Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 23, 2020

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Shodai and Tokushoryu each retained their leading records at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, while ozeki Goeido suffered an eighth loss and faces a demotion from the sport's second-highest rank. Goeido (4-8) was beaten by new sekiwake Asanoyama (7-5) in the day's ...

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2020

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

No. 4 maegashira Shodai put on an electric performance at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to retain his place at the top with fellow rank-and-filer Tokushoryu. Locking horns with No. 7 Shohozan (5-5) on Day 10 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Shodai (9-1) ...

Kakuryu suffers second straight loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 15, 2020

Kakuryu suffers second straight loss

New sekiwake Asanoyama took his first loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, while yokozuna Kakuryu fell to his third defeat. Asanoyama fell down the leaderboard along with top-ranked maegashira Endo after getting brushed aside by komusubi Abi on Day 4 at ...

Hakuho, Kakuryu fall to 1-2 records

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 14, 2020

Hakuho, Kakuryu fall to 1-2 records

Yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu each fell to their second defeats at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, leaving the title open for sekiwake Asanoyama and a pair of rank-and-filers who share the lead. Hakuho was unceremoniously slapped down by his opponent, Myogiryu (1-2), ...

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

Sumo Jan 9, 2020

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

by John Gunning

Every sumo tournament contains a myriad of storylines. One of the most fascinating aspects of the sport is the fact that the kachikoshi/makekoshi delineation of winning and losing records determines both the starting positions for the following meet and the lifestyle of the wrestlers. In sports ...

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Sumo Dec 24, 2019

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Summer Basho winner Asanoyama will fight as a sekiwake for the first time at next month's New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday showed. The 25-year-old rising star earned promotion to sumo's third-highest rank after going ...

Hakuho seals 43rd career title at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 23, 2019

Hakuho seals 43rd career title at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Yokozuna Hakuho won a record-extending 43rd championship and his first as a naturalized Japanese citizen on Saturday, taking out the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a day to spare. The 34-year-old from Mongolia, who acquired Japanese citizenship in September and withdrew from that month's tourney ...

Hakuho one win from 43rd title after dismantling Abi

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 22, 2019

Hakuho one win from 43rd title after dismantling Abi

Yokozuna Hakuho beat komusubi Abi at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, positioning himself just one win away from extending his record for career top-division championships to 43. Hakuho claimed his 12th victory at Fukuoka Kokusai Center to retain a two-win buffer over his ...

Hakuho pushes ahead as rival falls

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 21, 2019

Hakuho pushes ahead as rival falls

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a win over Endo on Thursday as new komusubi Asanoyama suffered his third loss and fell two wins off the pace. Hakuho (11-1) blasted Endo (5-7) with his right forearm and issued a ...

Hakuho retains top spot with win

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 19, 2019

Hakuho retains top spot with win

Yokozuna Hakuho picked up his ninth win of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, beating rank-and-filer Aoiyama to maintain the sole lead. Hakuho (9-1) needed a few extra seconds to overcome No. 5 maegashira Aoiyama (5-5) in the final bout of Day 10 at ...

Five rikishi share lead after Day 10

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 17, 2019

Five rikishi share lead after Day 10

Mitakeumi, Takakeisho and Asanoyama earned impressive victories Tuesday to move into a five-way tie for the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The logjam at the top of the standings at Ryogoku Kokugikan follows losses on Day 10 by the joint overnight leaders, No. ...