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  1. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Personally I feel that the Mitakeumi-Takayasu bout should have gone to a torinaoshi, but now it does mean that Mitakeumi needs another good basho to make Ozeki, which would probably be better for him in the long run. Kagayaki was in a no win situation today against Ichinojo. He wasn't going anywhere whilst his left hand was forced to limit Ichinojo's right hand, but as soon as he tried to change it to an inside grip, the opportunity was there for him to be thrown. Granted though, Ichinojo took it very well.
  2. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ishiura coming up with "The Duck" today at the tachi-ai, reminiscent of Mainoumi's sumo back in the day, that was cool to see. Things aren't gonna get any easier for Takayasu for the moment, he's got Mitakeumi tomorrow.
  3. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    A bit of a celebration going on there after his win today from Hokutofuji, not something you see everyday. Was that an intentional move by Ichinojo? Talk about innovation and thinking outside the box.
  4. Hot Nagoya? Arena air condition in bad condition..

    Probably for the reason I mentioned in a recent amateur sumo post - "A friend once explained that the reason the Honbashos are held at their current locations is because Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya are the 3 largest metropolitan areas in Japan"
  5. 第8回全日本大学選抜相撲金沢大会 Individual Competition Winner - Yamaguchi Reo (山口 怜央), Kindai University, Osaka Runner-Up - Motobayashi Kenji (元林 健治), Kindai University, Osaka Semi-Finals - Kitagawa Hajime (北川 甫), Toyo University, Tokyo Semi-Finals - Tanioka Koshiro (谷岡 倖志郎), Kindai University, Osaka Quarter-Finals - Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁), Toyo University, Tokyo Quarter-Finals - Nishino Tomonori (西野 倫理), Toyo University, Tokyo Quarter-Finals - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅), Toyo University, Tokyo Quarter-Finals - Hoshiba Shinsuke (干場 伸介), Toyo University, Tokyo Team Competition Winner - Nihon University Enami Masashi (榎波 将史) ・ Kawazoe Keita (川副 圭太) ・ Kato Shota (加藤 翔太) ・ Sawada Hitoshi (沢田 日登志) ・ Takeuchi Kosei (竹内 宏晟) Runner-Up - Nippon Sport Science University Okutani Hidemune (奥谷 英宗) ・ Nishi Taisei (西 大星) ・ Purebusuren (プレブスレン デルゲルバヤル) ・ Takahashi Yuta (高橋 優太) ・ Ishizaki Takuma (石崎 拓馬) Semi-Finals - Toyo University Semi-Finals - Kindai University Quarter-Finals - Meiji University Quarter-Finals - Takushoku University Quarter-Finals - Waseda University Quarter-Finals - Chuo University Videos Individual Quarter-Final #1 - Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁), Toyo University vs Kitagawa Hajime (北川 甫), Toyo University Individual Quarter-Final #2 - Motobayashi Kenji (元林 健治), Kindai University vs Nishino Tomonori (西野 倫理), Toyo University Individual Quarter-Final #3 - Yamaguchi Reo (山口 怜央), Kindai University vs Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅), Toyo University Individual Quarter-Final #4 - Hoshiba Shinsuke (干場 伸介), Toyo University vs Tanioka Koshiro (谷岡 倖志郎), Kindai University Individual Semi-Final #1 - Kitagawa Hajime (北川 甫), Toyo University vs Motobayashi Kenji (元林 健治), Kindai University Individual Semi-Final #2 - Yamaguchi Reo (山口 怜央), Kindai University vs Tanioka Koshiro (谷岡 倖志郎), Kindai University Individual Final - Motobayashi Kenji (元林 健治), Kindai University vs Yamaguchi Reo (山口 怜央), Kindai University Team Semi-Final #1 - Toyo University vs Nippon Sport Science University Team Semi-Final #2 - Nihon University vs Kindai University Team Final - Nippon Sport Science University vs Nihon University Comments If Toyo University have Shiroyama Seira, then Kindai University have Yamaguchi Reo. Both entered college sumo as High School Yokozuna, and both have impacted on the college sumo scene very early on. His pull down of his Kindai team-mate, the bigger Motobayashi, in the final was very well timed, as was his spin to stay inside the dohyo. This kid has skill, as some would say. This was an incredible tournament for Kindai University, who claimed 3 of the top 4 spots. Yamaguchi and Motobayashi are amongst the best college rikishi at the moment, and Tanioka's not far behind either. For Toyo however, it was a day to forget, as even though they had 5 rikishi in the top 8, only one made it to the semi-finals, and even that was because his opponent was also from Toyo. Shiroishi seemed to be a bit high from his tachi-ais for some reason, while Shiroyama's performance has just been disappointing for someone of his calibre. Nishino did well in his quarter-final against Motobayashi, so close to getting a quick victory, but that attempted pull backfired as Motobayashi took the opportunity to get a morozashi-grip and drove Nishino out. In the team competition, Toyo University were clear favourites at the start of the day, as they had already claimed the Uwajima and the Usa titles this year. However, they were sub-par for most of the day (though they did beat Kindai 4-1 in the preliminaries), and capitulated in the semi-finals against Nippon Sport Science University. This opened the door for a Kindai yusho, but individual winner Yamaguchi suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Nihon's Sawada Hitoshi, presumably the younger brother of former Wanpaku Yokozuna Sawada Hideo. And so we had an all so familiar final match-up between the traditional powerhouses and huge rivals of Nihon and Nippon Sport Science, where the former came out on top (only just). A lot of credit has to go to Nihon's first-year rikishi Kawazoe Keita, who came up with back-to-back utcharis, somehow, in back-to-back 3-2 wins. He has a younger brother called Kawazoe Fuma, who will be the favourite to claim this year's Middle School Yokozuna title. Honourable mentions go to Nippon Sport Science's second year Ishizaki and first year Takahashi, who are both names to watch out for. Ishizaki Takuma is college sumo's very own Ishiura, while Takahashi Yuta was No.7 in last year's High School rankings. One other thing - Nihon's Kato Shota used to be captain of Komatsuryu Dojo, John Gunning's club.
