Category Archives: Rikishi on the Rise

Rikishi on The Rise: Endo & Oosunaarashi set to move up the banzuke in May

Oosunaarahsi taking a breather after another awesome basho

The Egyptian sand storm Oosunaarashi finished the Osaka basho with a strong 6-1 finish. A record good enough to place him in the Joi of the Makushita ranks next May. Newcomer and bull reincarnate, Endo also had a solid debut. After two off bouts in a row, the college grad was able to rebound and pick up his last three wins to garner a 5-2 record. Look to see both of these young stars to become sekitori soon!

Rikishi on the Rise: Endo & Tatsu move to 3-2 while Osunaarashi moves to 4-1

Osunaarashi got his kachi-koshi today by defeating big boy (over 200 kilos) Maeta. There is still an outside chance the Egyptian strong man will have a chance at the Yusho.

Tatsu takes down Kimikaze with some sweet tsupari, followed by a quick pull down.

Endo overpowers Masakaze to round things out.

Day 6 through Nakabi

MatagidanWhen I see a Yokozuna go in during a taichi-ai and not gain the right hand grip when it is there for the taking or I see Kakuryu continue to show of some of the best sumo a top the dohyo and then get caught “off guard” by the likes of Myogiryu or Toyonoshima, I can’t help but Continue reading

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.

Rikishi on the Rise: Tatsu picks up early Makushita win

Me man crush from Makushita, Tatsu easily defeated Nankairiki today in his first bout of this basho.

Props to Araibira for the excellent video

Rikishi on the Rise: Osunaarashi & Newcomer Endo pick up early Makushita wins

Sumo & Stogies favorite Ms23e Osunaarashi picked up a nice win today over Ms22w Yamatofuji. The Egyptian Sandstorm overpowered his opponent, standing him up straight, briefly gaining the left outside grip just long enough to quickly shove Yamatofuji out of the ring. We look forward to this young man’s sekitori debut when the time comes.

S & S Favorite Living Out His Dream

Newcomer Endo Shota lined up like a bull, slamming his feet into the dohyo looking to charge his opponent Ms10w Sakaguchi. Endo put an endo (oh the puns) to this bout by methodically  gaining the strong inside grip and easily walking the Ishikawa native out for his first ever victory.

Also worth noting: Goeido simply moved his leg while Tokitenku attempted a  Ketaguri. Goeido moves to 1-0. Artistic representation of the bout below. More random updates to on the way.

Tokitenku’s, nearly patented (to fail), ketaguri

Sumo & Stogie’s Favorites rock Nagoya’s face off

Three of our favorites here at Sumo & Stogies rocked Nagoya with winning records and some great bouts. Sure we have other favorites in Juryo and Makuuchi but what fun is there in only looking at the present when the future happens to be torching its own path up the banzuke as we speak! Three rikishi we have our eyes on to make the move to Sekitori status soon enough.  Continue reading