Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 22, 2020

Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup

Hakuho seized a record-extending 44th top-level championship Sunday after outlasting fellow yokozuna Kakuryu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The two Mongolian-born titans came into Day 15 tied for the lead at 12-2, setting up a tantalizing winner-take-all battle in the final bout of the ...

Hakuho, Kakuryu share lead heading into final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 21, 2020

Hakuho, Kakuryu share lead heading into final day

Spring Basho Sumo's two highest-ranked grapplers will fight it out on Sunday for the championship of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. For the first time since July, Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu will both be competing for the title on the final day after wrapping ...

Three wrestlers tied for lead in Osaka

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 20, 2020

Three wrestlers tied for lead in Osaka

Hakuho and Kakuryu grabbed a share of first place Friday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament after sole overnight leader Aoiyama suffered his second loss. The Mongolian-born yokozuna sit alongside the rank-and-file grappler at 11-2 following an action-packed Day 13 at Edion Arena Osaka. Hakuho overpowered ...

Hakuho grinds out another victory

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 12, 2020

Hakuho grinds out another victory

Hakuho scraped out a victory to remain perfect in a four-way tie for the lead on Thursday, the fifth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after his 35th birthday, the yokozuna (5-0) took on January's surprise champion, No. 2 maegashira Tokushoryu at ...

Health risks in spotlight as Spring Basho nears start

Sumo Mar 5, 2020

Health risks in spotlight as Spring Basho nears start

by John Gunning

The Japan Sumo Association is proceeding with the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, but has decided, in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, that it will be held behind closed doors. Calling off the event completely would undoubtedly have been a safer course of action, ...

Tokushoryu perseveres for first Emperor's Cup of career

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 26, 2020

Tokushoryu perseveres for first Emperor's Cup of career

Rank-and-filer Tokushoryu overcame all odds at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament and beat ozeki Takakeisho in the final bout on Sunday to win his first top-division championship. The 33-year-old Nara native delivered the performance of his career at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan to cap off ...

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2020

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

No. 4 maegashira Shodai put on an electric performance at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to retain his place at the top with fellow rank-and-filer Tokushoryu. Locking horns with No. 7 Shohozan (5-5) on Day 10 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Shodai (9-1) ...

Shodai maintains share of first place

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 20, 2020

Shodai maintains share of first place

Rank-and-filer Shodai snapped a seven-bout losing streak against ozeki Takakeisho on Monday to leave himself in a two-way tie for the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Shodai (8-1), chasing his first top-division title, brushed aside one of his overnight co-leaders after Takakeisho ...

Three tied for New Year Basho lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 19, 2020

Three tied for New Year Basho lead

Takakeisho and Shodai maintained their share of the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday following losses by two of the five joint overnight leaders. The pair sit in a three-way tie at 7-1 with No. 17 maegashira Tokushoryu after No. 1 ...

Shodai takes first loss, blowing New Year meet wide open

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 18, 2020

Shodai takes first loss, blowing New Year meet wide open

Rank-and-filer Shodai suffered his first defeat and relinquished his sole lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. No. 4 maegashira Shodai lost to struggling ozeki Goeido (3-4) in the day's penultimate bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan and fell into a five-way tie ...

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

Sumo Jan 9, 2020

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

by John Gunning

Every sumo tournament contains a myriad of storylines. One of the most fascinating aspects of the sport is the fact that the kachikoshi/makekoshi delineation of winning and losing records determines both the starting positions for the following meet and the lifestyle of the wrestlers. In sports ...