Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #14 | Hoshoryu vs. Kagayaki

Young throwing specialist Hoshoryu faced the giant (6’4) Kagayaki for the first time today. Hoshoryu’s debut in Makuuchi has been an interesting back and forth, winning one or two days — usually in exciting fashion — and losing one or two more, often with a painful slam to the clay. He’s been carrying the burdenContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #14 | Hoshoryu vs. Kagayaki”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #10 | Meisei vs. Aoiyama

For the past few days, a very saturated leaderboard has kept our minds busy with speculations. Will Asanoyama pull through as “less worthy” rikishi fall away? Will we see another bottom rung champion? Will Takakeisho hold it together? Will Shodai finally see the fruits of his labor? Did Onosho’s brief sole lead foreshadow something significant?Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #10 | Meisei vs. Aoiyama”

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”

Active Wrestler Turns 50

The oldest professional sumo wrestler still competing, Hanakaze of Tatsunami-beya, turned 50 years old on May 28th. Hanakaze (Yamaguchi Daisaku) entered the ring for the first time in March 1986, recording only 13 days absent in the 34 years from that time until now. He reached his highest rank of Sandanme 18 in 2003. NeverContinue reading “Active Wrestler Turns 50”