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Mitakeumi earns spoils of victory

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO 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

Sumo 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

Sumo 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

Sumo / Basho Reports 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

Sumo / Basho Reports 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

Sumo 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

Sumo / Basho Reports 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 ...

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 ...

Injured Kakuryu pulls out; Mitakeumi still unbeaten

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 13, 2018

Injured Kakuryu pulls out; Mitakeumi still unbeaten

Ozeki Tochinoshin suffered his first loss at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, leaving sekiwake Mitakeumi the only wrestler at the meet with a perfect record. In the day's final bout at Dolphins Arena, Tochinoshin (5-1) suffered a shock defeat to komusubi Tamawashi (3-3). ...

Abi hands Kakuryu second loss in Nagoya

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 12, 2018

Abi hands Kakuryu second loss in Nagoya

Up-and-coming youngster Abi caused an upset Thursday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament by handing yokozuna Kakuryu his second loss. In the final bout on Day 5, the 24-year-old No. 3 maegashira exchanged a barrage of blows with the Mongolian-born yokozuna before forcing him out ...