Four one-loss wrestlers pursue perfect Hakuho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 18, 2019

Four one-loss wrestlers pursue perfect Hakuho

Yokozuna Hakuho earned his ninth straight win on Monday and remained the only undefeated wrestler at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. In the final bout at Edion Arena Osaka, Hakuho took on komusubi Mitakeumi (3-6), who earned his first top-division title last July in Nagoya ...

Both yokozuna earn victories on Day 2

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 11, 2019

Both yokozuna earn victories on Day 2

Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against Endo on Monday and celebrated a win on his 34th birthday on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. In the day's penultimate bout at Edion Arena Osaka, top-ranked maegashira Endo (0-2) had Hakuho on the ropes, ...

Sumo lacks marquee rivalries of recent times

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Mar 7, 2019

Sumo lacks marquee rivalries of recent times

by John Gunning

The upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament seems to have everything going for it. The basho kicks off with a wealth of storylines. One is a tale of vengeance as Takakeisho seeks to correct the record on his controversial non-promotion to sumo's second-highest rank. Others involve veterans like ...

Hakuho, other challengers ready to chase spring glory

Sumo Mar 7, 2019

Hakuho, other challengers ready to chase spring glory

by John Gunning

The Osaka Basho, which gets underway on Sunday, is arguably the most wide-open tournament sumo has seen in years. With three of the last four meets crowning first-time champions, guessing who will be hoisting the Emperor's Cup on March 24 is like trying to predict ...

Takakeisho claims title on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 25, 2018

Takakeisho claims title on final day

Komusubi Takakeisho won his first career championship on Sunday, the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The 22-year-old Takakeisho, competing in just his 12th tournament in sumo's top flight, beat No. 3 maegashira Nishikigi (8-7), catching a lucky break to finish the tournament ...

Kyushu Basho title to be decided on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 24, 2018

Kyushu Basho title to be decided on final day

Komusubi Takakeisho overreached against ozeki Takayasu and instead of clinching the title on Saturday, left the two men tied heading into the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. As he had throughout the tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, the 22-year-old Takakeisho looked quicker ...

Takakeisho on track for title

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 23, 2018

Takakeisho on track for title

Komusubi Takakeisho set himself up to seal his first championship by earning his 12th win on Friday, the 13th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The 22-year-old owned most of his bout against 197-kg Bulgarian Aoiyama, seizing the initiative early before winning when the ...

Tochiozan sets pace in Kyushu

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 15, 2018

Tochiozan sets pace in Kyushu

Rank-and-file wrestler Tochiozan beat ozeki Takayasu and earned his fifth straight win Thursday, taking the spotlight at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament following the withdrawal of yokozuna Kisenosato. With no remaining yokozuna in competition, Tochiozan shares the lead with komusubi Takakeisho one-third of the way ...