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Hakuho, Onosho remain unbeaten, tied for top spot

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 18, 2019

Hakuho, Onosho remain unbeaten, tied for top spot

Yokozuna Hakuho stayed undefeated to remain in a tie for the lead with rank-and-file wrestler Onosho at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. The sole competing yokozuna following the retirement of Kisenosato and injury withdrawal of Kakuryu, Hakuho continued his quest for an ...

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho with ankle injury

Sumo Jan 18, 2019

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho with ankle injury

Grand champion Kakuryu has pulled out of the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament because of pain in his right ankle, his stablemaster Izutsu said Friday, the sixth day of the basho. The withdrawal of the 33-year-old leaves just one yokozuna in the 15-day tournament ...

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 16, 2019

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji to remain perfect at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Wednesday. With headlines on the fourth day of the 15-day tournament dominated by the retirement of Japanese yokozuna Kisenosato, the other remaining ...

Kisenosato still without a win

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 15, 2019

Kisenosato still without a win

A 7-second bout may have decided the fate of yokozuna Kisenosato, who suffered his third straight loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. In the penultimate bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kisenosato was quickly dispatched by Tochiozan (1-2) despite going into the match ...

Injured yokozuna Kisenosato to miss start of upcoming regional tour

Sumo Nov 28, 2018

Injured yokozuna Kisenosato to miss start of upcoming regional tour

Injury-plagued yokozuna Kisenosato, who has failed to start or complete nine of the last 10 tournaments, will sit out the start of the winter regional tour which kicks off this weekend, his stablemaster Tagonoura said Wednesday. According to Tagonoura, Kisenosato, the first Japan-born wrestler in ...

Sumo Nov 8, 2018

Hakuho pulls out of Fukuoka meet

Yokozuna Hakuho, who underwent surgery on his right ankle and right knee last month, will withdraw from the upcoming Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, his stablemaster Miyagino said Thursday. Fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu also announced his withdrawal, leaving Kisenosato the only top-ranked wrestler in the year's ...

Higher-ranked wrestlers in driver's seat in Kyushu

Sumo Nov 7, 2018

Higher-ranked wrestlers in driver's seat in Kyushu

by John Gunning

November is upon us and that means the final sumo tournament of the year is just days away. So far 2018 has seen Tochinoshin claim the first championship by a maegashira-ranked wrestler in six years, a dramatic return to form by yokozuna Kakuryu, a surprise ...

Hakuho in prime position to claim 42nd title in Fukuoka

Sumo Oct 29, 2018

Hakuho in prime position to claim 42nd title in Fukuoka

Mongolian Hakuho will go into next month's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at the summit of the sport's mountain in the top east yokozuna slot, according to the latest ranking released by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday. The 33-year-old is coming off a perfect 15-0 ...

Hakuho wins battle of yokozuna to finish Autumn Basho with 15-0 record

Sumo Sep 23, 2018

Hakuho wins battle of yokozuna to finish Autumn Basho with 15-0 record

A day after securing his record-extending 41st championship, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho closed the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record on Sunday. By winning a yokozuna clash against fellow Mongolian Kakuryu, Hakuho claimed the Emperor's Cup with a spotless record for a ...

Sumo 101: Yokozuna

Sumo Sep 21, 2018

Sumo 101: Yokozuna

by John Gunning

Yokozuna is the highest rank in sumo. To date just 72 men have attained the status since it was first created in the late 1700s. Yokozuna can never be demoted. They are seen as the living embodiment of sumo, and when no longer able to uphold ...