Ichinoya Mitsuru

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Ichinoya Mitsuru
一ノ矢 充
Personal information
Born Tetsuhiro Matsuda
(1960-12-28) December 28, 1960 (age 53)
Kagoshima, Japan
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 98.5 kg (217 lb)[1]
Web presence website
Career
Stable Takasago
Record 484-518-6
Debut November, 1983
Highest rank Sandanme 6 (July, 1991)
Retired November, 2007
Championships 2 (Jonidan)
* Up to date as of September 2007.

Ichinoya Mitsuru (born 28 December 1960 as Tetsuhiro Matsuda) is a former sumo wrestler from Tokunoshima, Ōshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. His highest rank was sandanme 6.

Career[edit]

At 46 years of age, Ichinoya was the oldest man in professional sumo since the start of the Showa era in 1926.[2] When he began his sumo career in November 1983 his stablemate, former yokozuna Asashōryū was just three years old.

Ichinoya was interested in sumo from a very young age. He grew up on Tokunoshima island, which was the birthplace of the 46th Yokozuna Asashio Tarō III. He studied physics at Ryukyu University in Okinawa, and started up a sumo club there. He joined Takasago stable upon graduating. He never rose higher than the fourth sandanme division, but he was much admired simply for his longevity and his determination in fighting opponents more than twenty years his junior. At the tournament in May 2007, ranked at Jonidan 87, he fought back from 0-3 down to achieve a 4-3 score and kachi-koshi.[3] In November 2007, having completed 1000 professional bouts, he announced that he was retiring after 24 years in sumo.[4] He also announced his intention to marry.

Ichinoya will remain as the general manager of Takasago stable, looking after its day to day running. He is also a keen computer enthusiast and keeps a regular blog on the heya's website.[5]

In February 2008 Ichinoya had his retirement ceremony, or danpatsu-shiki, at a hotel in Tokyo, along with his wedding reception. Asashōryū was among the attendees.

Career record[edit]

Ichinoya Mitsuru[6]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
1983 x x x x x (Maezumo)
1984 West Jonokuchi #43
6–1–PPPP
 
