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Will these 15 year old youngsters continue some kind of education? Doubtless they expect to spend the rest of their life in the world of sumo, but what if it does not work out?

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Will these 15 year old youngsters continue some kind of education? Doubtless they expect to spend the rest of their life in the world of sumo, but what if it does not work out?

Then they just have to do sumo ther things.

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Will these 15 year old youngsters continue some kind of education? Doubtless they expect to spend the rest of their life in the world of sumo, but what if it does not work out?

Then they just have to do sumo ther things.

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Hidenori Chida (千田 英紀), now registered as 185cm, 125kg. In junior high school he did soft tennis before switching to judo in senior high school. I might have to cheer for him solely because he avoided the usual shindeshi mantra of "sekitori in two years" or "dreaming of Yokozuna" etc.

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Out in three months max. Is anyone writing this down?

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Out in three months max. Is anyone writing this down?

Is it because the apparent baby-like skin indicating a lack of previous hardship?

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Is it just my lack of knowing how many collegians have gone pro in the years past, or are there a lot more such people in the last few years than previously? There don't seem to be nearly as many guys per year from 5-10 years ago floating around as there are from the last 3 years of recruits that I've seen, particularly this year. Is this just a sign that pro sumo is becoming more popular?

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Out in three months max. Is anyone writing this down?

Is it because the apparent baby-like skin indicating a lack of previous hardship?

No, screaming gut feeling. I said that of Kotokoga who entered in January and was 0-2 in Maezumo. See if he survives March.

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I have the same sort of feeling due to the fact that he has glasses on while in a mawashi, and they don't look particularly high prescription as there's no obvious distortion. Why would he need to be wearing them while training? I don't think I've seen anyone else like that, although I haven't been paying a lot of attention. (Yes, plenty of them wear glasses when not in a mawashi)

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I have the same sort of feeling due to the fact that he has glasses on while in a mawashi, and they don't look particularly high prescription as there's no obvious distortion. Why would he need to be wearing them while training? I don't think I've seen anyone else like that, although I haven't been paying a lot of attention. (Yes, plenty of them wear glasses when not in a mawashi)

And also, he does not look happy. He looks like a rabbit caught in a headlight.

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I had to google what soft tennis was, seems like a huge change to switch from that to judo and then sumo.

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Is it just my lack of knowing how many collegians have gone pro in the years past, or are there a lot more such people in the last few years than previously? There don't seem to be nearly as many guys per year from 5-10 years ago floating around as there are from the last 3 years of recruits that I've seen, particularly this year. Is this just a sign that pro sumo is becoming more popular?

Endo. To quote John Gunning.

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Is it just my lack of knowing how many collegians have gone pro in the years past, or are there a lot more such people in the last few years than previously? There don't seem to be nearly as many guys per year from 5-10 years ago floating around as there are from the last 3 years of recruits that I've seen, particularly this year. Is this just a sign that pro sumo is becoming more popular?

Going back a decade (+ numbers are MsTd starters):

2005: 5+1

2006: 9+1

2007: 6+2

2008: 7

2009: 9+1

2010: 3

2011: 5+1

2012: 2+1

2013: 3+1

2014: 4+1

2015: 7+1

The various scandals killed the appeal for a while, especially for graduates from the more prestigious programs.

While looking that up, I noticed that two rikishi need to be university-tagged:

- Kenho was at Tokyo Nogyo

- Hirotsukasa was at Doshisha

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I suppose that one fails to notice guys that never reach Juryo, or those that never stayed for very long. I guess I haven't been following long enough to see just how often they fail to make it, as the first set of them that entered right before I started following is finally percolating at the top of Makushita and into Juryo, and have mainly looked at how many there were in Makuuchi and Juryo now compared to how many were entering lately.

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I suppose that one fails to notice guys that never reach Juryo, or those that never stayed for very long. I guess I haven't been following long enough to see just how often they fail to make it, as the first set of them that entered right before I started following is finally percolating at the top of Makushita and into Juryo, and have mainly looked at how many there were in Makuuchi and Juryo now compared to how many were entering lately.

