Maezumo: Hatsu 2020

Intro

Almost all prospective rikishi who find a stable and pass the Kyokai’s entrance requirements must then compete in several trial bouts against fellow recruits. Exceptions include wrestlers like Endo, Shodai, Ichinojo, and others who are granted the privilege of accelerated entry at a higher rank, usually lower sandanme up to middle makushita, just outside the makushita joi. This privilege is granted based on performance in top amateur tournaments. Injured rikishi who are kyujo for so long that they fall completely off the banzuke, or banzuke-gai, must also compete in maezumo bouts for their return.

Remember Kyushu?

A few new wrestlers joined last tournament in Kyushu: Mudoho, Nihonyagi, and Dewanoryu. Taiga is a current example of the latter group of injured wrestlers who hope to stay in the Heya Life rather than retire. Herouth introduced these men to us last tournament and I mentioned them briefly the other day in my first article from the lower divisions; more updates will follow.

Maezumo: Hatsu 2020

For this article, I will focus on the new crop of wrestlers for Hatsu 2020 and their bouts. I’m going to do the back row first. Hiding in the back right is Sasazaki, then moving left is Kirameki, Onoyama, and Sakai. In the front row from right to left are Hayatefuji, Takeoka, Shinohara, Nabatame, and Taiyo. Taiyo? Seriously? I’ll never figure out these readings, I owe a big thanks to Herouth for that one.

Above is the introduction of our new rikishi. This occurred on nakabi, after all the maezumo fights from the previous mornings. The ceremonial kesho mawashi are borrowed from their heya, or relatives. It will be quite a while before any of these rikishi wear their own kesho mawashi as sekitori, if any of them reach that high rank. According to the Sumo Kyokai website, ten rikishi were slated for introduction this tournament but one, Sergey Sokolovsky, will end up making his debut in March with Irumagawa-beya. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/01/16/sumo/ukrainian-sergey-sokolovsky-follows-sumo-great-taihos-career-path/

A little introduction to the wrestlers:

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Sasazaki Miramu (笹崎 巳来夢) joined Nakagawa stable from Mukainoka Technical Senior High School in neighboring Kawasaki. Here we’ve got the Instagram of Sasazaki the High School student.

https://www.townnews.co.jp/0206/2020/01/01/511723.html

And here we have Sasazaki-kun, the Rikishi. He will be welcome as stablemate Kyokuyuko also came from the same high school. This school looks pretty awesome, frankly. https://www.pen-kanagawa.ed.jp/mukainooka-th/zennichi/images/home_m.jpg. Robotics competitions, construction and a competitive sumo club? We need more of these schools around here to prepare kids with marketable skills out of high school. Instead, we get insane parents who respond to the idea of work after high school with, “not my kid.” (Sorry, PTA venting.)

Nakagawa beya has had a decent online presence, with a Twitter account, https://twitter.com/nakagawabeya, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/%E4%B8%AD%E5%B7%9D%E9%83%A8%E5%B1%8B-291698034609289/, Instagram, (https://www.instagram.com/nakagawabeya/), and website http://nakagawabeya.jp/.

We learned of Hayatefuji (颯富士) last year as Okuwa (大桑) after he became high school yokozuna. In December, he entered the Open Championship hoping to win accelerated entry into the sumo world. He made it to the knockout stage but lost before making it to the quarter-finals. He has joined Isegahama-beya.

Nabatame (生田目 竜也) joins Futagoyama beya.

Sakai (酒井 慶次朗) joins Irumagawa beya, and will be joined by the Ukrainian Sergey Sokolovsky in March. The stable’s top-ranked rikishi is Makushita 14 West Sagatsukasa.

Daiyo (橋本 大海) joins Onoue beya, where Satoyama has a coaching job and high-flying Hokutenkai joined last year.

Shinohara (篠原 大河) joins Fujishima beya from Fuji city in Shizuoka.

Bolivian Daniel Velez-Garcia (ベレス ガルシア ダニエル), has taken the shikona Kirameki (煌) joins Asahiyama beya.

Onoyama (奥武山) of Okinawa joins Tatsunami beya, home of Meisei, Akua, and Hoshoryu. He’s the slightest recruit, weighing 152 pounds.

