Katooshu

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    Best Way to Get Into Sumo?

    This seems to be the favorite troll topic to start
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    2020 National Student Championships

    East Japan team winner Nittaidai Champion Yersin, followed by runner-up Takahashi, and semifinalists Kawabuchi and Kano
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    Yersin Baltagulov

    Yersin with the others of the top 4 (Yersin, Takahashi, Kawabuchi, Kano)
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    Yersin Baltagulov

    He is from Kazakhstan. Apparently he had some sort of contact with Asashoryu and it was Asa who encouraged him to come to Japan. I don't think he's been there for long. John talked to the man himself so would know more.
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    2020 National Student Championships

    Good catch--I believe he did lose by default to Yano from Toyodai, whom he beat he in the team competition. Delgerbayar lost to Kano (around 5:05:00), who is probably his most consistent thorn in the side.
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    Yersin Baltagulov

    In the last week Yersin has won the national weight class tournament and the East Japan championship, continuing his marked improvement from the powerful but very raw and clumsy version I first saw two years ago; you can see he is much more comfortable with the basics now, has a belt game, and is even winning with twirls at the edge when someone manages to push him back. He is certainly the top competitor so far in this truncated college season.
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    2020 National Student Championships

    A delayed East Japan Championship was also just held, full tournament on YouTube below. Continuing his winning ways and seemingly improving all the time was Nihon's Yersin, who beat Nittaidai's Yuta Takahashi in the finals. Yersin's rival Nakamura didn't appear to be in the individual competition for some reason, but he helped take Nittaidai to the team yusho, easily winning all his matches in that format, including in the 5-0 final victory over Takushoku. Nittaidai had taken a 4-1 loss to Nihon in the prelims (Nakamura wasn't in that one), but regrouped for the elimination stages, whereas Nihon lost 3-2 to Takushoku. Among first-years, Hanada made it the top 16 of the individual competition (blown away by Yersin) and Kawabuchi reached the semifinals, losing to Takahashi. Last year's Interhigh runner-up Naoya Kusano had a good tournament as well, I believe scoring 7/8 wins and a prelim team win over Hanada (Hanada thought it was a matta and left himself vulnerable), though he did lose an important match in the team final. Like his Nihon teammate Kusano, he lost to 2nd place finisher Takashi in the individual competition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIjeysSb75g (embedding not allowed on this video)
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    New Juryo- November 2020

    As mentioned, 1 win difference isn't clear cut over 2.5 ranks, and though Chiyonoumi lost to common opponent Daishoho, he did score an earlier win in juryo as well. He also beat Naya head-to-head, but not sure that made any difference. Kotodaigo wasn't snubbed, but I am rooting for him to finally get that promotion! He was a bit unlucky not to get it with a 4-3 at Ms2, but that's just the way the banzuke works sometimes.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    True, with 7-8s before that and an MK streak that started up at M1. I just don't think a guy who could manage a winning record in makuuchi as recently as July is someone who needs to be dragged off the dohyo yet for the sake of the sport. If he's really so bad that he is making sumo less enjoyable to watch, as was mentioned, he'll drop out of the paid ranks soon enough anyway, below all the sekitori who can't even make or KK once in makuuchi, and then below all the competitors not good enough to ever make the paid ranks. Maybe they can be culled too.... Of course if he calls it a day now, that's cool too--we could all understand his choice--but to act like he's making the sport worse and/or needs to be pressured out is something I don't agree with at all, and the ranking system will quickly send him out of public view for the most part if he really is that bad now.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Giku got a makuuchi KK as recently as July....I don't see the need at this point to be too disappointed that he's continuing, or worse yet have him pressured to retire. He'll be down to juryo, where a lot of guys have never even made makuuchi or had a KK there. If someone is so faded that they can hardly do anything on the dohyo, they'll be out of the paid ranks soon enough, and will plummet in the rankings further if they can't put the wins together.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I remember people calling for him to retire 2 years ago, after which he had some respectable results, getting a kinboshi and back up to M1. His decline is more pronounced now but I think he just enjoys being a rikishi....you go for it Geek, I will be happy to have you around still!
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    2020 National Student Championships

