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On 02/02/2021 at 23:40, Kintamayama said:

Tokitsukaze's eldest son Sakamoto Hirokazu will be entering sumo in May. He is the captain of the Sanbongi Agricultural High school sumo club. He will be graduating in March and will join Tokitsukaze beya. No plans to change the plans after all this. He won the Hakuhou Cup when he was in the fourth grade. He was part of the team that won the national Junior high championships as well. 1.75./130 kilos. Didn't get his age, but third year of high school so probably 18-ish? Seems like the real deal to me.

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with dad at the 1st Hakuho cup, Dec. 19th 2010, where he had the yusho in the 2nd grade https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2010/12/19/kiji/K20101219Z00001090.html

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there was no pic of 4th grade

On 12/02/2013 at 14:29, Akinomaki said:

The indivudual title for primary 4 was won by the 1st son of
Tokitsukaze-oyakata (Tokitsuumi), Hirokazu 博一 Sakamoto, the 2nd
son Masanao? 正真 won the 1st grade title.

with the team: winning the national middle school championships as 3rd year, as high school 3rd year at an Aomori level tournament

May 2020

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Last year 3rd at the national student championships and thus qualified for a sandanme 100TD start, Nittaidai team captain Takuma Ishizaki 石崎拓馬  (4th year, 173cm, 123kg) will join Takasago-beya, if all goes smoothly to start at the Natsu basho. The connection is that he like the new oyakata is from Meitoku gijuku high. The oyakata was at Nittaidai on the 10th, where Ishizaki still trains: "He is not tall, but his sumo is excellent". Ishizaki likely will start to live in the heya in April or later. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202102100000587.html

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Small but skillful, and often able to get superior positioning through superior technique. Despite his lack of size he is fairly aggressive and doesn't do a lot of henka-ing or typical small guy stuff. He was not among the elite-tier of collegiate competitors, as you could see the power differential at that level, but he was probably among the next best grouping, and finished 3rd in a couple of national tournaments.

He is in the blue

 

He was also involved in this tachiai mishap vs Tohakuryu

I am still curious about whether Yersin from Nihon can find an open foreigner spot......

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On 11/02/2021 at 12:54, Akinomaki said:

Last year 3rd at the national student championships and thus qualified for a sandanme 100TD start, Nittaidai team captain Takuma Ishizaki 石崎拓馬  (4th year, 173cm, 123kg) will join Takasago-beya, if all goes smoothly to start at the Natsu basho.

The NSK today acknowledged the sd100TD qualification for Ishizaki. He plans to be in the shindeshi kensa for Natsu http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2021040101144&g=spo

The shindeshi kensa is on Apr. 28th. in the kokugikan infirmary http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2021040101147&g=spo

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Another from Nittaidai: Yoh (?) Miyagi 宮城陽 (22) enters Oguruma-beya, apparently as uchi-deshi of sempai Nakamura (Yoshikaze). He is from Okinawa, Hokubu agricultural high (168cm, 68kg as first year Nittaidai). Till the end he thought about following his dream to become a teacher, but "The wish to challenge in ozumo prevailed." http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/articles/-/734754

in 2019 he won the under 85kg category in the national student weight class championships

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seems like he gained a bit of weight since then

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Edit: He'll officially join the heya on the 12th. "It's not that in open weight I had no chance at all. I want to face big opponents and win." https://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/entry-1301674.html

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Two new recruits from Tottori Johoku High School. Mukainakano, who looks like a blocky Musashimaru, will be going to Miyagino-beya - he's come runner-up in the Towada High School Tournament two years ago and first in the group sumo event in the National Athletic Meet, and the leaner Nobehara will be going to Futagoyama-beya. Video interviews and new article available here

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On 10/04/2021 at 13:36, pricklypomegranate said:

Two new recruits from Tottori Johoku High School. Mukaikano, who looks like a blocky Musashimaru, will be going to Miyagino-beya - he's come runner-up in the Towada High School Tournament two years ago and first in the group sumo event in the National Athletic Meet, and the leaner Nobehara will be going to Futagoyama-beya. Interviews and new article available here

