Kaisei Ichirō

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Kaisei Ichirō
魁聖 一郎
Kaisei 2010 Sep.JPG
Personal information
Born Ricardo Sugano
(1986-12-18) December 18, 1986 (age 28)
São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 181 kg (399 lb; 28.5 st)
Career
Stable Tomozuna
Current rank see below
Debut September, 2006
Highest rank Maegashira #1 (Sept. 2012)
Championships 1 (Jūryō)
Special Prizes Fighting Spirit (2)
* Up to date as of Nov 23, 2014.

Kaisei Ichirō (born December 18, 1986 as Ricardo Sugano) is a professional sumo wrestler (rikishi) from São Paulo, Brazil. Making his debut in September 2006,[1] he reached the top makuuchi division in May 2011.[2][3] His highest rank has been maegashira 1. He has received two Fighting Spirit prizes to date.

Career[edit]

Born Ricardo Sugano in São Paulo, he did judo while growing up.[4] He joined Tomozuna stable in 2006 (already home to another Brazilian wrestler, Kaishin) and was given the shikona or ring name of Kaisei Ichirō. Ichirō was the name of Kaisei's late grandfather, who was Japanese.[4]

Kaisei moved through the lower divisions quickly, reaching the fourth highest sandanme division in March 2007. He was promoted to the third makushita division after the March 2008 tournament, but then his progress stalled somewhat. He came through the September 2009 tournament undefeated (although he lost a playoff for the yūshō to Gagamaru) and in May 2010 became a sekitori by earning promotion to jūryō. He was the fourth Brazilian to make the jūryō division after Ryuko, Kuniazuma and Wakaazuma, but Kaisei was to surpass all of them by winning promotion to the top makuuchi division. After winning the jūryō division yūshō in November 2010 with an 11-4 record, he followed up with an 8-7 at Jūryō 1 in January 2011, which saw him reach maegashira 16 in the May Technical Examination tournament.

Kaisei won his first six bouts in his makuuchi debut, the first makuuchi debutant to do so since Takanonami in 1991. He went on to 8-0, the first to achieve that since Sadanoumi in 1980, and 9-0, running neck and neck with yokozuna Hakuhō, before suffering his first defeat to Tochinoshin on Day 10. He thus failed to emulate the great Taihō, who reached 11-0 in 1960. Nevertheless his final score of 10-5 saw him win the Fighting Spirit Award. He was also given the honour of serving as Hakuhō's tsuyuharai, or dew sweeper, during the yokozuna's ring entering ceremony.[4]

He was promoted to maegashira 5 for the July tournament, where he recovered from 1-4 to go to 6-4, but then lost his last five matches to finish on 6-9. With the intai-zumo (retirement from sumo) of ōzeki Kaiō during the same tournament Kaisei become the heyagashira (the highest ranked rikishi) at Tomozuna stable. So far in his makuuchi career he has been unable to capitalise on his strong debut, recording disappointing scores of 4-11 and 6-9 in September and November 2011 to fall to the bottom of the division. A 5-10 record in the January 2012 tournament meant he suffered demotion to jūryō in March, but he produced a 10–5 record in Osaka, ensuring a return to makuuchi. In July he scored eleven wins, picking up his second Fighting Spirit Award and earning promotion to maegashira 1, his highest rank to date. In September he just fell short with a 7–8 record, losing to Hōmashō on the final day. Since then he has largely alternated winning and losing tournaments, with his only breakout performance being an 11-4 in July 2013. Though he has proven his longevity in the top division, it remains to be seen whether he can achieve more consistent performances and make it to the san'yaku ranks.

Fighting style[edit]

Kaisei's favoured techniques are listed at the Sumo Association as migi-yotsu (a left hand outside, right hand inside grip on the opponent's mawashi), yori (forcing) and oshi (pushing). His most common winning kimarite are straightforward: yori-kiri (force out) and oshi dashi (push out).

Career record[edit]

Kaisei Ichirō[5]
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
2006 x x x x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #35
6–1
 
2007 West Jonidan #66
6–1
 
West Sandanme #96
4–3
 
West Sandanme #75
6–1
 
West Sandanme #18
2–5
 
West Sandanme #42
3–4
 
West Sandanme #56
3–4
 
2008 East Sandanme #69
6–1
 
West Sandanme #14
5–2
 
West Makushita #52
5–2
 
West Makushita #35
4–3
 
West Makushita #29
2–5
 
East Makushita #50
3–4
 
2009 West Makushita #60
3–4
 
East Sandanme #15
5–2
 
West Makushita #52
5–2
 
East Makushita #31
2–5
 
West Makushita #46
7–0–P
Champion

 
West Makushita #6
3–4
 
2010 East Makushita #10
5–2
 
West Makushita #5
5–2
 
West Makushita #2
5–2
 
East Jūryō #12
8–7
 
East Jūryō #4
7–8
 
East Jūryō #6
11–4–PP
Champion

 
2011 East Jūryō #1
8–7
 
West Maegashira #16
Tournament Cancelled
0–0–0
West Maegashira #16
10–5
F
East Maegashira #5
6–9
 
East Maegashira #8
4–11
 
East Maegashira #14
6–9
 
2012 East Maegashira #16
5–10
 
West Jūryō #4
10–5
 
East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
West Maegashira #8
11–4
F
West Maegashira #1
7–8
 
West Maegashira #2
7–8
 
2013 West Maegashira #3
6–9
 
West Maegashira #5
3–12
 
East Maegashira #14
8–7
 
East Maegashira #12
11–4
 
West Maegashira #4
7–8
 
West Maegashira #5
7–8
 
2014 West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #3
6–9
 
East Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #3
5–10
 
West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #4
7–8
 
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. ^ "Eles não arredam pé". veja.com.br. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Sumo > Who's Who > Kaisei". sumo.goo.ne.jp. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Ricardo Sugano alcança categoria top de sumô". ebc.com.br. 2001-06-14. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sumo: Brazilian-born Kaisei making mint performance". Breibart. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kaisei Ichiro Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 

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