Former ozeki and 15-year makuuchi stalwart Kotoshogiku retires

Sumo Nov 15, 2020

Former ozeki and 15-year makuuchi stalwart Kotoshogiku retires

Former ozeki Kotoshogiku, the oldest wrestler in sumo's top two divisions, has officially retired from competition and will take on the role of a toshiyori elder under the name Hidenoyama at the Sadogatake stable, the Japan Sumo Association said Sunday. The 36-year-old makuuchi-division stalwart had ...

Shodai handed first tourney loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 14, 2019

Shodai handed first tourney loss

Hometown favorite Kotoshogiku picked up his first win of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, defeating previously unbeaten overnight leader Shodai and pulling him back to the pack. The No. 9 maegashira briefly turned back the clock to his ozeki days as he quickly ...

Title to be decided on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 20, 2019

Title to be decided on final day

Yokozuna Kakuryu reclaimed the sole lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday as yokozuna rival Hakuho suffered a shock loss to former ozeki Kotoshogiku with one day remaining at the 15-day tournament. Kakuryu will go into the final day with a one-win lead ...

Title appears up for grabs at upcoming Nagoya Basho

Sumo Jul 4, 2019

Title appears up for grabs at upcoming Nagoya Basho

by John Gunning

Commentators often divide sumo into eras, each defined by its outstanding rivalry. Whether it's Akebono vs. Takanohana, Taiho against Kashiwado or Tochinoshiki taking on Wakanohana, great yokozuna pairings have traditionally been the standard way to separate one generation of rikishi from the next. So dominant has ...

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Sumo / Basho Reports May 14, 2019

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Yokozuna Kakuryu earned his third straight win on Tuesday and gained some breathing room as all three ozeki were defeated on Day 3 of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The yokozuna survived a scare against top-ranked maegashira Kotoshogiku (1-2), when the former ozeki's elbow ...

Mitakeumi improves to 7-0, maintains lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 14, 2018

Mitakeumi improves to 7-0, maintains lead

Sekiwake Mitakeumi stayed unbeaten Saturday to hold onto the sole lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Fighting in his ninth-straight tournament among the three sanyaku rankings beneath yokozuna, Mitakeumi kept a breakthrough top-level title in his sights by beating veteran Kotoshogiku on Day 7 ...

Kakuryu stays tied for lead with victory over Tamawashi

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 13, 2018

Kakuryu stays tied for lead with victory over Tamawashi

Yokozuna Kakuryu picked up another victory on Tuesday to remain undefeated on the third day of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu (3-0) got the better of the initial charge against top-ranked maegashira Tamawashi (2-1), shoving his fellow Mongolian into a backwards slide and ...

Kakuryu holds off rival Kotoshogiku, improves to 6-0

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 19, 2018

Kakuryu holds off rival Kotoshogiku, improves to 6-0

Yokozuna Kakuryu survived a tough battle to retain his share of the lead on Friday, the sixth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. On a day when the back story threatened to overshadow the action, Kakuryu (6-0) and former ozeki Kotoshogiku provided the ...