At the press conference of Mukainakano (178cm, 175kg), as heya representatives, his likely future okamisan, the wife of Hakuho, and Ishiura were present

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On 12/12/2019 at 15:55, mikawa said:

#2 - Mukainakano Shingo (向中野 真豪), Mie

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Type of Wrestler

Big, powerful

Major Achievements

Hakuho Cup winner (Grade 3)
Primary School Yokozuna (Grade 5)

Primary School Yokozuna (Grade 6)
Middle School Student Championships winner (third year middle school)
Middle School Championships semi-final (third year middle school)
Hakuho Cup winner (third year middle school)

Personal Stories

Sumo has no shortage of huge competitors, but as we all know, size isn't everything in this sport. However, for those who can make full use of their size, and their power, to blast opponents out of the ring, the sky is the limit. Mukainakano Shingo is just that, and there are few in his year group who can keep up with him.

Ever since his primary school days, Shingo has been able to win every tournament on the amateur sumo calendar, except for the Wanpaku Tournament. However, that's not because he suffered a shock defeat somewhere along the line, it's because his club simply didn't participate for one reason or another. If they did, you'd certainly expect Shingo to have even more trophies in his trophy cabinet that he already does.

Three years later, Shingo was odds on to become Middle School Yokozuna, and he did indeed win two national tournaments that year, but in the one that mattered the most, he just couldn't bring it home. Flashbacks to the 2007 New England Patriots, who went through the entire regular season unbeaten, but couldn't get the job done in Super Bowl 42, the most important game of the year.

Having joined Tottori Johoku High School since then, there are certainly no shortage of powerful opponents he can train with (Ochiai Tetsuya comes to mind). Despite only being in his first year at Tottori, Shingo has already proven his worth to the team, and no doubt will continue to play a major part for them. Take this year's Kokutai Junior team competition for example. Team Tottori were down 2-0 in the final against Team Wakayama, needing a reverse sweep to win. Huge pressure was put upon the shoulders of their third member, Mukainakano Shingo, who knew that losing was not an option. Shingo stepped onto the dohyo (from the left), and here's what happened:

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11 minutes ago, pricklypomegranate said:

Mukaikano, who looks like a blocky Musashimaru

I didn't see what you mean when he was in his school uniform, but when it showed him on the dohyo... that was uncanny.

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Joining Oitekaze-beya is Ippei? Oda? (小田 一平), who has recently graduated from Johoku Junior High School in Joetsu, Niigata prefecture. He has no sumo experience, instead being a member of the baseball club during his time at the school; he also served as the student council president.

He was pictured last month at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the school.

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Elsewhere, Futagoyama-beya has its first urakata, 18-year-old tokoyama Tokomiyabi (床雅, とこみやび).

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1 hour ago, yohcun said:

I didn't see what you mean when he was in his school uniform, but when it showed him on the dohyo... that was uncanny.

That's the one who enters the shot from the left at about 4:45, I presume? Very Musashimaru-like indeed.

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2 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

who looks like a blocky Musashimaru

I thought, "What?? How could that be?" and then saw the picture .  You're right!

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Block Musashimaru was pretty much unbeatable in primary and middle school, and though not as menacing in high school he still enjoyed significant success, finishing runner-up in a national tournament and regularly making the late rounds of national tournaments in individual competition. His biggest success, however, was as a starter for Tottori Johoku in team events, where he barely lost a match and along with Hokuseiho helped them become the #1 team in Japan. It's also worth pointing out that he did all this in only his 2nd year of high school, and that his final year - where usually the biggest success happens- was pretty much wiped out due to COVID.

He is powerful thruster,  good moving forward and with tsukiotoshi as well, and though he's rather slow his sumo is calm and composed. Often these super heavy kids who enjoy success in primary and middle school turn out to be duds as they get older (see Kiyonoumi), but Mukainakano is no dud and has good potential. 

