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  1. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    That was a back-and-forth bout (literally) between Mitakeumi and Onosho, feel like Onosho's missing a bit of luck this basho with the way some of his bouts went.
  2. Toshiki is mainly a belt specialist, who clearly has a lot of arm strength, but not quite as much leg strength. If he's able to get a good belt grip, then he's very strong, but not so much if he's not able to. His best high school result is at this year's Kokutai, where he was a quarter-finalist, but has won quite a few team titles with Saitama Sakae High School, where he is the team's anchor, being trusted to get that vital win in 2-2 situations (and that's with Naya Konosuke in the team as well). However, he's not necessarily as good as Naya nowadays, but is a better wrestler than Kotokamatani, so I'll predict that he'll get to mid-to-upper Makushita.
  3. Champions of Japan Location - Kashiwa Central Sports Center Sumo Ground (柏市中央体育館), Kashiwa, Chiba Keiko - Saturdays (9:30am - 1pm), Sundays (9:30am - 1pm) Situated at the side of the Furusato Bridge (ふるさと大橋) in Kashiwa City, the relatively young Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club (柏相撲少年団) was founded in 1989, right at the start of the Heisei era, and are now one of the biggest clubs in the country. By winning the 14th National Club Championships last month, they are now officially the best sumo club in Japan. Like some of the other clubs that have been featured so far, Kashiwa have their own blog, Yoshida-ya. However, Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club actually go further than that, as they also have their own Twitter account, as well as their own Facebook page. Their coach, Nagai Akiyoshi (永井 明慶), also teaches sumo at Nippon Sport Science University Kashiwa High School, which is Byambasuren and Okutomi Yuka's sumo club. Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club host two annual competitions for clubs from around the Kanto region - the Junior Sumo Kashiwa Tournament and the Kashiwa Sumo Exchange Tournament, the latter of which also acts as a joint keiko session for the clubs involved. A TV program called "Kashiwa Research Center" dedicated an episode to the rikishis at Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club, and here's a video of the episode: Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club have sent quite a few members onto Ozumo, including Masunoyama, the first wrestler in the Heisei era to become a sekitori; and the recently joined Tebakari Toshiki, who won the Middle School Student Championships 3 years ago. Let's take a look at some of their biggest names in recent years. Tebakari Toshiki (手計 富士紀) Winner of the 25th National Middle School Student Championships back in 2014, and a Wanpaku semi-finalist, Toshiki and his younger brother Taiki are both big names in amateur sumo. Though Taiki is very skilful, Toshiki is the better of the two as he also has the build for sumo. Kamei Hayato (亀井 颯人) Primary School Yokozuna in 2014, Hayato, despite his size, is actually a very strong rikishi, and should never be underestimated in a bout. He's like Satoyama Yuki from the Future Monsters series, but better. Sakamoto Hirokazu (坂本 博一, back row right in photo) Eldest son of Tokitsukaze-oyakata, Hirokazu is a former Wanpaku finalist and Hakuho Cup winner, and a quarter-finalist at this year's National Middle School Championships. He helped Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club to win this year's National Club Championships by getting a more than crucial win over Mitaka Sumo Club's Hanafusa Kai in their semi-final match; and helped Kashiwadaini Junior High School win the team competition at this year's Middle School Championships. Ito Yasuki (伊藤 寧, right in photo) Yasuki is a semi-finalist at this year's National Middle School Student Championships, and seems to be getting better with age. and a Kanazawa Sorato (金澤 空大, back row middle in photo) Yes, THAT Sorato. A 5-time national champion in wrestling, he got into sumo courtesy of Kinboshi Sumo Club, though his family soon had to move down to Chiba. However, this actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the Kanazawa family settled down in Kashiwa of all places. That was one and a half years ago, and Sorato is now a 2-time Wanpaku participant, and with his club, a national champion in sumo. Nishijima Yura (西島 悠来, left in photo) Yura is a 4-time Hakuho Cup champion, and a Wanpaku semi-finalist. With his help, Sorato is able to safely qualify for the Wanpaku National Championships twice in a row. It is also because of him that Wakayama's Nakanishi Kaishin has not yet been able to win the Hakuho Cup, despite reaching 4 finals in a row. Kanazawa Towa (金澤 永和) Formerly Kinboshi Sumo Club's mascot, Towa has already won the Wanpaku city qualifiers in Kashiwa, and will be looking to compete at the Kokugikan Stadium again in a couple of years' time.
