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  1. I think Kinboshi Sumo Club was intended as a 180-day project to see if they are able to produce members who can take on the Wanpaku Tournament, documenting their highs and lows along the way. I couldn't find any videos about the club since Sorato's apprearance at the Wanpaku finals last year, so presumably the show had ended, with at least some of their members joining a local sumo club to continue to practise sumo. The Kanazawa brothers joined Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club, who are a big name at the amateur level.
  2. The draw sheet for this year's Wanpaku Tournament was published today. There are some very interesting bouts (or potential bouts) early on in the tournament, but a particular part of the draw certainly caught my attention: #55 in the Grade 6 competition goes by the name of Munakata Seiren (棟方 聖連). #57 in the Grade 6 competition goes by the name of Kanazawa Sorato (金澤 空大). Which means that not only have both of them continued doing sumo even after the program had ended, we could potentially be looking at a Munakata vs Kanazawa bout in the second round (third round in the tournament). That really would be Kinboshi Sumo Club's ultimate achievement.
  3. 第7回全日本大学選抜相撲金沢大会 Individual Competition Winner - Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) Runner-Up - Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴, Nihon University) Semi-Finals - Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁, Toyo University) Semi-Finals - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) Team Competition Winner - Toyo University Nishino Tomonori (西野 倫理) ・ Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹) ・ Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅) ・ Fukai Takuto (深井 拓斗) ・ Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁) Runner-Up - Takushoku University Suguro Ibuki (勝呂 歩紀) ・ Kurokawa Kojiro (黒川 宏次朗) ・ Shimura Yuto (志村 雄斗) ・ Terasawa Riku (寺沢 陸) ・ Matsubara Yudai (松原 雄大) Semi-Finals - Nihon University Semi-Finals - Nippon Sport Science University Videos Individual Quarter-Final #1 - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) vs Nakajima Ryosuke (中嶋 亮介, Toyo University) Individual Quarter-Final #2 - Sugano Yota (菅野 陽太, Chuo University) vs Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴, Nihon University) Individual Quarter-Final #3 - Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) vs Kurokawa Kojiro (黒川 宏次朗, Takushoku University) Individual Quarter-Final #4 - Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁, Toyo University) vs Tomisaka Hideki (冨栄 秀樹, Tokyo University of Agriculture) Individual Semi-Final #1 - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) vs Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴, Nihon University) Individual Semi-Final #2 - Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) vs Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁, Toyo University) Individual Final - Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴, Nihon University) vs Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) Team Quarter-Final #1 - Chuo University vs Takushoku University Team Quarter-Final #2 - Meiji University vs Nippon Sport Science University Team Quarter-Final #3 - Nihon University vs Kindai University Team Quarter-Final #4 - Toyo University vs Komazawa University Team Semi-Final #1 - Takushoku University vs Nippon Sport Science University Team Semi-Final #2 - Nihon University vs Toyo University Team Final - Takushoku University vs Toyo University Comments Toyo University continued their dominance of college sumo by adding yet another team yusho to their name, this time in commanding fashion, as they 4-1'd every opponent they faced along the way. Swapping around the team positions of Shiroyama Seira and Terasawa Itsuki since the Uwajima Tournament a couple of months ago worked like a treat, as Terasawa, the individual winner, faced off against former Student Yokozuna Kurokawa Kojiro in the team final, and won. Toyo University are definitely the team to beat nowadays, just like the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. Toyo University also showed their strength and depth In the individual competition, as they bagged 3 of the top 4 spots, improving on their performance from a couple of months ago. Ten years ago, England managed to get 3 teams into the semi-finals of the Champions League, but AC Milan ended up winning. This time, Kumamoto's Furukawa Haruki couldn't quite manage that feat, but did well to reach the final. Will another Toyo rikishi win the next college tournament? Guess we shall see.
  4. As I've previously mentioned, Takakeisho's style has always been timely oshi-attacks and the occasional nage, both of which he's very good at, ever since his wanpaku days. He did his usual stuff today against Hakuho, and was holding his own. Hakuho's "come at me bro" was to lure Takakeisho into a yori-battle, and Takakeisho duly took the bait. As soon as he went in for the belt, it was always going to be Hakuho's win, and a fast win at that. I feel that he would have stood a better chance if he stayed patient and kept to his own game.
  5. There's evidence to suggest that Ota Asano (太田 麻乃) is indeed the same person as Matsuura Asano (松浦 麻乃), who graduated from Nihon University, and is the Women's World Champion last year. She also won the 4th International Women's Sumo Sakai Tournament last year.
