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2018 National Student Championships

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The biggest college-only tournament is just a few days away.

I stumbled upon a 6 minute NHK piece on the preparation of one of the leading contenders, Kindai captain Kenji Motobayashi. He was runner-up last year, and so far in 2018 has won 3 national titles and several West Japan titles.

I'm not sure how to embed the video itself but it's worth clicking the link to watch. The grip-breaking technique it shows him working on is something he's used very effectively in competition.

 

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We have an individual champion, and not one I was expecting.

Yota Kanno (Chuo-2nd year) beats Ryosuke Nakajima (Toyo 4th-year) to become 2018 Student Yokozuna. Kanno beat 2x defending Kokutai champ Seira Shiroyama of Toyo in the seminfinals, while Nakajima earned his spot in the finals by defeating Rei Miyazaki of Nihon Univeristy.

Losing quarterfinalists were Taisei Nishi (Nippon Sports Science University), Pureversen Dergerbayar (also NSSU), Daisuke Tanaka (Chuo), and Ibuki Sugaro (Takushoku).

Kanno gets an Ms15TD qualification but unlikely to use it as a 2nd year. All the others get Sd100TD qualifications (Shiroyama of course already has an Ms15TD from last month's Kokutai), but only Nakajima and Nishi are in their final year. That said, I think Dergerbayar has made comments suggesting he'd want to drop out of university if a foreigner heya spot came up for him..

Kanno had some solid results earlier this year, finishing runner-up in the East Japan weight class  tournament at openweight (that time losing to Shiroyama) and best 8 at the East Japan championships, but I didn't think his sumo looked strong enough or refined enough for him to be a major contender for the yusho here. Congrats!

Results summary

Winner: Yota Kanno (Chuo 2nd-year)

Runner-up: Ryosuke Nakajima (Toyo 4th-year)

Semifinals: Rei Miyazaki (Nihon 2nd-year) & Seira Shiroyama (Toyo 3rd-year)

Quaterfinals: Taisei Nishi (Nippon Sports Science University 4th-year), Pureversren Dergerbayar (NSSU 2nd-year), Daisuke Tanaka (Chuo 3rd-year), & Ibuki Sugaro (Takushoku 3rd-year)

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Student Yokozuna Kanno

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The best 4: Kanno, Nakajima, Miyazaki, and Shiroyama

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Kanno is the 5th student yokozuna from Chudai, the last was (present) Takekaze. He wants to become pro in the future, but first to aim for titles in the 3rd and 4th year. http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20181103/spo18110318530004-n1.html

Nakajima though aims to become (corporate) jitsugyodan yokozuna next - he has no intention to join ozumo. http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20181103/sum18110320240005-n1.html

final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWp3xayDCVg

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Toyo University captures its 3rd consecutive team title, winning 3-2 over Nippon Sports Science University. Like last year, the decisive win was scored by Seira Shiroyama, who this time beat NSSU's Yuta Takahashi to make it 3-1 (unimportant win by Takuma Ishizaki over Masahito Shiroishi to make it 3-2).

Toyo beat Kindai 3-2 in the semis (coming back from 2-1 down), while NSSU raced to 4 straight wins to beat Nihon University 4-1. Just thinking of this year's team results off the top of my head, Toyo and NSSU have probably been the two strongest teams, so this was a fitting final.

Student Yokozuna Kanno of Chuo University was 2-2 in team competition, which to be honest seems more in line with his usual results than his yusho does. Chuo lost 4-1 to Nihon University in the quarterfinals.

3 straight wins for Toyo

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Individual Semi-Finals:

Miyazaki Rei (宮崎 麗, Nihon University) vs Nakajima Ryosuke (中嶋 亮介, Toyo University)
Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) vs Kanno Yota (菅野 陽太, Chuo University)

 

Individual Final:

Nakajima Ryosuke (中嶋 亮介, Toyo University) vs Kanno Yota (菅野 陽太, Chuo University)

 

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That second semi-final was a big pity for Shiroyama Seira. He managed to get himself into a good position, but got a bit greedy / impatient and tried to change his left hand from an outside grip to an inside grip (his right hand was already inside). The moment his left hand let go of Kanno Yota's mawashi belt was the moment the bout was lost for him. Full credit to Kanno for reacting so quickly to that moment of weakness and taking full advantage of it.

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Toyodai-Nittaidai final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b41UnuFlQQ

Nishino, win over Dergerbayar

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Shiroyama-Takahashi

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team captain Nishino

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all torikumi of the individuals here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmRl3mZWy0_br-5eyZgApNw/videos

but not announced - that is only from Tekkan https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv_DMAQpEr9Gel-gIDHiB_Q/videos

who has not a good view though

Only shorter videos and esp. team here https://www.youtube.com/user/tnkyk63/videos

hopefully playlists will appear later

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And as for the profiled Motobayashi, he went out in the individual competition without a win. He also failed to make the Kokutai individuals, so a bit of a year-end slump at the moment. Just one more chance at tsukidashi status before graduation...

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16 minutes ago, Katooshu said:

And as for the profiled Motobayashi, he went out in the individual competition without a win. He also failed to make the Kokutai individuals, so a bit of a year end slump at the moment. Just one more chance at tsukedashi status before graduation...

Single-elimination tournaments are always going to have this sort of thing happen.  It would be nice to do some sort of Swiss system to let people pick up a loss or maybe two without being eliminated, but I think the main reason is simply the lack of time, and that's a function of dohyo space.  From what I've seen all these events hold every match on the same dohyo, so you can't have a bunch of preliminary rounds running at the same time.  I'd prefer to see a long-term Swiss style tournament instead of all the various single-elimination ones.  Even if all the major ones are for somewhat different purposes, there seem to be quite a few non-major ones that don't serve much purpose.

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Ya, and I think the nature of sumo makes it a particularly unforgiving sport in single elimination format. Compared to other sports, it's more like a single exchange or rally than a contest made up of several of these. Mistakes are more costly, a bit of luck for the opponent goes further...

The All-Japan tournament in December at least allows a loss in the 3 bout prelims. Yago lost his first prelim match in 2016 but still went on to take the yusho.

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Some of the college and high school tournaments, as well as both of the middle school tournaments have a preliminary, where everyone gets 3 rounds of bouts, and the top cut advance to the finals stage. However, this particular tournament is a straight knock-out, possibly due to the high number of participants?

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On 05/11/2018 at 03:50, Katooshu said:

And as for the profiled Motobayashi, he went out in the individual competition without a win.

On 03/11/2018 at 09:09, Katooshu said:

Quaterfinals: ... Ibuki Sugaro (Takushoku 3rd-year)

I checked the results http://sumorenmei.moo.jp/category/平成30年度/第96回全国学生相撲選手権大会/

and found that the only one in the best 8 to have started in the 1st round of the preliminary tournament (B Group) was Sugaro, the others had a freebie - and Sugaro after the 1st round won against opponents who all started in the 2nd round, the first being Motobayashi.

Takamori Naya (Chudai 2nd year) also had to start in the first round and didn't make it to the best 32.

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