Wakaichiro Loses Day 13

Texas rikishi Wakaichiro lost his final match of the Haru basho on day 13 to Fujitaisei. His final performance was 3 wins, 4 losses for a make-koshi. Chances are quite high that he will return to Jonidan for Natsu in May in Tokyo. I have noticed an interesting pattern to Wakaichiro’s performance: his Tokyo tournament performance is typically a step above what he turns in when he is on the road, so I am going to guess he will have a strong showing in May.

It’s also worth noting the rather sturdy bandage securing his right elbow, and the tape on his right knee, which may indicate an injury that limits his sumo. So we will wish him well, and eagerly wait his return to the dohyo in 6 weeks, hopefully renewed, healed up and ready to win.

Wakaichiro Wins Day 12

In one of the most chaotic and unpredictable matches of his short career, Wakaichiro won on day 12 over his opponent Hokutohomare. This brings the rikishi from Texas to 3-3 for the Osaka tournament. The final match, which will decide if Wakaichiro is promoted or demoted, will take place on Thursday, Haru day 13. His opponent is 23-year-old Fujitaisei of Fujishima-beya, a Sandanme regular who is also hoping to get his kachi-koshi.

Wakaichiro Match #6 Preview

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Tachiai’s favorite Texan rikishi is back in action on day 12, with a solid chance to improve his record for Haru. On Thursday, Wakaichiro faces off against Sandanme 86 Hokutohomare, from Hakkaku heya. Hokutohomare is a long term veteran who has been in sumo since 2011, and has gotten as high as Sandanme 80. He has a great deal of experience, and will present a solid challenge to Wakaichro.

As always, we will bring results and video as soon as we have them.

Wakaichiro Returns Day 10

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Texas sumotori Wakaichiro returns to action on day 10, facing off against Sandanme 88 Hokuyozan, of Tatsunami heya.  Hokuyozan is roughly the same height and weight as Wakakichiro, but is participating in his 54th basho, going all the way back to 2009. He is a seasoned professional and will bring a great deal of experience to the bout.

Wakaichiro needs to win 2 out of his last 3 matches to secure a kachi-koshi, and maintain his berth in Sandanme.  We will be watching with great interest tonight. As always we will bring you results and video as soon as they are available.

 

Wakaichiro Loses Day 8 Match

As Bruce noted, Wakaichiro was in action today on Day 8, taking on Ginseizan of Otake-beya. Fortunately, I was at the EDION Arena taking in the day’s action, so Tachiai can provide the video of this match ourselves (with the usual disclaimer about elderly folks ambling into our camera angle).

Less fortunately, Wakaichiro suffered defeat to his 24 year old opponent by oshidashi in a battle of pushing and thrusting. He is now 2-2 on the tournament and we will continue to cheer him on as he pursues a kachi-koshi and upward momentum in the Sandanme division. As the rikishi walk past the spectators on the way into the arena, I attempted to find our man before the match but unfortunately could not find the entrance point for the east side until after his match had concluded. More on today’s experience at the EDION Arena will be coming soon to Tachiai.

 

Wakaichiro In Action Day 8

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Our favorite Sandanme rikishi returns to the Haru dohyo before noon on day 8, facing off against Sandanme 90 Ginseizan. Ginseizan began sumo in 2013 in Osaka and is from Otake heya. He is the same height as Wakaichiro, but only weights 90kg. His highest rank is Sandanme 41 and has been bouncing between Sandanme and Jonidan for the past few years.

In spite of his weight advantage, Wakaichiro is going up against a seasoned veteran. This match will be an excellent test of his “survival” potential in the Sandanme division. It has been the case that Wakaichiro always fights better in Tokyo, so a kachi-koshi in Osaka would set him up for a significant tournament in May.

As always, we will bring you details and video once we find it.

Wakaichiro Loses Day 5 Match

In day 5 action, Wakaichiro lost his match to Kaiseijo. The bout got off to a fast start, with Kaiseijo driving hard to move inside against Wakaichiro’s somewhat high tachiai. In the oshi-fest that followed, Wakaichiro got turned around, and Kaiseijo moved him out. Kaiseijo did a good job, and kept his hips low, constantly moving forward.