By the way, someone with even more potential is his Tottori Johoku teammate and current high school yokozuna Tetsuya Ochiai (below), who will graduate next year. Watch out for him as another Hakuho recruit...power, speed, and technique.

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For some perspective, our Mikawa had Mukainakano (in his 2nd year of high school) as the #4 high schooler on the 2019 high school banzuke. The #1 and #2 are both doing college sumo at the moment, and one of them (Hanada) already became amateur yokozuna - the highest title in amateur sumo. And of course #3 is now known as Hokuseiho.

http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/39840-high-school-banzuke-2019/

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On 08/04/2021 at 08:56, Akinomaki said:

Another from Nittaidai: Yoh (?) Miyagi 宮城陽 (22) enters Oguruma-beya, apparently as uchi-deshi of sempai Nakamura (Yoshikaze). He is from Okinawa, Hokubu agricultural high (168cm, 68kg as first year Nittaidai). Till the end he thought about following his dream to become a teacher, but "The wish to challenge in ozumo prevailed." http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/articles/-/734754

in 2019 he won the under 85kg category in the national student weight class championships

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seems like he gained a bit of weight since then

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Edit: He'll officially join the heya on the 12th. "It's not that in open weight I had no chance at all. I want to face big opponents and win." https://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/entry-1301674.html

Here's a short cut from Narutobeya with Oshoryu and unidentified opponent during keiko.  Delgerbayar at right looking on.  How long is his "apprenticeship" as a foreign deshi?

 

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It's a 6-month period....I'm not sure when his started though.

That's Ofukasawa being pushed out.....19 year old who should be ranked around Ms30-35 in May. Good sekitori potential.

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On 10/04/2021 at 13:36, pricklypomegranate said:

the leaner Nobehara will be going to Futagoyama-beya.

Toma Nobehara (18, 177cm, 140kg) had his press conference on the 11th, sempai Roga and the oyakata were at the school

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Messed up the quote box on my phone so trying again:
 

On 02/02/2021 at 22:40, Kintamayama said:

Tokitsukaze's eldest son Sakamoto Hirokazu will be entering sumo in May. He is the captain of the Sanbongi Agricultural High school sumo club. He will be graduating in March and will join Tokitsukaze beya. No plans to change the plans after all this. He won the Hakuhou Cup when he was in the fourth grade. He was part of the team that won the national Junior high championships as well. 1.75./130 kilos. Didn't get his age, but third year of high school so probably 18-ish? Seems like the real deal to me.


Nikkan reports that he will be joining Tatsunami-beya instead, having had a change of heart since his father (ex-Tokitsuumi) resigned from the Kyokai.

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18 hours ago, Yubinhaad said:

Messed up the quote box on my phone so trying again:
 


Nikkan reports that he will be joining Tatsunami-beya instead, having had a change of heart since his father (ex-Tokitsuumi) resigned from the Kyokai.

So both of his sons are joining Tatsunami. 博一と正真  (Hirokazu and Masao/Akira?)

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3 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

So both of his sons are joining Tatsunami. 博一と正真  (Hirokazu and Masao/Akira?)

正真 Shoma

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11 recruits in total. The brothers Sakamoto have had shikona decided - Hirokazu will be Kiryuko (木竜皇,  きりゅうこう), while Shoma will be Shunrai (春雷,  しゅんらい).

 

Joining Oitekaze-beya is 23-year-old Hitoshi Sawada (沢田 日登志) from Tachikawa, Tokyo, a Nichidai graduate I believe and Saitama Sakae before that. 180cm, 140kg. Maybe @mikawa or @Katooshu can tell us more about him. Rather unusually for Oitekaze, his shikona will be Sawadasho (沢田翔,  さわだしょう) his family name followed by the traditional heya kanji.

 

On 10/04/2021 at 14:44, Yubinhaad said:

Joining Oitekaze-beya is Ippei? Oda? (小田 一平), who has recently graduated from Johoku Junior High School in Joetsu, Niigata prefecture. He has no sumo experience, instead being a member of the baseball club during his time at the school; he also served as the student council president.