From what I can tell most of them never make it. We tend to hear about the college entrees or the foreigners, who are almost always either much more skilled already or have a greater amount of potential, whereas most enter with little fanfare and never make it even to makushita.

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Taniguchi (15, 180cm, 149kg) from Gifu-city for Otake-beya: "I want to become sekitori as fast as possible." "I aim to become sekitori within 5 years." "The objective is yokozuna."
Starting with judo in 4th year, from a family of sumo fans, he visited a sumo-beya, became interested and in middle school joined a local sumo club. Training 2 times a week, with degeiko to a high school club, he was 3rd in a pref. tournament and took part in a national tournament in his 3rd year.
After primary school graduation he started to get this big and decided in his 2nd year to devote himself solely to sumo and to join ozumo at once, without even thinking about going to high school.
2 years ago for the Osaka basho he had an experience stay at Otake-beya. The oyakata liked what he saw and invited him to join after graduation. Liking the character of the oyakata he decided to enter there, with the oyakata and Osunaarashi as his ideals.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/gifu/news/20160307-OYTNT50152.html
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SHIKONA KANJI NAME HEYA HEIGHT WEIGHT DOB BIRTHPLACE
Batzorig バトゾリグ Batzorig Denzensambu Oguruma 182 124 22 - April - 1995 Mongolia
Chida 千田 Hidenori Chida Ounomatsu 185 126 20 - October - 1997 Iwate
Hashimoto 橋本 Kota Hashimoto Oitekaze 170 108 04 - June - 2000 Ishikawa
Hatooka 鳩岡 Ryosuke Hatooka Kise 184 145 23 - February - 1994 Kanitgawa
Hayashi Yuya Hayashi Sadogatake 174 124 29 - June - 1997 Ehime
Hino 日野 Koki Hino Isegahama 183 122 07 - July - 1999 Ehime
Ikegawa 池川 Yuki Ikegawa Hakkaku 192 162 02 - June - 1993 Osaka
Inagaki 稲垣 Yoshiyuki Inagaki Sadogatake 179 127 14 - May - 1994 Nara
Ishibashi 石橋 Hiroki Ishibashi Takasago 189 158 01 - March - 1994 Toyama
Ishikawa 石川 Manabu Ishikawa Kataonami 174 84 11 - May - 1997 Ibaraki
Ito 1 伊藤 Yuki Ito Hakkaku 177 110 16 - July - 1997 Hokkaido
Ito 2 伊藤 Hayato Ito Isenoumi 173 96 16 - August - 2000 Iwate
Jingu 神宮 Shizuya Jingu Hakkaku 173 121 27 - February - 1998 Hiroshima
Kimura 1 木村 Tatsuya Kimura Onoe 172 78 02 - October - 2000 Yamagata
Kimura 2 木村 Shuya Kimura Minato 168 91 12 - April - 2000 Saitama
Kizaki 木崎 Shinji Kizaki Kise 176 126 06 - May - 1993 Okinawa
Kobayashi 1 小林 Riku Kobayashi Minezaki 170 97 17 - August - 2000 Kanagawa
Kobayashi 2 小林 Hiroki Kobayashi Sadogatake 167 92 11 - May - 2000 Yamanashi
Kodera 小寺 Ryuhei Kodera Hakkaku 169 110 25 - April - 2000 Osaka
Kokei 高慶 Kaimu Kokei Isegahama 192 123 18 - August - 1998 Toyama
Kumazoe 熊添 Ginjiro Kumazoe Sadogatake 174 142 25 - April - 1997 Miyazaki
Maruyama 丸山 Sota Maruyama Oguruma 177 150 17 - December - 1996 Gunma
Matsumoto 松本 Toshiki Matsumoto Asakayama 169 134 17 - December - 2000 Aichi
Miura 1 三浦 Kazutoshi Miura Izutsu 179 104 12 - May - 1997 Ibaraki
Miura 2 三浦 Hiroki Miura Asakayama 169 87 14 - September- 2000 Kyoto
Miyazaki 宮崎 Hyoga Miyazaki Hakkaku 180 97 03 - January - 1998 Hokkaido
Mizoguchi 溝口 Yuki Mizoguchi Shibatayama 167 98 25 - April - 2000 Osaka
Nishigami 西上 Akihiro Nishigami Shikoroyama 173 92 15 - October - 1997 Hyogo
Noami 野網 Kazuma Noami Oguruma 174 111 27 - July - 2000 Kagawa
Omote Takumi Omote Shikihide 168 67 01 - March - 1998 Fukuoka
Ose 大勢 Shohei Ose Kasugayama 166 106 24 - November - 2000 Aichi
Otomo 大友 Shunpei Otomo Sadogatake 186 123 13 - February - 1998 Nagano
Oyanagi 小柳 Ryota Oyanagi Tokitsukaze 185 171 22 - September- 1993 Niigata
Ozaki 尾崎 Hikaru Ozaki Tamanoi 171 82 19 - September- 2000 Hokkaido
Sakaguchi 坂口 Yuki Sakaguchi Sakaigawa 176 95 20 - April - 2000 Nagasaki
Sato 佐藤 Sho Sato Hakkaku 179 116 24 - July - 2000 Fukushima
Sawahara 澤原 Tomohiro Sawahara Isegahama 173 108 09 - November - 2000 Tokyo
Sekino 関野 Jin Sekino Shibatayama 175 105 30 - December - 2000 Kanagawa
Shiomoto 塩本 Naoki Shiomoto Takasago 181 126 04 - June - 2000 Osaka
Takanobu 高信 Reon Takanobu Shikihide 171 149 02 - August - 1999 Chiba
Takemasa 武政 Shinnosuke Takemasa Ounomatsu 170 112 22 - October - 1993 Kochi
Taniguchi 谷口 Ryuto Taniguchi Otake 180 149 18 - July - 2000 Gifu
Valles テオドロ Teodoro Francis Robert Valles Shikihide 173 103 04 - August - 1998 Philippines
Wada 和田 Ryuki Wada Azumazeki 173 99 22 - June - 2000 Aomori
Yokomichi 横道 Mamoru Yokomichi Takasago 170 106 12 - February - 1998 Aichi
Yoshizaki 吉崎 Yamato Yoshizaki Sakaigawa 176 138 27 - October - 1997 Kagoshima
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No 2001 recruits this time around? There were quite a few early 2000 birthdays last year. Just randomness I suppose.

