Tamawashi secures first title by beating Endo on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 27, 2019

Tamawashi secures first title by beating Endo on final day

Sekiwake Tamawashi became the second-oldest wrestler in sumo's current format to secure his maiden championship, winning the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, the tourney's 15th and final day. The 34-year-old Mongolian wrapped up his triumph with his 13th victory, beating No. 9 maegashira ...

Hakuho withdraws from New Year Basho on penultimate day

Sumo Jan 26, 2019

Hakuho withdraws from New Year Basho on penultimate day

New Year Basho Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to injuries, ending his bid for a record-extending 42nd top division championship, his stablemaster announced Saturday. The Mongolian won his first 10 bouts at the year's opening grand tournament, but ...

Tamawashi pulls ahead after Hakuho drops third straight

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 25, 2019

Tamawashi pulls ahead after Hakuho drops third straight

Newly promoted sekiwake Takakeisho handed yokozuna Hakuho his third straight loss on Friday at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho gave up his share of the lead, falling one win behind Tamawashi (11-2) with two days remaining in the 15-day tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku ...

Sumo 101: Koenkai

Sumo Jan 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Koenkai

by John Gunning

On the surface sumo generates income the same way as most other sports —through ticket sales, merchandising and sponsorships. While that's the case for the Japan Sumo Association on a macro level; individually, stables and wrestlers also rely on another source of funding — supporters ...

Hakuho's winning streak snapped by Mitakeumi

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 23, 2019

Hakuho's winning streak snapped by Mitakeumi

Komusubi Mitakeumi handed yokozuna Hakuho his first loss on Wednesday, returning from injury to pull off the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament's biggest surprise so far. Mitakeumi (6-2-3), who missed three days of competition with an injured left leg, faced the unenviable task of battling ...

Unbeaten Hakuho secures 10th victory with ease

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 22, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho secures 10th victory with ease

Yokozuna Hakuho claimed his 10th straight win on Tuesday to take a two-bout lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in his quest for a record-extending 42nd top division championship. On the 10th day of the 15-day tournament, Hakuho calmly dispatched No. 4 Okinoumi ...

Hakuho stays spotless on ninth day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2019

Hakuho stays spotless on ninth day

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho maintained his lead after beating former ozeki Kotoshogiku on Monday, the ninth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The 33-year-old Hakuho, the only yokozuna still in action, beat Kotoshogiku to keep a perfect record at the 15-day meet at Tokyo's ...

Hakuho maintains edge with 26th straight victory

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 20, 2019

Hakuho maintains edge with 26th straight victory

Yokozuna Hakuho improved to a perfect 8-0 to maintain a one-win lead as the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament reached its midpoint on Sunday. The sole remaining yokozuna in action, Hakuho has now won 26 straight bouts, excluding his forfeit on Day 4 of July's ...

Title race heating up

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 19, 2019

Title race heating up

Yokozuna Hakuho continued his drive for a 42nd top-level title at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, staying undefeated to take the outright lead after rank-and-file grappler Onosho suffered his first loss. Following the injury withdrawal of compatriot Kakuryu and the retirement of ...

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 ...