Hakuho calls time on Baruto's perfect record

Jan 23, 2012

Hakuho calls time on Baruto's perfect record

Yokozuna Hakuho drew a line in the sand Sunday, beating ozeki Baruto to deny the Estonian goliath a 15th win on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Baruto was trying to become the first wrestler at sumo’s No. 2 rank ...

Baruto closes in on perfect tourney

Jan 22, 2012

Baruto closes in on perfect tourney

With his first championship title already a done deal, ozeki Baruto maintained his momentum with a thrashing of rival ozeki Kotooshu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. The Estonian man-mountain moved one win away from finishing the Tokyo meet with an ...

Baruto wins New Year basho

Jan 21, 2012

Baruto wins New Year basho

Ozeki Baruto clinched his first career title Friday with a victory over rival Kotoshogiku, achieving the feat with two days to spare at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Baruto’s 13th consecutive win coupled by a third loss by deflated and vanquished yokozuna Hakuho, ...

Jan 18, 2012

Hakuho handed first defeat in New Year Basho

One false move and it was all over for Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho in a shock defeat to countryman Kakuryu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Estonian ozeki Baruto emerged as the improbable sole leader after Hakuho suffered his first loss, improving ...

Hakuho, Baruto remain locked together for lead

Jan 17, 2012

Hakuho, Baruto remain locked together for lead

It was business as usual for yokozuna Hakuho while ozeki Baruto also remained undefeated to share the lead in the title race at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Hakuho stayed on course in his bid for a third consecutive title and ...

Dominating Baruto chalks up another victory

Jan 16, 2012

Dominating Baruto chalks up another victory

Baruto is building his case as the man standing between Hakuho and his third consecutive championship title — and the Estonian ozeki hasn’t looked this dominant since his debut at sumo’s second-highest rank. Baruto overpowered rank-and-filer Kitataiki on Sunday to remain undefeated with an ...

Hakuho, Baruto still tied for tourney lead at 7-0

Jan 15, 2012

Hakuho, Baruto still tied for tourney lead at 7-0

Before the strike of the final wooden clapper, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho was already locked into his hyper-focused zenlike state. Kitataiki (1-6) became the object of his wrath in a controlled display of force once the day’s final bout at the New Year Grand Sumo ...

Referee injured in fall; Hakuho wins

Jan 12, 2012

Referee injured in fall; Hakuho wins

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho made short work of Okinoumi, but Japanese ozeki pair Kotoshogiku and Kisenosato both tasted defeat at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. The scariest moment of the day, however, was when gyoji (referee) Shozaburo Kimura took a nasty spill ...

Kisenosato overpowers Miyabiyama

Jan 11, 2012

Kisenosato overpowers Miyabiyama

Ozeki debutant Kisenosato continued his impressive performance at sumo’s second-highest rank, cutting down Miyabiyama in a powerful display on the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Kisenosato was not fazed in the slightest by Miyabiyama, who stood up once ...

Kotoshogiku rebounds from opening-day defeat

Jan 10, 2012

Kotoshogiku rebounds from opening-day defeat

Kotoshogiku rebounded from an opening day loss, ozeki debutant Kisenosato steamrolled another would-be opponent, and Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho ruled with an iron fist on the second day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Kotoshogiku, who suffered a shock defeat to Takekaze ...