  4. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Takakeisho has a very powerful oshi / tsuki-attack, but wasn't allowed to get into his stride yesterday. Not today though. It's difficult to watch Terunofuji at the moment, he looks a shadow of his former, kimedashi-able self. Aminishiki, on the other hand, is having a great basho so far.
  5. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Is Harumafuji carrying an injury atm? He's not looked himself so far. A strong start from Hakuho as always. Yoshikaze on the other hand......
  6. Student yokozuna 2017

    No surprises in the team competition, as the semi-finals were contested by the 4 best college teams, and it looks like Toyo are still the team to beat, though that was a very good effort from Nihon University. A wild battle in the end to decide the championship, after which Toyo's Shiroyama got told off for his celebrations (though perfectly understandable). Him and Shiroishi will both be key members for Toyo over the next few years. Aside: Nihon University's Furukawa twins must be used to their opponent using unorthodox tachi-ais against them by now. Remember this bout?
  7. Student yokozuna 2017

    That kotenage attempt by Dergerbayar in the quarter-finals looked very painful for Furukawa. Another very good result for Shiroyama, he's going to be a contender for years to come. Great defense in the final from Nakajima, that really was a comeback from the brink.
  8. 第14回全国少年相撲選手権大会 Winner Kashiwa Sumo Club A (柏相撲少年団, Chiba) Runner-Up Komatsuryu Dojo A (台東小松竜道場, Tokyo) Semi-Finals Mitaka Sumo Club A (三鷹相撲クラブ, Tokyo) Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club A (葛飾白鳥相撲教室, Tokyo) Videos Semi-finals Kashiwa Sumo Club A (Chiba) vs Mitaka Sumo Club A (Tokyo) Komatsuryu Dojo A (Tokyo) vs Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club A (Tokyo) Final Kashiwa Sumo Club A (Chiba) vs Komatsuryu Dojo A (Tokyo) Comments 3 of the 4 sumo clubs who made it to the semi-finals this year were from Tokyo, but it so happens that the team from Chiba won. That's just typical isn't it? However, take nothing away from Kashiwa Sumo Club, as they put out a very strong team this year (they will be featured soon). Whilst I'm not able to discern who their Grade 3 rikishi was, their Grade 4 should be Tsukamatsu Raumu (束松 良優夢), and their Grade 5 is the 4-time Hakuho Cup winner and Wanpaku semi-finalist Nishijima Yura (西島 悠来). Though Nishijima dropped his bout in the semi-final (which was an incredible result, but we'll get to that later), he was able to execute a strong sukuinage in the final against the equally as big Mashiko Takuya (益子 拓也), which is saying something as Mashiko is one year younger than Nishijima. Kashiwa's Grade 6 rikishi needs little introduction, as you may recognise him as Kinboshi Sumo Club's ace, Kanazawa Sorato (金澤 空大). Sorato's sumo is getting better and better, though he is still getting pushed to the edge quite often as a result of attempting pulls (likely a habit from his wrestling background). However, his wrestling talents are such that he was able to, in the end, win against Mitaka's Yamashita Toma and Komatsuryu's Saito Chugo (齋藤 忠剛), both of which were important to the team. Thanks to the scouting of Kinboshi Sumo Club, Sorato is now a national champion in sumo as well. It took me a while to figure out who the middle school rikishi for Kashiwa was, but I am 95% certain that it is Wanpaku finalist Sakamoto Hirokazu (坂本 博一), eldest son of Tokitsukaze-oyakata (former Tokitsuumi). A couple of months prior to Taiho's grandson Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介) winning both competitions at this year's Kokutai, Sakamoto won the team competition at this year's middle school championships with Team Chiba. Sakamoto's opponents in the videos, Hanafusa Kai and Yanagisawa Tsubasa, are both very good rikishi in their own right, but Sakamoto won both bouts impressively nonetheless. His semi-final win against Mitaka's Hanafusa proved to be especially important, as it helped Kashiwa survive a 2-2 (otherwise Mitaka could well have won this competition for a second time). Runner-up Komatsuryu Dojo had a good showing this year, with their A Team finishing second, and their B Team reaching the quarter-finals. Komatsuryu A consisted of Hata Daishi (秦 大士), Yoshioka Ryudai (吉岡 竜大), Mashiko Takuya (益子 拓也), Saito Chugo (齋藤 忠剛) and