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  • SUMO Summer Session Last day- 15: Yokozuna Hakuho beats Yokozuna Harumafuji for 15-0 records to wins the 25th session title and Harumafuji end up 11-4. Ozeki Kisenosato loses again by Kotoshogiku for 13-2 and Kotoshogiku 11-4 record. Ozeki Kotooshu wins over Kakuryu for 8-7 to keep Ozeki rank and Kakuryu 10-5 to finish the session. Former Ozeki Baruto withdraw due to the knee injury on Day 08 for 3-5 . 2013 Grand Sumo Summer Session (Kokugikan Hall,Tokyo 5/12-26/2013) -Daily changes Results.
  • SUMO Spring Session Day- 15(Last Day): Yokozuna Hakuho beats Harumafuji with swing throw for the perfect score 15-0 to captures the 24th session titles. Yokozuna Harumafuji ends up 9-6. Ozeki Kisenosato wins over Kakuryu for 10-5 and Kakuryu 8-7. Former Ozeki Baruto defeats Kotoshogiku 9-6 and Kotoshogiku 8-7. Ozeki Kotooshu withdraw on the day 6th with 1-5 record. 2013 Grand Sumo Spring Session (Osaka 3/10-24/2013) -Daily changes Results.
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    2014 Grand Sumo Spring Osaka Session


    Kakuryu Wins Session Title and Yokozuna Rank

    Osaka, JPN: The Spring Grand Sumo Session opened on March 9th and ran for 15 days at the Osaka Bodymaker Colosseum. Yokozuna Hakuho came seeking another title after his 28th victory last session but fell to Ozeki Kakuryu who was out for revenge. The session started out with all the Ozeki losing during the first five days, including Yokozuna hopeful Kakuryu. Yokozuna Harumafuji returned after being absent last session but started off with an early loss. Kakuryu thought he might have jeopardized his chances for Yokozuna by losing to Okinoumi on Day 3, but continued victorious through the rest of the session. On the 12th day, Kakuryu faced Yokozuna Harumafuji (11-0) and proved his quickness by defeating the yokozuna with an “Okuridashi” (push send out) to end the day 11-1. Another Yokuzuna fell to an Ozeki the next day when Yokozuna Hakuho was defeated by Ozeki Kotoshogiku to finish 12-1. Yokozuna Harumafuji also lost to end the day 11-2 to fall even further behind. The actual final title match was on Day 14 when Kakuryu (12-1) faced Yokozuna Hakuho (12-1). Kakuryu fought like his life was on the line and pushed Hakuho out of the ring to capture the session title. Kakuryu put all his cards on this match and gambled his efforts would be enough to be promoted to Yokozuna. On the 15th day, Kakuryu defeated Ozeki Kotoshogiku to finish with a 14-1 record and earned the rank of Yokozuna. Hakuho finished with a 12-3 record and Harumafuji was 12-3. Meanwhile, Ozeki Kotooshu announced his retirement on Day 12th. Goeido (12-3) received the most inspirational award and Yoshikaze (10-5) received the outstanding technique award. The summer session will be May 11 - May 25 at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall. (Osaka Bodymaker Colosseum 3/09 - 23 /2014)

    2014 Grand Sumo New Year Session


    Hakuho Wins 27th Session Title with Tie-Breaker

    Tokyo, JPN: The New Year Grand Sumo Session began on January 12th at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall and ran until the 26th for 15 days. After winning the last session, Yokozuna Harumafuji sat out this session due to an injury. The highlight of this session was Ozeki Kisenosato’s bid for Yokozuna rank. Unfortunately, Kisenosato's dream was shattered when he suffered 4 losses before Day 9. Meanwhile, an undefeated Yokozuna Hakuho reached Day 14 to face rival Mongolian wrestler Kakuryu. Kakuryu had one earlier loss, so if he defeated Hakuho, the top two fighters would be tied 13-1 going into the last day of the session. Both Hakuho and Kakuryu knew the stakes and were ready for the match, but Kakuryu held Hakuho at bay and pushed him out of the ring. The excitement mounted for the second face-off on Day 15 with Hakuho and Kakuryu tied 13-1. With the increased pressure and expectations on Kakuryu, he could not stop Hakuho from getting a good grab on the belt. Hakuho pushed Kakuryu out of the ring to capture his 27th session title and proved the strength of a Yokozuna. Ozeki Kotooshu end the session 8-7, Kotoshogiku 9-6, and Kisenosato disappointed his fans with his 7-8 record. The spring session will begin on March 9 in Osaka, Japan. (Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall 1/12 - 26 /2014)

    2013 Grand Sumo Kyushu Session


    Yokozuna Harumafuji Upsets Hakuho to Wins 6

    Fukuoka, JPN: The Kyushu Grand Sumo Session opened on November 10th and ran for 15 days at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center. Yokozuna Hakuho, consecutive winner of the last four sessions, dominated this session with Yokozuna Harumafuji for the first 12 days. First, Yokozuna Harumafuji was upset by upcoming Ozeki Kisenosato on Day 13 before Yokozuna Hakuho was defeated the next day. The two yokozuna were tied with 13-1 records on Day 14. Ozeki Kisenosato kept on winning to finish with the second best record of this session (13-2). Yokozuna Harumafuji and Hakuho finally faced each other on the last. The smaller Harumafuji hit hard and quickly twisted Hakuho with a one hand swing throw. The surprised Hakuho managed to stop the throw at the edge of the ring and turned around toward the center, but the Referee (Gyouji) stopped the match and declared Harumafuji to be a winner. Later, it was confirmed that Hakuho’s right heel was out of the ring. Yokozuna Harumafuji won his 6th session title at the Kyushu Basho with a 14-1 record. Chiyotairyu received the best technique award and Ikioi captured the most inspirational award. The New Year Session will start on January 12th at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall. (11/24/2013)

