2011 - 14:36

Since it'll be some time until I get to transcribe the individual results, I'll just mention that the final was an all-Tottori Johoku affair as third-year student Shinji Kizaki 木崎 信志 beat fellow team member Ichinnorov イチンノロブ by oshidashi. Kizaki also won the individual title at the national inter-high school tournament earlier this summer. (Hmm, speaking of results I never got around to posting...)


Edit: And browsing the new IFS homepage reminds me that Kizaki also won the junior world championship in the heavyweight class in 2010. Pretty impressive that he was nominated for that as a second-year student...

Edited by Asashosakari, 10 October 2011 - 21:23.


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 00:36

Adult team prelims...

Round 1:
Fukuoka    2-1  Kagawa
Akita      3-0  Nara
Nagasaki   3-0  Ibaraki
Kochi      0-3  Ishikawa
Fukui      2-1  Miyagi
Tokyo      3-0  Okayama
Osaka      3-0  Hiroshima
Aichi      0-3  Yamaguchi
Aomori     2-1  Shiga
Tochigi    0-3  Oita
Wakayama   1-2  Tottori
Yamagata   3-0  Saga
Gifu       2-1  Okinawa
Nagano     1-2  Chiba
Miyazaki   1-2  Tokushima
Iwate      1-2  Saitama
Kagoshima  3-0  Hokkaido
Shimane    1-2  Gunma
Toyama     3-0  Kanagawa
Yamanashi  1-2  Ehime
Mie        2-1  Hyogo
Fukushima  0-3  Kumamoto
Shizuoka   1-2  Kyoto
Saga       1-2  Niigata


Round 2:
Fukuoka    2-1  Miyagi
Akita      3-0  Okayama
Nagasaki   3-0  Hiroshima
Kochi      0-3  Yamaguchi
Fukui      1-2  Shiga
Tokyo      0-3  Oita
Osaka      1-2  Tottori
Aichi      3-0  Saga
Aomori     2-1  Okinawa
Tochigi    0-3  Chiba
Wakayama   3-0  Tokushima
Yamagata   1-2  Saitama
Gifu       3-0  Hokkaido
Nagano     3-0  Gunma
Miyazaki   1-2  Kanagawa
Iwate      3-0  Ehime
Kagoshima  3-0  Hyogo
Shimane    0-3  Kumamoto
Toyama     2-1  Kyoto
Yamanashi  0-3  Niigata
Mie        3-0  Kagawa
Fukushima  3-0  Nara
Shizuoka   0-3  Ibaraki
Shimane    0-3  Ishikawa


Round 3:
Fukuoka    2-1  Shiga
Akita      0-3  Oita
Nagasaki   2-1  Tottori
Kochi      3-0  Saga
Fukui      0-3  Okinawa
Tokyo      1-2  Chiba
Osaka      2-1  Tokushima
Aichi      1-2  Saitama
Aomori     3-0  Hokkaido
Tochigi    2-1  Gunma
Wakayama   3-0  Kanagawa
Yamagata   3-0  Ehime
Gifu       3-0  Hyogo
Nagano     1-2  Kumamoto
Miyazaki   0-3  Kyoto
Iwate      1-2  Niigata
Kagoshima  3-0  Kagawa
Shimane    1-2  Nara
Toyama     2-1  Ibaraki
Yamanashi  0-3  Ishikawa
Mie        3-0  Miyagi
Fukushima  3-0  Okayama
Shizuoka   1-2  Hiroshima
Ehime      0-3  Yamaguchi