Takeoka (竹岡 勇人) joins Oguruma beya, to help replenish after the retirements of Takekaze and Yoshikaze.

Match Day 1:

Sakei did not fight on Day 1 he is listed as kyujo that first day. Instead, Tsuyasato fought twice. According to the SumoDB he is listed as banzuke-gai for this tournament and Kyushu after two straight kyujo tournaments, note the very large knee brace. Hopefully he’ll be back on the banzuke in March.

He had a rough first day back with two bouts, one against Sasazaki and the other against Takeoka — both losses. As expected, Hayatefuji, the former high school champion, won his first bout. Sasazaki, Taiyo, Kirameki, and Takeoka all claimed their first wins.

Round 2:

Hayatefuji, Sasazaki, and Takaoka picked up their second wins. Nabatame rolled against Tsuyasato, Shinohara quickly threw Sakai who got himself dangerously turned around near the edge. Sasazaki had a tough time against a persistent Onoyama, despite wrapping him up pretty quickly.

The unfortunate Onoyama then got flattened as punishment for his efforts but somehow Sasazaki seems to be the one grimacing after the bout. Hayatefuji makes short work of Taiyo and Takeoka got the jump on Kirameki. I thought that last one could have been a matta.

Round 3:

Tsuyasato picked up his first win against Onoyama but again it wasn’t easy despite the obvious size advantage for the veteran. Onoyama’s 0-3 but he’s picked up a fan. He’ll likely have an easier time in Jonokuchi in March. Nabatame beat Taiyu, who’s got a rather unique pre-tachiai stance. It looks more like something one would see from a defensive lineman in the seconds before they set before the snap.

Kirameki fell to a knee…not really a slippy-otoshi but an awkward loss to Shinohara. Lastly, Hayatefuji and Takeoka picked up their important third wins. Sasazaki seemed to get a jump on Hayatefuji but the high school champ shifted his direction and let Sasazaki’s weight do the rest.

Round 4

Hayatefuji and Takeoka are done, having picked up their third wins. Shinohara and Nabatame picked up their third wins during the fourth day. Onoyama gamberized against an opponent closer to his physical match but beat Sakai easily. Shinohara beat Sasazaki who seemed to walk a bit gingerly after the bout.

Nabatame dispatched Tsuyasato with some good oshi-tsuki fundamentals. Tsuyasato took a scary fall but got back up quickly. Taiyu…henka? Seriously? Maezumo henka? Relegated. Dust yourself off, Kirameki. Vengence shall be yours.

Round 5:

Sasazaki took a hard loss, and a hard fall, after a decent effort. Tsuyasato picked up his second win to the hapless Sakai, who will need to improve his technique because Houn and Hattorizakura will put up a challenge. The nodowa was likely a bit excessive.

Damn it, Onoyama, just when you were getting a fan you throw in a henka? This is maezumo. If you henka someone like Hattorizakura, I’m pretty sure they just exile you. It’s in the rules. In exchange, the Japanese take in one asylum seeker but it’s only done on a one-for-one exchange. And it be you. Good reaction from Kirameki this time, though, catching and throwing the string bean. Getting henka’d twice in maezumo? Kirameki’s got some notoriety now. Last, but not least, Sasazaki picked up his third win in a fairly even contest with Tsuyasato.

Well, that’s it for maezumo this tournament. Let’s follow these youngsters as they join Jonokuchi. Hayatefuji’s got to be an early favorite for the yusho but Takeoka will be an interesting competitor. Beware the henka!

Aki Day 3 – Bouts from the lower divisions

Naya

No typhoon today, and at 8:40 the third day opened with some mae-zumo matches. Maezumo is very short this time around, as only one new recruit joined this basho (another recruit was checked out, but being Mongolian, and requiring a visa, he will only be able to do his maezumo next basho). The other two are returning rikishi. One is Okuniasahi, from Nakagawa beya, who has been kyujo for five basho. The other is Asahimaru from Tomozuna beya, who only did his original maezumo in Haru 2019, and was kyujo last basho. His hair has not even grown yet.

The formidable new guy has a shikona already, “Yutakanami”. He belongs to Tatsunami beya. He has some high school sumo experience, but he wasn’t recruited straight out of high school. He actually worked in the car industry for four months (“I love cars”) before quitting and switching to the one profession in Japan that does not allow him to drive a car under any circumstances.

