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Kintamayama, October 6, 2017 in Amasumo Discussions
Do you think those guys would last long in juryo? I am curious what you think. I saw them here in SF one time, seemed sub par.
Byamba didn't make it to Juryo, but he was at ms15 at 20 years old. Probably would have been a sekitori and had a decent career, but he was apparently injured and needed a lot of time off and didn't want to continue in Ozumo. http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=1205
I've seen Byamba several times at the US Sumo Open. As far as the guys who compete there, he's the only one with even close to "real-sumo" level skills, IMO. I think in 3 or 4 tournaments where I've seen him, he's fought 30+ times (they fight several times per day at this tournament if they keep winning), and I've only seen him lose once. Everyone else is more of a hobbyist, a true amateur.
That said, the tournament is a blast. It's every spring, and has been in Long Beach for the last few years. Highly recommend for any fan of sumo!
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