Standings:
 1  Ishikawa   3-0,  9 wins (Sakashita 3, Arakizeki 3, Takeda 3)
 1  Kagoshima  3-0,  9 wins (Sakamoto 3, Miyashita 3, Ogata 3)
 1  Oita       3-0,  9 wins (Takada 3, Himeno 3, Sakamoto 3)
 1  Yamaguchi  3-0,  9 wins (Nakamura 3, Inamura 3, Terada 3)
 5  Gifu       3-0,  8 wins (Kimura 3, Kamiyama 3, Yasuda 2)
 5  Kumamoto   3-0,  8 wins (Yamamoto 2, Hashimoto 3, Yoshida 3)
 5  Mie        3-0,  8 wins (Nakoshi 2, Shimozato 3, Hamaguchi 3)
 5  Nagasaki   3-0,  8 wins (Tanaka 2, Matsunaga 3, Fuda 3)
 9  Aomori     3-0,  7 wins (Kudo 2, Maeda 2, Kohama 3)
 9  Chiba      3-0,  7 wins (Sakuma 2, Kasamatsu 3, Teramoto 2)
 9  Niigata    3-0,  7 wins (Kawano 2, Matsunaga 2, Sugisaki 3)
 9  Toyama     3-0,  7 wins (Hori 2, Tanimura 2, Kurokawa 3)
13  Fukuoka    3-0,  6 wins (Ichinose 3, Kizaki 1, Mitsunaga 2)
13  Saitama    3-0,  6 wins (Iwasaki 3, Tsushima 0, Enomoto 3)
15  Wakayama   2-1,  7 wins (Tomita 2, Morimoto 2, Sekizawa 3)
15  Yamagata   2-1,  7 wins (Kato 慧 2, Onodera 3, Kato 隼 2)
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17  Akita      2-1,  6 wins (Tanno 2, Hikage 2, Nishikata 2)
17  Fukushima  2-1,  6 wins (Usui 2, Nihei 2, Minagawa 2)
17  Kyoto      2-1,  6 wins (Kobayashi 2, Teshima 3, Takane 1)
17  Osaka      2-1,  6 wins (Oki 2, Ishiguro 3, Maeda 1)
21  Tottori    2-1,  5 wins (Yamaguchi 3, Kokumae 1, Ito 1)
22  Iwate      1-2,  5 wins (Tazawa 1, Igarashi 3, Koshida 1)
22  Nagano     1-2,  5 wins (Omichi 3, Nakata 1, Yokoyama 1)
22  Okinawa    1-2,  5 wins (Yamamoto 1, Kohagura 2, Shimabukuro 2)
25  Aichi      1-2,  4 wins (Yoshida 1, Tanioka 2, Oki 1)
25  Ibaraki    1-2,  4 wins (Yamamoto 2, Masuko 1, Ando 1)
25  Shiga      1-2,  4 wins (Ogawa 1, Kawasaki 2, Tsuji 1)
25  Tokyo      1-2,  4 wins (Sakai 1, Nakamura 1, Morishige 2)
29  Fukui      1-2,  3 wins (Uenaka 2, Katsura 0, Murata 1)
29  Gunma      1-2,  3 wins (Murakami 0, Miyasaka 1, Tanaka 2)
29  Kochi      1-2,  3 wins (Uehara 1, Kumon 1, Yamamoto 1)
29  Tokushima  1-2,  3 wins (Nakamura 1, Mima 1, Matsumura 1)
33  Ehime      1-3,  2 wins (Iwaki 1, Kawamura 1, Kamatani 0)
33  Hiroshima  1-2,  2 wins (Nagao 1, Hidaka 1, Tanizaki 0)
33  Kanagawa   1-2,  2 wins (Nikamoto 1, Fujita 1, Kiyoda 0)
33  Nara       1-2,  2 wins (Hori 0, Sugiura 1, Okano 1)
33  Tochigi    1-2,  2 wins (Hirano 1, Fukuda 1, Nagasawa 0)
38  Miyagi     0-3,  2 wins (Ando 0, Mori 2, Sekikawa 0)
38  Miyazaki   0-3,  2 wins (Nakamura 0, Beppu 0, Hori 2)
38  Shimane    0-4,  2 wins (Ikeda 2, Yamasaki 0, Fujita 0)
38  Shizuoka   0-3,  2 wins (Narikawa 0, Mochizuki 0, Kato 2)
42  Hyogo      0-3,  1 wins (Takahata 1, Masuda 0, Nagasawa 0)
42  Kagawa     0-3,  1 wins (Horie 0, Tanaka 0, Oishi 1)
42  Saga       0-4,  1 wins (Matsuo 1, Kojo 0, Urata 0)
42  Yamanashi  0-3,  1 wins (Kagami 0, Shigemori 0, Komachi 1)
46  Hokkaido   0-3,  0 wins (Sugihara 0, Kanazawa 0, Nagae 0)
46  Okayama    0-3,  0 wins (Tsumura 0, Akazawa 0, Inatani 0)

No tie-breakers needed here due to an exact cutoff below the top 16 teams. Very lopsided prelim results this year with 14 squads at 3-0, and no less than four of them completely unbeaten. (Compare 2009 and 2010 where only 10 and 9 teams were 3-0, just one of them with 9 wins.)