    2013 Grand Sumo Fall Session


    Yokozuna Hakuho Wins Fourth Consecutive Title

    Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo JPN: The Fall Grand Sumo Session opened on September 19th and ran for 15 days at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall in Tokyo. On Day 10, 3-time consecutive session winner Yokozuna Hakuho suffered his first session loss to up-coming Sekiwake Goeido. Yokozuna Harumafuji and Ozeki Kisenosato trailed with 8-2 records, but as the session continued, the gap with Hakuho grew wider. On Day 12, Kisenosato defeated Harumafuji (9-3), then Kisenosato (10-3) fell to Goeido on Day 13. On Day 14, Hakuho beat Kisenosato to clinch his fourth consecutive session title and 27th victory. The session finished with Hakuho defeating rival Yokozuna Harumafuji (10-5) to finish the session with a solid 14-1 record. Ozeki Kisenosato finished 11-4, while Kotoshogiku was 10-5 and Kakuryu 9-6. Ozeki Kotooshu withdrew on Day 6 due to an injury. Goeido (11-4) received the award for most inspirational, and Shohouzan received the outstanding technique award. The next session will be in Kyushu from November 10th until 24th. (9/29/2013)

    2013 Grand Sumo Nagoya Session


    Yokozuna Hakuho Wins 26th Session Title

    Tokyo, Japan: Nagoya, JPN: Yokozuna Hakuho wrapped up the Grand Sumo Summer Session with his 26th victory. Everyone focused this session to see if Ozeki Kisenosato (26 yrs) would reach his Yokozuna rank. Kisenosato fought back after three early losses to defeat Yokozuna Harumafuji, Yokozuna Hakuho, Ozeki Kotooshu, and Ozeki Kakuryu to finish with a 11-4 record. Unfortunately, the Yokoshin, the committee tasked with selecting Yokozuna, felt 11 wins was not enough for a Yokozuna rank even though he defeated 2 Yokozuna and 2 Ozeki. Kisenosato will have to wait for another session to try for Yokozuna.
    Meanwhile, Yokozuna Hakuho clinched the session title on day 13 by defeating Ozeki Kotooshu. On the 14th day, a desperate Kisenosato pushed Hakuho out to hand Hakuho his first loss of the session. Even with a loss on day 15 to rival Harumafuji, Yokozuna Hakuho ended with a 13-2 record and his 26th session titles.br> Yokozuna Harumafuji finished with a 10-5 record, while Ozeki Kakuryu was10-5. Kotooshu and Kotoshogiku both finished with 9-6 records. Takayasu received the most inspirational award (9-6) while no one merited the outstanding technique and best technique award this session. The Fall Session will begin on September 15th and run until the 29th. (7/21/2013)

    2013 Grand Sumo Summer Session


    Yokozuna Hakuho Wins 25th Session Title

    Tokyo, Japan: Yokozuna Hakuho wrapped up the Grand Sumo Summer Session with his 25th victory. Ozeki Kisenosato (26 yrs) vied for the title as both fighters were tied 13-0 on the 13th day. On the 14th day, Kisenosato faced Hakuho (28yrs) and carried the hopes of the Japanese sumo fans who hoped for a Japanese fighter to win the session title and promote Kisenosato to Yokozuna rank. Yokozuna Hakuho held off Kisenosato and handily defeated him with a swing throw to remain undefeated.

    On the last day, Hakuho defeated rival Yokozuna Harumafuji (29 yrs, 11-4) again with a push out of the ring to capture his 25th session title. Ozeki Kisenosato finished the session with another loss to rival Kotoshoygiku’s push out to end up with a 13-2 record.

    Ozeki Kakuryu finished 10-5, Ozeki Kotoshogiku was 11-4, and Ozeki Kotooshu ended up 8-7, which on the edge of being demoted. Former Ozeki Baruto withdrew on Day 7 with a record of 3-5.
    The best technique award went to Miyogiryu (11-4). The outstanding technique and the most inspirational awards were not awarded this session. The next Grand Sumo Session will begin in Nagoya on July 7th.

    2012 Grand Sumo Kyushu Session


    Yokozuna Hakuho Wins 23rd Session Title

    Fukuoka, JPN: The Grand Sumo Kyushu Session ended with Yokozuna Hakuho claiming his 23rd victory. This unpredictable session kicked off with Ozeki Kakuryu, Kotoshogiku, and Kotoshu losing on day 1 and newly promoted Yokozuna Harumafuji falling to his opponent on day 2. Ozeki Baruto withdrew due to an injury on day 3.

    By day 10, the top two Yokozuna were leading the scoreboard with Hakuho at 10-0 and Harumafuji at 9-1. Ozeki Kakuryu (7-3), Kotoshogiku (6-4), Kotooshu (7-3), and Kisenosato (7-3) followed far behind the Yokozuna. Things started to fall apart for Harumafuji on day 11 when he lost to Ozeki Kotoshogiku, and he lost his next four matches to end with a 9-6 record. Also on day 11, Yokozuna Hakuho suffered his first defeat of the session by being pushed out of the ring by Ozeki Kotooshu. Hakuho recovered to win his remaining fights and ended the session by defeating Yokozuna Harumafuji on senshuraku (last day of the session) with a 14-1 record to capture his 23rd session title.

