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  1. Katooshu

    New recruits for Haru 2019

    Saito! Saito is a very well-rounded competitor and I think has all the makings of a sekitori. Last year he won both of high school sumo's major titles (Interhigh and Kokutai), the junior world championships, and showed excellent consistency--making it at least to the semifinals of 6 of the 7 national high school tournaments. To me he has been significantly more impressive than all the other recent Saitama Sakae recruits (Naya, Kototebakari, Tsukahara, Tochikamiyama, etc.) and he certainly outperformed them in high school. Here he is beating Naya in the final of a 2017 national tournament, winning it in his 2nd year. Roga was a semifinalist in the same tournament.
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    Preparations of the masses Haru 2019

    Shonannoumi (listed at 194cm now) He is a good prospect for sekitori.
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    Araiso-oyakata plans NFL training methods

    Glad to see he sounds happy and no longer stressed out
  4. Presumably the suspect is this Tomoaki Hashizume, 14-3-2 as a pro boxer, last fighting in 2011. Here he is in black losing a bout in 2010
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    New recruits for Haru 2019

    Toma has been struggling not to fall over. Too heavy and unbalanced already, and I think he'll continue the trend of 3x wampaku yokozuna not becoming sekitori. I've seen Yabugasaki in the background at tournaments, but I don't recall seeing him compete and I'm not sure he made the cut for the 3 or 5 person Tottori teams. Tottori is a high school powerhouse, but I wouldn't say they had a great deal of depth last year so that and the lack of notable results raise some question marks about him. Still no collegiate recruits? I thought we might see Kindai's Motobayashi (previous talk of going pro and won several tournaments last year, though bombed at the 3 tsukedashi granting tournaments for collegiate rikishi) or Toyo's Shiraishi (East Japan champion + sandamne tsukedashi qualification and was thinking about it).
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    Hakuho cup 2019

    If Yoshi Ko is really 176cm/145kg then just how big is Ochai I noticed on Youtube Ochai also won an Osaka tournament the other week (well, at least the video was posted the other week), beating Rikido Narita in the finals. Aside from being big he can really explode at the tachai and has definitely stood out to me during the limited middle school action I've seen. I'm interested to see how fast he can make an impact on the high school scene...I assume he'll be a Tottori Johoku.
  7. Hanada hasnt won either of the major tournaments but he's been cleaning up these other national ones, with this being his 4th yusho after winning Kochi, Kanazawa, and Usa (plus the junior world championships and the Kansai title). I think Towada is the only national tournament he hasn't won other than the major 2. We may see him pro this time next year, as he's stated he wants to be the first yokozuna from Wakayama. No relation to the Taka/Wakas I believe but still a good pedigree, with both parents excelling at grappling sports. The huge guy is Shingo Mukainakanao, who was already 165kg in middle school and is still in his first year of high school. His teammate Dawarinji (or however it's spelt) also looks like a giant, though in a different respect. I've never seen a height listing for him, but he looks like he could be 195cm+. His sumo I find highly unattractive but it's been working well against generally much shorter opponents he can still get good leverage on with a double overarm grip.
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    New recruits for Haru 2019

    So looks like that world championships silver being reported from last year is actually silver at the US Open in the openweight competition ( Homarenishiki won gold a few years back). He won bronze in the HW competition.
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    New recruits for Haru 2019

    Sergey's Instagram, which includes some footage of him in action. It's reported that he is a multi-time European champion and has won a few medals at the world championships, so much more experienced in sumo than the last European recruit, Torakio. A 2014 article listed him as 190cm/155kg at 17, and a 2016 article had him up to 170kg. https://www.instagram.com/sokol_sumo/
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    2019 Hatsu - Kimarite Statistics

    Awesome post. Thank you Yubinhaad!
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    New recruits for Haru 2019

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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    He has a pretty good kotenage (I would consider this a yotsu technique...you are grabbing your opponent and throwing them) and it's second in his winning kimarite list (a mere 248 behind oshiwashi), though even then he hasn't won with it since July last year. Pusher-thrusters gonna push and thrust.
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    Naruto beya-new violence..

    And I naively thought from the programs that it was a close-knit and happy little heya....
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    Videos Hatsu 2019- Days 1-15

    Big thanks to Kinta and Mbovo, as well as Miselet for the outstanding lower division coverage. Being able to watch pretty much everything is fantastic.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Tsurugisho is the current king of 8s and 7s, with 15 of his 19 juryo tournaments ending in 8-7 or 7-8. For added consistency, when he went 4-11 he followed up next basho with 11-4.