Jonidan

Skipping the lowest division here. Now, if you are missing Terunofuji, since he only wrestles 7 days of the 15, why not try Fujinoteru, the off-brand replacement from Jonidan?

Fujinoteru belongs to Onoe beya. Here he attacks from the right, against Kirimaru from Michinoku beya (the heya with the foggy shikona tradition):

Well, although clearly Fujinoteru is not Terunofuji, he does get a win here against the somewhat elderly Kirimaru.

Next we have the other of the Tatsunami mystery crew-cut rikishi, Yukiamami. Here he is on the right, in his short-hair glory, facing Asadoji from Takasago beya:

This is his second win in two matches, and like Roman, his shorn heya-mate, he seems to have quite a good run since returning from the mystery kyujo.

Sandanme

Since we are missing Musashikuni, I thought I’ll give you Shoji, his heya-mate, instead. On the left, he faces Hibikiryu from Sakaigawa beya. Both are 1-0 coming into the match.

Alas, the Musashigawa man does not look too good. What’s with that Tachiai? This was zombie sumo. Tsukiotoshi, Hibikiryu wins.

The pearl of the day was the next bout, which was posted in video by everybody who is anybody. On the left we have Nakaishi, from Nishonoseki beya. On the right, yet another Musashigawa man, Kaishu. Feast your eyes:

This kimarite is called “mitokorozeme”. That means “Attack in three places”. He grabs one leg, trips the other, and pushes the chest with his head. Mainoumi was known for this rare one.

Makushita

Roga, who suffered an initial loss, is here on the right, facing Kotoseigo (Sadogatake beya).

The Mongolian with the new chon-mage wins and balances his score to 1-1.

Another Mongolian we have already seen, Kyokusoten, faces Kotokuzan from Arashio beya. It’s not the same “Koto” as the Sadogatake “Kotos”. Kotokuzan nearly made it to Juryo a few basho ago, and his elderly stablemaster hoped he would become one by the time he retires (which is March 2020). But Kotokuzan somehow lost his edge, and dropped back to the Makushita ranks from which promotion is unlikely. So it’s Kyokusoten on the left, and Kotokuzan on the right.

Kyokusoten looks more Mongolian than usual… and indeed, the kimarite is uwatenage.

We now have Naya, who blew it on Day 1, trying to even back his score. However, he is facing Daiseido, from Kise beya, who is not to be taken lightly.

“I just can’t hit properly”, says prince Naya in an interview to the press. He has been touted as Yokozuna material, and I just can’t see it. I feel perhaps he made a mistake in joining his Grandfather’s former, declining heya.

Up we go to meet our Hungarian of the day. Well, our Hungarian of every day, since he is the only one around. Masutoo, on the left, faces Chiyootori on the right. This is a typical top Makushita match-up.

Chiyomaru informed us in an interview at Abema TV, that his little brother is quite genki and ready to return to silk mawashi status. I hope Masutoo rallies, though. It would be nice to see him enjoy some money and privileges before he retires.

Next up is Kototebakari, the man on a mission, facing yet another former sekitori from Kokonoe, Chiyonoo. Kototebakari is on the left, Chiyonoo, on the right:

The gunbai goes to Kototebakari, but a monoii is called, a consultation ensues, and the gunbai is reversed. Kototebakari apparently touched down first. I think perhaps Chiyonoo still had a toe inside at that point, but that makes it his win either way. Mr. Handscales is now 1-1, while Chiyonoo is 2-0.

Finally, we have Wakamotoharu, the middle Onami brother, facing Akua/Aqua from Tatsunami beya. These two are both eager to slip back into Juryo and the good life.

Wakamotoharu introduces Akua to some clay, and improves to 2-0.

Juryo

I’ll spare you the hospital ward scene that was Seiro vs. Ikioi. Ikioi lost, but Seiro was also unable to bend his knee and had his butt up in the sky. It was a sorry bout.

Instead, I’ll direct your attention to Yago vs. Kiribayama. Yago, on the left, does a great defensive work here, while Kiribayama is throwing the kitchen sink at his legs.

Eventually Kiribayama realizes that Yago has a good lateral balance. So he moves sideways, and pulls. Uwatedashinage.

