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HIgh school yokozuna Daisuke Saito  齋藤大輔 (18, 190cm, 135kg) from Saitama Sakae high  joins Hakkaku-beya - the oyakata was at the school today for the announcement.

with the rijicho and Saitama Sakae head coach Yamada

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Yamahibiki-beya twitter pics from Yabugasaki - at the school - start of training

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On 12/12/2018 at 17:04, Yubinhaad said:

Joining Fujishima-beya is 18-year-old Yuto? Suzuki (鈴木 優斗), currently in his final year at Hiryu high school in Numazu, Shizuoka prefecture. He started doing sumo in elementary school, his power caught the eye of Fujishima-oyakata (former Ozeki Musoyama) and he later visited the heya for keiko while in middle school. Earlier this year he reached the semi-finals of the interhigh competition, and helped the school to third place in the team competition.

He currently stands at 181cm, 150kg and is a tsuki-oshi specialist, wanting to do sumo like the shisho. He also hopes to meet his "natural enemy" Daisuke Saito (high school Yokozuna) on the ozumo dohyo, having lost five times to him across their school years.

 

Sounds like he might get his wish!

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21 year old half Filipino Ouba Kenta (??大場健太 ) is joining Ootake beya. 173/135. He will graduate from 海洋高 . Don't know what that is.

Mit der Oyakatten:

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22 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

21 year old half Filipino Ouba Kenta (??大場健太 ) is joining Ootake beya. 173/135. He will graduate from 海洋高 .

That's Niigata Kaiyo High School, their sumo club is pretty good.

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Saito! (Clappingwildly...)

Saito is a very well-rounded competitor and I think has all the makings of a sekitori. Last year he won both of high school sumo's major titles (Interhigh and Kokutai), the junior world championships, and showed excellent consistency--making it at least to the semifinals of 6 of the 7 national high school tournaments. To me he has been significantly more impressive than all the other recent Saitama Sakae recruits (Naya, Kototebakari, Tsukahara, Tochikamiyama, etc.) and he certainly outperformed them in high school.

Here he is beating Naya in the final of a 2017 national tournament, winning it in his 2nd year. Roga was a semifinalist in the same tournament.

 

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34 minutes ago, Katooshu said:

Here he is beating Naya in the final of a 2017 national tournament, winning it in his 2nd year. Roga was a semifinalist in the same tournament.

Excellent. Reminds me of Tochiozan. 

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Plenty of coverage in the news & wideshows (links updated) - because of Saito, mostly in combinations:

Saito with Touma - yesterday Goody 3:12h-3:30h , today Tokudane - 8:27h-8:43h

Saito with sempai Takakeisho and his new salt kesho-mawashi - yesterday Prime news 6:53h-6:55h & SportsWatcher (at 12min)

Today Saito had a pep rally at his old middle school home in Sakata

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his local Yamagata paper vid:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ITSO1wUZj8

local NHK vid: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/yamagata/20190222/6020003056.html

Kitanofuji was there for the oyakata, apparently he was an extra factor behind Saito going to Hakkaku-beya. The connection to the heya started as 4th grade: he trained at the heya to prepare for the national wampaku championships. Saito had planned to go to university first, but the oyakata at the year end/start made some rare extra effort to get him earlier, telling him"Let's gambarize together", as Saito came for a stay at the heya after the All Japans. The wideshows also mention the effect of Takakeisho' yusho: Saito wants to quickly catch up with his Saitama Sakae yusho winning sempai Goeido and Takakeisho -  sempai Hokutofuji is in the same heya.

His father was a baseball athlete, and till 6th grade he was preparing for both careers and did baseball a well as sumo, after getting swept away by Touma again after a 4th grade first defeat, he decided to concentrate on sumo and in middle school crushed Touma. He's still an exceptional athlete in general, running the 50m in the 6 second range (the average for high school 3rd years in Japan is 7.16s).

"I want to become a great rikishi like the oyakata" "I want to become sekitori to give something back to coach Yamada"

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32 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

Saito with Touma - yesterday Goody 3:12h-3:30h , today Tokudane - 8:27h-8:43h

About Touma: He wants to become the first yokozuna from Okinawa - several heya tried to scout him, but Hakuho had him secured since primary school, after he had invited him to the Hakuho cup, when he paid for the flight from Okinawa and provided the accommodation. Touma wanted to join Miyagino-beya already after middle school, but Hakuho introduced him to Tottori-high, to have him study at another sumo stronghold school first to build his body - and Hakuho now declared he'll have him at first get his weight down.

 

On 21/02/2019 at 14:13, Kintamayama said:

21 year old half Filipino Ouba Kenta (??大場健太 ) is joining Ootake beya. 173/135. He will graduate from 海洋高 .

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Name reading confirmed in the local NHK local vid: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/niigata/20190222/1030006902.html

His father, who died last year at age 69,  made Ouba start sumo in middle school "I want to report to my father, who watches from the sky, that I join ozumo." He had decided to follow that path in middle school.  "First I'll aim for juryo."

He won all his 3 team bouts for Kaiyo in the interhigh preliminaries, but wasn't in the team for the final tournament.

The oyakata about their first meeting: "When I was at Kaiyo high to watch keiko, he had an air of "Please call out to me" about him, and I got the feeling "I should call out to that kid."

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On 18/02/2019 at 19:27, Akinomaki said:

New recruit for Takadagawa-beya Riki Ootsuji 大辻理紀 (15), 3rd year at Hotoku gakuen middle school, 3rd at the Hakuho cup early this month http://www.hotoku.ac.jp/news/10847 and national middle school runner-up

Riki Ootsuji 大辻理紀 (15, 177cm, 130kg) after the Hakuho-cup: "This time was frustrating, but I'll gambarize at the pros next". Same school as Takakeisho, the tradition there is not "Push!" but "Raise (the other) up!"

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