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During Hakuho's press conference he presented a new hope for Miyagino-beya.
The first son of the coach of Tottori Johoku high school, a stronghold of amateur sumo, Masakatsu Ishiura:
"I thought to once more doing my best in sumo with all my strength."
He will go to the shindeshi exam on the 26th. Next January he'll be 23, coming from Nichidai.
During his time at the Tottori Johoku high he won the world junior championships lightweight class.
He studied this year in Australia and won a national tournament there. Same class as Daikiho from middle school to university, he got encouraged by his success and decided to enter the pro sumo world.
Hakuho: "I want him to become a rikishi doing a skilful sumo."
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This basho's "let's root for the underdog" shindeshi comes courtesy of Kasugano-beya with 18-year-old Koichiro Ogata 緒方晃一郎 from Fukuoka set to make his debut in Hatsu basho. Until now attending vocational school to become a sports coach (I guess they mean for gyms and the like), he showed up at the Kasugano Kyushu lodgings during the last basho and asked the oyakata to be allowed to join. We'll see how he gets on with no prior sumo experience and weighing in right at the newly reduced minimum standard of 67 kg...

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16 new entrants for January, Second most in January since 2004 when there were 25. Talking about the double digit number of new entries, PR man Hakkaku: "The oyakata are making a great effort of recruiting. Not many young guys are coming to us of their own volition these days.."

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During Hakuho's press conference he presented a new hope for Miyagino-beya.

The first son of the coach of Tottori Johoku high school, a stronghold of amateur sumo, Masakatsu Ishiura:

2nd private deshi of Hakuho, 172cm, 90/95kg (differences in the articles). At the time of the exam less than 23 years old, the limit just in time.

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First deshi for the new Musashigawa-beya, it can start, at first of course in Fujishima-beya.
Junpei Morimune (22, 177cm, 94kg), Asia university baseball club 4th year, the first former Koushien (2007/8) baseball pitcher in sumo, speed 140km/h, distance 100m, 50m 6.4sec.
In squat he can support 240kg, an appealing lower half, chest measurement 117cm, hips more than 120cm.

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Edit: Oshima-oyakata is indeed not that fat any more.

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Apart from Ishiura it is also Fumiya Utetsu (16) for Onomatsu-beya, quitting high school, who won the kokutai junior title in autumn.
Also Tetsuya Shimada (22), the younger brother of Kitaharima, Kitanoumi-beya.

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Baraki Ito(18, 160 cm, Shikihide), best 32 in the high school championships, with Tamanoi-oyakata, stretching to reach the necessary 167 cm. "I'm happy. A miracle." He also stiffened his hair (having grown for 3 months) with extra much binzuke oil.
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With Onogawa-oyakata, the next Shikihide.
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All 16 entrants cleared the 167cm/67kg hurdle, awaiting the medical exam results now.

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First deshi for the new Musashigawa-beya, it can start, at first of course in Fujishima-beya.

Junpei Morimune (22, 177cm, 94kg), Asia university baseball club 4th year, the first former Koushien (2007/8) baseball pitcher in sumo, speed 140km/h, distance 100m, 50m 6.4sec.

In squat he can support 240kg, an appealing lower half, chest measurement 117cm, hips more than 120cm.

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During Hakuho's press conference he presented a new hope for Miyagino-beya.

The first son of the coach of Tottori Johoku high school, a stronghold of amateur sumo, Masakatsu Ishiura:

2nd private deshi of Hakuho, 172cm, 90/95kg (differences in the articles). At the time of the exam less than 23 years old, the limit just in time.

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Talk about stretching the rules- tiptoes? Give him a bench to stand on, why don't you??

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Also Tetsuya Shimada (22), the younger brother of Kitaharima, Kitanoumi-beya.

168 cm, 91 kg.

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Utetsu (16, 176cm, 153kg) plans to use Onosho 阿武咲 as shikona (same part as in the heya name and blossom) and wants to be sekitori while being a teen.
Baraki Ito, wants to go as Baraki 爆羅騎.

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Oitekaze-beya has found a quick gaijin replacement for Kokkai and is bringing in 18-year-old Mongolian Shijirbayar who reached the quarterfinal at the Kokutai junior competition a few months ago. Shijirbayar attended high school in Nagareyama, Chiba prefecture.