  6. From what I can find...... Men's Lightweight Shibaoka Isao (柴岡 功) finished 3rd in the Lightweight competition at last year's World Championship. He graduated from Nippon Sport Science University, and currently works at Yodobashi Camera. Men's Middleweight Noguchi Kiyoyuki (野口 清之) was the winner of the Middleweight competition at the World Championships in 2014. He graduated from Nihon University, and is now a teacher at Nagasaki Prefectural Yukokan High School. Miwa Hayato (三輪 隼斗) was the winner of the Middleweight competition at the World Championships last year. He also won the 32rd College Sumo Uwajima Tournament in 2015, as well as the Open Weight Competition at the 41st College Sumo Class-by-Class Tournament last year, beating Turbold in the final by Shitatedashinage. Can't find where he's gone to since graduation. Men's Heavyweight Kurokawa Soichiro (黒川 宗一郎), the older of the Kurokawa siblings, finished 3rd in the Open Weight Competition at last year's World Championships. He graduated from Takushoku University, and currently works at Aisin Light Metals, winning the 64th All Japan College & Corporate Sumo Kariya Tournament last year. However, he has been unlucky in the All Japan Sumo Championships, being a runner-up twice (in 2014 and 2015, losing to Mitakeumi and Turbold respectively), and finished 3rd last year. Kurokawa Kojiro (黒川 宏次朗), the younger of the Kurokawa siblings, finished runner-up in the Heavyweight Competition at last year's World Championships. He's currently a 4th year student at Takushoku University, and came 3rd at the All Japan Sumo Championships in 2015 (losing to his brother in the semi-final). He's also the Student Yokozuna in 2015. Women's Lightweight Okutomi Yuka (奥富 夕夏) is currently a 1st year at Nihon University. She won the Lightweight Competition at the 21st All Japan Women's Sumo Championships last year, and came 3rd at the 5th International Women's Sumo Sakai Tournament in April this year. She also won the Middle School Middleweight Competition at the 17th All Japan Women's Sumo Championships back in 2013. Women's Middleweight Ota Asano (太田 麻乃) came 3rd at the Adult Middleweight Competition at the 3rd Women's Sumo Himeji Tournament last month, as well as 3rd at the 5th International Women's Sumo Sakai Tournament in April this year. She currently works at the Numazu City Council in Shizuoka. Mizunuma Hikaru (水沼 ひかる) won the Middleweight Competition at the 5th International Women's Sumo Sakai Tournament in April this year. She's currently a 3rd year student at Tsushima High School in Ehime Prefecture. Women's Heavyweight Ueta Yuka (上田 幸佳) graduated from Nihon University. She won the Open Weight Competition at the World Championships back in 2012.
  7. A very nice day for the up-and-comers, though one thing still puzzles me. Takakeisho's style seems to always have been to stay off the belt and use oshi-attacks at opportune moments. Is that difficult to counter, considering that he's already this high up?
  8. Sumo Ringer TB12, guess that's another "ring" for him then?
  9. So Toyo win another tournament then? Nice to see the Furukawa twins still doing well
  10. 第101回全国高校相撲金沢大会 Individual Competition Winner - Hatsuyama Sho (羽出山 将), Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) Runner-Up - Imazeki Shunsuke (今関 俊介), Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) Semi-Finals - Hoshiba Shinsuke (干場 伸介), Kanazawashiritsu Technical High School (Ishikawa) Semi-Finals - Kanzaki Taiga (神﨑 大河), Kindai High School (Osaka) Quarter-Finals - Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介), Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Quarter-Finals - Byamba (ビャンバスレン), Nippon Sport Science University Kashiwa High School (Chiba) Quarter-Finals - Ida Shota (井田 翔太), Minoshima High School (Wakayama) Quarter-Finals - Okada Naoya (岡田 尚也), Kanazawashiritsu Technical High School (Ishikawa) Team Competition Winner - Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Runner-Up - Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) Semi-Finals - Mukainooka Technical High School (Kanagawa) Semi-Finals - Nippon Sport Science University Kashiwa High School (Chiba) Quarter-Finals - Sambongi Agriculture High School (Aomori) Quarter-Finals - Kindai High School (Osaka) Quarter-Finals - Buntoku High School (Kumamoto) Quarter-Finals - Nomura High School (Ehime) Videos Individual Quarter-Final #1 - Imazeki Shunsuke (今関 俊介) vs Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介) Individual Quarter-Final #2 - Hoshiba Shinsuke (干場 伸介) vs Byamba (ビャンバスレン) Individual Quarter-Final #3 - Kanzaki Taiga (神﨑 大河) vs Ida Shota (井田 翔太) Individual Quarter-Final #4 - Hatsuyama Sho (羽出山 将) vs Okada Naoya (岡田 尚也) Individual Semi-Final #1 - Imazeki Shunsuke (今関 俊介) vs Hoshiba Shinsuke (干場 伸介) Individual Semi-Final #2 - Kanzaki Taiga (神﨑 大河) vs Hatsuyama Sho (羽出山 将) Individual Final - Imazeki Shunsuke (今関 俊介) vs Hatsuyama Sho (羽出山 将) Team Quarter-Final #1 - Sambongi Agriculture High School (Aomori) vs Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) Team Quarter-Final #2 - Mukainooka Technical High School (Kanagawa) vs Kindai High School (Osaka) Team Quarter-Final #3 - Buntoku High School (Kumamoto) vs Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Team Quarter-Final #4 - Nomura High School (Ehime) vs Nippon Sport Science University Kashiwa High School (Chiba) Team Semi-Final #1 - Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) vs Mukainooka Technical High School (Kanagawa) Team Semi-Final #2 - Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) vs Nippon Sport Science University Kashiwa High School (Chiba) Team Final - Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) vs Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Comments This was a highly successful tournament for Adachi Shinden High School, as team-mates Hatsuyama Sho and Imazeki Shunsuke met in the final. Hatsuyama Sho, who is an ex-member of Tachikawa Renseikan Sumo Dojo, clearly understood the judo principle of using the opponent's strength and movement against him, as he swiftly dodges Imazeki Shunsuke's attack, sending his thin but strong and muscly club-mate flying off the dohyo. This capped a very good month for Tachikawa Renseikan Sumo Dojo, as Hokutofuji, who is also an ex-member, achieved 10 wins in the recent Natsu Basho (though it was also the month where Hirano Shurato failed to qualify for this year's wanpaku finals). The runner-up Imazeki Shunsuke (whose forename I think was pronounced differently in the videos) is actually a well-known rikishi in amateur sumo. having been a key member of Bunkyo Harigaya Sumo Club's team when they won the 7th National Club Championships back in 2010, an amazing feat considering the club haven't done much since. He has also appeared in this TV show, where he gave Fujiazuma a run for his money. Imazeki reminds me of Komatsuryu Dojo's Yoshioka Yudai, who also shouldn't be underestimated for his size. Adachi Shinden High School also had a very good showing in the team competition, but it was familiar winners this time too, as Saitama Sakae High School proved to be too strong, comfortably winning 3-0. In the team final, Saitama's Naya Konosuke was able to keep Imazeki away from his belt, which contributed greatly to Naya's win. In contrast, Naya wasn't able to do so in the individual quarter-final, and the result shows.
  11. Takayasu's looking good at the moment, so's Yoshikaze, but Kakuryu?
  12. That's true, and a future hall of famer
  13. Speaking of the importance of heart, just look at Tom Brady, he used to be a 6th round draft pick
  14. A Promise to a Friend Location - Irumashi Sports Park, Iruma, Saitama Keiko - Mondays (18:00 - 20:00), Wednesdays (18:00 - 20:00), Saturdays (14:00 - 16:00), Sundays (9:00 - 11:00) "To my best friend Nishizawa - please, I leave everything to you now." Saito and Nishizawa Masao (西澤 正夫) are best friends from kindergarten all the way through to college. Both of them are sad to see the lack of opportunities kids in Iruma have to practise sumo, and so, they decided to take it upon themselves to develop grassroots sumo in Iruma. That was 1998, and the start of Iruma Junior Sumo Club (入間少年相撲クラブ). However, just when things were starting up, Saito was diagnosed with leukemia, and passed away not long after. Before he died, Saito wrote a letter to Nishizawa, passing on his dreams and ambitions to his best friend, and hoping that Nishizawa would make sumo popular again in Iruma. 20 years on, as the result of his best friend's hardwork and dedication, Saito will not be disappointed: Number of participants at the Iruma Wanpaku Qualifiers in 1996 - 68 Number of participants at the Iruma Wanpaku Qualifiers in 2010 - 1067 The number's increased by more than 15 times in just 20 years! As a contrast, the total number of participants in the Wanpaku Tournament nationally has fallen from 70,000 down to 40,000 during the same period. Nishizawa's achievements don't stop there. In March 2015, a team consisting of Onozawa Ayato (斧澤 亜矢斗, front left), Suzuki Hayato (鈴木 覇都, front right), Yoshino Issei (吉野 一颯, front center), Konno Kanato (今野 哉翔, back right) and Kamiyama Ryuichi (神山 龍一, back left) were triumphant in the 11th National Club Championships, making Iruma Junior Sumo Club officially the best club in Japan: Here's a video of their final match against Fuji Wanpaku Sumo Club, Mochizuki Masaya's team: Even more incredibly, a few months later in October 2015, Iruma Junior Sumo Club would go on to successfully defend their title in the 12th National Club Championships, with a team made up of Samejima Hikaru (鮫島 輝, front right), Onozawa Ayato (斧澤 亜矢斗, front left), Kobayashi Arashi (小林 嵐, back center), Yoshino Issei (吉野 一颯, back right) and Kamiyama Ryuichi (神山 龍一, back left): Their opponents in the final, Mitaka Sumo Club, made a remarkable run to get that far, but in the end Iruma won 3-2 (their only losses were to Kodama Hayato and Hanafusa Kai), becoming the first ever club to win this tournament back-to-back, something that not even the great Tsugaru Sumo Club teams of 2011 - 2013 were able to do. Here's a video of the final: Apart from winning back-to-back National Club Championships, Iruma Junior Sumo Club can also claim to have won back-to-back Middle School Championships, as the 44th Middle School Yokozuna Tsukahara Takaaki (塚原 隆明) and the 45th Middle School Yokozuna Kamiyama Ryuichi (神山 龍一) are both former club members: And on top of all that, with Iruma Junior Sumo Club having also won the team competition at the 3rd Hakuho Cup in 2013, we can safely say that Nishizawa Masao has done a job his best friend would have been proud of.
  15. One and the same, looks like Shigeru should be the correct pronunciation of his name, corrected that now, thanks