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8th Hakuho Cup (2018-2-12)

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mikawa    503

第8回白鵬杯

Around a decade ago, Yokozuna Asashoryu started up an annual tournament for aspiring rikishi from around Japan and Mongolia, and titled it the Asashoryu Cup. However, following Asashoryu's early retirement, the tournament ceased to exist.

A year later, in December 2010, Yokozuna Hakuho decided to take up the mantle, and held the first ever Hakuho Cup. We've now come to the 8th edition of this tournament, which has seen competitors from Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, China, USA, Australia, Estonia, Bulgaria come together to sumo wrestle.

The 8th Hakuho Cup has just finished, so here's a bried report of the results. A full report will follow once later on, and videos of the event once they become available (the full, live video is available on nicovideo.jp).

 

Brief Report

Grade 1 - Kodama Sosuke (児玉 想介), younger brother of Wanpaku Yokozuna Kodama Hayato, finished runner-up today. It runs in the family.

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Grade 3 - Aoki Kanta (青木 貫太, left in photo), of Yaizu Junior Sumo Club, finished runner-up. This follows his semi-final performance last year, and runner-up the year before that.

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Grade 4 - A three-peat in the Hakuho Cup for Wanpaku Yokozuna Kodama Hayato (児玉 颯飛). He beat the same opponent from last year's Hakuho Cup final, the current Primary School Yokozuna Kuraoka Yuta (倉岡 優太). Yamashita Kiyomasa (山下 正清) reached the semi-finals.

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Grade 5 - A third successful final between these 2 rivals didn't come to pass, as both Nishijima and Nakanishi lost in the semi-finals. The tournament was won by 2-time Wanpaku Yokozuna Fukuhara Joichiro (福原 丈一朗), who is technically gifted, and very clever with his sumo. He beat former Primary School Yokozuna Nishide Daiki (西出 大毅) in the final.

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Grade 6 - Wanpaku Yokozuna Tasaki Masami (田崎 正美) came back from a disappointing Primary School Championships by winning his first ever Hakuho Cup. He beat Kumamoto's Ote Kira (大手 希星) in the final, who won this tournament last year. It was another semi-final result for the previously unbeatable Yamashita Shosuke (山下 昇介).

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Middle School - The favourite came out on top, as Mukainakano Shingo (向中野 真豪, left in photo) proved too big and too strong for his opponents. Ibaraki's Ezure Haruki (江連 春樹) finished second.

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Team Competition - Team Kumamoto does it again, as Kawakami Dojo win the Hakuho Cup for the second year running. Teams in the Hakuho Cup are made up of a Grade 4, a Grade 5, a Grade 6 and two middle school rikishi, which is slightly different to the team configuartion for the National Club Championships, where there is only 1 middle school rikishi per team. This was advantageous for Kawakami Dojo, as they could send out the former Primary School Yokozuna Kawazoe Fuma (川副 楓馬) and the former Wanpaku Yokozuna Hanaoka Masaki (花岡 真生) together. As if that wasn't enough, they also had Ote Kira and Kuraoka Yuta on their team, who are both top-level rikishi in their respective year groups.

National club champions Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club capped off a successful few months with a second place finish today, giving Nishijima Yura a second medal for the event, to go with the Sponsor's Belt that was awarded to him. This was also another medal for Kanazawa Sorato, who is certainly not regretting his decision to start practising sumo with Kinboshi Sumo Club. Kagoshima's Sumiyo Sumo Club reached the semi-finals, who will be featured in an upcoming article in the Featured Club / Dojo series.

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Akinomaki    16,000

Hakuho's son Mahato (9, 136cm, 30kg)  in his 3rd year got his first win at this tournament, against a 125cm, 25kg opponent, in round 2 - and he lost in round 3

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next a proper wanpaku rikishi - 139cm, 59kg

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but congratulations from dad

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I post the other pics of Hakuho, with ex-Wakanohana etc. in another subforum

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Akinomaki    16,000

NicoNico as usual had to be reserved before the event to watch the video, but at least the final tournaments parts of it are now on YT

primary school levels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFc7-Hl6aoE

middle school https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t877QyBrveA

spectator videos should be the better choice https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=第八回+白鵬杯

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Akinomaki    16,000
On 2/12/2018 at 13:09, mikawa said:

Grade 5 - A third successful final between these 2 rivals didn't come to pass, as both Nishijima and Nakanishi lost in the semi-finals. The tournament was won by 2-time Wanpaku Yokozuna Fukuhara Joichiro (福原 丈一朗), who is technically gifted, and very clever with his sumo. He beat former Primary School Yokozuna Nishide Daiki (西出 大毅) in the final.

Fukuhara also got the shukun-sho -  in the final a win by yoritaoshi http://www.ehime-np.co.jp/article/news201802150030

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mikawa    503
On 20/02/2018 at 06:56, Yukiarashi said:

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Is this his son or Hakuho when he first started sumo?

That's Mahato, Hakuho's son

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