Another Utetsu pic and a caption-worthy expression by Tamanoi:

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Are those numbers new or did I just never notice them before? Seen and mentioned so far:

04 - Tetsuya Shimada (Kitanoumi)

05 - Fumiya Utetsu (Onomatsu)

13 - Masakatsu Ishiura (Miyagino)

14 - Baraki Ito (Shikihide)

16 - Junpei Morimune (Fujishima)

?? - Koichiro Ogata (Kasugano - assuming he didn't already quit in the two weeks between Hochi's write-up and the exam...)

?? - Shijirbayar (Oitekaze)

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Pics from the Kyokai twitter feed (click for larger):

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Wonder who big guy #03 in the first pic is...

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The new "sumonocle" I was talking about earlier.
That sumo Segway in pic 5 must be the version for 160 cm shindeshi, though...

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Talk about stretching the rules- tiptoes? Give him a bench to stand on, why don't you??

I guess they gave him leeway on the tiptoes to compensate for height lost in the neck region :-P

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Another Utetsu pic and a caption-worthy expression by Tamanoi:

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Tamanoi-oyakata:"Oh no, only 150cm! Tiptoeing and hairgel won't help this time. How to reach 167? Maybe if he wears a hat or streches his arms up or jumps, or is that to obvious??"

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Baraki (104kg) in addition to the hair got a magic massage and stretching program by Onogawa-oyakata since he entered Shikihide-beya on 22th, which according to the oyakata should give 3 cm (others say 2cm). He slept 13 (11) hours the day before and was laying down in the car from the heya in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki to the kokugikan, which also is supposed to have an influence.
The name Baraki comes from a Charles Bronson mafia film the father liked, The Valachi papers, "Baraki" in Japanese. The oyakata saw a slogan in a train "Ibaraki genki" and thought Genki to be the first name going with Baraki. Baraki 爆羅騎 would be the shikona with the most strokes in the Kanji of all present rikishi.
Half Filipino (the mother), his elder brother Rao Ito is Tatsunami-beya sandanme Raomaru 羅王丸, Rao is from the manga "Hokuto no ken".
The dream is of course yokozuna.
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Junpei Morimune (22, 177cm, 94kg), Asia university baseball club 4th year, the first former Koushien (2007/8) baseball pitcher in sumo, speed 140km/h, distance 100m, 50m 6.4sec.

Morimune about his decision to join sumo: "I failed at the self defence forces (jieitai), also the coach recommended it."

He's still not used to wearing a yukata, first time he did that day. "Compared to the bodies of the others I'm still thin. Sumo is full of things I don't understand, but there's nothing else than doing my best."

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When reading the name Baraki, this came to mind:

Définition de: "Baraqui": Expression belge, wallonne exactement. Mot désignant une personne peu cultivée venant d'un milieu social défavorisé.

English translation: definition of "Baraqui": Belgian expression, Walloon exactly. Word designing a poorly cultivated person who comes from a socially defavorised environment.

The name Baraki comes from a Charles Bronson mafia film the father liked, The Valachi papers, "Baraki" in Japanese. The oyakata saw a slogan in a train "Ibaraki genki" and thought Genki to be the first name going with Baraki. Baraki 爆羅騎 would be the shikona with the most strokes in the Kanji of all present rikishi.
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Baraki had his first keiko session on the 27th and on his interview he has promised to become the shortest yokozuna in sumo history. On waking up, he was also surprised by the many people who congratulated him on his "miracle", the 7 cm he 'gained' for that day.

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Talk about stretching the rules- tiptoes? Give him a bench to stand on, why don't you??

Tamanoi's height announcement of "167 cm" was apparently greeted with audible amusement by the assembled sumo beat reporters.

More background on Baraki: Saitama-born, but went to high school in Fukuoka (Nakama-shi Kibogaoka HS). As mentioned before, he reached the last 32 in this year's Inter High national tournament, and also helped his school team to the semifinals. In addition, he went into the last 16 at the Kokutai this year (first name misguessed as Haraki, sorry). Has done sumo since 3rd grade and was also active in judo from 5th to 9th grade.

Edit: Oshi specialist (not unusual for the short and stocky type, although perhaps surprising with the judo background) and apparently been scouted by ex-Kitazakura for the last six years. Beyond the dream of reaching yokozuna, he also has the somewhat more realistic plan of getting into makuuchi within 50 basho (about 8 years).

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