Bouts From the Lower Divisions – Day 4

Not-quite-kaiju

Usually, Nagoya basho is a hot and slippery mess. But this one is full of lovely sumo and good fights. But first, let’s take a look at today’s maezumo, to follow up on the newcomers, before continuing with the ranked matches.

In the following video, we have:

  • Kotoomura (veteran) – Hokutenkai (new)
  • Omura (veteran) – Konno (new)
  • Urutora (veteran) – Bariki (veteran)
  • Hisasue (new) – Kochikara (veteran, sort of)
  • Kotoomura (again) – Senho (new)

Kotoomura got a fundamental yori-kiri from Hokutenkai. That man is not taking any prisoners. While Konno from Naruto and Hisasue from Kokonoe will have no good news to report to their oyakata, Hakuho’s Senho, despite looking as green as a fresh leaf, shows that he has some signs of sumo in him, not just henka. He can’t do a tachiai properly, but he is 2-0 in maezumo.

Jonidan

From Senho we move to Hakuho’s next youngest uchi-deshi, Toma, who is not quite as gangly as Senho (but on the other hand, he doesn’t have a cool shikona). Toma here attacks from the left, and Asanoshima from Takasago, from the right:

Toma is 2-0, keeping himself in the race for the Jonidan yusho. But the main contender for that is our next contestant, the dreamy Kitanowaka. Here he is on the right, with Chiyooga from Kokonoe beya on the left:

This one proved to be quite a challenge for Prince Charming, as Chiyooga is quite a sticky wrestler. But the Hakkaku man prevails.

Sandanme

So here is our friend Narutaki – the friendly guy from Isenoumi beya, who is rumored to be a good English speaker, by the way – on the left, vs. Izumigawa of Minezaki beya on the right.

Narutaki leaves the “nice” off the dohyo, and goes straight at Izumigawa. He is now 2-0.

Then there is Shoji, from Musashigawa beya. Here on the left, with Tsugaruumi from Tamanoi beya on the right.

The smaller guy does not pose much of a problem for Shoji. Oshidashi.

Makushita

We open Makushita with Shiraishi who, if you recall, is Natsu’s Sandanme yusho winner and a generally strong guy. But I’m not really happy with his sumo today (right, facing Keitenkai on the left):

He starts with a failed henka attempt, and then after engaging he does some backwards sumo. Ummm.

The highlight match of the lower Makushita was slated to be Terunofuji vs. Onojo (Takadagawa beya). Onojo is a regular Sandanme wrestler, with a few peeks into Makushita. Shouldn’t be a problem for a former Ozeki. But don’t place your bets yet:

Terunofuji allows Onojo to morozashi him. Morozashi – having both arms inside. The morozashi itself is danger. Having a morozashi with a firm grip on your opponent’s mawashi is usually a winning position. There are a couple of ways to get out of it – a double outside grip on the mawashi, which we have seen Tochinoshin perform in the past – gives good leverage for a lift. A double kime, which is what Terunofuji is attempting here, may be able to choke your opponent’s grip – if this was Nishikigi – or a lift, if you are the original Terunofuji who had knees.

But this Terunofuji doesn’t have them. And while he attempts his power sumo again and again, eventually the stubborn Onojo, who doesn’t let go of that mawashi grip throughout the dance, prevails. Terunofuji will not have the Makushita yusho this tournament.

Following the bout, he told the press the reason why the bout went the way it went. “I was planning to grab his mawashi, but my finger got loose”.

Finger? So as it turns out, the former Ozeki was practicing with Shodai. Yes, a Makuuchi guy and a favorite practice toy for Yokozuna and the like. And while he did this, he managed to damage his finger. Thank you, Shodai. We appreciate your vast contribution to Sumo. 🙄

So now we have a kaiju with no knees and no grip. Lovely.

We move on to Kototebakari, here on the left, facing Nishikifuji, one of Isegahama’s sekitori hopefuls, on the right:

Kototebakari is not here to cater to the hopes of anybody but himself.

This post is getting too depressing on the Isegahama front (Tomisakae also lost his bout. So let’s hope Midorifuji (right) can do something against Asabenkei, the Takasago guy who has sekitori experience, on the left:

Yes! Thank you, pixie. You made an Isegahama fan happy.

