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Asanoyama achieves goal of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Sumo Mar 23, 2020

Asanoyama achieves goal of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Following news of his impending promotion to ozeki, Asanoyama said Monday he had accomplished one of his career goals. A Japan Sumo Association advisory board recommended the 26-year-old sekiwake for promotion following his 11-4 finish at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, making his ...

Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 22, 2020

Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup

Hakuho seized a record-extending 44th top-level championship Sunday after outlasting fellow yokozuna Kakuryu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The two Mongolian-born titans came into Day 15 tied for the lead at 12-2, setting up a tantalizing winner-take-all battle in the final bout of the ...

Hakuho, Kakuryu share lead heading into final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 21, 2020

Hakuho, Kakuryu share lead heading into final day

Spring Basho Sumo's two highest-ranked grapplers will fight it out on Sunday for the championship of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. For the first time since July, Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu will both be competing for the title on the final day after wrapping ...

Three wrestlers tied for lead in Osaka

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 20, 2020

Three wrestlers tied for lead in Osaka

Hakuho and Kakuryu grabbed a share of first place Friday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament after sole overnight leader Aoiyama suffered his second loss. The Mongolian-born yokozuna sit alongside the rank-and-file grappler at 11-2 following an action-packed Day 13 at Edion Arena Osaka. Hakuho overpowered ...

Tough training in high school forged Mongolian Ichinojo

Sumo Mar 19, 2020

Tough training in high school forged Mongolian Ichinojo

by John Gunning

One of the strongest sumo high schools in Japan is Tottori Johoku. Located in western Japan, Johoku has been churning out professional talent over the past last few years, and is the alma mater of ozeki pair Terunofuji and Kotomitsuki, as well as top-division wrestlers ...

Hakuho, Aoiyama record 10th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 18, 2020

Hakuho, Aoiyama record 10th wins

Yokozuna Hakuho bounced back from his first loss and collected his 10th win of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday to remain in a two-way tie for the lead with rank-and-filer Aoiyama. The Mongolian-born yokozuna charged out of the gates in the final bout ...