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Kitataiki intai

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Asashosakari    9,475

(Surely deserving of its own thread.)

35-year-old Kitataiki (Tokyo, Yamahibiki-beya) has decided to retire. A bit of a late bloomer, having made juryo just shy of his 25th birthday, he nevertheless proceeded to spend the next 10 years in the salaried divisions, tallying 38 tournaments ranked in makuuchi (high rank maegashira 2) and 22 in juryo. One of 8 sekitori raised by the late dai-yokozuna Kitanoumi, these results mark him as the most successful one among them. Kitataiki's best results in the top division were a trio of 10-5 records, which did not result in sansho consideration, so his greatest successes came in the juryo division where he earned two championships, one in 2009 just prior to establishing himself as a makuuchi mainstay, the other towards the end of his career in 2015.

As mentioned by Akinomaki, Kitataiki will be staying in the Kyokai as Onogawa-oyakata, a kabu long held by his former shisho Kitanoumi.


(On a sidenote: This retirement appears to be a rather short-notice thing, as it looks like he has actually been scheduled for a bout on Day 2...)

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Bumpkin    279

Quite the iron man. Only 2 absences in 119 bashos. 1297 appearances. 649 wins and 648 losses. I guess he quit while he was ahead.

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Gurowake    1,495
5 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

(On a sidenote: This retirement appears to be a rather short-notice thing, as it looks like he has actually been scheduled for a bout on Day 2...)

Assuming no sekitori withdraw or return, they *could* pair Shimanoumi up in Juryo instead of giving him a free win while having Terutsuyoshi have his second match early (which is what normally would happen).

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ryafuji    224
12 hours ago, Bumpkin said:

Quite the iron man. Only 2 absences in 119 bashos. 1297 appearances. 649 wins and 648 losses. I guess he quit while he was ahead.

What are those two absences? From this forthcoming tournament? He’s never missed a bout before.

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21 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

(On a sidenote: This retirement appears to be a rather short-notice thing, as it looks like he has actually been scheduled for a bout on Day 2...)

 

If his trademark bout preparation is any indication, he probably started to announce his intentions mid-November.

 

Seemed like a laid-back guy. I will surely miss him.

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Yubinhaad    6,521

First day on the job for the new Onogawa-oyakata (left), pictured with Araiso-oyakata (former Maegashira Tamaasuka):

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