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(For comparison, last year's numbers.)

New recruits by heya:

6 - Hakkaku

5 - Sadogatake

4 -

3 - Isegahama, Oguruma, Shikihide, Takasago*

2 - Asakayama, Kise, Onomatsu, Sakaigawa, Shibatayama

1 - Azumazeki, Isenoumi, Izutsu, Kasugayama, Kataonami, Minato, Minezaki, Oitekaze, Onoe, Otake, Shikoroyama, Tamanoi, Tokitsukaze*

Takasago (Ishibashi) and Tokitsukaze (Oyanagi) are the two stables of the SdTd debutants.

New recruits by age (a bit more broken-down than last year's summary, so not strictly comparable in the numbers):

middle school age (born April 2000 to March 2001) - 20

high school age (born April 1997 to March 1998) - 13

collegiate age (born April 1993 to March 1994) - 6

Plus 7 more:

- 2 that are one year older than middle school (Hino and Takanobu)

- 2 that are two years older than middle school = one year younger than high school (Kokei and the Philippine foreigner)

- 1 that's one year older than high school (Maruyama)

- the new Mongolian who's right in between high school (+2 years) and college age (-2 years)

- 1 that's a year younger than college (Inagaki)

Needless to say, the 6 guys of collegiate age aren't necessarily all university graduates. (I haven't checked.) By contrast, Inagaki did attend university, though not to graduation.

A lot more high school age recruits again, after last year's strange lull.

No 2001 recruits this time around? There were quite a few early 2000 birthdays last year. Just randomness I suppose.

That struck me as weird, too. There are loads of 1998-born high schoolers in the 1997/98 lot, but yeah, no 2001 guys in the even larger 00/01 middle school lot. Edited by Asashosakari
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No 2001 recruits this time around? There were quite a few early 2000 birthdays last year. Just randomness I suppose.

