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  1. Takayasu's looking good at the moment, so's Yoshikaze, but Kakuryu?
  2. That's true, and a future hall of famer
  3. Speaking of the importance of heart, just look at Tom Brady, he used to be a 6th round draft pick
  4. 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.
  5. One and the same, looks like Shigeru should be the correct pronunciation of his name, corrected that now, thanks
  6. 第57回全国大学選抜相撲宇佐大会 Individual Competition Winner - Terasawa Shigeru (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) Runner-Up - Kizaki Shinnosuke (木﨑 伸之助, Nihon University) Semi-Finals - Kurokawa Kojiro (黒川 宏次朗, Takushoku University) Semi-Finals - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) Quarter-Finals - Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴, Nihon University) Quarter-Finals - Watanabe Ryo (渡辺 亮, Kindai University) Quarter-Finals - Tanioka Iori (谷岡 伊織, Kindai University) Quarter-Finals - Katamura Keiya (片村 敬也, Nihon University) Team Competition Winner - Nihon University Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴) ・ Nakajima Nozomi (中島 望) ・ Katamura Keiya (片村 敬也) ・ Kizaki Shinnosuke (木﨑 伸之助) ・ Furukawa Takahiro (古川 貴博) Runner-Up - Toyo University Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅) ・ Fukai Takuto (深井 拓斗) ・ Nishino Tomonori (西野 倫理) ・ Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁) ・ Terasawa Shigeru (寺沢 樹) Semi-Finals - Tokyo University of Agriculture Semi-Finals - Kindai University Videos Individual Quarter-Final #1 - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) vs Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴, Nihon University) Individual Quarter-Final #2 - Watanabe Ryo (渡辺 亮, Kindai University) vs Terasawa Shigeru (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) Individual Quarter-Final #3 - Tanioka Iori (谷岡 伊織, Kindai University) vs Kurokawa Kojiro (黒川 宏次朗, Takushoku University) Individual Quarter-Final #4 - Katamura Keiya (片村 敬也, Nihon University) vs Kizaki Shinnosuke (木﨑 伸之助, Nihon University) Individual Semi-Final #1 - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) vs Terasawa Shigeru (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) Individual Semi-Final #2 - Kurokawa Kojiro (黒川 宏次朗, Takushoku University) vs Kizaki Shinnosuke (木﨑 伸之助, Nihon University) Individual 3rd-Place Playoff - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) vs Kurokawa Kojiro (黒川 宏次朗, Takushoku University) Individual Final - Terasawa Shigeru (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) vs Kizaki Shinnosuke (木﨑 伸之助, Nihon University) Team Final - Toyo University vs Nihon University Comments Toyo University continued their strong performance by claiming the individual title in this tournament as well, thanks to Terasawa Shigeru, with the impressive Shiroyama Seira reaching the semi-finals. Nihon University's Kizaki Shinnosuke must keep on gambarizing, as he reached a second consecutive final, only to lose to a Toyo opponent both times. Third time lucky perhaps? However, Toyo University couldn't quite win a second consecutive team title, as they went down 3-2 against Nihon University. Their 2 individual winners, Shiroishi Masahito and Terasawa Itsuki, both won their bouts in the team final, but Nishino Tomonori lost his bout for the second team final in a row. Ultimately, the final was decided by the opening bout of the match, as 4th year veteran Furukawa Haruki (or as some may know him, "Haru the Dark Horse") was able to overcome the 2-time high school yokozuna and college rising star Shiroyama Seira.