Yanagisawa Tsubasa (柳澤 翼). This is an interesting team because both Mashiko Takuya and Saito Chugo are competing in the year above, which is something that Mitaka Sumo Club have always done with Kodama Hayato. They probably did this because they felt that no other club member would fill these 2 roles better, what with Mashiko's size and Saito's skill. Also, Yanagisawa was filling in for the injured Kitano Soma (北野 颯馬), though Yanagisawa is nearly as good. Komatsuryu's semi-final match against their biggest rivals, the recently featured Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club, was a back-and-forth affair, as Komatsuryu's Yoshioka Ryudai and Katsushika's Aino Shogo both showed their worth to take the match to 2-2, where Yanagisawa eventually won the match for Komatsuryu (and getting reprimanded for a fist pump along the way). Komatsuryu Dojo wrote a detailed article on their blog on their teams' performances yesterday, in which they praised Ryudai for his zensho performance and Tsubasa for his composure under pressure. This is the best result that Komatsuryu Dojo have ever gotten at the National Club Championships. Mitaka Sumo Club, in line with what they have always done, chose their best member for each year group except for Kodama Hayato (児玉 颯飛), who was placed in the year above. This again proved to be an effective strategy as it took them all the way to the semi-finals. At 1-1 against Kashiwa A, Kodama Hayato came up against the 4-time Hakuho Cup winner Nishijima Yura, who not only is a bigger rikishi, but is also one year older. It was an almighty struggle for both, and as Kodama was pushed to the edge, he was able to wrap his left arm around Nishijima's neck, and pull off an impressive kubinage. Whilst Kodama would undoubtedly do well in the year above, I must admit that I didn't think he would be able to beat Nsihijima. How wrong I was. Kodama's incredible arm strength has shades of Narita Rikido about him, albeit not as big, but in my opinion, more skilled. Alas, despite Kodama's efforts, Hanafusa Kai couldn't win against his older opponent Sakamoto Hirokazu, otherwise Mitaka would have stood a very good chance in the final against Komatsuryu, and we would have seen the next chapter in the Kodama-Mashiko rivalry. Mitaka Sumo Club will have virtually the same team for next year's National Club Championships, and they will be a contender again. Former winners Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club did very well this year to reach the semi-finals, as Aino Shogo was the only big name in their team. In other results, Tachikawa Renseikan Sumo Dojo A reached the quarter-finals, and will have a slightly stronger team next year.
  9. Golden Generation Location - Shiratori Park, Katsushika District, Tokyo - Eight Hall (エイトホール, next to the Katsushika Sports Center Swimming Pool), Katsushika District, Tokyo Keiko - Tuesdays (from 5pm), Thursdays (from 5pm), Saturdays (from 5pm) - Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (from 6pm, at Eight Hall) Approximately 30 years ago, Sakuma Koichi (佐久間 幸一) helped to convince the neighbourhood committee to build a dohyo in Shiratori Park in order to "promote a sport that teaches kids respect". That was the start of Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club (葛飾白鳥相撲教室), who would become a major name in amateur sumo, and Komatsuryu Dojo's biggest rival. Katsushika have their own website and blog, as well as 2 different YouTube channels (白鳥すもう and masa2360s), where there are many videos of past tournaments. Another channel, akaseken, have uploaded videos of some training bouts at Katsushika. Whilst most of their keikos take place in the (relatively) hard-to-find Shiratori Park (took me some time to find the place last year), they also hold training sessions on the other side of the Aoto Bridge (青砥橋) in a place called Eight Hall, where the dohyo is safely stored underneath the wooden floorboards. This is also where the annual Katsushika Sumo Tournament takes place. Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club and their members have made their fair share of appearances in videos and newspaper articles (just like Komatsuryu Dojo). First and foremost, you may recall that there was a kid called "Ryuta the Slapper" who co-starred in National Geographic's Inside: Sumo Kids. That's none other than Katsushika's Iwamoto Ryuta (岩本 龍太), twice a Wanpaku quarter-finalist, who was shown to be training hard on their dohyo in Shiratori Park. You may also have watched an advert by Akebono, where the Yokozuna was singing along to Don't Stop Believing. The 2 kids who were wrestling and later dancing along with Akebono are also members of Katsushika: Kinugasa Hideaki (衣笠 秀晃, the kid on the right in the thumbnail, and who also happens to be a Wanpaku quarter-finalist); and Suzuki Chiharu (鈴木 千晴), the club's ace for a couple of years, respectively. Even CNN paid a visit to Katsushika "on an uncharacteristically warm, rainy early November evening" 2 years ago, and wrote an article on their website titled Sumo: Can Japan's national sport survive? The article talks about the state of sumo in Japan, how the club came to be, and interviews with various club members and their parents. Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club have produced many talented rikishi during the past 30 years, including some very good female rikishi (such as Sato Yoko 佐藤 陽子 and Ishii Sakura 石井 さくら), but it was their so called "Golden Generation", a term which the club themselves used in one of their blogs, which took them to the pinnacle of amateur sumo, and that was during a time when Tsugaru Sumo Club were so dominant as well. Katsushika already had a strong team during the 8th National Club Championships in 2011, where their team of Takimoto Tetsuji (瀧本 哲治), Ogasawara Reiji (小笠原 麗司), Nihonyanagi Wataru (二本柳 亘), Sato Yota (佐藤 耀太) and Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁) made it all the way to the semi-finals, where they lost to Tsugaru Sumo Club. Takimoto's only major individual achievement is reaching the final of the Wanpaku Tokyo qualifiers in Grade 5 (where he lost to Mitaka Sumo Club's Hanafusa Kai), while Sato was competing against opponents who were a year older than him, so it was likely that Katsushika would drop these 2 bouts during their matches. However, this was when Shiroishi Masahito first announced himself on the amateur sumo stage (he is now one of Toyo University's best rikishi), so he can be counted on to win the deciding bout if need be. As such, Katsushika would be sure of advancing if both Ogasawara and Nihonyanagi won their bouts, which is exactly what happened in their matches prior to the semi-finals. Here's a video of their match against Tsugaru (Katsushika are on the right): The following year in 2012, Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club once again met Tsugaru Sumo Club (who were defending champions at the time), this time in the final. Katsushika's team for this tournament was Takimoto Tetsuji (瀧本 哲治), Anzai Yusuke (安西 雄祐), Ogasawara Reiji (小笠原 麗司), Nihonyanagi Wataru (二本柳 亘), and Suzuki Chiharu (鈴木 千晴). This time around, whilst Takimoto still wasn't pulling his weight in matches, all of their remaining team members were more than likely to win their bouts (Anzai's size made him a tough opponent at the time). So for Tsugaru to win the tournament for a second year in a row, they needed to overcome any 2 of Anzai / Ogasawara / Nihonyanagi / Suzuki, which even they couldn't accomplish. And with that, their chances of a three-peat (as they won the tournament again in 2013) were gone. Katsushika are on the left: All the pieces came together for Katsushika that year, and their Golden Generation duly brought home the national championships.
  10. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    Had a look at each team's members, Saitama looks to be the strongest on paper, followed by Ishikawa, Tottori, Kumamoto and Aomori. Nice to see Nanakaichi's name again (for Team Tokyo), haven't seen his name pop up for a long time.
  11. Once Upon a Time Location - Tsugaru City Kizukuri Sumo Ground (つがる市営木造相撲場), Tsugaru, Aomori Keiko - Mondays to Fridays (after school for 2.5 hours) Prior to Iruma Junior Sumo Club's dominance of the National Club Championships, there was another team who took the competition by storm, having such strength and depth that they were national champions twice in 3 years, and finishing second in the other. Founded in 1992, The now defunct Tsugaru Sumo Club (つがる相撲クラブ) attracted sumo kids mainly from the cities of Tsugaru and Goshogawara (that "sleepy rural town, 5 hours north of Tokyo by train", where "the tradition of sumo is still very much alive"), and back in their heyday, were