Takakeisho holds onto tie for lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 18, 2019

Takakeisho holds onto tie for lead

Takakeisho pulled off a big win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, defeating ozeki Tochinoshin to remain in a tie for the lead in his bid to get re-promoted and win a second top-division title. The young sekiwake earned his fourth-straight win of ...

Okinoumi surrenders top spot on ninth day of basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 16, 2019

Okinoumi surrenders top spot on ninth day of basho

Okinoumi suffered his first loss of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday and fell into a two-way tie for the lead with fellow rank-and-filer Meisei. The No. 8 maegashira saw the longest winning streak of his top-division career come to a sudden end and ...

Unbeaten Okinoumi grabs sole lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 13, 2019

Unbeaten Okinoumi grabs sole lead

A mishap involving a referee left maegashira Okinoumi in the sole lead of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, the sixth day of competition. No. 8 maegashira Okinoumi started the day at Ryogoku Kokugikan with a 5-0 record along with sekiwake Takakeisho. But Takakeisho ...

Kakuryu, two others earn 4th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 11, 2019

Kakuryu, two others earn 4th wins

Yokozuna Kakuryu kept his share of the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, defeating rank-and-filer Ichinojo in the day's final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The Mongolian yokozuna, gunning for his second straight championship, sits in a tie with sekiwake Takakeisho and ...

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

Sumo Sep 5, 2019

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

Since the beginning of 2018, sumo fans have been spoiled for entertainment with one dramatic event after another hitting the sport. Multiple first-time tournament winners, incredible comebacks, promotions, demotions and repromotions have made the action in the ring compulsory viewing over the past couple of ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu tops rankings for Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament

Sumo Jun 24, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu tops rankings for Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament

Kakuryu will head into next month's Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in pole position as east yokozuna while summer basho winner Asanoyama moved into the No. 1 maegashira slot, according to rankings published by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday. The fast-rising Asanoyama, who clinched his ...

Sumo May 25, 2019

Sumo 101: Controversial decisions

by John Gunning

Friday's controversial overturning of an apparent Tochinoshin win has people up in arms. Irate fans flooded social media with photos, videos and gifs that they felt proved the burly Georgian was hard done by. There is even a change.org petition to have the ruling reversed. That ...

Asanoyama takes lead after judges reverse decision

Sumo / Basho Reports May 24, 2019

Asanoyama takes lead after judges reverse decision

Rank-and-file wrestler Asanoyama seized the sole lead at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday with a controversial win over sekiwake Tochinoshin, as Kakuryu dropped off the pace by losing to ozeki Takayasu. Yokozuna Kakuryu, who is aiming for a sixth top-level championship, dropped to ...

Asanoyama takes lead as rivals slip

Sumo / Basho Reports May 22, 2019

Asanoyama takes lead as rivals slip

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin both suffered upsets on Wednesday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, with each falling one win behind rank-and-file wrestler Asanoyama on a bad day all-around for the sport's elites. Kakuryu was pushed out by No. 5 maegashira Myogiryu (4-7) in ...

Three wrestlers tied for lead at 9-1

Sumo / Basho Reports May 21, 2019

Three wrestlers tied for lead at 9-1

There were no big surprises at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, with yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin both emerging victorious to stay in a three-way tie for the lead. The two wrestlers improved to 9-1 going into the final third of the 15-day ...