Somewhat surprising to see Tottori not make it through this year - if they had beaten Wakayama by 3-0 instead of 2-1 in the first prelim matchup, these two teams would have been part of a 6-way tie-breaker for the 16th spot in the playoffs, but as things did go down Wakayama went in directly and Tottori is going home empty-handed. Gantugs Rentsendorj did not compete for the Tottori team this year after being there the last two times. Tokyo also failed to qualify - the losses of Tateno (Chiyozakura) last year and Meigetsuin this year to the professional ranks apparently couldn't be compensated for now.

At least Tottori's Nichidai star Masahiro Yamaguchi is still in for the individual event, unlike last year. Unsurprisingly with so many dominant teams this year the number of rikishi who went 3-0 in their personal bouts to qualify for the individuals is also quite a bit higher; after 27 and 28 the last two years it's a field of 34 this time around. There are a number of names that look familiar from previous Kokutais (as linked above), but as I won't get full names and occupations until tomorrow's draw is posted I'll hold off from posting a summary list for now. I actually don't recognize a whole lot of names from the university circuit though, so chances are we won't see any makushita tsukedashi-eligible winner this year (unless Yamaguchi goes all the way, of course).

Edit: Based on track record I'll boldly anoint Ishikawa and Oita as the favourites for the group playoffs. Let's see how that works out for me... (I was stupid...)

Edited by Asashosakari, 10 October 2011 - 00:49.


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 20:13

Adult team playoffs, first in brief and then with bout results:

Round of 16:
Oita       2-1  Yamagata
Gifu       2-1  Niigata
Ishikawa   3-0  Fukuoka
Kumamoto   2-1  Chiba
Yamaguchi  1-2  Wakayama
Mie        2-1  Aomori
Kagoshima  2-1  Saitama
Nagasaki   1-2  Toyama

Quarterfinals:
Oita       2-1  Gifu
Ishikawa   1-2  Kumamoto
Wakayama   2-1  Mie
Kagoshima  0-3  Toyama

Semifinals:
Oita       3-0  Kumamoto
Wakayama   1-2  Toyama

Third Place:
Kumamoto   1-2  Wakayama

Final:
Oita       0-3  Toyama

This is a first-ever Kokutai victory for the Toyama team, and it's chiefly thanks to Soichiro Kurokawa who fought in the third position and won all 7 team bouts, turning a 1-1 intermediate score of his team mates into a 2-1 victory no less than four times (twice in the prelims, twice in the playoffs).

Detailed results:

Round of 16:
   Oita             2-1      Yamagata
O  Takada     tsukidashi     Kato 慧     X
O  Himeno     tsukitaoshi    Onodera    X
X  Sakamoto   oshidashi      Kato 隼     O

   Gifu             2-1      Niigata
O  Kimura     oshitaoshi     Kawano     X
X  Kamiyama   hatakikomi     Matsunaga  O
O  Yasuda     katasukashi    Sugisaki   X

   Ishikawa         3-0      Fukuoka
O  Sakashita  yorikiri       Ichinose   X
O  Arakizeki  hatakikomi     Kizaki     X
O  Takeda     hatakikomi     Mitsunaga  X

   Kumamoto         2-1      Chiba
O  Yamamoto   oshidashi      Sakuma     X
X  Hashimoto  yoritaoshi     Kasamatsu  O
O  Yoshida    yorikiri       Teramoto   X

   Yamaguchi        1-2      Wakayama
X  Nakamura   kotenage       Tomita     O
X  Inamura    yoritaoshi     Morimoto   O
O  Terada     uwatehineri    Sekizawa   X

   Mie              2-1      Aomori
X  Nakoshi    oshidashi      Kudo       O
O  Shimozato  yorikiri       Maeda      X
O  Hamaguchi  okuritaoshi    Kohama     X

   Kagoshima        2-1      Saitama
O  Sakamoto   yorikiri       Iwasaki    X
O  Miyashita  uwatenage      Tsushima   X
X  Ogata      uwatenage      Enomoto    O

   Nagasaki         1-2      Toyama
X  Tanaka     uwatedashinage Hori       O
O  Matsunaga  uwatenage      Tanimura   X
X  Fuda       uwatenage      Kurokawa   O

