January 31, 2015
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Grappling fans in general and Sumo fans in general are quite possibly bearing witness to one of the greatest periods of wrestling history ever.. Hopefully you all are tuning in;) Though my coach Tim claims his all time favorite Chiyonofuji is the best of all time, this 33rd tournament victory makes Hakuho arguably the best ever. And the best news is he still has several more years in him!!
March 21, 2014
Here is video of day 12 of the Haru Basho which includes the announcement of Kotooshu as well as a great match at 11:19 between Hakuho and Kisenosato. Kisenosato attempts to be "cute" and play a bit of a mind game with the yokozuna which in general is typically not a good idea. Lessons were learned:
An interview from 8 years ago:
Arguably his greatest match defeating Asashoryu on his way to winning the Emperors Cup in 2008:
January 28, 2014
First and foremost check out this AMAZING inside knee prop (Uchimuso) he nails on Kotoshogiku. This is an incredibly rare throw all set up off of Kotoshogiku over committing his weight into Hakuho:
So that was day 14, where day 15 has yokozuna Hakuho (14-0) taking on Kakuryu (13-1). IF Hakuho wins it will be his 28th Emperors Cup.
SPOILER ALERT.... So when you have a tied record on day 15 of a basho, it forces the two wrestlers into a sudden death playoff. What better timing then a winner takes all end to the January basho just before the American superbowl!? If Kakuryu wins it will be his first Emperors Cup:
January 1, 2014
December 4, 2013
January 15, 2010
November 29, 2009
Hakuho won his third title of the year by stealing the victory with a perfect 15-0 record in the Kyushu Basho! Hakuho ends the year with a never before seen record of 86-4! Best ever for a single year. The Mongolian Yokuzuna finished the tournament with a great throw vs. his rival, fellow Mongolian himself Asashouryu.
The actual bout begins at the 6 minute mark. Great fight!
Here are the highlights from the last day:
Here is the Japan Times breakdown.
To the right is a picture of Hakuho in his traditional Mongolian Wrestling uniform, and his current Sumo Mawashi. Don't forget about the Aaron Fields Mongolian Wrestling Seminar coming up in a couple of weeks!