  6. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That was such a hairy moment (excuse the pun) for Takayasu today, but he should be safe now. But for Goeido? The rollercoaster ride continues...... As much as I like Takakeisho, it was difficult to watch Yoshikaze going 0-9, things are just not working for him at the moment. An injury maybe?
  7. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Watching Goeido is like watching Arsenal in recent years, you never quite know what kind of a performance he's going to come up with
  8. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Injuries are catching up to the great Hakuho now, could we have seen his final yusho? If so, at least he's already past the 40 mark. Takakeisho beating Takayasu - wow. Tamawashi beating Tochinoshin - WOW.
  9. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Really says something about Tochinoshin's sumo at the moment that getting a morozashi against him is actually a bad thing......
  10. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kaisei had the perfect strategy today against Takakeisho - you want to stay off the belt? Out you go.
  11. Birth of a Star Location - Anamizu Town Sumo Ground (穴水町営相撲場), Anamizu, Ishikawa Keiko - Unknown Situated about halfway between Anamizu High School and Anamizuya Baseball Field, Anamizu Junior Sumo Club (穴水少年相撲教室) are a big name on the amateur sumo circuit, having been national club champions back in 2008. Below are 2 videos of Anamizu's club members doing keiko, followed by a video where they state their aspirations for 2011. The third and final video also celebrated their ace rikishi, Sato Atsushi (佐藤 淳史), becoming Primary School Yokozuna. Sato Atsushi has been a prominent rikishi during his high school years, and is currently a second year student at Nihon University. When it comes to Anamizu Junior Sumo Club, there's one member we simply have to talk about, although he could easily have been part of the basketball club instead (thanks to Slam Dunk). Born in Anamizu, a town that has produced the likes of Oeyama, Kiyoenami and Daishoyama (the current Oitekaze-oyakata), this boy started sumo during his first year at primary school. Through sumo, his dad hoped that his mind and body can be properly trained. However, this boy hated sumo at first, even refusing to go to keiko, but soon gave in to his father. However, he would always leave the house when sumo matches started on TV, and when he avoided practice, he would always go and hide inside his grandfather's home. The then vice-president of Anamizu Sumo Association, Ueno Katsuhiko, commented that "He was bigger than other children around him, but used to cry a lot, and more than once wanted to quit sumo." He was so afraid of his coach Ueno that there has been times when he would not go to keiko because of this. However, every time Ueno gave him advice about his sumo, he would always correct them immediately. This honesty would take him far, said Ueno. His former classmate recalled that "He had a sister who was 3 years younger than him, and I remember him being moved to tears by his sister. He was that gentle a person. There were only 13 people in our year group, so we spent 6 whole years together. I have never seen him get angry, not even once". Things started to change when he saw Asashoryu's bouts on TV during Grade 5, and was inspired by the spirit, speed and skill that the Yokozuna has always shown. He began to appreciate sumo more and more. It was during this period that he had the opportunity to meet the Yokozuna face-to-face during a Jungyo in Kanazawa, and so, from then on, he has always set himself the goal to become as great a rikishi as Asashoryu. The turning point however, came when he lost a bout during a tournament in Suzu City, and he started crying. See this, Ueno scolded him loudly, and told him to "don't come to keiko anymore if you carry on crying". After that, he would practise harder and harder, and results began to show. Also, he would no longer cry in front of other people. This boy would go on to become a major name in amateur sumo during middle school and high school, and during his final year at university, he would simultaneous hold the Amateur Yokozuna and Kokutai Yokozuna titles, quite an achievement. Since turning pro, he has set the record for the fastest top division debut of all time (4 bashos), and has been a fan favourite even since. But who could he be?
