Four yokozuna vying for title at Spring Basho

Mar 11, 2017

Four yokozuna vying for title at Spring Basho

Late bloomer Kisenosato will be hoping to get off on the right foot when he faces rank-and-file wrestler Takekaze in his debut as yokozuna on the first day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. All four yokozuna — one Japanese and three ...

Kisenosato has stitches above eye after training clash

Mar 6, 2017

Kisenosato has stitches above eye after training clash

Newly promoted yokozuna Kisenosato sustained a cut above his left eye during a training session on Monday, though he made clear it was not serious after returning from the hospital with stitches. Kisenosato, who became the first Japanese-born yokozuna in 19 years when he ...

Kisenosato in west slot for debut at yokozuna

Feb 27, 2017

Kisenosato in west slot for debut at yokozuna

Kisenosato will start life as sumo’s 72nd yokozuna on the west side as the Japan Sumo Association on Monday released the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato, after winning the New Year Basho with a 14-1 mark last month, became the first ...

2017: a year for sumo nostalgia

/ | Jan 28, 2017

2017: a year for sumo nostalgia

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On Jan. 22, 30-year-old ozeki (champion) Kisenosato (real name Yutaka Hagiwara) emerged victorious in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with an outstanding record of 14 wins and only one loss. His promotion to history’s 72nd yokozuna (grand champion) was confirmed by the Japan ...

Yokozuna Kisenosato carries out first ring-entry ceremony

Jan 27, 2017

Yokozuna Kisenosato carries out first ring-entry ceremony

New yokozuna Kisenosato performed his first ring-entry ceremony on Friday before a large crowd of around 18,000 at Meiji Shrine. “I’m relieved it ended without trouble,” the 30-year-old said after making his ceremonial debut as yokozuna. “I came with a sense of gratitude and ...

Kisenosato boosts case for promotion to yokozuna

/ Jan 22, 2017

Kisenosato boosts case for promotion to yokozuna

Ozeki Kisenosato came one step closer to becoming yokozuna as he twisted down hard-shoving Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday, the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The win was the icing on the cake for Kisenosato (14-1), who had secured his ...

Ozeki Kisenosato clinches first title

/ Jan 21, 2017

Ozeki Kisenosato clinches first title

Ozeki Kisenosato dispatched maegashira Ichinojo on Saturday and then cashed in on a slip-up by yokozuna Hakuho to capture his long-awaited first championship at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. After a near false start by No. 13 maegashira Ichinojo, Kisenosato (13-1) allowed his ...