    Ozeki Kakuryu finished 9-6, Kotoshogiku 8-7, Kotooshu 9-6, and Kisenosato 10-5. The best technique award was awarded to Goeido and Shohouzan captured the outstanding technique award. The next Grand Sumo Session will be the New Year Session in Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall in January.(Nov 11-25, 2012)


    2012 Grand Sumo Fall Session


    Harumafuji Defeats Hakuho, Earns Yokozuna

    Tokyo, JPN - The Fall Grand Sumo session began in Tokyo with an eventful first week. Ozeki Baruto and Kotoshogiku withdrew due to injuries on Day 5 and Ozeki Kotooshu was out on Day 7. By Day 10, Ozeki Kakuryu had lost twice and Ozeki Kisenosato was defeated once. Yokozuna Hakuno lost his first match on Day 10, leaving just two fighters with 9-1 records. Hakuho defeated Kakuryu and Kisenosato to head into senshuraku (last day) with a 13-1 record.

    After triumphing in the last session, Ozeki Harumafuji was the only fighter to reach senshuraku undefeated. Harumafuji's 14-0 record put him in a good position in his bid to be promoted to Yokozuna this session if he could only defeat Hakuho on Day 15. The final match, or musubi no ichiban, began intensely and proved to be a great fight.

    Hakuho started with a good right side grip, but was blocked when Harumafuji quickly switched to an inside left grip and kept Hakuho away by putting his head on Hakuho's chest. After 30 seconds, Harumafuji's powerful push out brought the Yokozuna to the edge of the ring. Hakuho arched to keep from falling out of the ring and recovered, bringing both fighters back to the center of the ring. After 1' 30" passed, Harumafuji's second attack failed when Hakuho blocked his right shitate-nage (swing throw) by hopping around to keep his balance. But Harumafuji kept going in a circle until Hakuho finally couldn't keep his balance and went down. Harumafuji's 2 minute battle ended in a session title with a 15-0 record and a hard-earned Yokozuna rank.

    The best technique award was given to Miyogiryu and the outstanding technique award went to Tochiozan. The next Grand Sumo Session will run in Kyushu on November 11-25 in Fukuoka, Japan.

    2012 The Nagoya Grand Sumo Session


    Yokozuna Hakuho Upset By Ozeki Harumafuji

    Nagoya, Japan - The Nagoya Grand Sumo Session began on July 8th and lasted for 15 days. Kyokutenho (37 yrs) failed to match his title-winning performance from the last session. In Nagoya, Kyokutenho followed 13 straight days of losses with two wins to finish a disappointing 2-13. Last year's Nagoya Session winner Ozeki Harumafuji (28 yrs) came back from his struggles with his injuries and wrapped up the session by besting Yokozuna Hakuho (27 yrs) on the 15th day with a powerful uwate-nage to yorikiri (push out ofthe ring) to capture the session title. This was Harumafuji's third session title and first undefeated session with a perfect 15-0 record. If Harumafuji win's the next session title, he will surely be awarded the rank of Yokozuna.

    Ozeki Kisenosato and Ozeki Kotoshogiku finished with less impressive 10-5 records, while Ozeki Kotooshu, Baruto, and Kakuryu finished 9-6.

    Lower ranking Masuno-yama (11-4) and Kaise (11-4) from Brazil both received the outstanding award. Komusubi rank Miyogiryu won the best technique award. The fall session will be held September 9-23 at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall. (7/25/2012)

    2012 Grand Sumo Summer Session


    Kyokutenho Victorious in Summer Session

    Tokyo, JPN - The Tokyo Grand Sumo Summer Session was one of the most unpredictable sessions in sumo history. For the first time in sumo history, two lower ranked Maegashira players were the top two players on day 15 with 12-3 records. Maegashira 7th rank Kyokutenho (37yrs) defeated Maegashira 4th rank Tochiozan (25yrs) in a tie breaker on day 15. Ozeki Kisenosato had been tied with the two Maegashira until the last day, but fell to rival Baruto's powerful Uwate-nage (swing throw) to fall out of title contention. Kisenosato ended the session with a 11-4 record, while Baruto finished 9-6.

    Yokozuna Hakuho lost on the first day and with a finger injury suffered through the worst session of his career with a 10-5 record. Ozeki Kotoshigiku also ended with a 10-5 record. The other Ozeki Harumafuji, Kakuryu, and Kotooshu finished with disappointing 8-7 records. The outstanding award was given to Kyokutenho. The best technique award went to Miyougiryu, and the most inspirational award to Goeido.
    The next session will be in Nagoya July 7-22, 2012.

    2012 Grand Sumo Spring Osaka session

    Yokozuna Hakuho Comes BackTo Steal Title

    Osaka, JPN - Grand Sumo's Spring Session ran from March 11th till the 25th. The Osaka basho focused on if last session's champion, Ozeki Baruto, could win a second title and earn the rank of Yokozuna.

    By the 9th day, the top five Ozeki had lost at least one bout. On the 10th day, Yokozuna Hakuho was defeated by sekiwake Kakuryu to tie Baruto and Kakuryu with 9-1 records. Baruto lose his 2nd match on day 11 and Hakuho followed by losing to Kisenosato on day 13. Sekiwake Kakuryu still led with only one loss.

    On the final 15th day, Baruto ended with a 10-5 record to finish in the top four. Kakuryu (13-1) faced Goeido (11-3) with a session title and likely promotion to Ozeki rank on the line. Feeling the pressure, Kakuryu was upset by Goeido's powerful yorikiri (push out of the ring). Yokozuna Hakuho beat Baruto to tie Kakuryu (13-2).