The other recruit for Oitekaze stands at 173cm, 105kg. His shikona will be Daitensho (大典翔,  だいてんしょう).

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The shindeshi kensa today

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The Sakamoto brothers - Hirokazu and Shoma

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Takuma Ishizaki - the sd100TD

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9 hours ago, Yubinhaad said:


The other recruit for Oitekaze stands at 173cm, 105kg. His shikona will be Daitensho (大典翔,  だいてんしょう).

We had a Mongolian by that name about 13 years ago, different kanji though.

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16 hours ago, Yubinhaad said:

11 recruits in total. The brothers Sakamoto have had shikona decided - Hirokazu will be Kiryuko (木竜皇,  きりゅうこう), while Shoma will be Shunrai (春雷,  しゅんらい).

 

Joining Oitekaze-beya is 23-year-old Hitoshi Sawada (沢田 日登志) from Tachikawa, Tokyo, a Nichidai graduate I believe and Saitama Sakae before that. 180cm, 140kg. Maybe @mikawa or @Katooshu can tell us more about him. Rather unusually for Oitekaze, his shikona will be Sawadasho (沢田翔,  さわだしょう) his family name followed by the traditional heya kanji.

 


The other recruit for Oitekaze stands at 173cm, 105kg. His shikona will be Daitensho (大典翔,  だいてんしょう).

Sawada is a speedy and sometimes erratic push and pull down specialist who was ranked at M4 on the 2019 university banzuke. He won the 2019 openweight title at the national weightclass tournament, and was also a semifinalist at the 2018 national Towada tournament. His amateur accomplishments are similar to fellow new pros Osanai and Ishizaki. In 2015, he was a teammate of Kotonowaka on the Saitama Sakae team that won the interhigh title, and his older brother Hideo is an accomplished amateur who made the semi-finals of the All Japan Championship a few years ago.

In black vs new SdTD Ishizaki, with future MsTD15 starter Delgerbayar in the background.

And vs Ms4 Tokisakae in 2018......as you can see here, he sometimes pulls too much.

 

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Joining Onomatsu-beya is Naoki Miyoshi (三好 直樹) from Fukuoka city, Fukuoka prefecture. He graduated from Hakata Junior High School in the spring. No sumo experience, but he has been doing judo at the Tenshinkan Dojo in Fukuoka since elementary school, and his teacher there bestowed his shikona - Daitenshin (大天真).

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With all the attention on the Sakamoto brothers, I didn't notice that there's actually a third recruit for Tatsunami-beya this basho, 16-year-old Taiyo Urasaki (浦崎 太陽) from Shima, Mie prefecture. 168cm, 67kg. He's been given the shikona Byakuen (白猿,  びゃくえん) - white monkey!

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NSK data:
SHIKONA KANJI NAME HEYA HEIGHT WEIGHT DOB BIRTHPLACE
Hattori 服部 Hattori Reo Kataonami 170 103 14 - May - 2005 Tokyo
Ishizaki 石崎 Ishizaki Takuma Takasago 176 120 24 - September- 1998 Osaka
Miyagi 宮城 Miyagi Yo Oguruma 170 94 30 - January - 1999 Okinawa
Miyoshi 三好 Miyoshi Naoki Ounomatsu 171 108 19 - May - 2005 Fukuoka
Mukainakano 向中野 Mukainakano Shingo Miyagino 180 171 07 - September- 2002 Tottori
Nobehara 延原 Nobehara Toma Futagoyama 179 137 09 - June - 2002 Osaka
Oda 小田 Oda Ippei Oitekaze 172 103 11 - January - 2006 Aichi
Sakamoto the Elder 坂本 Sakamoto Hirokazu Tatsunami 175 130 31 - October - 2002 Tokyo
Sakamoto the Younger 坂本 Sakamoto Shoma Tatsunami 177 119 10 - April - 2005 Chiba
Sawada 沢田 Sawada Hitoshi Oitekaze 181 139 14 - August - 1997 Tokyo
Urasaki 浦崎 Urasaki Taiyo Tatsunami 171 67 05 - October - 2004 Mie

 

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