West Jonidan #89
3–4
 
East Jonidan #111
5–2
 
West Jonidan #68
2–5
 
West Jonidan #60
2–5
 
West Jonidan #90
2–2–3
 
1985 East Jonidan #123
6–1
 
East Jonidan #49
2–5
 
East Jonidan #77
4–3
 
West Jonidan #51
3–4
 
East Jonidan #73
4–3
 
East Jonidan #53
4–3
 
1986 East Jonidan #30
2–5
 
West Jonidan #61
3–4
 
West Jonidan #82
4–3
 
East Jonidan #43
5–2
 
East Jonidan #7
5–2
 
East Sandanme #68
1–6
 
1987 West Jonidan #6
2–5
 
East Jonidan #34
1–6
 
West Jonidan #80
6–1
 
East Jonidan #14
4–3
 
West Sandanme #93
3–4
 
West Jonidan #5
2–5
 
1988 West Jonidan #34
5–2
 
West Sandanme #97
4–3
 
West Sandanme #73
3–4
 
West Sandanme #90
5–2
 
East Sandanme #57
2–5
 
West Sandanme #86
4–3
 
1989 East Sandanme #66
3–4
 
East Sandanme #80
2–5
 
West Jonidan #10
3–4
 
East Jonidan #28
7–0–P
Champion

 
West Sandanme #37
3–4
 
West Sandanme #53
3–4
 
1990 West Sandanme #74
3–4
 
West Sandanme #97
5–2
 
West Sandanme #55
4–3
 
East Sandanme #37
4–3
 
East Sandanme #22
3–4
 
East Sandanme #35
3–4
 
1991 East Sandanme #53
3–4
 
East Sandanme #71
4–3
 
West Sandanme #51
6–1
 
East Sandanme #6
1–6
 
West Sandanme #43
3–4
 
West Sandanme #53
1–6
 
1992 West Sandanme #89
3–4
 
East Jonidan #7
3–4
 
East Jonidan #31
4–3
 
West Jonidan #6
3–4
 
East Jonidan #27
2–5
 
East Jonidan #59
4–3
 
1993 East Jonidan #30
7–0–P
Champion

 
East Sandanme #35
2–5
 
East Sandanme #59
3–4
 
East Sandanme #73
4–3
 
West Sandanme #53
1–6
 
East Sandanme #90
3–4
 
1994 West Jonidan #6
2–5
 
West Jonidan #42
5–2
 
West Jonidan #4
3–4
 
West Jonidan #19
4–3
 
East Sandanme #100
3–4
 
West Jonidan #19
4–3
 
1995 West Sandanme #97
3–4
 
West Jonidan #22
2–5
 
West Jonidan #53
6–1
 
East Sandanme #89
1–6
 
West Jonidan #31
3–4
 
West Jonidan #52
2–5
 
1996 West Jonidan #89
5–2
 
West Jonidan #42
3–4
 
West Jonidan #68
3–4
 
East Jonidan #94
3–4
 
East Jonidan #116
5–2
 
East Jonidan #67
3–4
 
1997 East Jonidan #89
4–3
 
East Jonidan #62
4–3
 
West Jonidan #38
4–3
 
West Jonidan #15
3–4
 
West Jonidan #36
3–4
 
East Jonidan #57
3–4
 
1998 East Jonidan #76
3–4
 
East Jonidan #94
4–3
 
West Jonidan #73
4–3
 
West Jonidan #48
3–4
 
East Jonidan #66
5–2
 
West Jonidan #23
5–2
 
1999 West Sandanme #93
3–4
 
West Jonidan #9
3–4
 
West Jonidan #32
3–4
 
West Jonidan #48
3–4
 
West Jonidan #67
3–4
 
East Jonidan #84
4–3
 
2000 West Jonidan #59
4–3
 
West Jonidan #34
1–6
 
East Jonidan #65
4–3
 
East Jonidan #41
2–5
 
West Jonidan #71
6–1
 
East Jonidan #1
2–5
 
2001 East Jonidan #35
2–5
 
East Jonidan #59
4–3
 
East Jonidan #36
4–3
 
West Jonidan #15
3–4
 
West Jonidan #36
1–6
 
West Jonidan #69
2–5
 
2002 East Jonidan #98
6–1
 
West Jonidan #20
3–4
 
East Jonidan #43
3–4
 
West Jonidan #57
2–5
 
West Jonidan #87
4–3
 
West Jonidan #60
4–3
 
2003 West Jonidan #39
3–4
 
East Jonidan #54
4–3
 
West Jonidan #29
2–5
 
East Jonidan #60
5–2
 
West Jonidan #17
3–4
 
East Jonidan #41
3–4
 
2004 West Jonidan #62
4–3
 
East Jonidan #38
1–6
 
West Jonidan #77
5–2
 
East Jonidan #32
2–5
 
East Jonidan #61
4–3
 
East Jonidan #39
3–4
 
2005 West Jonidan #66
4–3
 
West Jonidan #41
2–5
 
West Jonidan #66
5–2
 
East Jonidan #25
2–5
 
West Jonidan #59
3–4
 
East Jonidan #78
2–5
 
2006 East Jonidan #108
3–4
 
East Jonokuchi #2
4–3
 
West Jonidan #89
3–4
 
East Jonidan #111
4–3
 
East Jonidan #84
3–4
 
East Jonidan #102
4–3
 
2007 East Jonidan #72
4–3
 
West Jonidan #46
1–6
 
East Jonidan #87
4–3
 
East Jonidan #61
3–1–3
 
East Jonidan #83
3–4
 
East Jonidan #103
4–3
 
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ichnoya Mitsuru". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  2. ^ Blair, Eric (August 2005). "Lower Division Rikishi". sumofanmag.com. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  3. ^ Buckton, Mark (2007-05-29). "Hakuho wrestles his way into the history books". Japan Times Online. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  4. ^ http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/sports/20071126TDY20105.htm
  5. ^ Buckton, Mark (2006-05-15). "With Wailing Walls and Dead Sea dips, who needs the World Cup?". Japan Times. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Sumo reference". Retrieved 2013-05-09. 

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