Goeido to make ozeki debut from west side


Newly promoted ozeki Goeido joins two Japanese-born wrestlers at sumo’s second-highest rank with the release on Monday by the Japan Sumo Association of the sumo rankings for the upcoming Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Goeido, who gained promotion following the Nagoya basho in July, has been assigned a west ozeki position along with Kisenosato, while Kotoshogiku fills in the prestigious east slot after an outstanding 12-3 performance last time out.

Hakuho, the premier yokozuna among three Mongolian-born wrestlers at sumo’s top rung, retains his throne on the east as he bids for his third consecutive Emperor’s Cup — a feat that would place him in a tie with yokozuna great Chiyonofuji with 31 career titles.

Harumafuji, who was a pedestrian 10-5 in July, was allotted an east position as a senior yokozuna while Kakuryu, 11-4 in Nagoya, sits on the west for the Sept. 14-28 meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan. It will be the first time since the 1999 summer tournament that three yokozuna match up against three from the ozeki rank.

Three former university yokozuna have joined the sanyaku, or the three ranks below yokozuna.

Chuo University graduate Takekaze is the slowest to reach the third rank of sekiwake, requiring 68 tournaments and is the oldest at 35 years, 2 months, to attain the rank in post-war Japan.

Jokoryu, who hails from Nihon University, is the first wrestler to reach komusubi from the Kise stable since former makuuchi wrestler Higonoumi established the heya in December 2003. Nippon Sports Science University graduate Chiyotairyu is the fourth from his school to attain the sanyaku yank as a new komusubi.

Myogiryu returns to sekiwake for the first time in six meets.