    The more experienced Hakuho took the advantage in the tie breaker match by quickly grabbing a right grip. His uchigake (inner foot clip) to uwate-nage (upper swing throw) combination finished off Kakuryu in only 17.6 seconds for Hakuho's 22nd sesson title. Hakuho stated, “This match was for Yokozuna pride. I told myself I have to win over Sekiwake rank Kakuryu.”

    The best technique award went to Kakuryu and Toyonoshima and the outstanding award went to Goeido. Kakuryu also won the most inspirational award and he has earned the rank of Ozeki for the Tokyo Summer Session starting May 5th.

    2012 Grand Sumo New Year Session

    Ozeki Baruto Wins First Session Title

    Tokyo, JPN - The first Grand Sumo Session of 2012 began with the New Year Session on January 8th. At the start of the15 day tournament, the Japanese Sumo Association promoted Kisenosato to Ozeki rank this session.

    During the first 5 days, the three experienced Ozeki and Yokozuna Hakuho had no problems winning their fights, but the two recently promoted Ozeki Kotoshogiku and Kisenosato struggled. Kotoshogiku lost three times before the fifth day, and Kisenosato lost one fight. After veteran Ozeki Harumafuji lost on day 6 and Kotooshu was defeated on day 7, the only two undefeated wrestlers were Yokozuna Hakuho and Ozeki Baruto.

    On the 10th day, the nightmare began for Yokozuna Hakuho while Baruto remained undefeated. Sekiwake rank Kakuryu defeated Hakuho in an upset victory by pushing Hakuho out of the ring. Hakuho continued to fall on day 12 with a loss to Ozeki Harumafuji (8-3) and Kotooshu (9-3) the next day, while Baruto continued his undefeated streak by defeating Ozeki Kotoshogiku on day 13. Yokozuna Hakuho handed Baruto his only loss on the last day of the session, but the effort was too late for the title. Ozeki Baruto won his first session title with a 14-1 record. If Baruto wins the Osaka session starting March 11, he will have a chance to be promoted to Yokozuna.

    2011 Grand Sumo Kyushu Session (12-5-2011)

    Yokozuna Hakuho Captured 21st Session Title

    Fukuoka, JPN - The Grand Sumo Kyushu Session, the last sumo session of the year, ran from November 13 to 27 at Fukuoka's Kokusai Center. In his first session as an Ozeki, Kotoshogiku started off strong for the first 9 days. On the 10th day, rival Ozeki Baruto broke Kotoshogiku's undefeated streak and took him down with a powerful yorikiri (push out of the ring); Baruto ended the day with a 7-3 record. Meanwhile, Hakuho continued to dominate by defeating Sekiwake rank Kisenosato on day 11 and Kotoshogiku on day 12. Then, Hakuho prevailed against Ozeki Kotooshu (9-4) to continue his winning streak. No one could catch up to Hakuho's mastery and he captured his 21st session title.

    Sekiwake Kisenosato (10-5) received the best technique award and was promoved to Ozeki rank. The most inspirational award went to Aoiyama (11-4). The next sumo tournament is the New Year Session which will start January 8th in Tokyo.




    2011 Grand Sumo Fall Session

    Hakuho Victorious Over Kotoshogiku's Challenge

    Tokyo, JPN - The Grand Sumo Fall Session opened September 11 and continued through the 25th at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall. Last session's champion, Ozeki Harumafuji, aimed to win another session title which could lead to promotion to Yokozuna. Unfortunately Harumafuji lost three fights in five days to fall behind from the start.

    By day 11, Yokozuna Hakuho was the only undefeated fighter. Gagamaru, a Maegashira 11th rank wrestler from Georgia, followed Hakuho with one loss and Sekiwake Kotoshogiku's record was 9-2. Ozeki Baruto and Sekiwake Kisenosato trailed the top three with three losses each. Ozeki Kotooshu had already withdrawn on day 7 due to an injury.

    On day 12, Yokozuna Hakuho suffered his first loss when he was defeated by Sekiwake Kisenosato’s arm lock throw (kotenage). Gagamaru's second loss tied him with Kotoshogiku (10-2).

    On day 13, Hakuho fell to an up-coming fighter when Kotoshogiku pushed the Yokozuna out of the ring. The result was the top two fighters were now tied at 11-2. Kisenosato and Gagamaru followed close behind with 10-3 records.

    If both Hakuho and Kotoshogiku won their last match on the 15th day, the two fighters would have faced each other in a fight-off match. However, Kotoshogiku lost to Baruto’s swing throw (uwatenage) to finish 12-3. Hakuho defeated Ozeki Harumafuji with a swing throw (uwatenage) to capture his 20th session tittle with a 13-2 record.

    Sekiwake Kotoshogiku (12-3) not only won the best technique and the most inspirational awards, he qualified for Ozeki rank for the next session. Sekiwake Kisenosato also finished with a 12-3 record and also received the most inspirational award. Kisenosato has a chance to become Ozeki at the next session if he finishes with more than 12 wins. Maegashira Dagamaru (11-4) received the outstanding award.

    The next sumo basho will begin November 13th in Fukuoka, Japan.


    2011 Grand Sumo Nagoya Session

    Ozeki Harumafuji Defeats Yokozuna Hakuho

    Nagoya, JPN - The Nagoya Grand Sumo Session kicked off July 10th for 15 days of bouts in the midst of a storm of criticism. This critical session was the first after a match fixing scandal was disclosed to the public. Japan's sumo organization discharged a number of sumo players in an attempt to clean up the sport's image.