truly a force to be reckoned with. They have a blog, although it is no longer updated. Being located in such a hotbed of sumo in Aomori, itself the home to many sumo greats over the years, means that Tsugaru Sumo Club have always been able to attract some very talented kids, including 4 Primary School Yokozuna and a Wanpaku Yokozuna. Even this year's Middle School Yokozuna, Narumi Shoma, was a member of Tsugaru. Their talents came to fruition in 2011 as they won the 8th National Club Championships, beating Tochigi's Otawara Shushikan Sumo Dojo in the final. Their A Team was as follows: Grade 3 - Narumi Shoma 鳴海 匠馬 (Middle School Yokozuna) Grade 4 - Koseki Takudo 小関 拓道 (Wanpaku Yokozuna) Grade 5 - Kikuchi Arata 菊地 新 (Wanpaku last 32) Grade 6 - Tanaka Kaito 田中 界渡 (Wanpaku last 32) Middle School - Echigoya Tomoki 越後谷 知樹 (Wanpaku finalist) Here's the video of their semi-final match against Tokyo's Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club, who will be featured soon. Tsugaru Sumo Club are the team on the left: The following year in 2012, virtually the same Tsugaru team reached the final of the National Club Championships again, where they faced a familiar opponent in Katsushika. Here's a video of that year's final between Tsugaru A (on the right) and Katsushika: A narrow loss meant that Tsugaru weren't able to defend their title the way Iruma did a couple of years later. However, they came back as strong as ever in 2013, reaching yet another final, where they were the underdogs against heavy favourites Udo Junior Sumo Club. Udo Junior Sumo Club breezed through the tournament that year, winning every match by either 5-0 or 4-1, their opponents weren't even able to get close to them. Here's what should happen in the final between Tsugaru and Udo, based on their individual results: Hasegawa Keiji (長谷川 恵司) vs Honda Gotaro (本田 豪太郎): Honda to win, as he frequently reaches the quarter-finals of national competitions Kosaka Yusei (古坂 裕聖) vs Kawazoe Fuma (川副 楓馬): Kawazoe to win, as he is a Primary School Yokozuna Narumi Shoma (鳴海 匠馬) vs Hanaoka Masaki (花岡 真生): Hanaoka to win, as he is a 2-time Wanpaku Yokozuna (though Narumi is now a Middle School Yokozuna) Koseki Takudo (小関 拓道) vs Kusano Naoya (草野 直哉): Koseki to win, as he is a Wanpaku Yokozuna Echigoya Tomoki (越後谷 知樹) vs Kawakami Ryuko (川上 竜虎): Kawakami to win, as he is a Middle School Yokozuna In theory, Tsugaru Sumo Club shouldn't pose much of a threat against their all-conquering opponents from Kumamoto. Here's what happened in the match (Tsugaru on the left): Tsugaru Sumo Club are now 2-time national champions. From left to right: Narumi Shoma, Hasegawa Keiji, Kosaka Yusei, Koseki Takudo, Echigoya Tomoki Just as Tsugaru Sumo Club were going from strength to strength, their amazing story ended just a year later in 2014, when a parent took one of their coaches to court for using violence during training. Here's a copy of Akinomaki's post on the matter: "Another case had just been settled at the same time: the parents of a boy had demanded damages of 3.3million yen from Tsugaru-city (Aomori) and the coach of the primary school sumo club, for the mental anguish the boy had suffered from corporal punishment by the coach. A court mediated settlement took effect: the city promised to take care of proper guidance from now on and the coach has paid 300 000 yen. http://www.mutusinpou.co.jp/news/2016/12/44428.html" Since then, Tsugaru Sumo Club have disbanded, with their club members joining Nakadomari Dojo, about 24km north of Tsugaru. With the combined power of Tsugaru and Nakadomari, they would go on to win the 5th Hakuho Cup in 2015, once again beating the favourites from Kumamoto in the final, as well as the 13th National Club Championships in 2016. The kids who grew up with Tsugaru Sumo Club are continuing to fly the flag high for the region and for Aomori, but as for the club itself, their story is no more.
  12. The really big ones are like that, for example Shinpo Kyoya, Yamamoto Masakatsu, Yakabe Katsumasa and Toma Tsuguto. The reason for that I suspect is that they were able to solely rely on their size and relative strength to win bouts during a time when they should be developing their skills, techniques and ring sense. By the time they are no longer able to rely on this anymore (from middle school onwards), the skill gap becomes too big for them to overcome.
