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  1. I was reading about former M1 Kushimaumi, and his amateur accomplishments are unreal. Just to name a few: 3x high school yokozuna, 3x student yokozuna, and 2x amateur yokozuna ( a runner-up another year as well). Hes the only high schooler to become amateur yokozuna and also took it it in his first year at Nihon University. He even made the best 16 in his first year of high school! He won 28 titles while in university. Kotomitsuki was another standout who came about a decade later, and he was 3x world champion, back to back amateur yokozuna, and won the triple crown of college sumo by also taking the student and Kokutai championships. He won 27 titles while in university. What other names stand out as all-time great amateurs? I dont have a great historical grasp on the amateurs (or pros!) so it's hard for me to go beyond these two.
  2. Harumafuji scandal

    On the other hand, I'd think it would be significantly tougher to reach a level where one can earn a living from baseball or football/soccer. While there are more and bigger financial opportunities in those sports, the talent pools aspiring pros have to compete in are far, far larger. There are so many good players who never come close to even the lowest pro level. I think sumo, while lacking huge payouts, may actually be one of the top sports to go into based on the odds of earning from it (around 70 out of 700 are sekitori, and many of those 700 or so arent all that good). So, there may also be a brighter side....
  3. Harumafuji scandal

    If Yago makes makuuchi surely it will be him.
  4. 2017 All-Japan Amateur Championship

    I noticed that. Injury perhaps? Happened to Shodai in 2011 as well (which I know from your 2011 results!).
  5. 2017 All-Japan Amateur Championship

    Saigo was also 2nd at this year's corporate championships. I wonder how many of these top amateurs who elect not to turn pro end up regretting it. Surely they've put in a lot of time into sumo anyway, still enjoy competing, and are/were good enough to at least be strong sekitori prospects who could realistically have gotten there quickly from an elevated starting rank. I assume that training in the amateurs is still very intense too, though perhaps less so for older, accomplished guys who may be fairly in control of things at their clubs.
  6. Videos -Kyushu 2017- Promo and Days 1-15

    The Naruto beya guys sure have some vocal support there, especially for Honma's 7th match
  7. Heya with small number of rikishi

    Rikishi can also assist high rankers from other stables within their ichimon (which encompasses several heya). So, for example, Mitoryu had no sekitori in his Nishikido stable, but was assigned as tsukebito to Okinoumi, whose stable is part of the same Takasago ichimon. That also means that simply being at a small heya without sekitori doesnt mean you're off the hook when it comes to serving others, even if you're the highest ranked at your own stable. If a yokozuna needs more support than a small heya can provide, they can draw on rikishi from other stables to help deal with the duties accompanying the rank. I dont know the specific arrangements for Kakuryu though.
  8. Harumafuji scandal

    Is falling down to makushita really preferable to taking a late shove or harite? It feels to me like Takanoiwa is being used as a pawn, rather than being warmly cared for by a parently stable master.
  9. New Juryo for Hatsu 2018

    As the first amateur star I followed before they turned pro, I'm excited for Mitoryu's debut. Having seen numerous amateur bouts from the last 5 years or so, encompassing the college days of several active sekitori, he stands out to me his sheer strength when he is able to grab hold of his opponents, effortlessly sending guys such as Asanoyama flying. I would've been surprised if he hadnt become Nishikido's first sekitori. Though, on the other hand, he can also be clumsy and Ive seen him attempt truly awful pulldowns. He's definitely not of the smooth Mongolian skills model. Very interested to see how he fares next year and where he's at compared to the more experienced pros.
  10. Harumafuji scandal

    4:36. Some great throws in that video.
  11. Harumafuji scandal

    Am I right in assuming that charges being filed would probably mean the end of Harumafuji's career?
  12. When does an “Ozeki run” begin?

    Is a juryo ozeki a thing? I say it is and Gaga's in the running for it. Somehow, someway, he will become an ozeki one day
  13. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2017

    Ya, on the brighter side, as mentioned before, staying maegashira keeps those kinboshi chances open. Screw sanyaku, let's see him get kinboshi in 4 straight tournaments
  14. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Kyushu 2017

    Bad luck indeed. It would be the first time anyone M4 or higher hasnt been promoted to sanyaku with an 11-4 (over 50 previous cases)