Endo Out, Kiribayama Back In

Due to pain and effusion from an ACL injury, struggling Komusubi Endo has decided to sit out the rest of Aki Basho. He leaves on day 12 with only 3 wins (including some impressive ones), his make-koshi already having been decided. According to Oitekaze-oyakata, “It’s been like this, but when his right knee started fillingContinue reading “Endo Out, Kiribayama Back In”

Takakeisho’s Shoulder May Be an Issue [Video]

After defeating veteran Maegashira #5 Takarafuji with a diving oshidashi on day 11 of Aki Basho, Ozeki Takakeisho was seen having difficulty using his right arm to prop himself up. He was finally able to get up after several seconds of struggle where it seemed like something had partially dislocated. Afterwards, the now 9-2 tournamentContinue reading “Takakeisho’s Shoulder May Be an Issue [Video]”

Kotoshogiku to Return to Action on Saturday

The oldest current salaried level rikishi, 36 year old Kotoshogiku will make a return to the Kokugikan on the 19th. He had injured his left calf in a match against Meisei on Tuesday, and painfully withdrew on day 4. At only one win, the former Ozeki (now M11) would be almost guaranteed to drop toContinue reading “Kotoshogiku to Return to Action on Saturday”

Kotoyuki “Tags In” Stablemate Kotonowaka

Another top division wrestler from Sadogatake-beya is out. The first was rising star Kotonowaka (M13) on day 8 due to left knee pain; this time it’s Maegashira 17 Kotoyuki because of a right knee injury. As the younger rikishi Kotonowaka made a reentry to competition on Saturday, Kotoyuki did not show up, forfeiting the winContinue reading “Kotoyuki “Tags In” Stablemate Kotonowaka”

No Yokozuna Left at July Basho, Title Race Narrows

The remaining Yokozuna, Hakuho, is withdrawing from day 13 of Shichigatsu Basho (July tournament) in Tokyo. The cause is a meniscus and patellofemoral ligament injury in the right knee, as well as some arthritis. The treatment is expected to take two weeks, suggesting he, like the others who have already exited, probably will not beContinue reading “No Yokozuna Left at July Basho, Title Race Narrows”

Takakeisho Leaves, Fourth Kyujo for July

Complaining of an exacerbation of a chronic knee issue, Ozeki Takakeisho has withdrawn from the tournament on day 12. This came right after achieving his 8th win and avoiding demotion from Ozeki. Going into the July meet with the threat of demotion looming ever since March, the rotund pusher-thruster wasted little time getting to kachikoshi.Continue reading “Takakeisho Leaves, Fourth Kyujo for July”

Kotonowaka Leaves Action with Knee Injury

Maegashira #13 Kotonowaka of Sadogatake-beya has withdrawn from the July tournament after day 7 citing a left knee injury. Kotonowaka lost to M10 Kaisei by tsukitaoshi, twisting his knee and striking it while falling from the dohyo. Father and stablemaster of the injured wrestler, Sadogatake-oyakata told reporters that Kotonowaka had felt his knee twist whileContinue reading “Kotonowaka Leaves Action with Knee Injury”

Tomokaze Making Solid Progress in Rehab

Young hopeful, Tomokaze of Oguruma-beya suffered a severe knee dislocation during a fall from the dohyo in November of last year. The injury which took place in his day 2 match against Kotoyuki saw him — less than expertly — helped into a wheelchair, and transported from the Fukuoka Kokusai Center. Tomokaze had just reachedContinue reading “Tomokaze Making Solid Progress in Rehab”

Takayasu Severely Injured on Day 4

West Yokozuna Kakuryu faced West Maegashira 1 Takayasu in the final bout of day 4 of the Spring tournament. During the match, Kakuryu was not able to attack with his desired inside belt grip, but after a patient grip fight the Yokozuna gave up the belt and deflected Takayasu to the side for a tsukiotoshiContinue reading “Takayasu Severely Injured on Day 4”