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 ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu bounces back on ninth day

Sumo / Basho Reports May 20, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu bounces back on ninth day

Yokozuna Kakuryu rebounded from his first loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a smooth victory on Monday, while sekiwake Tochinoshin found himself granted a win following a rare second withdrawal by new ozeki Takakeisho. The two upper-ranked fighters remain tied for the lead ...

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin fall on Day 8

Sumo / Basho Reports May 19, 2019

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin fall on Day 8

Overnight leaders Kakuryu and Tochinoshin fell into a three-way tie with rank-and-file grappler Asanoyama following their upset losses at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. The joint leaders sit at 7-1 after lone yokozuna Kakuryu was stunned by No. 3 maegashira Tamawashi and sekiwake ...

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin tied for lead

Sumo / Basho Reports May 18, 2019

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin tied for lead

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin stayed undefeated Saturday to remain joint leaders of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Pre-tournament favorite Kakuryu took another step at Ryogoku Kokugikan toward his sixth top-level title by beating No. 3 maegashira Chiyotairyu, who remains winless in 11 matches against ...

Title chase down to two unbeatens

Sumo / Basho Reports May 17, 2019

Title chase down to two unbeatens

Sekiwake Tochinoshin survived a trial of endurance on Friday to remain in a tie with yokozuna Kakuryu after both men collected wins on Day 6 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The Georgian was put to the test for over a minute at Ryogoku Kokugikan ...

Trio tied for lead at Summer Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports May 16, 2019

Trio tied for lead at Summer Basho

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin each won on Day 5 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday to retain their share of the lead. Kakuryu overcame a spirited but short-lived effort from Bulgarian komusubi Aoiyama in the final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, whileTochinoshin bested ...

Kakuryu wins 4th; ozeki rebound

Sumo / Basho Reports May 15, 2019

Kakuryu wins 4th; ozeki rebound

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu maintained his pursuit of a sixth top-level title Wednesday by beating Endo on Day 4 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian pushed out the No. 2 maegashira in the final bout of the day at Ryogoku Kokugikan to improve to ...