Quarterfinals:
   Oita             2-1      Gifu
O  Takada     hatakikomi     Kimura     X
O  Himeno     yoritaoshi     Kamiyama   X
X  Sakamoto   oshidashi      Yasuda     O

   Ishikawa         1-2      Kumamoto
X  Sakashita  oshidashi      Yamamoto   O
O  Arakizeki  tsukiotoshi    Hashimoto  X
X  Takeda     tsukidashi     Yoshida    O

   Wakayama         2-1      Mie
O  Tomita     tsuridashi     Nakoshi    X
O  Morimoto   oshidashi      Shimozato  X
X  Sekizawa   oshidashi      Hamaguchi  O

   Kagoshima        0-3      Toyama
X  Sakamoto   uwatenage      Hori       O
X  Miyashita  tsukiotoshi    Tanimura   O
X  Ogata      uwatenage      Kurokawa   O

Semifinals:
   Oita             3-0      Kumamoto
O  Takada     tsukiotoshi    Yamamoto   X
O  Himeno     yorikiri       Hashimoto  X
O  Sakamoto   tsukidashi     Yoshida    X

   Wakayama         1-2      Toyama
O  Tomita     yorikiri       Hori       X
X  Morimoto   uwatenage      Tanimura   O
X  Sekizawa   uwatenage      Kurokawa   O

Third Place:
   Kumamoto         1-2      Wakayama
X  Yamamoto   hatakikomi     Tomita     O
O  Hashimoto  fusensho       Morimoto   X
X  Yoshida    yorikiri       Sekizawa   O

Final:
   Oita             0-3      Toyama
X  Takada     okuridashi     Hori       O
X  Himeno     tsukiotoshi    Tanimura   O
X  Sakamoto   yoritaoshi     Kurokawa   O

Edited by Asashosakari, 10 October 2011 - 22:59.


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 20:38

And the results of today's Adult individual competition:

Qualifiers:
Arakizeki Kengo     Ishikawa, Toyo University faculty
Enomoto Shota       Saitama, Nippon Express
Fuda Shingo         Nagasaki, Saikai-shi Seihi Agricultural HS faculty
Hamaguchi Koyo      Mie, Kinki University (4th year)
Hashimoto Takahiro  Kumamoto, Kyushu Electric
Himeno Takashi      Oita, Usa-shi Industry & Science HS faculty
Ichinose Kohei      Fukuoka, Nihon Taiiku University (2nd year)
Igarashi Atsushi    Iwate, Yamada-machi Board of Education
Inamura Masato      Yamaguchi, Toyoura-shi Comprehensive Support School faculty
Ishiguro Soji       Osaka, Settsu Warehouse
Iwasaki Takuya      Saitama, Nihon University (4th year)
Kamiyama Tatsuya    Gifu, Doshisha University (3rd year)
Kasamatsu Ryota     Chiba, Takushoku University (3rd year)
Kimura Yu           Gifu, Gifu-shi Special Support School faculty
Kohama Kenta        Aomori, Ajigasawa-machi Firefighting Cooperative
Kurokawa Soichiro   Toyama, Takushoku University (2nd year)
Matsunaga Mutoshi   Nagasaki, Hirado-shi Yukokan HS faculty
Miyashita Shinya    Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefectural Federation
Nakamura Yuta       Yamaguchi, Toyoura-shi Comprehensive Support School faculty
Ogata Takaharu      Kagoshima, Yashiro Fisheries
Omichi Hisashi      Nagano, Toyo University (1st year)
Onodera Takashi     Yamagata, Tsuruoka-shi Fujishima MS faculty
Sakamoto Motoki     Kagoshima, Nihon University (1st year)
Sakamoto Akifumi    Oita, Hita-shi Forestry & Engineering HS faculty
Sakashita Akinori   Ishikawa, Noto-cho town hall
Sekizawa Hideyuki   Wakayama, Wakayama prefectural office
Shimozato Masaki    Mie, Akeno HS faculty
Sugisaki Tatsuru    Niigata, Nihon Taiiku University (4th year)
Takada Arihide      Oita, Nippon Express
Takeda Kyohei       Ishikawa, Takushoku University (3rd year)
Terada Yosuke       Yamaguchi, Toyoura-shi Comprehensive Support School faculty
Teshima Shingo      Kyoto, Kyoto-shi water works department
Yamaguchi Masahiro  Tottori, Nihon University (4th year)
Yoshida Katsuo      Kumamoto, Kyushu Electric

