Terunofuji Aims for “Double Digits” and Ozeki Return

Most sumo stables take one week of complete rest after a basho before resuming training. During the first week back, wrestlers usually work on foundational movements such as shiko, footwork, pole striking, and push ups. This first week back began with a bit more intensity than that for Komusubi Terunofuji though. “This is normal atContinue reading “Terunofuji Aims for “Double Digits” and Ozeki Return”

Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu Bring the Withdrawal Total to 13

July’s top division champion M1 Terunofuji has announced his withdrawal from Aki Basho due to resurfacing left knee pain from osteoarthritis. He leaves the tournament with a record of 8-4, a majority of wins that will ensure a historical promotion back to sanyaku. Treatment is expected to take three weeks. Surprise title contender Wakatakakage getsContinue reading “Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu Bring the Withdrawal Total to 13”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #12 | Terunofuji vs. Onosho

M9 Onosho is coming back from his worst top division score ever of 2-13 at the July tournament. And what a comeback it has been! For a moment (day 5) he was leading this basho as the only undefeated rikishi. That momentum has slowed a bit as he dropped to a shared second place onContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #12 | Terunofuji vs. Onosho”

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”

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″

Terunofuji Secures Critical 8th Win

On day 12 of the spectator-less 2020 Spring tournament, former Ozeki Terunofuji (currently East Juryo 3) fought Hoshoryu (West Juryo 9), the 20 year old nephew of legendary Yokozuna Asashoryu. Both men went into the day’s match seeking their kachikoshi with 7 wins apiece. After one false start the match was underway. Dodging the muchContinue reading “Terunofuji Secures Critical 8th Win”