    The first two days saw Ozeki Kaio and Kotooshu fall to their opponents. On day 5, Ozeki Baruto also lost a match. Early in the session Ozeki Kaio won his record 1047th bout, but his session record was a disappointing 3 wins – 7 losses. On the 11th day, Kaio announced his intention to retire. On the same day, Yokozuna Hakuho was defeated by upcoming Sekiwake Kotoshogiku's push-out for a 10-1 record, and Ozeki Harumafuki beat Ozeki Kotooshu to maintain a perfect 11-0 record. Day 14 saw an upbeat Ozeki Harumafuji (13-0) face Yokozuna Hakuho (12-1) and win the session title with a push-out win. Harumafuji's 14-0 record was his second session victory since 2009, 12 sessions ago. On the last day, Yokozuna Hakuho lost to Baruto's swing throw (uwate-nage) to finish with a 12-3 record. Baruto's final record was 11-4, and Kotooshu finished 9-6.

    The best technique award went to Homashou (11-4) and the inspiration award went to Sekiwake Kotoshogiku (11-4) after he defeated Yokozuna Hakuho. The next session will be the fall session at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall on September 11-25, 2011.

    All Japan Pro-Sumo Organization Cancels Spring Session

    Three wrestlers admit match-fixing

    Tokyo, JPN - Japan’s Pro-Sumo Association (JSA) announced the Spring Osaka sumo session was cancelled after two sumo players and one stable manger admitted they were involved in fixing sumo matches. Twelve other sumo players are being questioned by JSA.

    This scandal broke following a Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department continued investigation into a sumo player’s involvement with illegal baseball gambling. Ozeki Kotomitsuki was discharged by JSA after these allegations surfaced last summer. Tokyo police seized sumo players’ cell phones during the investigation into illegal gambling and found text messages implying sumo match fixing on cell phones belonging to Chiyohakuho and Takenawa, who at the time was still active as Kasuganishiki.

    Chiyohakuho and three other wrestlers were found to have exchanged text messages during last year’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament (March 14-28, 2010) and Summer Grand Sumo Tournament (May 9-23, 2010). The messages contained names of nine other wrestlers, according to the sources.

    The three wrestlers who have admitted to match-fixing are: the elder Takenawa, 35, who retired as the wrestler Kasuganishiki after last month's New Year Grand Sumo Tournament; Chiyohakuho, 27, a wrestler in the second-tier juryo division; and a lower-rank wrestler, Enatsukasa, 31. JSA is considering penalties for these three players while investigating twelve other sumo wrestlers.


    The only previous sumo tournament to be cancelled was in 1946 due to delays in repairing wartime damage to the venue.

    2011 Grand Sumo New Year Session

    Yokozuna Hakuho Wins Again
    Yokozuna Hakuho
    Hakuho Yokozuna Hakuho Wins Again

    Tokyo, JPN - 2011 began with the New Year sumo session at Tokyo's Kokugikan, the mecca of sumo. Although four ozeki battled to win the title from Yokozuna Hakuho, all four lost at least once during the first five days. Only Yokozuna Hakuho maintained a clean record of 5-0.

    On the 10th day, Ozeki Kotooshu fell to Japan’s Homasho and Ozeki Baruto lost to the Russian fighter Aran. Both ozeki fell further behind Hakuho (10-0) with a mid-tournament record of 8-2. But on the 11th day, Hakuho lost to Sekiwake Kisenosato in a nightmare rematch of the 2nd day of the last Kyushu session. Kisenosato was the one who blocked Hakuho’s attempt to break Futabayama's 69 bout winning streak at 62 wins. Kotooshu and Baruto continued to fall behind and by day 13 were both at 9-4.

    On the 14th day, Hakuho beat Baruto with sukuinage (swing throw) to capture his 18th session title with a 13-1 record without waiting the last day of battle. Hakuho's final result was 14-1 after defeating Ozeki Kaio on the last day.

    Kotoshogiku (11-4) received the best technique award, and the outstanding award went to Kisenosato for beating Yokozuna Hakuho and Ozeki Harumafuji. Kisenosato will try for the rank of Ozeki next spring session. The most inspirational award was given to Okinoumi (11-4). The next spring session will start March 13 at Osaka's Furitsu Gym. (1/9~23,2011)

    Graund Sumo Kyushu Session 2010

    Hakuho wins 17th session title but failed to set new consecutive win record

    Fukuoka, JPN - Yokozuna Hakuho wrapped up the Kyushu Basho by winning his 17th career session title. Everyone was watching to see if Hakuho would break Yokozuna Futabayama's record of 69 consecutive wins which has stood for the last 71 years. Right at the beginning of the meet, Hakuho lost to Sekiwake Kisenosato on day 2 and ended his 63 bout winning streak. Hakuho recovered from this loss to win the rest of his regular matches, easily beating Ozeki Kotooshu (8-7) with a powerful uwate-nage (upper arm swing throw) to ended with a 14-1 record. Maegashira Toyonoshima upset Kisenosato and ended with a 14-1 record as well. In the tie breaker match, Hakuho won the session title by defeating Toyonoshima with a okurinage (passing throw). Toyonoshima received two awards for best technique and outstanding spirit. Kisenosato won the most inspirational award for defeating Ozeki Kotooshu, and Harumafuji. Particularly inspirational was his defeat of Yokozuna Hakuho, which blocked Hakuho's attempt to break a historic record. Veteran Kaio demonstrated his power and presence with a 12-3 record. Ozeki Baruto finished with a 11-4 record, and Kotooshu ended the session at 8-7. Ozeki Harumafuji withdrew from competition on day 4. The next sumo session will be the New Year Session next January 2011 at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall.(11/14~28,2010)

    2010 Graund Sumo Fall Session

    Hakuho wins 4th consecutive session title
    Yokozuna Hakuho
    Hakuho Yokozuna Hakuho Wins 4th Consecutive Session Title

    Tokyo- Yokozuna Hakuho won his 4th straight session title with an impressive 62nd consecutive win. This is Hakuho's 8th session title that he won with a perfect record. His next record to break would be Futabayama's 69 consecutive wins which has stood since the 1930's.
    During the fall session, Hakuho defeated the bigger and younger Ozeki Baruto on day 13, and Kotooshu on day 14. The final day of the tournament saw Hakuho hold Harumafuji's attack at bay and pushed him out of the ring for the session title.

