Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #7 | Daieisho vs. Tochinoshin

Almost halfway through the tournament and bouts are getting really entertaining. It was difficult to decide between this match and Tobizaru vs. Chiyotairyu, but overall, the back and forth style clash of pusher-thruster Daieisho vs. powerhouse grappler Tochinoshin was the most interesting to watch from a technical standpoint. 26 year old Daieisho is fighting atContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #7 | Daieisho vs. Tochinoshin”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #6 | Aoiyama vs. Takarafuji

East Tale of the Tape West W. Maegashira #7 Rank W. Maegashira #5 Aoiyama Name Takarafuji Kasugano Stable Isegahama 34 Age 33 6’2/191cm Height 6’/185cm 414lbs/188kg Weight 366lbs/166kg Oshi-zumo Style Hidari yotsu-zumo 21 wins Past Meetings (24) 3 wins 3-3 Record this Basho 4-2

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #5 | Okinoumi vs. Endo

An awesome belt battle between the Komusubi ensued today. On the East side, Okinoumi was coming off his first win of the tournament against Sekiwake Mitakeumi yesterday. In the West, Endo had already taken out two top contenders in Ozeki Asanoyama and July champion Terunofuji. Six years the younger and eight years less experienced, EndoContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #5 | Okinoumi vs. Endo”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #4 | Tamawashi vs. Takakeisho

Veteran pusher-thruster Tamawashi and young Ozeki Takakeisho faced off on day 4, both seeking their third win. Takakeisho took his first loss of the basho yesterday, falling to East M2 Hokutofuji. This came after a solid start with oshidashi wins against July’s champion Terunofuji and Komusubi Okinoumi respectively. Tamawashi went into today with signature winsContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #4 | Tamawashi vs. Takakeisho”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #3 | Asanoyama vs. Terunofuji

So far 0-2 Ozeki Asanoyama took on returning champion Terunofuji in an exciting grappling match. They first faced each other last basho, Terunofuji prevailing and going on to win the title. Asanoyama finished runner-up with a respectable Ozeki record of 12-3, but with the pressure of being the highest ranking active wrestler at the moment,Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #3 | Asanoyama vs. Terunofuji”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #2 | Shimanoumi vs. Hoshoryu

Maegashira #16 Hoshoryu (Tatsunami), the nephew of legendary Mongolian Yokozuna Asashoryu, experienced his first top division loss today, following his debut win against Ichinojo on Sunday. Day 2 saw him face 31 year old M15 Shimanoumi (Kise), a relatively late-blooming Maegashira mainstay. Their first meeting in Monday’s second Makuuchi bout was a classic “striker vs.Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #2 | Shimanoumi vs. Hoshoryu”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #1 | Asanoyama vs. Endo

Welcome to the 2020 September Grand Sumo Tournament, AKA Aki Basho or Kugatsu Basho! As in July, competition is being held in a limited capacity Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan. Unlike last time though, no Yokozuna will be with us from the very start of the basho. Hakuho is recovering from knee surgery, and Kakuryu is stillContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #1 | Asanoyama vs. Endo”

Senshuraku Recap/Review

The 2020 July Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo came to a history making conclusion on Sunday, August 2nd, after two weeks of action. Juryo: After regularly scheduled matches, six Juryo wrestlers remained at 10 and 5. Eliminated in the first round were Kyokutaisei, Mitoryu, and Chiyono’o. The Juryo championship was then decided in a three-wayContinue reading “Senshuraku Recap/Review”

Senshuraku Preview | “Nagoya” 2020

Former top division rikishi Chiyonokuni won his second Makushita championship with a 7 and 0 record on day 13, and hopefully we will see him return to salaried status soon. In Juryo, it is possible for any one of these 8 men to win the title, but most likely it will come down to oneContinue reading “Senshuraku Preview | “Nagoya” 2020″

Nakabi Report | “Nagoya” 2020

It’s Nakabi! Wakamotoharu is leading Juryo with 7 wins, followed by Mitoryu with 6. Terunofuji (7-1) is holding his own pretty easily at M17, his only loss so far coming from fellow former Ozeki Takayasu on day 5. He faces Sadanoumi next. New top division rikishi Kotoshoho (6-2) lost to Sadanoumi today but has beenContinue reading “Nakabi Report | “Nagoya” 2020″