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For Dewanoumi-beya after a 20 year blank of new recruits from Hokkaido for the heya: from the sumo club of Hokkai Gakuen Sapporo high, Kengo Wakasa (likely:) 若狭謙吾 (18, 172cm, 85kg). He started sumo properly in 6th grad primary school. This spring he had an experience stay at the heya, where his forward looking, frank and cheerful character was appreciated and he was allowed to join the heya (not all heya take any Japanese youth who wants to do sumo). The connection to the heya comes from his father being acquainted with a koenkai executive: same year at school.

Wakasa: I have no anxiety. I want to put my effort into keiko, without trying to hurry it. I want to do my best (gambaritai)

The oyakata: First of all getting used to the life in the heya. When he puts real effort into keiko, he'll get strength.

His results https://www.hgs.ed.jp/schoollife/club/sumo.html:

2 times runner-up in Hokkaido prefectural tournaments with weight classes, 2020 in the up to 80kg class, 2021 the 100kg class

http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/article/601449

The oyakata was at the school on the 18th, on the left the headmaster
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NOTE - It's unclear when he will be starting but since this thread exists I'll put it here for now, it can always be moved to a new Hatsu thread if he's joining then.

Joining Tamanoi-beya is A Boy Named Daiki Sue? (末  大輝), a 4th-year student at Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences. He hails from Chikujo, Fukuoka prefecture, although originally he was from the town of Shiida, which merged with Tsuiki in 2006 to create Chikujo.

According to the article he is 184cm, 137kg and the sixth to join ozumo from the Kyushu Joho sumo club, among the others is Tamanoi's own Azumaryu.

Tamanoi-oyakata (former Ozeki Tochiazuma) visited the university to meet his newest deshi, joined by president Takashi Aso.

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I seriously wonder what's ailing Tamanoi. His head appears bigger now than Tochiazuma's body ever was.

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Daiki had no notable college results that I know of, but he's okay and should have it fairly smooth through jonidan, jonokuchi, and low sandanme. Sekitorihood would surprise me though, and as far as Kyushu Joho grads go, he's more of an Ichiki or Irie than an Azumaryu. 

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For Naruto-beya: Hidetoshi Kanazawa 金沢秀俊 (18, 181cm, 150kg), member of the power-lifting club at Toyohashi Chuo high school. He's the 2nd from the school to go into ozumo after Sotenryu. Naruto had tried to scout him at middle school, but he wanted to go to high school first. In middle school he was at the judo club and had started to do also sumo.  Going 2 times a week to a local sumo club, he also made it to the best 8 at a Aichi pref. tournament. At a pref. tournament in 2nd year middle school he met Naruto.

Kanazawa: "First of all I want to become full fledged (sekitori). I want to show results and be proud of it."

http://www.higashiaichi.co.jp/news/detail/8962

Naruto was at the school on the 16th, with Kanazawa and his mother Sonia

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http://takakura-gakuen.sua.jp/schoolguidance/message/zekkocho-blog/36575

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He has some good size and a fitting background, I will be keeping an eye on him. I wonder where his mum's from.

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Joining Futagoyama-beya will be 18-year-old Ryuki Endo (遠藤 隆生), from Mukainooka Technical High School in Kanagawa prefecture. He currently measures 183cm and 146kg, having added 20kg during his time at high school. He has a nicely varied sporting background - he was a national karate champion in the 6th grade of elementary school, while at Nishiikuta junior high school he captained the basketball team to 3rd place in a prefectural tournament, before getting involved in sumo.

As he approached the end of his schooling he considered getting a job in manufacturing, following his father who runs a company, but an October visit to Futagoyama-beya convinced him to give ozumo a try. He'll join fellow Mukainooka alumni in the heya such as Denuma, Kyoda and Yoshino, aiming to surpass them and reach Makuuchi first.

Futagoyama-oyakata (former Ozeki Miyabiyama) visited the school on December 14th.

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Following the 3 Onami brothers and his older brother, a new recruit from Fukushima for Araiso-beya: from Fukushima first middle school, Jun Tanji 丹治純 (15, 183cm, 113kg). He had reached the best 16 at the national middle school tournament and won the Fukushima and the Tohoku tournaments. As a small child, like his brother he did rhythmic gymnastics, but because of his big body was recommended to switch to sumo, which he did late in 3rd grade, the father of the Onami brothers was his coach since primary school. "First of all aiming for juryo, I want to solidly gain power." http://www.minyu-net.com/news/news/FM20211225-675511.php

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a bit different from his 3 year older brother, who started age 14, way after his younger brother

On 16/02/2018 at 22:33, Yubinhaad said:

Joining Arashio-beya is 15-year-old Taiga Tanji? (丹治 大賀) from Fukushima city. Currently a tall and slender 183cm and 68kg, he participated in rhythmic gymnastics from kindergarten through to the end of elementary school thanks to the influence of his Russian mother Natalia, who was herself a rhythmic gymnast. He made the unlikely switch to sumo in the second year of junior high. His initial goal is to become a sekitori, although of course his dream is to become the first Yokozuna from Fukushima. Arashio-oyakata (former Komusubi Oyutaka) is appreciative of Tanji's sporting background as he has great flexibility and core strength.