  7. Toyo University are probably the strongest college team in Japan at the moment, closely followed by Nihon University, Kindai University, Nippon Sport Science University and Chuo University
  8. 第34回全日本大学選抜相撲宇和島大会 Individual Competition Winner - Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁, Toyo University) Runner-Up - Kizaki Shinnosuke (木﨑 伸之助, Nihon University) Semi-Finals - Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) Semi-Finals - Sato Takashi (佐藤 崇, Nippon Sport Science University) Team Competition Winner - Toyo University Nishino Tomonori (西野 倫理) ・ Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅) ・Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹) ・ Fukai Takuto (深井 拓斗) ・ Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁) Runner-Up - Kindai University Tanioka Iori (谷岡 伊織) ・ Yamaguchi Reo (山口 怜央) ・ Watanabe Ryo (渡辺 亮) ・ Nakai Shun (中井 駿) ・ Higo Yuta (肥後 勇太) Semi-Finals - Nihon University Semi-Finals - Nippon Sport Science University Videos Individual Semi-Final #1 - Sato Takashi (佐藤 崇, Nippon Sport Science University) vs Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁, Toyo University) Individual Semi-Final #2 - Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) vs Kizaki Shinnosuke (木﨑 伸之助, Nihon University) Individual 3rd-Place Playoff - Sato Takashi (佐藤 崇, Nippon Sport Science University) vs Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹, Toyo University) Individual Final - Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁, Toyo University) vs Kizaki Shinnosuke (木﨑 伸之助, Nihon University) Team Semi-Final #1 - Nihon University vs Kindai University Team Semi-Final #2 - Nippon Sport Science University vs Toyo University Team 3rd-Place Playoff - Nihon University vs Nippon Sport Science University Team Final - Kindai University vs Toyo University Comments Despite two of their key members from last year, Murata Ryo (村田 亮) and Onami Atsu (大波 渥), deciding to turn pro this basho, Toyo University still boasts one of the strongest teams in the country, as they easily swept aside Kindai University in the team final. Not only that, they've even managed to claim the individual title as well, along with a semi-finalist to boot. And this is not to mention that Shiroishi Masahito and Shiroyama Seira are two of the best rikishi currently in the college sumo scene. We'll be talking more about Shiroishi Masahito once I come around to writing the featured club thread on Katsushika Shiratori Sumo Club. It remains to be seen how strong Nihon University and Nippon Sport Science University, 2 of the traditional powerhouses, will be this year, now that Turbold and Minami Yuta have joined Ozumo. Yago Takanori, the other Makushita Tsukedashi's team, Chuo University, reached the quarter-finals at this tournament, losing to Kindai University.
  9. The series may or may not have ended following Sorato's appearance at the wanpaku tournament, would need to check through Guru Nai's shows to confirm
  10. I usually go by the pronunciation provided by the wanpaku tournament's draw sheet, which shows はるか as his furigana. They might be wrong though
  11. 第68回全国高校選抜相撲高知大会 Individual Competition Winner - Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介), Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Runner-Up - Takahashi Yuta (高橋 優太), Kaiyo High School (Niigata) Semi-Finals - Tanaka Kaito (田中 界渡), Nihon University Tohoku High School (Fukushima) Semi-Finals - Okada Naoya (岡田 尚也), Kanazawashiritsu Technical High School (Ishikawa) Quarter-Finals - Kasai Towa (葛西 永遠), Goshogawaranorin High School (Aomori) Quarter-Finals - Kawazoe Keita (川副 圭太), Buntoku High School (Kumamoto) Quarter-Finals - Sumigi Genta (住木 厳太), Nomura High School (Ehime) Quarter-Finals - Daito Koki (大塔 昂貴), Meitoku Gijuku High School (Kochi) Team Competition Winner - Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Runner-Up - Kaiyo High School (Niigata) Semi-Finals - Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) Semi-Finals - Kanazawa Gakuin High School (Ishikawa) Quarter-Finals - Meitoku Gijuku High School (Kochi) Quarter-Finals - Kindai High School (Osaka) Quarter-Finals - Sambongi Agriculture High School (Aomori) Quarter-Finals - Akita Hokuyo High School (Akita) Videos Individual Quarter-Final #1 - Tanaka Kaito (田中 界渡) vs Kasai Towa (葛西 永遠) Individual Quarter-Final #2 - Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介) vs Kawazoe Keita (川副 圭太) Individual Quarter-Final #3 - Takahashi Yuta (高橋 優太) vs Sumigi Genta (住木 厳太) Individual Quarter-Final #4 - Daito Koki (大塔 昂貴) vs Okada Naoya (岡田 尚也) Individual Semi-Final #1 - Tanaka Kaito (田中 界渡) vs Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介) Individual Semi-Final #2 - Takahashi Yuta (高橋 優太) vs Okada Naoya (岡田 尚也) Individual Final - Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介) vs Takahashi Yuta (高橋 優太) Team Quarter-Final #1 - Meitoku Gijuku High School (Kochi) vs Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) Team Quarter-Final #2 - Kindai High School (Osaka) vs Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Team Quarter-Final #3 - Kaiyo High School (Niigata) vs Sambongi Agriculture High School (Aomori) Team Quarter-Final #4 - Akita Hokuyo High School (Akita) vs Kanazawa Gakuin High School (Ishikawa) Team Semi-Final #1 - Adachi Shinden High School (Tokyo) vs Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Team Semi-Final #2 - Kaiyo High School (Niigata) vs Kanazawa Gakuin High School (Ishikawa) Team Final - Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) vs Kaiyo High http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/31576-yokozuna-grandsons/School (Niigata) Comments The individual competition in this tournament features the same year group as the Hirosaki Tournament a month or so ago, who are high school 2nd years going onto their 3rd and final year. A major characteristic about this year group is that it is incredibly open, pretty much anyone can win on the day. There's never been any standout rikishis amongst them, and the winners have almost always been different each time. This time around, it was Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介) who came out on top, he's the most talented grandson of the late Yokozuna Taiho. The always strong Saitama Sakae High School added their third successive Kochi Tournament triumph (and ninth overall) to their impressive record by comfortably overcoming Kaiyo High School, winners of the Hirosaki Tournament last month. This capped off a very successful Kochi Tournament for them, as Naya Konosuke, who is one of their club-members, came away with the individual title.