  13. I was debating on whether to introduce the next sumo club in the featured club / dojo series, or to write about the most famous rivalry in amateur sumo in recent years. Today, whilst writing the comments for the College & Corporate Sumo Kariya Tournament, it occurred to me that it would only be appropriate that the next article should be on this rivalry, as a tribute to "the Kid" Onosho's outstanding performance at the recent Aki Basho, earning him the Kanto-Sho and getting a kinboshi along the way. The "Future Monster" series started off by introducing the 3-time Wanpaku Yokozuna Toma Tsuguto, whose size made him pretty much unbeatable at primary school level. However, 4 years before Toma arrived on the wanpaku sumo scene, another "future monster" took the amateur sumo world by storm, and unlike Toma, he didn't resort to henka'ing in important bouts. His name was Yamamoto Masakatsu (山本 正克), also a 3-time Wanpaku Yokozuna. Back then, Yamamoto Masakatsu was a very popular figure in amateur sumo, appearing in all sorts of TV shows. At first, he was invited to Mongolia to wrestle against one of their prodigies, to see which is the stronger, Mongolian wrestling or Japanese sumo? With the Mongolia kid leading 1-0 from their Mongolian wrestling match, here's what happened in their sumo bout: The following year, the same TV show returned to Mongolia with all 3 Wanpaku Yokozuna at the time, piling on the weight for Team Japan, as all 3 were very heavy ("Giant of the North" Shinpo Kyoya was part of the team, as well as this kid). Shinpo and Yakabe duly won their matches, leaving Yamamoto Masakatsu to face Munfu in a dead rubber. Here's what happened: Yamamoto Masakatsu was so famous in fact that even Asashoryu has acknowledged him, referring to Yamamoto as his "rival": Because of his huge size and good strength, there were very few kids who could even hope to match him back during his Wanpaku days. Nishino Tomonori was perhaps one candidate, but Yamamoto's true rival was Utetsu Fumiya (打越 奎也) from Aomori, who also had a big body. Their first meeting came in Grade 4, at the 22nd Wanpaku Tournament in 2006. Yamamoto Masakatsu and Utetsu Fumiya met each other in the semi-finals, in what was effectively the final. Utetsu did well against a morozashi grip, but it wasn't enough as he was thrown out of the dohyo. Yamamoto would go on to win that year. At the 23rd Wanpaku Tournament in 2007, Yamamoto Masakatsu and Utetsu Fumiya once again met each other in the tournament, this time in the last 32. A migi-yotsu grip meant that it would be one of the most intriguing bouts in Wanpaku history, a titanic battle between the two giants. However, during his attempts to throw Yamamoto off balance, Utetsu appeared to have sprained his right shoulder, and so couldn't do anything after that. Yamamoto would go on to successfully defend his title (from 6:53). The 2 of them wouldn't meet each other again at Wanpaku, as during their Grade 6 tournament, Utetsu Fumiya was sukuinage'd by the aforementioned Nishino Tomonori, leaving Yamamoto to win his 3rd successive Wanpaku Tournament. Up until now, even though they are huge rivals of each other, Utetsu Fumiya has not been able to beat Yamamoto Masakatsu, not even once. He's been close, yes, but never quite enough to get over the line. However, all of this would change during their final tournament in Grade 6, the Primary School Championships, when Yamamoto met Utetsu in the semi-finals. Utetsu was once again driven to the edge by Yamamoto's power, but this time, Utetsu was able to step aside in time and throw Yamamoto down to the dirt. Utetsu has finally gotten the better of Yamamoto after so many attempts, and with it, he became the Primary School Yokozuna that year. And so, the story is well known (well, at least it will be after you've read this next bit). Yamamoto Masakatsu would never win a yusho again (though injury did set him back during middle school), and is currently hovering around mid-to-lower Sandanme; Utetsu Fumiya, on the other hand, never looked back. Utetsu would go on to win 2 consecutive Middle School Student Championships (in Grades 2 and 3), becoming the first person in the competition's history to do so. As Onosho, Utetsu would start off his Ozumo career with 12 straight kachikoshi's (becoming the youngest sekitori at the time), and in this month's Aki basho, being co-leader in Makuuchi all the way until day 9, and getting a kinboshi and his second Kanto-Sho from the basho. Utetsu's fortunes changed completely after that bout in Grade 6. So did Yamamoto's.
  14. Happy birthday, Asashosakari!

    Happy birthday Pierre! Appreciate all the hard work that goes into your posts, always high quality and informative!
  15. 第65回全国選抜大学・実業団相撲刈谷大会 Individual Competition Winner - Kizaki Shinnosuke (木崎 伸之助, Nihon University) Runner-Up - Ohara Yusuke (大原 佑介, Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences) Semi-Finals - Kamiyama Tatsuya (神山 達哉, Aisin Seiki) Semi-Finals - Nishino Tomonori (西野 倫理, Toyo University) Team Competition Winner - Aisin Seiki Runner-Up - Nihon University Semi-Finals - Wakayama Prefectural Office Semi-Finals - Toyo University Comments This is the first team competition that Toyo University have failed to win in a long time, as the more experienced rikishi at Aisin Seiki revved their way to their first team yusho in this event. They beat Toyo in the semi-finals, and then Nihon in the final (2-1, with Kizaki Shinnosuke getting Nihon's only win in the match). Nishino Tomonori, the winner of the All Japan Weight-Category Tournament a few weeks ago, could only reach the semi-finals this time, as he lost out to the eventual winner, Nihon University's Kizaki Shinnosuke. Speaking of Nishino, one of his childhood rivals was someone called Utetsu Fumiya, who has just received his second Kanto-Sho as well as his inaugural kinboshi, and is about to become a sanyaku.