Osunaarashi keeping up with yokozuna duo

Mar 15, 2014

Osunaarashi keeping up with yokozuna duo

Eleventh-ranked Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi kept pace with the yokozuna duo of Hakuho and Harumafuji with a seventh consecutive win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Osunaarashi, sumo’s first wrestler from Africa, outsmarted 14th-ranked Masunoyama (4-3) after the tachiai and sent him to ...

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Mar 10, 2014

Harumafuji gives Endo tough lesson

Rising star Endo took a beating from Harumafuji in his first matchup against a yokozuna on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Both Harumafuji, who missed the entire New Year meet through injury, and Endo were in meditation mode ...

Jan 9, 2014

Yokozuna Harumafuji status in doubt ahead of New Year basho

Yokozuna Harumafuji could likely miss the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to a niggling injury to his left ankle, his stablemaster Isegahama hinted Thursday. “This is serious,” said Isegahama. “If he risks fighting and tears the ligament there’ll be no recourse. Most importantly, ...

Jan 7, 2014

Harumafuji slowed by ankle pain

With just a handful of days remaining before the start of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, yokozuna Harumafuji remained unable to go all out on Tuesday due to pain in his left ankle. The Mongolian, who ended 2013 on a high ...

| Dec 2, 2013

Little-man sumo pays off for Harumafuji

by Mark Buckton

It was without doubt one of the most disappointing yokozuna-yokozuna bouts in recent years. When Harumafuji’s disappointing hit-and-run technique against fellow Mongolian Hakuho on Nov. 24 gave him the championship after an action-packed 15 days, few were that impressed. Instead, rather that his sixth ...

Harumafuji claims title with win over Hakuho

Nov 24, 2013

Harumafuji claims title with win over Hakuho

Yokozuna Harumafuji beat rival Hakuho in what turned out to be an anticlimactic finale between wrestlers tied at 13-1 to win his sixth career title at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Harumafuji (14-1) bolted quickly to the left of Hakuho and moved ...

Harumafuji suffers first defeat at Kyushu Basho

Nov 22, 2013

Harumafuji suffers first defeat at Kyushu Basho

Hakuho capitalized on a slip-up by co-leader and fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji on Friday to take sole possession of the lead with two days left at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Harumafuji saw his unbeaten record end when he was taken out by ozeki ...

Hakuho, Harumafuji on collision course

Nov 21, 2013

Hakuho, Harumafuji on collision course

Let the real fireworks begin. Undefeated yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji remained on trajectory for an explosive finale Thursday, while ozeki Kisenosato won the first battle of wrestlers two off the pace with a wrecking-ball act of Chiyotairyu to keep himself in the hunt ...

Two-man hunt for title

Nov 20, 2013

Two-man hunt for title

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji remained on a championship collision course Wednesday as the unbeaten co-leaders both scored their 11th wins at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho brought the day’s action to a close at Fukuoka Kokusai Center with an imperious performance against ...