One of the interesting up-and-comers to follow (though we won’t see him on TV) is the new Sekitori, Yago. Like Mitakeumi and Endo before him, he got parachuted straight into Makushita after becoming Amateur Yokozuna, and wasted no time upgrading himself to sekitori within two basho (including grabbing the Makushita yusho at Nagoya).
Yago, still in a zanbara hairstyle and no shikona, is a member of the Oguruma stable, where he joins Yoshikaze, Takekaze and Amakaze in wearing the TP-roll training mawashi. Oguruma is part of the Nishonoseki ichimon.
Nishonoseki held joint training yesterday, and Yago was surprised to find himself invited to san-ban (consecutive training bouts) by no other than Ozeki Takayasu, on a visit from Tagonoura together with Han-Yokozuna Kisenosato. Takayasu made short work of the shin-Juryo, defeating him three consecutive times.
At this point, Kisenosato, who was doing shiko and teppo on the side lines, took interest and surprised Yago completely by also calling him in for san-ban. Kisenosato seemed to have really taken a liking to Yago. Which in the Sumo world translates to mashing the guy into thin pulp, with no less than 13 bouts. Yago matches Kisenosato’s hidari-yotsu, as well as size, which may be the reason for the prolonged torture, er, affection. However, half-Yokozuna or not half-Yokozuna, Yago was no match for Kisenosato’s level of Sumo, and found himself treated to a variety of kimari-te and by the final bouts, by his own description, he was out of stamina and simply dropped forward like a stone.
Here is a sample of the san-ban (taken from Twitter ):
— きょんの里 (@kisetan0703) September 4, 2017
The fun did not end there, though. As I said, Kisenosato really liked the guy. So he treated him to a butsukari-geiko, which included (loving) drill-sergeant taunts like “Put some spirit in it!”, “Too early for you to drop, you son-of-a…”. The fact is, however, that Yago held up for six minutes, which is quite respectable, especially following a 13-bout san-ban.
Yago’s summary: “It was a rare treat, a real learning experience.”