  12. Congrats Kise, that was an incredible Yusho!
  13. 3 wins out of 4 is that much harder now for Kotoshogiku, he may still make it. Kise's still looking good, though pity we won't be having a zensho playoff now between him and Takayasu. Takagenji's got his kachikoshi today, on his way to replacing Takakeisho as the youngest sekitori?
  14. New Yokozuna Kise seems to be growing into the rank as each day goes by. Checking his results, he's only had two 8-0 starts as an Ozeki prior to last year, but four 8-0s since then. It would be nice if he's able to go on to win the Yusho this time as well, guess we'll see. Meisei's looking good atm down in Makushita, back in Juryo for May?
  15. Home of the True Wanpaku Location - Nishikida Junior High School, Mishima, Shizuoka Keiko - Mondays (6pm - 8pm), Fridays (6pm - 8pm), Saturdays (9am - 1pm) A member of the Shizuoka Sumo Federation, Mishima Sumo Club (三島相撲クラブ) was first set up in 1976, where they practised 3 times a week on a basic dohyo in front of Hinoya Liquor Store's warehouse in Tanita, Mishima. A year later in 1977, following public donations (from mainly the Nishikida District), a proper dohyo was constructed on the grounds of the Nishikida Junior High School (三島市立錦田中学校), which is where they've been ever since. Their Honorary President's son, Suzuki Hideki (鈴木 英樹), is about to enter Ozumo. Two years ago, Mishima City produced a TV programme introducing the club, titled "Gambarize! Children of Mishima - Mishima Sumo Club", and showed one of their keiko sessions. The programme also featured interviews with their Honorary President Suzuki Tadatomo (鈴木 忠友), their coach Kurihara Koki (栗原 幸喜), and some of their club members: Mishima Sumo Club have produced some famous names in the past, including Sagatsukasa-zeki (former Wanpaku Yokozuna) and Tochihiryu-zeki. Their biggest name in recent years is Tsuchiya Kazuya (土屋 和也), who is a Wanpaku runner-up, a Middle School Championships semi-finalist, and last month, a Hakuho Cup finalist. Although many talented young rikishi have trained on their dohyo, their stand-out club member is someone called Sugawara Haruka (菅原 悠翔), who is just about to enter Middle School. As you may recall from this documentary, the word "Wanpaku" is Japanese for "naughty boy" (or alternatively, mischievous), and there's no one who's more befitting of this name than Sugawara Haruka. His antics have even caught the attention of Akatsu (あかつ), who hosted a documentary about him. Sugawara Haruka started sumo in Grade 3 in Primary School. Just a year later, he finished runner-up in the Wanpaku Tournament, second only to the famous Narita Rikido, and reached the semi-finals the year after that. Sugawara Haruka certainly has a talent for sumo, but what truly sets him apart from everyone else is the way he behaves on and around the dohyo. How so? Well, normally, when kids pose for a photo in the closing ceremony of sumo tournaments, they stand like this: Sugawara Haruka, on the other hand, stands like this: When participants at the Hakuho Cup receive their certificates from the great Hakuho himself, they're usually like this: Sugawara Haruka, however, was like this: When most kids grab some salt ahead of their bouts, they take this much: Sugawara Haruka, because why not, takes this much: Needless to say, the salt went everywhere, even on his head, so the gyoji had to come over to him to clean it off: And so, this is Sugawara Haruka, a member of Mishima Sumo Club, and a True Wanpaku. He's definitely one of a kind.