Middle Onami brother, Wakamotoharu, is facing Akua. Both former sekitori and wanting to get back there as fast as possible, thank you very much. Akua on the left, Wakamotoharu on the right:

Alas, the man from Fukushima fails, and only little brother Wakatakakage is left to save the family pride today.

Finally, Fujiazuma from Tamanoi beya is facing Prince Naya. Naya was rather devastated by yesterday’s matta-that-wasn’t-a-matta. He seems totally out of confidence, and of course causes a matta, which causes him to really lose his bearings. Let’s see how it goes from there (Fujiazuma left, Naya right):

The oshi specialist Naya gets himself entangled in a sloppy yotsu match. But somehow, he manages to survive and throw Fujiazuma with a sukuinage, to even his score. 1-1. Get a hold of yourself, kid.

Bouts from the lower divisions – Day 3 and 4

Sokokurai ready for sumo. Tomisakae ready for gymnastics.

I have an eclectic collection for you today, picked up from both days 3 and 4. We start with Day 3 maezumo, where there are some interesting faces.

As you watch, note the differences between maezumo and banzuke sumo. Only the first pair gets the full announcement and shikiri. The next one get short yobidashi calls with the yobidashi off the dohyo, and they are only supposed to bow and start the bout (but you will see a pair making a mistake there and the gyoji trying to correct them).

Maezumo is also not just for newcomers. Some are veterans who dropped off the banzuke following a full kyujo in Jonokuchi. If you fall off the banzuke (“banzuke-gai”), you have to go through mae-zumo again.

I’m skipping the veterans and introducing some of the newcomers to you. In the second battle, the guy on the left is Roga. His real name is Amarsanaa, and he is Futagoyama’s new Mongolian recruit. He certainly has the size for sumo, and his rival is certainly not in the same league.

The next bout is between Denpoya (18) on the left and Daitenma (18) on the right. Denpoya is a new recruit for Isegahama, from – where else – Aomori. Many of Isegahama’s recruits in recent times have been pixies. Midorifuji and Nishikifuji, who are considered the heya’s best new talents, are small sized rikishi. Denpoya, on the other hand, has the right size. It’s hard to judge his talent here, though, because unfortunately, he is paired with Daitenma, who is Azumazeki’s new Mongolian recruit. His real name is Chinzorig, and something about his stance tells me he didn’t come from Mongolia just to enjoy the warm weather and serve as a tsukebito for his entire career (I’m looking at you, Kyokusoten).

Bout number four features Watai, 16 years old belonging to Chiganoura beya, vs. Shimomura, 18, of Sakaigawa beya, who is the son of former Makuuchi wrestler Tsunenoyama. He seems to have no problem with the youngster. He (and Hamasu, from the next bout) graduated from the Saitamasakae high school, which won the team inter-high yusho recently.

So the next bout is between Hamasu and the hapless Daigonishiki from the first bout (there is an odd number of maezumo rikishi). Hamasu, 17, belongs to Onoe beya, and is the son of former Komusubi Hamanoshima.

Day 3 – Sandanme

Moving on-banzuke, we have Torakio vs. Tagonofuji:

Torakio gets his second win, and shows some promising techniques, but he really has a long, long way to go.

Next up is prince Naya (grandchild of the legendary Taiho), whom Hoshoryu lovingly calls “debu” (“fatso”) when they talk. I’ve seen worse “debu” in Grand Sumo (Hi, Gagamaru). Here he is matched with Kototebakari, who is also a very promising rikishi who suffered a similar fate as Naya when he advanced as far as Makushita, and got demoted back to Sandanme.

Kototebakari is not impressed by princes or dukes, and gets Naya in an uncomfortable morozashi. Naya tries this and that, but a morozashi is not something easily overcome (unless you’re Kagayaki, apparently). Naya faces his first loss – so no prospect of Yusho (in theory, yes, in practice, no). Naya, if you want to catch up to Hoshoryu and show him some “debu”, you better hurry up!

Day 3 – Makushita

What I have for you is the very entertaining, though short, bout between Tomisakae and Sokokurai. As it turned out, they each came with the intention of doing a different sport:

Sokokurai watches bemused as Tomisakae converts his hatakikomi into a somersault, and lands feet first below the dohyo. Tomisakae is the sumo world’s acrobat, known for his backflips. I hope he bounces back (see what I did there?)

