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  1. New recruits for Haru 2018

    I'm not sure if him being trained in gymnastics is nearly as significant as you're suggesting, but I will be interested to see how he does.
  2. The 2018 edition of this event just happened, with Saitama Sakae winning the team competition and 3rd year Daisuke Saito of the same school (and last year's runner up as mikawa notes above) winning the individuals. Saito might be the high school rikishi who impressed me most last year bout for bout (certainly the best in their 2nd year), despite not quite getting there for one of the major individual championships. It's a promising sign that he did one better at this year's Hirosaki tournament and took the whole thing, and I'm very interested what the future holds for him. He's tall, fast, strong and has a well-rounded skill set. Individual Finals: Saito vs Kawabuchi of Kanazawa Gakuin High School. Should there have been a monoii? Team Semis and Finals. The second Tottori Johoku competitor stands out to me not mainly for his height or being Mongolian, but for getting heated and looking like he was going to hit his opponent following a matta in a Tottori vs Kumamoto group bout at the 2017 Kokutai.
  3. Well that's an embarrassing oversight. The very first sentence
  4. Great post! When was the first Hakuho Cup? I'd be curious if the great man has ever faced an opponent who participated in one of the tournaments. I'd think if he has it would either have to be Onosho or Takakeisho, but I'm not sure if the event was around in time even for those young stars.
  5. Sansho for 2018 Hatsu

    Intimidation could be part of it, and I'd be surprised if it wasn't for at last some rikishi. Tochinoshin is also very one-dimensional and has a style that plays right into the greater yotsu skills of the Mongolian yokozuna, and at least in Kak's case doesn't exploit his weakness of pulling at the wrong time. Basically they can disarm his power, and without it he doesn't have much to fall back on at that level. He has a much better record vs Kise, who I think has less polished belt skills than the other two yokozuna and relies more on his strength, which isn't so much greater than Tochinoshin's that he can own him like Hak and Kak do. Now a guy like Takarafuji doesn't really look 'impressive', but there's clearly something a bit tricky about him off the belt, and it's relatively common for him to draw mistakes from opponents and get behind them. I think it was mentioned that he even won 3 straight matches recently by okuridashi. A berserker like Yoshikaze I think also has an approach that is well suited to drawing overreactions and exploiting pulling, even vs the very best rikishi. I'd agree that Yoshikaze doesn't seem intimidated and stands out as a fearless rikishi. With Tochinoshin's previous strategies vs the Mongolian yokozuna so obviously ineffective, I've thought he should try to beat them using thrusting, which he's not bad at despite his grab you lift you out style. Kakryu especially can be prone to losses by pulling and we've even seen a belt guy like Endo push him out multiple times. Hak, although much tougher than Kak, is more likely off the belt than on the belt to get overexcited and err. Now one head-to-head I've had a greater problem understanding is Geek vs Tochinoshin. Tochinoshin has won 2 of the last 3, but it was 4-23 before that! Tochinoshin has actually done fairly well vs other ozeki, including ozeki Kisenosato, but Geek had him. While Kotoshogiku can be very explosive at times, to my eye it seemed he lacked the technical skill to negate Tochinoshin's strength to the extreme degree that he did. too long didn't read: one-dimensional, other rikishi are 'trickier', should try thrusting, what's' with the Geek?
  6. New recruits for Haru 2018

    Terasawa also has amateur wins over Takakeisho, Enho, and Mitoryu. He was mikawa's pick for 2017 collegiate rikishi of the year:
  7. First new Yokozuna during 2018-2019

    Wilder and Joshua are about the same height and have roughly the same reach, so I wouldn't say too long. Wilder is a bit faster, but he's also much cruder technically and in my view more open to being hit. I think the tighter punches of Joshua would get there first. But not to take the thread too much off topic!
  8. First new Yokozuna during 2018-2019

    If Joshua wins he'll have 3 of the 'big 4' (WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF). The WBC belt will be held by Deontay Wilder or Luis Ortiz. Mike Tyson was WBA/WBC/IBF heavyweight champ before the WBO actually existed, and hence was 'undisputed' at that time in the multi-belt era. The IBO is probably consensus number 5 and I've occasionally seen it grouped with the other 4. There has only been 1 WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA champion in the last decade, and that was at junior welterweight (140). The winner of the cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series will in May become the first cruiserweight to hold all 4, and the cruiser division in my view is even better than the heavyweight division pound for pound. Gassiev-Usyk is an excellent match. As suggested above, the biggest obstacles to getting all the belts these days are not sporting, but rather political and financial, and there are far more fighters good enough to win all 4 than there are fighters who actually have all 4. But Joshua is such a money generator that it's easier for him to get the matches he wants than it is for most fighters, and I think he'll eventually accomplish the feat.
  9. New Juyro for Haru 2018

    For anyone interested, a compilation of Enho amateur matches was posted to YouTube, and includes him facing the likes of: Ichinojo, 'trim' at 178kg (6:30) Onosho (16:00) Asanoyama (20:35) Yutakayama (27:08) Mitoryu (48:45) Murata (1:02:23; he beat Murata during Hatsu) Tomokaze (1:00; 47:03) Ikegawa (23:03) A number of these matches are quite entertaining and worth a watch.
  10. Asasekiryu intai-zumo pics overview

    I'm admittedly not very familiar with him or his career, but that koshinage featured in the 82 techniques video automatically makes him cool
  11. Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    That's a lot of likes for Akua's picture, but I don't understand what's going on.
  12. First new Yokozuna during 2018-2019

    Opponents may well adapt to him more than he adapts to them, but just because someone is unorthodox doesn't mean they lack abilities that will trouble opponents even if the opponents start to know what's coming. He also seems to have very quick reaction time during bouts, and being able to adjust on the fly like that makes it even tougher to pin someone down and start beating them simply through familiarity. In Hatsu he lost to one opponent he previously beat (Takayoshitoshi) and beat one opponent he previously lost to (Jokoryu), although if you count amateur matches then he also avenged a loss to Murata, who beat him in the round of 16 at the 2016 All Japans and prevented him from getting an SdTD qualification. I think his lack of size will hold him back to an extent, but he's quick, skillful, and smart, and I think he can establish himself as a sekitori. Whatever happens, I think he at least serves as inspiration for the really little guys. I remember you writing this in the Haru 2017 new recruits thread: "167 cm? I'm sorry but this kid is going nowhere no matter how much weight he puts on" Don't listen little guys!
  13. New recruits for Haru 2018

    Lots on Kizaki in the amasumo section here. He was the 2013 high school yokozuna and was my pick for 2017 collegiate rikishi of the year, though the college scene didn't seem particularly strong last year. His brother is also in Kise-beya (Ms 11 Kizaki) He's about 175 160kg and is an aggressive pusher proner to the occasional Toyohibiki spill. I like his tachiai. Doesn't seem very capable on the belt.
  14. New recruits for Haru 2018

    There is indeed:
  15. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2018

    Well, only once in 72 cases has a 6-9 sekiwake been kept in sanyaku (66 years ago), whereas 8-7 M3 to komusubi is much more common. What recent placements lead you to believe the 6-9 rikishi has the edge? I don't consider M3 to be far away from komusubi.