    After Yokozuna Asashoryu was forced retire in February and Ozeki Kotomitsuki was discharged due to his involvement in illegal gambling in July, Hakuho lost many old rivals but now faces many rising young stars like Ozeki Baruto , Kotooshu, Harumafuji and veteran Kaio. Hakuho likes and is comfortable facing the fighting styles of all these players except for fellow Mongolian wrestler Harumafuji. Although Harumafuji possesses good instinctive moves to upset Hakuho, he has been suffering from a knee injury and has a 1-3 record against Hakuho so far this year. If Harumafuji's knee heals, he may have a good chance to stop Hakuho's winning streak.

    The best technique award went to Sekiwake Tochiozan with a 11-4 record where he defeated three Ozeki. The most inspirational award was given to two fighters from the same stable, Takekaze (12-3) and Yoshikaze (11-4). The next sumo session will be the Kyushu Basho will run from November 4 to 28 at the Fukuoka Center. (9/12-26, Kokugikan Hall)

    Yokozuna Hakuho Captures 3 Consecutive Titles!

    Nagoya, JPN- Yokozuna Hakuho (25yrs) won three consecutive session titles with 47 straight victories. Japan's pro -Sumo world was in the deep trouble, when Ozeki Kotomitsuki was discharged from the Grand Sumo association due to an illegal gambling involvement prior to this session. Even this Nagoya basho (session) was not televised in Japan because of the scandal. Now only one Yokozuna, Hakuho and four Ozeki remain in their positions. Hakuho dominated this session with 15-0 wins, he defeated three Ozeki , Kotooshu (10-5) on the 13th day , Harumafuji (10-5) on the 14th day, and young Baruto (8-7) on the final day. Bigger Baruto pushed Hakuho to the edge of the circle several times, but Hakuho regained his position and sent Baruto into a left swing throw to defeat him. Hakuho's perfect 15-0 score to capture 3 straight session titles and 47 straights victories. It was the 3rd best record in Sumo history. The highest straight winning record is 69 by Yokozuna Futabayama. The "Best Technique" award went to Kakuryu (11-4 record) for his 5th time. The "Most Inspirational" award was given to Aran (11-4) and Homasho (11-4). Aran and Tochiozan (9-6) will be promoted to Sekiwake rank, and Sekiwake Kisenosato (7-8) will be demoted to a lower rank in the next September fall session in Tokyo, 9/12 -9/26.(7/11-25, Nagoya)


    Yokozuna Hakuho Wins Again!

    Ozeki Kaio
    Kaio Ozeki Kaio Wins 1000 Matches!

    Tokyo, Japan - This summer's Grand Sumo session began on May 9th at Kokugikan Hall, and ran 15 days until the 23rd. The main sumos to watch were veteran Yokozuna Hakuho of Mongolia and upcoming Ozeki (rank just below Yokozuna) Baruto. Hakuho is the only current Yokozuna since Asashoryu retired at the end of last session. Hakuho also swept last session with 15 wins, no losses. Here, he dominated once again with a shocking 15-0 record. Later, Hokuho said that winning all his matches made him even more confident. Baruto, who had just advanced to Ozeki rank after the last session, lost to Hokuho and held a record of 10 wins, 5 losses. Other Ozekis with 9-5 records were veteran Kaio, Kotomitsuki, Kotooshu and Harumafuji. Aran and Tochinoshin won the most outstanding awards. There were no other awards given. However, veteran Ozeki Kaio reached a total career 1,000 wins! There are now only two sumos in history to have such an honor.(5/09-23, Tokyo)







    Yokozuna Hakuho Dominates Spring Session

    Yokozuna Hakuho
    Hakuho Yokozuna Hakuho Dominates

    Osaka, JPN- The Spring Grand Sumo session began on March 14 in Osaka. The last session ended with champion Yokozuna Asashoryu shocking sumo fans by announcing his sudden retirement. Although Asashoryu's assault case is still ongoing, his retirement is final. Hakuho was the only yokozuna in this session and faced many upcoming fighters such as Sekiwake Baruto. Hakuho faced the Estonian who finished third during the last session on the 11th day. Both Hakuho and Baruto started the day undefeated, but Hakuho defeated Baruto with a powerful uwate-nage (upper swing throw) to win the day. Hakuho continued to face all challengers and captured his 13th title by winning all 15 of his matches. Baruto defeated the other four ozeki to maintain his record at 14-1 and received the best technique and most inspirational awards. Baruto will be promoted to the second highest rank of Ozeki before the next session. Ozeki Kotooshu and Harumafuji both finished with 10-5 records. Ozeki Kotomitsuki trailed with 9-6 and veteran Kaio ended the tournament with a 8-7 finish. Sekiwake Kisenosato had a 9-6 record. The Summer Session will begin May 9th for 15 days at Kokugikan Hall in Tokyo. (3/14-27, Osaka)





    Yokozuna Asashoryu forced to retire!