Day 4 – Sandanme

I wouldn’t dare to skip an Ura bout. In fact, I wouldn’t dare to blink once the gyoji turns his gunbai.

Ura vs. Yutakasho

And the reason I wouldn’t dare to blink is that Ura is really not letting those bouts last very long. As Bruce said, his rivals are left wondering what just happened.

Day 4 – Makushita

And while prince Naya has let one slip, what has his name-calling friend been doing? Hoshoryu was paired with Irie today. Irie is a Makushita fixture. Hoshoryu is anything but.

Today Hoshoryu opted for oshi-zumo – not usually his style. He has been critical of this bout, though, when interviewed by the press post-bout. “I would have liked to push him all the way” he said. He ended up winning – but only on his second hatakikomi, when he would have preferred to win by going forward. The interesting thing, though, is that he is diversifying at a very early stage of his career. Just keep from getting injured, future Yokozuna!

Day 4 – Juryo

So here is the Juryo digest du jour:

  • Mitoryu finally manages to scrape a win off from Tomokaze with a nice shitatenage, though he started the bout by pulling.
  • Gokushindo, the too-cute-for-his-own-good new sekitori, seems to have bounced back from a harsh start. He manages to keep his balance throughout this match, and eventually Jokoryu basically beats himself.
  • It saddens me to see Chiyonoumi struggle this basho. Maybe it’s a case of single-dimensionality, but it looks more like luck of power. Shimanoumi just sweeps him like some dohyo dust. I suspect Kokonoe’s solution to this would be more chanko.
  • Toyonoshima suffers his first loss at the hands of Tobizaru. It’s not really a henka – the sidestep is after they meet – but he is certainly making the best of Toyonoshima’s own forward motion.
  • It’s not often that Takekaze gets to wrestle with an opponent who is smaller than him. I think he is not quite used to that. Enho said he was aiming for the Juryo yusho. At the time I dismissed it in the same way that I dismissed Nishikigi’s “I want to be a Yokozuna”. But Enho seems to be dead serious. He gets Takekaze in a quick morozashi, and although he loses half of it, he has his main target: that deadly inside arm hold on the veteran’s mawashi – right next to the knot. It’s not one of his most spectacular shitatenage, but it works.
  • The Kyokushuho – Azumaryu bout is your typical Mongolian sumo match. Ending with a classical shitatenage – Azumaryu’s win.
  • Chiyonoo finally manages to buy a win in this basho – and buys it with a henka. Or maybe a half henka, as he isn’t just letting Tsurugisho drop. Tsurugisho tries to struggle, but drops to 1-3 as well.
  • I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it looks like Akiseyama’s agility is getting more and more limited. Perhaps he is hiding an injury, or perhaps it’s all those kilos he has regained. Hakuyozan wins by yorikiri.
  • Terutsuyoshi, alas, failed to deliver today. Koyokutaisei manages to get him turned around, and at that point it’s over.
  • Ishiura only half-henkas today, but I’m going to forgive him, because his rival is Takagenji. Besides, he follows that with some exciting sumo his rival finds hard to find a solution to. Takagenji drops to 1-3, and Ishiura is even.
  • Wakatakakage starts his bout with what looks like Enho sumo – with that inside grip slowly advancing towards the mawashi knot. Unlike the pixie, though, he doesn’t seem to have that much of a throwing power. He then surprisingly releases that grip, and instead opts to push forward and force Hidenoumi out. Hidenoumi has yet to win a bout this basho. Wakatakakage is even.
  • Tokushoryu started the basho strong, and seemed to continue his form from the previous basho despite the kyujo in the middle. But Daishoho here wraps him up and sends him away in short order.
  • Kotoyuki’s bout with Yago is a show of hearty tsuppari – especially on the part of Kotoyuki. He has Yago against the bales, and Yago’s foot goes out. The nearby shimpan immediately raises his hand, but the gyoji sees neither the errant foot nor the shimpan’s signal. It’s the sort of thing I see more often in Jonokuchi bouts. In any case, the gyoji’s gunbai points to the correct direction, so no big fuss is made.
  • Aminishiki was trying for another tokkurinage. Well, he denies having aimed for that, but his hands seemed placed in the correct position. However, this is marked down as a boring hatakikomi. Too bad.