Wakaichiro Wins Day 11 – Kachi-Koshi!


Headed For Sandanme in November

Early news from Tokyo that American sumotori Wakaichiro won his day 11 match against Jonidan 9 Kiryu. With this win, Wakaichiro has secured a winning record, and will likely be ranked in Sandanme for the November basho in Kyushu.

Video below courtesy of twitter user SumoSoul:

Congratulations to Wakaichiro! Well done indeed! Thanks to SumoSoul for posting it.

Wakaichiro In Action Again Day 11


Hot on the heels of his victory over Maeta, Texas sumotori Wakaichiro returns to the Aki dohyo with a shot at securing his kachi-koshi, and promotion to the next highest division for the November tournament in Kyushu. His opponent for day 11 is Jonidan 9 Kiryu, who hails from Miyagino heya (of Enho, Ishiura and Hakuho fame). Kiryu is a 30 year old veteran who has been in sumo since 2003, and has been bouncing between Jonidan and Sandanme for the entire period. Undoubtably he will bring quite a few surprises for Wakaichiro, and it should prove a significant challenge for the young man from Texas.

As with his prior matches, we will bring you news and video as soon as its available to us.

Video – Wakaichiro’s Victory Over Maeta

As reported late Monday, American Jonidan Wakichiro prevailed in his 5th match over the massive Maeta, brining his record to 3-2, one win away from his kachi-koshi. Maeta is so large (about 500 pounds) that he can barely move under his own power, but Wakaichiro applied several brutal tsuppari and knocked him off balance. Isaac Newton took care of the rest.

Well done to Wakaichiro, everyone at Tachiai is looking forward to your next match.

Wakaichiro Defeats Maeta Masaru!


Overcomes Gargantuan Rikishi To Improve To 3-2

The happy dance has broken out among Texas sumo fans. Wakaichiro faced a massive opponent in the form of Maeta Masaru on day 10, and won.  This improves him to 3-2, and puts kochi-koshi, and a promotion to the next highest division within reach. We will, of course, post video of this one as soon as we can find it.

Well done and outstanding work to Tachiai’s favorite Jonidan.

Wakaichiro Back In Action Day 10


Our favorite Jonidan rikishi holds a 2-2 record going into day 10, needing to win 2 of his last 3 matches to secure a winning record, and promotion to the next highest division. A tough road, but the man from Humble Texas is up for the fight. Facing him on day 10 is the gargantuan Maeta Masaru from the somewhat troubled Shibatayama stable. Maeta is 213 kg. Consider that if you will – that’s just short of 500 pounds by US reckoning.

As Wakaichiro rises in rank, he must have winning strategies for taking care of these truly massive rikishi. Thankfully he has yet to face the planetary Orora, who is at present the largest rikishi in recorded history. Maeta is 35 years old, and has been doing sumo since 2005 – so 12 years or so. He has been as high as Makushita, and has even won the Makushita yusho. So Maeta is quite formidable, albeit fading rikishi.

We are eager to see the outcome of this bout, and we wish good fortunes to Wakaichiro on day 10.

Video Of Wakaichiro’s Day 8 Win

It seems that One and Only is somewhat impeded for video of the lower division matches, but at long last here is video of Wakaichiro’s victory over Isegahama veteran Tosahikari. As identified by blog reader and commenter tigerboy1966, the kimarite looks to be oshi-dashi.

Congratulations to Wakaichiro, and we look forward to his next bout, which will likely come day 10.

Wakaichiro Wins His Day 8 Match


Early on Sunday at the Kokugikan in Tokyo, American rikishi Wakaicihro won his match against Isegahama veteran Tosahikari. At present we don’t have any additional information, but with this win, Wakaichiro brings his record to 2-2, with 3 matches remaining. he need at least 2 more wins to secure his kachi-koshi (winning record), and likely advance to Sandanme, the next higher division for the kyushu basho in November.

We will bring you video as soon as we can find it online.