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For Futagoyama-beya: Yuusuke Noguchi (15, 169cm, 150kg) from Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, oshidashi specialist. He started sumo in 3rd year primary school and in this school year he also won the shot put event at a Tsuchiura track and field tournament.

His oshizumo caught the eye of the oyakata at the national middle school championships - he was 3rd at the prefecture sports festival. He is the first from Ibaraki for the heya of the ex-ozeki from Mito, the capital.

The usual goal: "Since I'm doing it, I want to aim for yokozuna"

http://hochi.news/articles/20220124-OHT1T51136.html?page=1

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8 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

For Futagoyama-beya: Yuusuke Noguchi (15, 169cm, 150kg) from Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, oshidashi specialist. He started sumo in 3rd year primary school and in this school year he also won the shot put event at a Tsuchiura track and field tournament.

His oshizumo caught the eye of the oyakata at the national middle school championships - he was 3rd at the prefecture sports festival. He is the first from Ibaraki for the heya of the ex-ozeki from Mito, the capital.

The usual goal: "Since I'm doing it, I want to aim for yokozuna"

http://hochi.news/articles/20220124-OHT1T51136.html?page=1

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So you're telling me this dude is only 169cm tall, already weighs 150kg at 15 (!), which equates to a BMI of 52.5 and wants to make Yokozuna?
Wow, talk about being confident(ly delirious) .

 

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Kounosuke Sato 佐藤晃之介 (18) from the Nakatsu-higashi high sumo club will be joining Nishonoseki-beya for Haru, the last from that club was Nakamura (Yoshikaze), who now also joins the heya, Sato will be his uchideshi: "I want to do a sumo that those who watch find interesting and rise up the banzuke."

https://www.oita-press.co.jp/1010000000/2022/01/26/JD0060998973 (VPN needed and most of it behind the paywall)

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Two new Sandanme tsukedashi for Haru. Hatsuyama (Toyo Uni, should have joined Hatsu, no??) joining Tamanoi beya and 神崎 (Kamizaki?, Kindai) joining the newly established Takekuma beya.

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3 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

神崎

Kanzaki - All Japan runner up

On 05/12/2021 at 10:03, Akinomaki said:
On 03/12/2021 at 20:34, Akinomaki said:

He told right at the start he wants to become a yokozuna, a strong rikishi - he wants a tsukedashi qualification.

Kanzaki lost in the final to Nakamura, so only a sandanme 100TD qualification for him http://blog.livedoor.jp/nittaidaisumo/archives/5302488.html

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I haven't double-checked it, but Nikkan says Hatsuyama's SdTd eligibility dates from a 2020 tournament (the All Japan), so I guess they're continuing to recognize results on a two-year basis.

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Hatsuyama is a 193cm/145ish push-pull rikishi. Physically he's a bit like Kagayaki, without such ample breastage. His style is very similar to that of Tamanoi and Toyo University stablemate Tohakuryu, although he's not as good at it and often backpaddles himself into losses. I find his sumo rather ugly and clumsy, but there's obviously something there, as he won a national high school tournament + made the best 4 at the interhigh, then made several quarterfinals and semifinals in university, even ranking as ozeki on the university banzuke.

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Kanzaki is also tall, at roughly 190cm and 150kg, and I find him more impressive than Hatsuyama. He is primarily a thruster, but has a good uwatenage and solid overall belt game too. For his size he is explosive, stable, and fairly quick. He won several West Japan titles, a national tournament in his 2nd year of university, and finished runner-up at 2 national tournaments last year, including in the biggest amasumo tournament, the All Japan Championship. In that tournament, he bulldozed his opposition until he ran into college sumo king Daiki Nakamura in the finals - Nakamura has just been too powerful for him.

Here he is winning in the quarterfinals of the All Japan Championship in December, vs the 2020 amateur yokozuna and probable future pro Hidetora Hanada. There are some other matches of his in that video, including the final. A weakness is that, despite having many impressive attributes, he can have issues putting them together each match, leading to some disappointing losses.

 

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I'm curious if the 2-year window for tsukedashi applies for the 2021 qualifiers too. In that case, Daiki Nakamura would already have at minimum an Ms15TD start locked down even with a year left in university. I wonder if he'd get upgraded to Ms10TD for winning one of the other major championships in his final year, since it would overlap with his All Japan Ms15TD eligibility. 