That struck me as weird, too. There are loads of 1998-born high schoolers in the 1997/98 lot, but yeah, no 2001 guys in the even larger 00/01 middle school lot.
Maybe a new age cutoff was introduced in the Japanese school system ten years ago? I guess we shall see. Edited by Doitsuyama

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Oyanagi (185cm, 171kg) and Ishibashi (189cm, 158kg) , the 2 sandanme TD starters and rivals http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2016/03/05/kiji/K20160305012159560.html

Oyanagi: "The objective is first of all sekitori. I want to catch up with (heya-mates) Toyonoshima and Shodai."

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Ishibashi - as student he was 1-2 against Oyanagi

Ishibashi goes for 7-0. He wants to trim his 160kg a bit down in the 2 weeks till the basho.

Looking forward to meet same sd100TD Oyanagi on the doyho: "For 7-0 I'll have to beat him" - both will start with their real names as shikona.

Their debut showdown is now up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb-rZQZvUMU

I post the link rather than the embedded video to avoid a YouTube preview spoiler (though I'm sure many already know the result). Big thanks to the great Tenshinhan!

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Maezumo Haru 2016, Group A (even-numbered days)

Rank Name Heya Born Height Weight Shikona Shi-k Info

East side

Mz3 Ishikawa Manabu Kataonami 1997

174 cm

84 kg

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Mz7 Yokomichi Mamoru Takasago 1998

170 cm

106 kg

Asayokomichi 朝横道
Mz8 Shiomoto Naoki Takasago 2000

181 cm

126 kg

Asashiomoto 朝塩本
Mz16 Ito Hayato Isenoumi 2000

173 cm

96 kg

Tokio 鬨王 1
Mz20 Wada Ryuki Azumazeki 2000

173 cm

99 kg

1
Mz24 Miura Kazutoshi Izutsu 1997

179 cm

104 kg

Shoryu 昇竜
Mz33 Kizaki Shinji Kise 1993

176 cm

126 kg

1
Mz34 Hatooka Ryosuke Kise 1994

184 cm

145 kg

1
Mz36 Kimura Tatsuya Onoe 2000

172 cm

78 kg

Takamayama 高馬山
Mz42 Maruyama Sota Oguruma 1996

177 cm

150 kg

1
Mz43 Noami Kazuma Oguruma 2000

174 cm

111 kg

1

West side

Mz4 Sawahara Tomohiro Isegahama 2000

173 cm

108 kg

Sawanofuji 澤ノ富士
Mz5 Kokei Kaimu Isegahama 1998

192 cm

123 kg

Kazunofuji 和ノ富士 1
Mz9 Ikegawa Yuki Hakkaku 1993

192 cm

162 kg

1
Mz11 Ito Yuki Hakkaku 1997

177 cm

110 kg

1
Mz13 Sato Sho Hakkaku 2000

179 cm

116 kg

Satoyama 佐藤山 1
Mz26 Yoshizaki Yamato Sakaigawa 1997

176 cm

138 kg

Mz27 Sakaguchi Yuki Sakaigawa 2000

176 cm

95 kg

Mz35 Hino Koki Isegahama 1999

183 cm

122 kg

Matsunofuji 松ノ富士
Mz37 Matsumoto Toshiki Asakayama 2000

169 cm

134 kg

1
Mz41 Kimura Shuya Minato 2000

168 cm

91 kg

Ayaminato 彩湊
Mz44 Miura Hiroki Asakayama 2000

169 cm

87 kg

1

Maezumo Haru 2016, Group B (odd-numbered days)