    Yokuzuna Asashoryu was summoned before the Japan Sumo Association to give an account of his alleged drunken assault in mid-January outside a Tokyo nightclub during the January tournament. Before Asashoryu could be questioned, he gave his resignation from the sport of sumo and retired to take responsibility for his actions. Asashoryu's career has been marked by great success in the ring, while many have said he has not lived up to the high standards expected from a yokozuna. Asashoryu made history both for winning the Emperor's cup 25 times, the third most in the history of sumo, while also being the first yokozuna ever to be suspended. Asashoryu's retirement comes as sumo tries to clean up its image as public interest has dropped for a sport full of scandals, many of them his.

    Yokozuna Asashoryu come back victory!

    Yokozuna Asashoryu
    Asashoryu Yokozuna Asashoryu come back victory!

    Tokyo, JPN - The New Year Grand Sumo session began January 10th at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall. Yokozuna Hakuho ended 2009 by winning two back to back sessions, so his rivalry with Yokozuna Asashoryu was the highlight of this session. On day 3, Sekiwake Chiyotaikai (33 yrs) lost his third fight of the session to Ozeki Kaio. The former ozeki announced his retirement the next day. This win gave the 37 year old veteran Kaio his 808th win. On day 5, Asashoryu lost his first fight to up-coming Goeidou?s pull down (hikiotoshi). On the day 7, Yokozuna Hakuho lost his first bout to tie 6-1 with Asashoryu. Ozeki Kotooshu, Ozeki Harumafuji, and Sekiwake Baruto also vied for the top spot with 6-1 records at the end of the 7th day. The 8th and 9th days started to separate the leaders from the rest of the pack, as the two Ozeki fell away from the front runners. On days 12 and 13, Hakuhou lost twice to Ozeki Harumafuki and Ozeki Kaio (10-3), which put him behind rival Asashoryu. On day 14, Asashoryu defeated another rival, fellow Mongolian Harumafuji, with a lower swing throw (shitate-nage) to win his 25th session title. This feat is the 3rd best record in sumo history. The best technique award went to Aminishiki (11-4) and Baruto won the outstanding award (12-3) by defeating two ozeki and Yokozuna Hakuho. The inspirational award went to Toyohibiki (12-3).




    Hakuho Wins Session And Sets New Record of 86

    Fukuoka, Japan - Yokozuna Hakuho (24yrs) defeated Yokozuna Asashoryu (29yrs) in a historic win on the last day of the Kyushu session. Not only did Hakuho defeat his rival, but he set a new record for 86 wins in a year while breaking Asashoryu?? previous record of 84 wins. Hakuho captured his 12th session title and dominated with his fourth 15-0 perfect record. Asashoryu started strong with a 11-0 streak, only to fade on the 12th day by falling to Ozeki Harumafuji's quick tsuki-otoshi (push down throw). Asashoryu lost his last 4 matches to finish 11-4. Chiyotaikai lost his Ozeki rank and will come back as a Sekiwake rank in the next session after finishing with a 2 wins/ 9 losses/ 4 absences record. Kotooshu was the only Ozeki wtih a 10-5 finish, and Ozeki Harumafuji ended the session with a 9-6 record. The other two Ozeki, Kotomitsuki and Kaio, barely maintained a 8-7 record to maintain their Ozeki rank. The best technique award went to Toyonoshima (11-4) and the most inspirational awards were given to Tochinoshin (12-3) and Miyabiyama (12-3). The 2010 New Year's session will begin on January 10th at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall. (11/29/09 Fukuoka)

    Yokozuna Hakuho Wins Session Titles

    Tokyo, Japan -Ozeki Harumafuji started the Nagoya Grand Sumo session with hopes of a second session title, which would give him the chance to reach the rank of Yokozuna. Harumafuji suffered his first loss on the 3rd day to Komusubi Kotoshogiku's push-out, and by day 11 was far behind the leaders with a 8-3 record. Yokozuna Asashoryu faced upcoming player Kisenosato on day 8, and lost his momentum by losing two days in a row. By day 11, Asashoryu also had a 8-3 record, trailing rivals Yokozuna Hakuho and Ozeki Kotooshu. Hakuho and Kotooshu both lost on day 11, but were still tied to lead with 10-1 records. Hakuho fell to Kotomitsuki's push-out, and Kotooshu lost to Chiyotaikai's slap down. On day 13, Hakuho faced Kotooshu in a crucial fight where Hakuho's powerful uwate-nage (upper swing throw) caught Kotoshu off guard. On the final 15th day, Kotooshu defeated Harumafuji and ended with a 13-2 record. Kotooshu carefully watched Hakuho's final fight with Asashoryu, since if Hakuho lost, they would fight in a face-off match as they would both have 13-2 records. Hakuho waited for the right moment, changing his grip and looking for an opening. Asashoryu struggled to get his grip, and when he bet everything on his attack, Hakuho pounced with a shitate-nage (lower swing throw) to knock Asashoryu down. Kotooshu left his seat in disappointment. The best technique award went to Aminishiki (11-4) and most inspiration award to Shoutenro (11-4). The fall session will run September 13-29 at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall.


