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

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 ...

Yokozuna remain unbeaten

/ Sep 13, 2018

Yokozuna remain unbeaten

Hakuho survived a scare against komusubi Takakeisho on Thursday as all three yokozuna stayed undefeated at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Chasing his first victory over the all-time championship record holder, rising talent Takakeisho (1-4) looked to be on the verge of an upset on ...

Expect the unexpected in wide-open Autumn Basho

Sep 8, 2018

Expect the unexpected in wide-open Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

The Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament gets underway on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Like most recent meets this one seems wide open and you could make a solid case for five or even six wrestlers being potential winners at the end of the two ...

Mitakeumi earns spoils of victory

| Jul 25, 2018

Mitakeumi earns spoils of victory

by John Gunning

The Nagoya tournament ended with the Emperor's Cup being handed to arguably the most surprising top division champion in eight years. The steamy meet in central Japan took its cue from the World Cup, delivering a succession of shocks right from the get-go. Big names fell ...

Newly crowned Mitakeumi savors taste of first triumph

Jul 23, 2018

Newly crowned Mitakeumi savors taste of first triumph

Sipping sake from a giant silver cup gives the drink a special taste, Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament champion Mitakeumi said Monday. A day after being crowned champion for the first time in his career, the 25-year-old sekiwake said he relished drinking from the ceremonial sake ...

Mitakeumi wins Nagoya Basho

Jul 21, 2018

Mitakeumi wins Nagoya Basho

Sekiwake Mitakeumi secured his first top division title after beating Tochiozan and maintaining his two-win lead on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Mitakeumi, who made his makuuchi division debut in November 2015, clinched the championship by beating No. 13 maegashira ...

Mitakeumi bounces back, moves closer to first title

/ Jul 20, 2018

Mitakeumi bounces back, moves closer to first title

Sekiwake Mitakeumi beat Goeido at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday to move within one win of his first top-level title. Mitakeumi (12-1) holds the sole lead after the 13th day of the 15-day meet at Dolphins Arena, with two wrestlers sitting two wins ...

Mitakeumi dealt first loss

/ Jul 19, 2018

Mitakeumi dealt first loss

Sekiwake Mitakeumi suffered his first defeat at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, losing to ozeki Takayasu. In the final bout of Day 12, Takayasu went for a shoulder blast from the jump but conceded a belt hold to the tournament leader, who turned ...

Mitakeumi takes another step toward title

Jul 18, 2018

Mitakeumi takes another step toward title

Sekiwake Mitakeumi earned his 11th straight victory, retaining his two-win lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Mitakeumi claimed a solid win on Day 11 against No. 4 maegashira Kaisei (7-4), who had won all of their four previous match-ups. The undefeated sekiwake ...

Title-chasing Mitakeumi raises record to 10-0

/ Jul 17, 2018

Title-chasing Mitakeumi raises record to 10-0

Sekiwake Mitakeumi remained in sole possession of the lead after earning his 10th straight win on Tuesday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. In their first career matchup, Mitakeumi and No. 4 maegashira Kagayaki (3-7) locked up after the initial charge and briefly held their ...