Rank Name Heya Born Height Weight Shikona Shi-k Info

East side

Mz1 Hashimoto Kota Oitekaze 2000

170 cm

108 kg

1
Mz6 Sekino Jin Shibatayama 2000

175 cm

105 kg

Mz15 Nishigami Akihiro Shikoroyama 1997

173 cm

92 kg

1
Mz17 Taniguchi Ryuto Otake 2000

180 cm

149 kg

1
Mz21 Mizoguchi Yuki Shibatayama 2000

167 cm

98 kg

Mz25 Ose Shohei Kasugayama 2000

166 cm

106 kg

Mz29 Kumazoe Ginjiro Sadogatake 1997

174 cm

142 kg

Kotokumazoe 琴熊添 1, 2
Mz30 Otomo Shunpei Sadogatake 1998

186 cm

123 kg

Kotootomo 琴大友
Mz31 Hayashi Yuya Sadogatake 1997

174 cm

124 kg

Kotohayashi 琴林
Mz32 Inagaki Yoshiyuki Sadogatake 1994

179 cm

127 kg

Kotoinagaki 琴稲垣 1, 2, 3
Mz40 Kobayashi Hiroki Sadogatake 2000

167 cm

92 kg

Kotokobayashi 琴小林 1

West side

Mz2 Kobayashi Riku Minezaki 2000

170 cm

97 kg

1
Mz10 Jingu Shizuya Hakkaku 1998

173 cm

121 kg

1
Mz12 Miyazaki Hyoga Hakkaku 1998

180 cm

97 kg

Miyazakiyama 宮崎山 1
Mz14 Kodera Ryuhei Hakkaku 2000

169 cm

110 kg

Mz18 Takanobu Reon Shikihide 1999

171 cm

149 kg

Reon 黎大
Mz19 Omote Takumi Shikihide 1998

168 cm

67 kg

Mz23 Valles Teodoro Francis Robert Shikihide 1998

173 cm

103 kg

Furanshisu 冨蘭志壽学 1, 2
Mz28 Ozaki Hikaru Tamanoi 2000

171 cm

82 kg

Mz38 Takemasa Shinnosuke Onomatsu 1993

170 cm

112 kg

1
Mz39 Chida Hidenori Onomatsu 1997

185 cm

126 kg

1, 2, 3

(Info links for the two SdTd: Ishibashi - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 / Oyanagi - 1, 2, 3, 4)

Less shikona confusion than last year, any help with the three question-marked ones is appreciated.

Collected daigaku info:

Ishibashi - Kinki (already in the DB)

Oyanagi - Tokyo Nogyo (this needs to be added)

Hatooka - Takushoku

Ikegawa - Kinki

Kizaki - Nihon

Takemasa - Meiji

Full shikona info for the three Shikihide recruits:

Furanshisu Manabu 冨蘭志壽 学 ふらんしす まなぶ

Omote Takumi 表 匠 おもて たくみ (same reading but different given name kanji than in his real name)

Reon Takanobu 黎大 高信 れおん たかのぶ (reversed from his real name)

Omote, Reon, Furanshisu:

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(More pics on Twitter: Furanshisu, Omote, Reon)

Edit Day 9: Moved originally-absent rikishi into correct groups, corrected/added previously unknown shikona (Shoryu, Wakabayama->Takamayama, Hayaminato->Ayaminato).

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Day 2 / Group A:

Results:

Mz3 Ishikawa (1-0) Mz4 Sawanofuji (0-1)

Mz7 Asayokomichi (1-0) Mz5 Kazunofuji (0-1)

Mz8 Asashiomoto (0-1) Mz9 Ikegawa (1-0)

Mz16 Tokio (1-0) Mz11 Ito (0-1)

Mz20 Wada (0-1) Mz13 Satoyama (1-0)

Mz24 Shoryu (0-1) Mz26 Yoshizaki (1-0)

Mz33 Kizaki (1-0) Mz27 Sakaguchi (0-1)

Mz34 Hatooka (1-0) Mz35 Matsunofuji (0-1)

Mz36 Takamayama (0-1) Mz37 Matsumoto (1-0)

Mz42 Maruyama (1-0) Mz41 Ayaminato (0-1)

Mz43 Noami (1-0) Mz44 Miura (0-1)

Ito versus Ito in the fourth bout. :-) Winning start for the collegiate trio Ikegawa, Kizaki and Hatooka.

Be interesting to see if the Satoyama shikona sticks beyond maezumo - it's pronounced with a long 'o', unlike the makuuchi veteran's.