    Ozeki Harumafuji Upsets Yokozuna Hakuho

    Ozeki Harumafuji
    Harumafuji Ozeki Harumafuji Upsets Yokozuna Hakuho

    Kokugikan Hall, Tokyo, Japan -Yokozuna Hakuho, winner of the last session, and Ozeki Harumafuji both reached to face each other on the 12th day with 12 wins each. Hakuho's unexpected "susoharai throw" (foot sweep) caught Harumafuji off guard for his first loss which tied him with Yokozuna Asashoryu (both 12-1). On the 14th day, Hakuho's dreams for an undefeated streak came to an end when he faced with Ozeki Kotooshu's "uwatenage" (upper swing throw). Meanwhile, Ozeki Harumafuji upset Yokozuna Asashoryu with a dynamic "sotogake" (out side foot clip throw) that tied him with Hakuho at 13-1. On the final day, Hakuho pushed rival Asashoryu (12-3) out of the ring and Harumafuji defeated Ozeki Kotooshu. The two fighters tied with 14-1 records would face each other a second time in a tie breaker for the session title. After the ceremonial warmup, Harumafuji dashed out to grab Hakuho's left belt, and went for two quick "shitatenage" (lower swing throw). Hakuho could not keep his balance. By touching the ground Hakuho lost the match and the session title. Komusubi rank Tsururyu 9-6 won the award for best technique and the most inspirational award went to Maegashira rank Kisenosato 13-2. (5/24/09, Kokugikan Hall Summer Session)








    Yokozuna Hakuho Undefeated with 15 Wins

    Furitsu Gym, Osaka, Japan - Grand Sumo's spring session began March 15 with the renewed public interest in sumo after Yokozuna Asashoryu's surprising comback victory during the New Year session. During the spring session, Asashoryu and his rival, Hakuho, both started off the session tied 9-0. First, Asashoryu was defeated on day 10 by fellow Mongolia Harumafuji's swing pushout throw. Then, Asashoryu lost on day 12 to Ozeki Kotomitsuki, followed by a third loss on day 14 to Ozeki Kotooshu. Meanwhile, Yokozuna Hakuho defeated Kaio on day 14. No other fighter was undefeated, so Hakuho knew he won the session title before the last day. On day 15, Hakuho fiinished by defeating Asashoryu with a powerful technique that pushed Asashoryu out of the ring. Hakuho finished with a perfect 15-0 record. The best technique award went to Komusubi rank Tsururyu (10-5) and the most inspirational award was given to Houmasho (11-4). (3/29/09, Osaka)






    Yokozuna Asashoryu Comeback Victory

    Tokyo, JPN - The Grand Sumo New Year session opened at the Kokugikan Hall in Tokyo on Jan 11th for 15 days. Yokozuna Asashoryu captured his 23rd victory after coming back from a three basho (Sessions) absence. Asashoryu had a perfect session record of 14-0 until lthe ast day when he faced rival Yokozuna Hakuho (13-1) from Mongolia. Hakuho defeated Asashoryu with a Yoritaoshi (push down) to even the record on the last day. In the play off match, an adrenalin-filled Asashoryu hit hard and a got good grip to push rival Hakuho out of the ring for his 23rd victory. Asashoryu said, "I am so happy! My elbow injury bothered me but after 5th day of winning I felt I could do it.(1/25)"

    Sekiwake Ama wins All Japan Sumo Tournament

    Tokyo: The 67th All Japan Grand Sumo tournament was held at Tokyo's Kokugikan Hall on Oct. 6th. Sekiwake Ama beat Komusubi Hiruto in the semi-finals, and then defeated the winner of last fall's session, Yokozuna Hakuhou, with a push-out victory to capture the $25,000 prize. Ama will seek promotion to Ozeki rank in the winter session in Kyushu start on November. (10/06)

    Asashoryu 4-5 loss - Retirement Eminent?

    Tokyo: Yokozuna Asashoryu continues a disastrous string of defeats with his 4th loss on Day 9 of this session. Team-mate and fellow Mongolian Sekiwake Ama pushed Asashoryu out of the ring (okuridashi) with a tricky move. With a record of 5 wins and 4 losses, Asashoryu has no hope of reaching the winner's circle. Asashoryu claimed that pain in the left elbow which was the reason he withdrew from competition last session is still bothering him. According to a close friend, Asashoryu is considering retiring from competition soon. We will have to wait to see what announcements he will make regarding his future. (9/21)

    Two More Russian Pro-Sumo Wrestlers Fired

    Tokyo: Two more foreign pro-sumo wrestlers, both from Russia, were expelled after drug testing carried out by the Japan Sumo Association. Rohou (28yrs) and Hakurozan (26yrs) tested positive for marijuana. Although the two wrestlers denied the allegations, their statements were rejected by the sumo organization. Kitanoumi, mentor to Hakurozan and the chairman of the board of directors, resigned to take responsibility before the meeting. Former Yokozuna Mienoumi (Musashigawa) was appointed as chairman. Hakurozan belonged to Kitanoumi-beya (stable). 9/7

    Wakano-hou Purchased Marijuana at Night Club

    Tokyo: Wakano-hou, the 20 year old Russian pro-sumo player, was arrested for marijuana possession on August 18th. Wakano-hou has since said he purchased the marijuana and a pipe from a black person at a Roppongi night club for $200. The Japanese sumo organization has since expelled him from their ranks.(8/26)

    Russian Pro-Sumo Wrestler Wakano-ho Arrested ***

    Tokyo, Japan - Pro-sumo player Wakano-ho was arrested for possession of marijuana on August 18th. The 20 year old whose actual name is Soslan Aleksandrovich Gagloev is a maegashira (lower rank) of sumo wrestler from northern Russia. Wakano-ho dropped his wallet near the JR Kinshicho train station in Tokyo on June 24th. The wallet was found to contain a marijuana cigarette, and was traced to Wakano-ho. Police also found a marijuana pipe at his residence. Wakano-ho says he obtained the marijuana from a foreigner at a Roppongi night club in Tokyo. The Japan Sumo Association decided to expel him at a special meetin on 8/21, and Wakano-ho's future is uncertain as he faces his indictment.(8/21)

     

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