Sumo : Teen Gets Good Start On Living Up To Legacy

Sumo : Teen gets good start on living up to legacyThird-generation wrestler Kotokamatani lived up to his legacy by getting his sumo career off to a winning start at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
The 17-year-old grandson of former yokozuna Kotozakura and son of former sekiwake Kotonowaka — now his stablemaster Sadogatake — used an overarm belt hold to force out his opponent in his first bout Tuesday in maezumo, the pre-ranking competition for newcomers.

“I was a bit nervous, but I worked in for a solid hold, so that was good,” said Kotokamatani, a third-year student at Saitama Sakae High School whose real name is Masakatsu Kamatani.

At 1.86 meters and 147 kilograms, the teen has the physique to make rapid progress. “I want to make my way, concentrating on each tournament one at a time,” said Kotokamatani, who won the heavyweight gold medal at the world junior championships in August.

Sadogatake watched the match from the corridor leading to the ring, but displayed feelings more as a father than a stablemaster.

“I was more nervous watching him,” he said.