  12. The Wanpaku Tournament has always had its fair share of coverage on various platforms, and Japanese TV have always produced hour-long programs with action from the finals. However, starting with the 26th Wanpaku Tournament in 2010, for the first time ever, live coverage of the event was available on Ustream (which has since been moved to Niconico). When the rikishi in Grade 4 came out for their opening bouts, one kid stood head and shoulders above everyone else (literally), and drew gasps from the audience when he stepped onto the dohyo. I'm talking, of course, about the star from the Future Monster series, Okinawa's Toma Tsuguto (當真 嗣斗), who has attracted quite a bit of media attention over the past few years. In his Wanpaku debut, Toma Tsuguto breezed through to the final with his oshi-zumo, where he faced the not as big but equally as strong Haruyama Mantaro (春山 万太郎). Just when everyone were expecting a good bout between them, Toma ended the match in one second - a henka. So who exactly is this Haruyama Mantaro, whom even Toma didn't want to engage in a proper battle? Haruyama Mantaro (left), with his Saitama Sakae team-mate Naya Konosuke: A friend once explained that the reason the Honbashos are held at their current locations is because Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya are the 3 largest metropolitan areas in Japan. But wait, what about Kyushu? Apparently it's because they have produced a lot of rikishi over the years, and are continuing to do so. In order to give his son the best sumo education he could get, when Haruyama Mantaro was only 5 years old, his father closed down their acupuncture & massage shop in Osaka and moved their family down to Amami Oshima, a group of islands in Kagoshima Prefecture. This is a place that lives and breathes sumo. There are dohyos everywhere, and the sumo clubs there train EVERY DAY, that's compared with twice a week for most other clubs and dojos in Japan. Under the watchful eyes of his father and through the daily training sessions, Haruyama Mantaro was able to fulfill his potential as a sumo wrestler at a young age, and was soon one of the best in his year group. Strength is definitely his biggest asset, so he prefers to do oshi-zumo. Skill-wise though, it's a bit rough around the edges, a topic which is worthy of a post in itself. With Haruyama Mantaro bulldozing through his opponents in Kagoshima, Toma Tsuguto was doing pretty much the same thing in Okinawa, and with both prefectures being a part of Kyushu, Haruyama and Toma were always going to be crossing paths during regional tournaments, and cross paths they did. We don't actually know what their head-to-head record was like at regional level, but what we do know is that in the only video that exists which shows one of these bouts, this is what happened: (from 0:56) And so having faced Haruyama many times already, when they eventually met in the final of the Wanpaku Tournament, Toma decided to take the easy way out and pull a henka. They met each other again at the Wanpaku Tournament in Grade 5, this time in the semi-final. Haruyama went in far too low at the tachi-ai, just asking for a Hatakikomi, which Toma duly delivered. The following year, another Wanpaku face-off (in the quarter-finals), another henka, another Toma yusho. Haruyama just doesn't learn. (from 1:29:36) Toma Tsuguto and Haruyama Mantaro faced each other 3 times over 3 years at Wanpaku, and I have to say, their bouts have not exactly been classics (just look at the Yamamoto-Utetsu rivalry for example). Both of them are now in their third and final year at High School, with Toma being the new captain of Tottori Johoku and Haruyama a key member of Saitama Sakae. As fate would have it, they faced each other again at the Kanazawa Tournament a month ago in the team competition, for the first time in years. You can check out their bout in the newest video in this post, from 22:53. It's actually a good bout this time. It would be interesting to see what paths the two of them choose to take in the future. I feel like Toma Tsuguto's sumo career is what Yamamoto Masakatsu's would have been if he hadn't been injured so much at Middle School. As for Haruyama Mantaro? He's done well this year so far, getting a jun-yusho at the Kanazawa Tournament, and being a student at Saitama, he has some of the best training partners in the entire country. Just as his father would have hoped.
  13. 2018 West Japan University Championship

    The other semi-finalist is called Taki Keisuke (瀧 啓介)
  14. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    A bit late but, congrats to Tochinoshin for making it to Ozeki, especially after having to fight back from Makushita, and to Kakuryu for getting his 5th Yusho. Kyokutaisei was very impressive also in his Makuuchi debut. Tochinoshin at the moment reminds me of Baruto back when he got his yusho, a huge amount of raw strength which opponents are struggling to handle.
  15. There doesn't seem to be a generic site for high school results, best bet would be to check the individual tournament websites