Prelims:
Omichi       okuridashi       Shimozato
Kamiyama     shitatehineri    Iwasaki

Round of 32:
Sekizawa     tsukiotoshi      Kimura
Kasamatsu    tsukiotoshi      Takeda
Ogata        okuridashi       Enomoto
Nakamura     oshidashi        Himeno
Sugisaki     kotenage         Fuda
Igarashi     yorikiri         Miyashita
Hashimoto    yoritaoshi       Sakamoto A.
Omichi       oshidashi        Kohama
Arakizeki    tsukidashi       Takada
Matsunaga    uwatenage        Kurokawa
Sakamoto M.  fusensho         Inamura
Onodera      tsukidashi       Ishiguro
Yamaguchi    tsukiotoshi      Hamaguchi
Yoshida      shitatedashinage Teshima
Ichinose     fusensho         Sakashita
Terada       yoritaoshi       Kamiyama

Round of 16:
Kasamatsu    yorikiri         Sekizawa
Nakamura     uwatenage        Ogata
Igarashi     sukuinage        Sugisaki
Omichi       yoritaoshi       Hashimoto
Arakizeki    tsukidashi       Matsunaga
Onodera      oshidashi        Sakamoto M.
Yamaguchi    hatakikomi       Yoshida
Ichinose     tsukidashi       Terada

Quarterfinals:
Nakamura     tsukidashi       Kasamatsu
Igarashi     yorikiri         Omichi
Arakizeki    tsukidashi       Onodera
Yamaguchi    hatakikomi       Ichinose

Semifinals:
Nakamura     yoritaoshi       Igarashi
Yamaguchi    hatakikomi       Arakizeki

Third Place:
Arakizeki    yoritaoshi       Igarashi

Final:
Yamaguchi    hatakikomi       Nakamura

The crapshoot nature of this competition was on display again in who qualified - just 7 of last year's 28 competitors made a repeat appearance this year. Kengo Arakizeki and Yu Kimura (who I had as "Takeshi" Kimura in previous years) impressively qualified for the third straight year. And at least Arakizeki proceeded to demonstrate why he's been a big player on the amateur circuit since back in his student days at Toyo University, running up to the semifinals. That matchup might well have been the "real" final, as Arakizeki fell at the hands of top Nichidai competitor Masahiro Yamaguchi who stormed through the draw in very slapdowny fashion, winning by tsukiotoshi and three times by hatakikomi en route to the championship, and a potential Ms15 professional start next year.

Team competition star Kurokawa went out in the first round, but in the big picture he's part of a surprisingly successful delegation from Takushoku University, not typically a sumo powerhouse. 2nd-year Kurokawa along with 3rd-year Kasamatsu and 3rd-year Takeda all reached the individual competition, fighting for three different prefectures. Unfortunately Kasamatsu and Takeda ran into each other in the first round; Kasamatsu went up to the quarterfinals where he was beaten by eventual runner-up Nakamura who represented the Kokutai host prefecture Yamaguchi surprisingly well. (I wonder if Masahiro Yamaguchi is the only one with that name to win a Kokutai title here in Yamaguchi prefecture?)

Edited by Asashosakari, 10 October 2011 - 20:39.


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 21:12

The potential future makushita tsukedashi:

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 22:50

If you're in the mood to watch some sumo, the official competition site has posted a bunch of videos mainly focusing on the home team:

Junior Team Prelim Round 1, Nagano vs. Yamaguchi
Junior Team Prelim Round 2, Akita vs. Yamaguchi
Junior Team Prelim Round 3, Yamagata vs. Yamaguchi
Junior Team Final, Saitama vs. Tottori

Junior Individual Round of 64, Yamaguchi's Asaoka vs. Ishikawa's Murata
Junior Individual Final, Artanhoyag Ichinnorov vs. Shinji Kizaki

Adult Team Prelim Round 1, Aichi vs. Yamaguchi
Adult Team Prelim Round 2, Kochi vs. Yamaguchi
Adult Team Prelim Round 3, Ehime vs. Yamaguchi

This stuff is all from Saturday and Sunday, so it's likely that some more from Monday's bouts will still be posted.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 21:54

Tanimura beating Himeno in the adult team final for the decision:

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Kizaki winning his bout in the junior team final:

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