    The biggest rivalry on the college scene at the moment is Yersin (last year's All-Japan runner-up) vs Nakamura (defendng Kokutai + Student champion). Yersin beat Nakamura in the national weightclass finals, being driven back and seemingly close to defeat, but making a quick pivot at the edge as a charging Nakamura stepped out, very similar to how Nakamura was eliminated by Tanioka in last year's All-Japans. Nakamura had beaten last year's high school banzuke #1 Kawabuchi in the semifinals. Ironically, Nakamura, after winning all 6 yusho deciding matches he had last year, has now lost both of them this year, finishing runner-up at the East Japan weight class tournament as well. Not sure about the full results for those...perhaps Yersin beat him there as well? Last year's high school #2 Hanada matched Nakamura by winning the East Japan and national weight class tournaments in his first year, beating teammate Taisei Matsuzono in each 135kg final.
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    Promotion/Demotion/Yusho Discussion Aki 2020

    I am strangely intrigued about whether Chiyonoumi or Naya will get promoted...consensus seems Naya despite the 2.5 ranks. I suppose depending on what happens with the Tamanoi boys they both could.
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    Former Takanofuji activities

    I know the opponent was poor, but he looked pretty good for a newbie.
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    Videos (all days) - Aki 2020

    Thanks for your great work as usual yokozuna Kinta, and thank you as well to our new video star mt fuji! The lower divisions digest has been an awesome addition
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    One of my favourites from day 13---there is something I find slightly humorous about one rikishi looking in control and on the offensive, aggressively working to finish their opponent, only to end up getting flipped and tossed aside like a lightweight.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I think I've seen Tochiseiryu lose yusho deciding matches like 5-6 times now
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    Videos (all days) - Aki 2020

    I am not so sure about Shishi. Keep in mind that he is almost 24 already and facing mostly weak and/or teenage opposition at these ranks. I can't say that he looks particularly good and his grip is rather awkward (looks very uncomfortable on the elbows). To me Ofukusawa, beaten twice by older and much heavier Shishi, is more interesting as a prospect over the long run. One thing I do like about Shishi compared to recent big foreigners Homarenishiki and Torakio is that he doesn't stand pretty much upright when he competes. Agree on Hokuseiho's potential, though having watched him vs top amateur opposition I know there are some flaws there that won't really be shown this low down. Still, for a newcomer he has been beating a good mix of opponents (collegiate rikishi, good high schoolers, big foreigners) and will do well. He puts his strength and anomalous size to use in a way that will make him tough to beat for most. ^ Oh, and nice susoharai by Kitanowaka!
  19. At the 2012 Interhigh Baraki's height was listed at 161 cm...people may have told him he was too short for ozumo, but he had a masterplan
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    The Wall 2020

    Tokisakae had a nice run. Having followed his amateur career, where he was successful but a good level or 2 below the top university competitors, I expected him to get overpowered and take a MK earlier. He is a skillful and technically sound belt rikishi, and I hope to see him build his body and strength more... Suzuki sputtered into makushita with 4-3s, but he seems to have hit a stride in the last 2 tournaments (now watch him lose the last and go 4-3 again lol). His goal was to make sekitori in 4 years and he's on the right path to meet or beat that...I think he will at least get to the paid ranks eventually. He moves his hands powerfully but could use some refinement. Speaking of 4-3s, Amakaze looks a good bet to get his 5th in a row. His return to sekitorihood seems questionable to me, though maybe he can pull off a Daiamami. Yoshii being seriously impressive for his age, and Kitanowaka IMO the best of all the names on the list; I think only injury or illness will stop him from reaching juryo next year. Takeoka and Kirameki...I can't see them being on the list much longer.
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    Rikishi Status - 2020 Aki Basho

    Ya, I think you're probably right. Either way, it looks like an uncomfortable condition to move around with!
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    Rikishi Status - 2020 Aki Basho

    Noticed that myself, think he's got genu varum aka bandy legs. There are different causes for that, most being childhood illness or genetics. I've seen video from him back in middle school, where he was also a very heavy lad, and his legs were the same.
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    Tamanoi Beya & COVID-19

    This is a shame. I was looking forward to seeing if Shiraishi could break through to juryo.
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    Videos (all days) - Aki 2020

    Awesome work Fuji!
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I hope footage of 200cm Hokuseiho vs 164cm Baraki surfaces!