Sumo: Lone Yokozuna Harumafuji Starts Autumn Tourney With Victory

Sumo: Lone yokozuna Harumafuji starts Autumn tourney with victory

Harumafuji got off to a winning start as the only yokozuna standing at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a convincing win against komusubi Tochiozan on Sunday.

With grand champions Hakuho -- the winner of the Summer tourney in July -- Kisenosato and Kakuryu all missing from this basho due to injuries, Harumafuji has been singlehandedly left to uphold the reputation of sumo's highest rank.

Sumo: Hakuho Also Withdraws From Autumn Tourney, 3rd Yokozuna Out

Sumo: Hakuho also withdraws from Autumn tourney, 3rd yokozuna out

Hakuho on Friday pulled out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament getting under way Sunday due to pain in his left knee, becoming the third yokozuna to withdraw from the meet after Kisenosato and Kakuryu.

Based on official records kept by the Japan Sumo Association since the Showa era (1926-1989), it is the first time for three grand champions to miss the opening day of a tourney.

Sumo: Yokozuna Kisenosato, Kakuryu Pull Out Of Autumn Tourney

Sumo: Yokozuna Kisenosato, Kakuryu pull out of autumn tourney

Yokozuna Kisenosato and Kakuryu have pulled out of the upcoming Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament due to injuries, their respective stablemasters said Thursday.

The announcement of their withdrawal, which came three days before the start of the meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, once again dashed fans' hopes of seeing all four grand champions compete from the start to end of a single basho.

New Yokozuna Kisenosato Wins Emperor's Cup

New Yokozuna Kisenosato wins Emperor's Cup

In sumo, as of late progressed Yokozuna or astounding champion Kisenosato uncovered from a shortage to win his second Emperor's Cup in a row.

Kisenosato vanquished Ozeki or champion Terunofuji to even their records at 13 wins and 2 mishaps on Sunday, the most recent day of the championship.

Sumo: Yokozuna Kisenosato Denies Terunofuji To Win Spring Title

Sumo: Yokozuna Kisenosato denies Terunofuji to win Spring title

Taped-up yokozuna Kisenosato battled against famous misfortune to win the Spring Grand Sumo rivalry in passionate outline, smashing in-edge ozeki Terunofuji twice on Sunday and transforming into the primary as of late lifted yokozuna to win a title in 22 years.

After bearing a tumble to one side shoulder on Friday, Kisenosato was insufficient the following day, when his second in succession disaster allowed Terunofuji to stand out. Requiring a win on Sunday to even their records at 13-2 and oblige a title playoff, Kisenosato by some methods survived while his adversary slipped to the surface.

Kisenosato To Debut As 4th Yokozuna

Kisenosato to debut as 4th yokozunaKisenosato held up the freshly printed ranking sheet and, seeing his name in the largest and boldest letters — reflecting his promotion to sumo’s highest rank — grasped the expectations that lie ahead.
“[As a yokozuna], the definitive criteria is to be in the battle for the championship,” Kisenosato said Monday, following the release by the Japan Sumo Association of the official rankings for next month’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka.

Sumo: Kisenosato To Be Named 72nd Yokozuna Wednesday

Sumo: Kisenosato to be named 72nd yokozuna WednesdayOzeki Kisenosato is set to become the first Japanese-born yokozuna in 19 years after a Japan Sumo Association (JSA) advisory body recommended his promotion on Monday.
Kisenosato will be named the 72nd yokozuna, the first born in Japan since Wakanohana in 1998, at an extraordinary JSA board meeting Wednesday as a formality, after the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament are decided.

Sumo: New Year Champ Kisenosato Beats Hakuho, Set For Yokozuna

Sumo: New Year champ Kisenosato beats Hakuho, set for yokozunaOzeki Kisenosato came one step closer to becoming yokozuna as he twisted down hard-shoving Mongolian grand champion Hakuho on Sunday, the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
The win was the icing on the cake for Kisenosato (14-1), who had secured his maiden championship the previous day, and gave an added boost to the 30-year-old Ibaraki Prefecture native's chances of reaching sumo's pinnacle rank.

Sumo: Mongolian Yokozuna Off To Winning Start At New Year Tourney

Sumo: Mongolian yokozuna off to winning start at New Year tourneySumo's three Mongolian yokozuna had convincing wins on Sunday as the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament got under way before Japan's emperor and empress.
Kakuryu, who won his third career title in most-recent November tourney, was never troubled against Tochinoshin, latching onto a left overarm belt hold before sending the Georgian komusubi sprawling with a pulling throw for his 20th win in their career 21 meetings.

Goeido Dealt Blow In Bid For Yokozuna

Goeido dealt blow in bid for yokozunaAfter an undefeated run to his first Emperor’s Cup in the previous tournament, ozeki Goeido’s hopes of a possible promotion to yokozuna were dented midway through the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.
Sekiwake Okinoumi drove Goeido to the edge of the ring and the ozeki was on the bales when Okinoumi fell down and out. The referee designated Goeido the winner, but after the judges viewed the replay, it was apparent the ozeki’s heel touched outside the bales first, giving Okinoumi (2-6) the victory.

Sumo: Goeido In Yokozuna Promotion Hunt, Hakuho Back In Kyushu

Sumo: Goeido in yokozuna promotion hunt, Hakuho back in KyushuGoeido, who has been mostly mediocre during his time at the second-highest rank of ozeki, will have the unlikely chance of reaching the exalted rank of yokozuna at the Nov. 13-27 Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Two years on from appearing as ozeki for the first time at the 2014 Autumn tourney, Goeido exceeded all the expectations this September by winning all 15 bouts for his first career championship in Tokyo.

Goeido A Step Closer To Becoming First Japanese-born Yokozuna In Years

Goeido a step closer to becoming first Japanese-born yokozuna in yearsGoeido became the first kadoban ozeki ever to win the Emperor's Cup with a 15-0 record after defeating Ozeki Kotoshogiku on Sept. 25, the final day of the fall tournament.
The victory marked the first time in 20 years -- since the 1996 victory of then Yokozuna Takanohana in the fall tournament -- that a Japanese-born sumo wrestler won a tournament with a perfect record.