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Sumo wrestler Kotonowaka (left) attends a news conference in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Jan. 31. Sitting next to him is his father and stablemaster Sadogatake.
Mar 26, 2024
Ozeki Kotonowaka to change ring name to Kotozakura
The 26-year-old finished the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a 10-5 record in his ozeki debut.
Yokozuna Terunofuji will be aiming for his 10th Emperor’s Cup at the Spring Basho in Osaka.
Mar 8, 2024
Terunofuji remains in driver's seat as new title hopefuls gather strength
The ascension of three new ozeki since July appears to have brought a measure of stability to sumo.
Sumo wrestler Kotonowaka (center) accepts his promotion to the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki during a ceremony at the Sadogatake stable in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday. Sitting next to him is his father and stablemaster, Sadogatake.
Jan 31, 2024
Kotonowaka promotion approved by Japan Sumo Association
The 26-year-old from Chiba Prefecture comes from a sumo family.
Terunofuji (left) clinches the title by shoving out Kotonowaka in a tie-breaker on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 28, 2024
Terunofuji beats Kotonowaka in playoff to win New Year tourney
Lone yokozuna Terunofuji claimed his ninth top-division title Sunday by defeating joint leader Kotonowaka in a thrilling championship playoff.
Kotonowaka defeats Kirishima on Saturday to maintain a share of the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 27, 2024
Kotonowaka beats Kirishima, stays tied for first with Terunofuji
Kotonowaka defeated the other overnight leader, ozeki Kirishima (11-3), while Terunofuji won by default following the injury withdrawal of ozeki Hoshoryu.
Terunofuji has worked his way into a three-way tie for the lead after a slow start to the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 26, 2024
Terunofuji beats Kotonowaka, creating three-way tie for lead
The Mongolian-born grand champion moved into a three-way tie at 11-2 with sekiwake Kotonowaka and ozeki Kirishima with the win.
Kotonowaka (left) defeats Onosho at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 25, 2024
Kotonowaka inches toward first championship with 11th win
Kotonowaka, who is chasing the 13 wins he likely needs here for promotion, had little trouble securing his 11th against Onosho.
Kotonowaka (right), defeats Oho at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 24, 2024
Kotonowaka stays in lead as Terunofuji and ozeki pair keep pace
The 26-year-old inched closer to both a maiden Emperor's Cup and the wins needed to meet the unofficial ozeki promotion benchmark.
Terunofuji (back) knows what it’s like to overcome setbacks, having won two of his eight titles after middling starts to a tournament.
Jan 24, 2024
Big names set up thrilling finale for January sumo meet
Terunofuji would appear to be the favorite as sumo's first tournament of 2024 reaches the homestretch, but a host of contenders means it could come down to the final day.
Kotonowaka (left) pushes Onosato out of the ring on Tuesday night at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 23, 2024
Sekiwake Kotonowaka takes sole lead over five closest rivals
A powerful drive from Kotonowaka met little resistance in a force-out win as the sekiwake inched toward ozeki promotion.
Asanoyama (left) took the outright lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday in Tokyo with his win over Nishikigi.
Jan 19, 2024
Kotonowaka loses to Wakamotoharu as Asanoyama takes sole lead
Lone yokozuna Terunofuji and ozeki Kirishima both racked up wins to stay on the second rung at 5-1 on Day 6 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Kotonowaka pushes Takakeisho out of the ring to keep pace with the leaders at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday in Fukuoka.
Nov 22, 2023
Kotonowaka beats Takakeisho to remain among leaders
The sekiwake improved to 9-2, leaving him in a three-way tie with ozeki Kirishima and No. 8 maegashira Atamifuji at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.
Ura (behind) hands the previously undefeated Kotonowaka his first loss on Saturday in Fukuoka during the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
SUMO / Basho reports
Nov 18, 2023
Takakeisho and Kotonowaka beaten on day of upsets in Kyushu
The first week of the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center wrapped up with Kotonowaka, ozeki Hoshoryu and No. 14 Ichiyamamoto tied at 6-1.
Kotonowaka surely has his eyes on eventually emulating his grandfather, former grand champion Kotozakura.
Aug 30, 2023
New sumo ranks highlight rise of next generation
Ahead of the autumn tournament in Tokyo, it's the up-and-coming wrestlers who are making waves.
Japan Times
SUMO / Basho reports
Jul 15, 2023
Nishikigi loses to Kotonowaka to fall into tie for first
Taking a double inside grip from the jump, Kotonowaka quickly forced No. 1 maegashira Nishikigi (6-1) out of the ring to snap his 14-match win streak dating back to May's grand tournament.
Japan Times
SUMO / Basho reports
Sep 13, 2022
Yokozuna Terunofuji bounces back from first defeat in Tokyo
The No. 2 maegashira tried to slip away and outflank the yokozuna, but Terunofuji kept his opponent squarely in front of him and shoved him out.
Japan Times
SUMO / Basho reports
Jul 19, 2022
Terunofuji overpowers Sadanoumi to tie with 3 others for lead
The Mongolian-born grand champion, bidding for his eighth Emperor's Cup, wrapped up the maegashira at the jump and bulldozed him straight back over the straw.
Japan Times
SUMO / Basho reports
Jul 18, 2022
Terunofuji too much for Endo on Day 9 in Nagoya
Terunofuji is tied for the lead at the 15-day tournament with five other wrestlers including Ichinojo and Kotonowaka, both No. 2 maegashira.
Japan Times
SUMO / Basho reports
Jul 13, 2022
Terunofuji back on track with third straight win in Nagoya
The lone yokozuna, who started the meet with an upset loss to komusubi Abi, improved to 3-1 by securing a powerful arm bar throw win over No. 2 maegashira Kotonowaka.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2022
Yokozuna Terunofuji eager to put on show for fans in Nagoya
Terunofuji is the frontrunner in Nagoya, and it'd be no surprise if he finished the fortnight's action with another title under his belt.


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