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  1. A national college tournament was held in Towada on August 14th. Both the individual and team competition saw victory for Nippon Sports Science University. In the individual final, Purevsren Dergerbayar beat Chuo's Daisuke Tanaka by uwatenage, claiming his first title to go along with numerous best 4 and best 8 finishes. He has now won individual national titles in sumo and wrestling. In team competition, NSSU downed Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences 3-2 to capture their 2nd Towada title in the last 3 years, and their first title this year. They were runner-up at last month's Kanazawa tournament and have several semifinal finishes this year, so it was about time for a yusho. Although Kyushu couldn't pull off the win, it has to be considered a good showing for them, as despite being the 2nd best team in West Japan they usually don't make it too far in national competition. Powerhouse Toyo breezed through the prelims, which included a 4-1 victory over NSSU (only Dergerbayar won, beating Ryosuke Nakajima), but they lost 3-2 in the first round of knockouts to Takushoku. Shiroyama, Fukai, and Nakajima lost straight off the bat, and then Shiroishi and Nishino won the last two---but moot point by then. Individual Winner: Purevsren Dergerbayar (Nippon Sport Science University; 2nd year) Runner-up: Daisuke Tanaka (Chuo University; 3rd year) 3rd: Hideki Tomiya (Tokyo University of Agriculture; 4th year) 4th: Hitoshi Sawada (Nihon University; 3rd year) Quarterfinals: Yuta Takahashi (Nippon Sports Science University; 1st year), Shota Kato (Nihon University; 3rd year), Tomonori Nishino (Toyo University; 4th year), Masashi Enami (Nihon University; 3rd year) Team Winner: Nippon Sports Science University Runner-up: Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences 3rd: Chuo University 4th: Takushoku University Individual Final: Tanaka (Chuo) vs Dergerbayar (Nippon Sports Science University) Team Final: Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences vs Nippon Sports Science University Team Semifinals: Chuo University vs Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences; Takushoku University vs Nippon Sports Science University
  2. Interhigh 2018

    The Towada National tournament took place about a week after the Interhigh, and this time Taiki Nakamura (about 191cm/155kg), Captain of Kaiyo Ocean High School in Niigata, won by oshitaioshi against Mantaro Haruyama (about 178cm/135kg) of Saitama Sakae. Second straight individual win for Kaiyo in this tournament, as Yuta Takahashi (now at Nittaidai) won it for them last year. High school yokozuna Daisuke Saito reached the semifinals. The team competition was won by Tottori Johoku (no Toma it seems), with Interhigh champ Saitama Sakae losing in the semis. Incidentally, the Saitama Sakae website says Haruyama went 3-0 in the Interhigh prelims, and then 2-0 in knockout stages to trim down to 32, which means he wouldve gone 5-0 to reach the best 32 when 2-1 is often enough. He lost in the round of 16 to Okinawa's Shiroma. Nakamura lost in the best 32 to Tsushima's Hisakuni. Nakamura vs Haruyama The individual winner Nakamura The winning Tottori team
  3. Yumitori-shiki rikishi news

    Perhaps the tallest twirler there's been?
  4. University Weight Class Championships

    Extended footage from the East Japan tournament, posted by Masa2360s, the father of Toyo's Masahito Shiroishi. Shiroishi was probably the biggest name not to qualify for the nationals; he was knocked out in the first round of the openweight competition by Nihon's Yuya Kisaki, who himself lost in the next preliminary round and failed to qualify. Personally, I'm not too into the stuff at the lowest weights, as it seems like the same low crouching, hands on each other's shoulders affair over and over. The national tournament is in September More here Openweight 135kg and up
  5. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2018

    The highest promotion there's been with that win/rank combo was up to Ms18, and that was 44 years and about 30 cases ago. Since then no one has been promoted higher than Ms20. So a promotion to Ms15 or higher would be unprecedented by multiple ranks. http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Query.aspx?show_form=0&form1_rank=ms49&form1_wins=6&form1_losses=1
  6. Interhigh 2018

    Individual Final (Saito vs Choijil) Good match! I'd say the best final since at least 2013. The last few finals had been pretty quick and straightforward. A lot more on this channel
  7. Interhigh 2018

    And the individual winner is..... Daisuke Saito of Saitama Sakae! The versatile Saito (about 190cm/135kg) was by far the highest ranked 2nd-year rikishi on the 2017 high school banzuke, and after making the semifinals last year he now takes the title in his third year with a yorikiri win in the finals. He stood out as a very impressive talent the first time I saw him, and I think he has all the tools to excel in ozumo or university sumo. Will be interesting to see the route he takes; I personally hope we get to see him develop in ozumo straight off the bat. To me he is a good deal more impressive than the other Saitama Sakae grads to recently turn pro---Naya, Kototebakari, and Tsukahara. The win here also earns him a birth in the December All-Japan amateur tournament, where he could become the first high-schooler to earn a TD qualification. To do that he'd need to make the best 8 in a field of the best collegiate and corporate rikishi, and I believe the last high-schooler to achieve that was Hokutofuji in 2010, also representing Saitama Sakae (back then only the tournament winner got a tsukedashi qualification). As for the others in the best 4, the runner-up was Choijil of Mongolia. That means it was the second straight year with a Mongolian in the final, and as Akinomaki noted Choijil was part of the Mongolian team that finished runner-up at last month's junior world championships. Former middle school yokozuna Ryuichi Kamiyama made the best 4. He is a teammate of Saito's at Saitama Sakae. The other seminfinalist was Shizuoka's own Yuto Suzuki. Hidetora Hanada didn't make the best 8, which has to be a disappointment for the Wakayama 2nd-year standout who won back-to-back national circuit tournaments earlier this year and captured openweight gold at the junior worlds last month. He was best 8 last year as a first-year..but that also means he's got another year to try for the title.
  8. Sumo Reference Updates

