By far the biggest news in sumo this month has been a student at Japan’s most prestigious university entering the pro ranks.

Hotaka Suyama became the first ever ōzumo rikishi to hail from the University of Tokyo when he took the new entrant examination on April 15 and joined Kise stable.

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