This was a rematch between the two young rikishi, and I am sure it bothers Wakaichiro that his record against Kaiseijo is now 0-2. With the loss, Wakaichiro goes to a respectable 2-1 for Haru. His next match is not yet published on the fight schedule.

Wakaichiro Returns To Action Day 5

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The day 5 torikumi features the third bout for Texas sumotori Wakaichiro. Coming in with a 2-0 record, he is still working through Sandanme’s “winner’s bracket”, where rikishi with 2-0 records face off. Today’s opponent is Sandanme 90 Kaiseijo, from Asakayama heya, whose head is the former great Ozeki Kaiō.

Kaiseijo is fighting at his highest ever rank, having been in sumo since March 2014. He has bounced between Jonidan and Sandanme, generally scoring a 3-4 / 4-3 record in most tournaments. He is the same height as Wakaichiro, but 30 kg lighter. Interesting note, these two have faced once before, with Kaiseijo taking their prior match in Kyushu, which Kaiseijo won via tsukiotoshi thrust down. So this one is a rematch, Wakaichiro fans!

We will endeavor to bring you video and results as soon as they are known.

Wakaichiro Wins Day 4 Match

American sumotori Wakaichiro improved to 2-0 with his win on day 4 over challenger Tokimaru. Tokimaru opens strong, and Wakaichiro gives ground, leading him to the edge. The faster Tokimaru attacks, the more forward his balance becomes until Wakaichiro finishes the match by slapping him down.

The man from Humble Texas has really made great strides in his sumo, and we are eager to see his remaining 5 matches for Haru. Well done, Wakaichiro! Keep moving forward.

Wakaichiro Back In Action Day 4

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American Sandanme rikishi Wakaichiro competes in his second match of the Haru basho on day 4. Early in the day, he faces Sandanme 89 ranked wrestler Tokimaru, from Hakuho’s Miyagino stable. Tokimaru is another young, new rikishi who has been on a steady upward trajectory since he entered sumo in May of 2017. He is almost the same size and weight as Wakaichiro so this will be an even match.

As always we will bring you results and video of this match once it’s available online.

Wakaichiro Wins Day 1

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In his first match of Haru, Texas sumotori Wakaichiro overpowered the much larger Sakaefuji, forcing him from the ring in a flurry of thrusts. This is a far cry from the Wakaichiro of Kyushu who struggled against his Sandanme opponents. He was out matched in terms of height, reach and weight, but dismantled his opponent with skill and confidence. With the win, Wakaichiro starts Haru with a 1-0 record.

We will post video as soon as we are able to find it online.

Wakaichiro In Action Day 1

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Texas sumotori Wakaichiro mounts the Haru dohyo for his first match on Sunday, going up against Sandanme 88 Sakaefuji. Sakaefuji, from Sakaigawa heya, is another long time veteran, having begun professional sumo in 2011, whose highest rank has been Sandanme 72. At approximately 200 kg, he will have a significant weight advantage over Wakaichiro.

Wakaichiro’s fans are all looking to see him do better than his prior ranking in Sandanme, where he finished with a losing record. The rikishi in this division are generally more experienced and larger than in Jonidan, and represent a sea-change in difficulty.

As always, we will bring you results – and video if we can find it – as it happens.

Wakichiro Loses Day 14

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Texas sumotori Wakaichiro was defeated in his day 14, final match, against Asamorimoto. Wakaichiro finishes the Kyushu basho with a disappointing 1-6 record, and we will likely see him return to the Jonidan ranks for the January tournament. His fans and followers wish Wakaichiro a vigorous recovery, and a renewed fighting spirit in the Hatsu basho, and look forward to his push to return to higher ranks in 2018.

Wakaichiro’s Final Match – Day 14

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American sumotori Wakaicihro goes into his final match of the Kyushu basho, with a 1-5 record. He faces Sandanme 74 Asamorimot on day 14, a rikishi of similar height and weight. After spending many tournaments in Jonidan, he is now fighting at his highest ever rank.

This match represents Wakaichiro’s final opportunity to improve his record for this tournament. We will publish the results as soon as we know them.