Perfect Okinoumi remains in front

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 15, 2019

Perfect Okinoumi remains in front

Rank-and-filer Okinoumi earned his eighth straight win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday to remain undefeated and in sole control at the midpoint of the 15-day meet. The No. 8 maegashira is the first top-division man to secure a winning record at Tokyo's ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu withdraws from Autumn Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 15, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu withdraws from Autumn Basho

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu pulled out of the ongoing Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a left knee injury on Sunday, a day after suffering his third straight loss to a rank-and-file wrestler. The 34-year-old Mongolian yokozuna said the knee had been bothering him prior to the ...

Unbeaten Okinoumi alone at top

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 14, 2019

Unbeaten Okinoumi alone at top

Okinoumi maintained the sole lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, improving to 7-0 with an impressive win over fellow rank-and-file grappler Myogiryu. The No. 8 maegashira, who became the outright leader the previous day, has a one-win buffer over a trio of ...

Unbeaten Okinoumi grabs sole lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 13, 2019

Unbeaten Okinoumi grabs sole lead

A mishap involving a referee left maegashira Okinoumi in the sole lead of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, the sixth day of competition. No. 8 maegashira Okinoumi started the day at Ryogoku Kokugikan with a 5-0 record along with sekiwake Takakeisho. But Takakeisho ...

Kakuryu, two others earn 4th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 11, 2019

Kakuryu, two others earn 4th wins

Yokozuna Kakuryu kept his share of the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, defeating rank-and-filer Ichinojo in the day's final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The Mongolian yokozuna, gunning for his second straight championship, sits in a tie with sekiwake Takakeisho and ...

Kakuryu notches third straight win

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 10, 2019

Kakuryu notches third straight win

Yokozuna Kakuryu retained his spotless record with a third straight win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, while ozeki Goeido suffered his first loss and dropped down the leaderboard. All the sport's elite in competition at Ryogoku Kokugikan prevailed on Day 3 of ...

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu earns second straight win

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 9, 2019

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu earns second straight win

Yokozuna Kakuryu defended the rank's honor by making quick work of rank-and-filer Hokutofuji at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday en route to his second straight win. Closing out the second day of action at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kakuryu easily dispatched No. 1 maegashira ...

Sumo Sep 8, 2019

Sumo 101: Degeiko

by John Gunning

The vast majority of a sumo wrestler's training bouts take place at home, against his own stablemates. This works well if, like Terutsuyoshi, you join a powerful stable filled with top-class opponents of varying shapes and sizes. It allows you to go up against rikishi ...

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

Sumo Sep 5, 2019

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

Since the beginning of 2018, sumo fans have been spoiled for entertainment with one dramatic event after another hitting the sport. Multiple first-time tournament winners, incredible comebacks, promotions, demotions and repromotions have made the action in the ring compulsory viewing over the past couple of ...