    Kizakiumi is a Nihon University graduate.
  9. Interhigh 2018

    Very excited to see how this plays out. Hidetora Hanada, Daisuke Saito, Mantaro Haruyama, Taiki Nakamura....I've got my eyes on these guys for the individual competition. The first two are the only competitors at this year's tournament to make the best 8 or better last year (both eliminated by Hoshoryu). Also interested to see if anyone in their first year can make some waves like Nakamura did in 2016 and like Hanada did to a lesser extent last year. Saitama Sakae should clearly be favoured in the team competition, and I will be rather surprised if Tottori Johoku makes the final for a third straight year. Their team seems very much depleted this year compared to the last few.
  10. University Weight Class Championships

    West Japan Championships have also been held. Predictably a lot of Kindai winners, including their standouts Motobayashi, Yamaguchi, and Tanioka, all of whom made the semis or better at the national competition last year. Tanioka was last year's 115kg national champ, but this year he's competing at openweight. More videos here Open--Winner: Koshiro Tanioka (Kindai) 135 and up--Winner: Kenji Motobayashi (Kindai) Up to 135---Winner: Reo Yamaguchi (Kindai) Some 75kg action
  11. Today the East Japan Weight Class Championships were held. The best 8 in each category move on to the national competition in September. I really don't know many of the names, especially as the weights get lower (the classes get as low as under 65kg), so I'll stick to the two heaviest divisions for posterity here and post a link to the full results for anyone who wants to see them. Recently crowned Asian champ Shiroyama takes another title just days after returning to Japan. That's at least his 6th since starting college, so he might hit double digits by the time his college career wraps up at the end of 2019. And notably, Toyo had a pair of first-years make the semis or better in the two heaviest divisions, with Hatsuyama in openweight, and Hoshiba in 135+ adding to his best 8 finish at the Kanazawa tournament early this month. Hiroo of Nihon, the only active Nihon rikishi who was on the 2017 university banzuke, seems to have sat a few competitions out, but he returns here with a good result at 135+. And Shunsuke Imazeki, who just missed out on a sanyaku spot on the 2017 high school banzuke, takes first at 85kg for Nittaidai. Qualifying competitors Openweight: Winner: Seira Shiroyama (Toyo) Runner-up: Yota Kanno (Chuo) Semis: Sho Hatsuyama (Toyo) & Ryota Kobayashi (Komozawa) Quarters: Daisuke Tanaka (Chuo), Takuto Fukai (Toyo), Dergerbayar (Nippon Sports Science University), Kominato (Hosei University) 135kg and up: Winner: Satonari Hiroo (Nihon) Runner-up: Shinsuke Hoshiba (Toyo) Semis: Shota Kato (Nihon) & Masahiro Kubo (Toyo) Quarters: Ryosuke Nakajima (Toyo), Morita (Toyo), Valtag? (Nihon), Koki Daito (Toyo) All the champions
  12. Sumo World Championships 2018

    There were some funny mawashi in the adult world championships. A lot of them seemed pretty much like briefs and didn't appear to offer as much to grip as the mawashi we see in ozumo and Japanese amasumo.
  13. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2018

    It would be in true Kiz fashion if his first time staying in juryo is achieved with a 6-9 at J13.
  14. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Yutakayama went 2-13 the previous basho and has double digit mk in half of his makuuchi tournaments. He looked dynamite this time but lets see him keep himself together tournament to tournament. That said, that throw was totally sweet, I was not expecting it from him.
  15. Sumo World Championships 2018

    Asian Sumo Championships Men's lightweight champion: Munkhbayar Galbadrakh (Mongolia) Men's middleweight champion: Miwa Hayato (Japan, Nittaidai grad, runner-up at the 2017 All-Japan tournament) Men's heavyweight champion: Seira Shiroyama (Toyo 3rd-year, 2017 Kokutai champion and 2-time high school yokozuna) Men's openweight champion: Tomohiro Saigo (Nichidai grad, 2016 Kokutai champion and 2017 amateur yokozuna) The openweight winner is incorrectly listed on-screen as a competitor from Hong Kong. And, not to belabour a negative point, but so many of the competitors look clueless. The toughest amateur competitions in the world are by far the Japanese national ones, just vastly more depth to the competition in those.