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6 hours ago, Katooshu said:

Hatsuyama is a 193cm/145ish push-pull rikishi. Physically he's a bit like Kagayaki, without such ample breastage. His style is very similar to that of Tamanoi and Toyo University stablemate Tohakuryu, although he's not as good at it and often backpaddles himself into losses. I find his sumo rather ugly and clumsy, but there's obviously something there, as he won a national high school tournament + made the best 4 at the interhigh, then made several quarterfinals and semifinals in university, even ranking as ozeki on the university banzuke.

Hatsuyama in blue

 

For context, Fukai and Nishikawa were at the Sekiwake rank, while Suguro and Osanai were at Komusubi, so high hopes for this youngster

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4 hours ago, Katooshu said:

I'm curious if the 2-year window for tsukedashi applies for the 2021 qualifiers too. In that case, Daiki Nakamura would already have at minimum an Ms15TD start locked down even with a year left in university. I wonder if he'd get upgraded to Ms10TD for winning one of the other major championships in his final year, since it would overlap with his All Japan Ms15TD eligibility. 

I guess he'll keep the ms15TD q., but I don't think tournament wins from different years can add up to ms10td. It would be an even better result if he'd win the All Japan 2 times in a row, and that clearly would not fulfill the criteria of winning also one of the other big tournaments.

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38 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:
5 hours ago, Katooshu said:

I'm curious if the 2-year window for tsukedashi applies for the 2021 qualifiers too. In that case, Daiki Nakamura would already have at minimum an Ms15TD start locked down even with a year left in university. I wonder if he'd get upgraded to Ms10TD for winning one of the other major championships in his final year, since it would overlap with his All Japan Ms15TD eligibility. 

I guess he'll keep the ms15TD q., but I don't think tournament wins from different years can add up to ms10td. It would be an even better result if he'd win the All Japan 2 times in a row, and that clearly would not fulfill the criteria of winning also one of the other big tournaments.

Is he now ineligible for the All Japan? While he might not be able to add results from two different years, if he can get an even better result in his final year that would qualify him for Ms10TD, that would override his Ms15TD from the 2020 All Japan.

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17 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

Is he now ineligible for the All Japan? While he might not be able to add results from two different years, if he can get an even better result in his final year that would qualify him for Ms10TD, that would override his Ms15TD from the 2020 All Japan.

Of course not, as the winner this year he is automatically qualified. He needs to win the All Japan next year plus another big tournament of next year to get to ms10td.

The All Japan is the biggest tournament, but the rule for ms10td says "another big tournament" - and from this I deduct that tournaments from different years won't add up. They could of course amend the rule, because they now allow 2 years validity for the qualifications.

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Genta Sumiki 住木 厳太  (22, 180cm, 150kg) from the sumo club of Chuo university joins the new Oshiogawa-beya of sempai Takekaze, where sempai Yago also switches to.  Sumiki is from Hiroshima city, he reached the best 16 at the All Japan once (not this time). https://www.chuo-u.ac.jp/aboutus/news/2022/01/58115/

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Sumiki is an athletic thruster-puller with a cracking tachiai, but a bit prone to overcharging and not as physically powerful as most top tier collegiate competitors. I would call him a top 16 finisher kind of guy, and I don't believe he earned a tsukedashi qualification at any point during college. That said, he still scored a number of good wins and is a solid prospect.

He beat Hoshoryu in high school, and later repeated that at least twice in pro-am events.

Here is his in 2017 vs Hosh, and then after in a lively match vs Oho. His style hasn't changed.

 

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No idea how his surname is supposed to be read, but joining Miyagino-beya is Takuya Dedachi? (出立 拓也) from Kaizuka, Osaka. He visited the city hall to report the news to the mayor, Tatsuo Fujiwara.

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On 27/01/2022 at 10:08, Kintamayama said:

Two new Sandanme tsukedashi for Haru. Hatsuyama (Toyo Uni, should have joined Hatsu, no??) joining Tamanoi beya and 神崎 (Kamizaki?, Kindai) joining the newly established Takekuma beya.

Kanzaki (22, 190cm, 155kg) had a press conference today at Kindai in Higashi Osaka for joining the new heya of Osaka-fu shusshin ex-Goeido. About reaching sekitori: "The faster the better. I believe the oyakata and want to strive for it every day."  https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2022/02/02/kiji/20220202s00005000560000c.html

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On 02/02/2022 at 11:34, Akinomaki said:

Kanzaki (22, 190cm, 155kg) had a press conference today at Kindai in Higashi Osaka for joining the new heya of Osaka-fu shusshin ex-Goeido. About reaching sekitori: "The faster the better. I believe the oyakata and want to strive for it every day."

Taiga Kanzaki 神崎 大河 is from Himeji, Kobe. He started sumo age 5 in the local Aboshi sumo club http://www.nihonsumo-renmei.jp/club/222_aboshi.php (club representative is another Kanzaki - likely a relative), best national 8 in middle school, in Kindai he won the national Towada tournament, the national select student championships, etc. http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/sports/202202/0015031517.shtml

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