Standings:

Mz3 Ishikawa Kataonami 1-0 | Mz4 Sawanofuji Isegahama 0-1

Mz7 Asayokomichi Takasago 1-0 | Mz5 Kazunofuji Isegahama 0-1

Mz9 Ikegawa Hakkaku 1-0 | Mz8 Asashiomoto Takasago 0-1

Mz13 Satoyama Hakkaku 1-0 | Mz11 Ito Hakkaku 0-1

Mz16 Tokio Isenoumi 1-0 | Mz20 Wada Azumazeki 0-1

Mz26 Yoshizaki Sakaigawa 1-0 | Mz24 Shoryu Izutsu 0-1

Mz33 Kizaki Kise 1-0 | Mz27 Sakaguchi Sakaigawa 0-1

Mz34 Hatooka Kise 1-0 | Mz35 Matsunofuji Isegahama 0-1

Mz37 Matsumoto Asakayama 1-0 | Mz36 Takamayama Onoe 0-1

Mz42 Maruyama Oguruma 1-0 | Mz41 Ayaminato Minato 0-1

Mz43 Noami Oguruma 1-0 | Mz44 Miura Asakayama 0-1

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Day 3 / Group B:

Results:

Mz6 Sekino (1-0) Mz2 Kobayashi (0-1)

Mz15 Nishigami (0-1) Mz10 Jingu (1-0)

Mz17 Taniguchi (1-0) Mz12 Miyazakiyama (0-1)

Mz21 Mizoguchi (1-0) Mz14 Kodera (0-1)

Mz25 Ose (0-1) Mz18 Reon (1-0)

Mz29 Kotokumazoe (1-0) Mz19 Omote (0-1)

Mz30 Kotootomo (1-0) Mz23 Furanshisu (0-1)

Mz31 Kotohayashi (0-1) Mz38 Takemasa (1-0)

Mz32 Kotoinagaki (1-0) Mz39 Chida (0-1)

Mz40 Kotokobayashi (1-0) Mz2 Kobayashi (0-2)

Well, that's Kobayashi versus Kobayashi out of the way, too. Just Kimura-Kimura and Miura-Miura left to complete the set now... And a comedy of errors by the gyoji clad in blue; takes some doing to not only mangle one shikona, but then also the other after you've been corrected on the first one.

Starting win for university sumotori Takemasa here as well, and also for collegiate amateur wrestler Kotoinagaki. Looks like Furanshisu already had his papers in order due to living in Japan since childhood, so unlike the new Mongolian deshi he got to start right away.

The two absent rikishi presumably belong to this section, given that there were only 19 rikishi in action here, compared to 22 in Group A.

Standings:

Mz6 Sekino Shibatayama 1-0 | Mz1 Hashimoto Oitekaze 0-0-1

Mz10 Jingu Hakkaku 1-0 | Mz2 Kobayashi Minezaki 0-2

Mz17 Taniguchi Otake 1-0 | Mz12 Miyazakiyama Hakkaku 0-1

Mz18 Reon Shikihide 1-0 | Mz14 Kodera Hakkaku 0-1

Mz21 Mizoguchi Shibatayama 1-0 | Mz15 Nishigami Shikoroyama 0-1

Mz29 Kotokumazoe Sadogatake 1-0 | Mz19 Omote Shikihide 0-1

Mz30 Kotootomo Sadogatake 1-0 | Mz23 Furanshisu Shikihide 0-1

Mz32 Kotoinagaki Sadogatake 1-0 | Mz25 Ose Kasugayama 0-1

Mz38 Takemasa Onomatsu 1-0 | Mz28 Ozaki Tamanoi 0-0-1

Mz40 Kotokobayashi Sadogatake 1-0 | Mz31 Kotohayashi Sadogatake 0-1

Mz39 Chida Onomatsu 0-1

(On a side note, I guess Australian sumo fans will find it easy to cheer for the new Kasugayama kid. ;-))

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Furanshisu is clearly from the Aran school of shikonas, but is Reon? That doesn't sound very Japanese and has a clear western counterpart but the guy doesn't look that foreign.

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Furanshisu is clearly from the Aran school of shikonas, but is Reon? That doesn't sound very Japanese and has a clear western counterpart but the guy doesn't look that foreign.

I guess it's just an unusual given name, from the same parental line of thought that previously gave us Baraki.

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