Rikishi on the Rise: Akita’s Sasakiyama slow dances his way to 2-0, literally

We are a little late reporting on this one, but it’s worth sharing nonetheless. Makushita 34 East, Sasakiyama, an Akita native, is off to a great start in Osaka. His bout against Ms34w, Mankajo, a 200 plus kilogram giant from Miyazaki lasted approximately two minutes and fifty six seconds, a marathon by sumo standards. Sasakiyama did a great job of slowly gaining the inside grip and holding off the far heavier rikishi for a long awaited uwatenage win. Watch the slow dance for yourself below! Saskiyama, Akita’s third highest ranked rikishi (of seven total) faces 2-0 eleven year veteran Hokkairyu, the Hokkaido native, today.

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