Wakatoba Hiromi

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Wakatoba Hiromi
若兎馬 裕三
Personal information
Born Hiromi Yamada
(1977-06-15) June 15, 1977 (age 37)
Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 130 kg (290 lb)
Career
Stable Oguruma, formerly Oshiogawa
Record 416-406-28
Debut March, 1993
Highest rank Maegashira 11 (November, 2003)
Retired September, 2007
* Up to date as of August 2007.

Wakatoba Hiromi (born June 15, 1977 as Hiromi Yamada) is a former sumo wrestler from Fuchū, Tokyo, Japan. His highest rank was maegashira 11.

Career[edit]

He made his professional debut in March 1993, joining Oshiogawa stable, run by former ōzeki Daikirin. He initially wrestled under his own surname of Yamada. After a long apprenticeship in the junior ranks he achieved senior sekitori status in May 2001 upon promotion to the jūryō division. To mark the occasion he changed his shikona to Wakatoba. After a 10-5 record at the rank of jūryō 4 in July 2003 he was promoted to the top makuuchi division. An 8-7 mark in his top division debut saw him promoted to his highest rank of maegashira 11. He fought in the top division for a total of seven tournaments. He was demoted back to jūryō in March 2006 and after pulling out of the January 2007 tournament after only five days with an injury to his left leg he was relegated to the unsalaried ranks.

Retirement[edit]

In August 2007, having fallen to the rank of makushita 57, he retired from active competition and became an elder of the Japan Sumo Association.[1] He worked as a coach at Oguruma stable, the stable to which he was transferred in March 2005 when his old stable was shut down upon the retirement of Oshiogawa. Wakatoba used the same name of Oshiogawa as an elder until he left the Sumo Association in August 2010.

Career record[edit]

Wakatoba Hiromi[2]
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
1993 x (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #5
5–2
 
East Jonidan #140
5–2
 
West Jonidan #95
3–4
 
East Jonidan #118
4–3
 
1994 West Jonidan #93
5–2
 
West Jonidan #50
5–2
 
East Jonidan #11
4–3
 
East Sandanme #94
4–3
 
East Sandanme #76
6–1
 
East Sandanme #24
2–4–1
 
1995 West Sandanme #50
2–5
 
West Sandanme #78
4–3
 
East Sandanme #62
2–4–1
 
East Sandanme #84
5–2
 
West Sandanme #53
4–3
 
West Sandanme #33
6–1
 
1996 East Makushita #53
3–4
 
East Sandanme #11
4–3
 
East Makushita #60
5–2
 
East Makushita #38
5–2
 
East Makushita #21
3–4
 
West Makushita #29
3–4
 
1997 West Makushita #37
2–5
 
West Makushita #57
3–4
 
East Sandanme #12
3–4
 
West Sandanme #25
5–2
 
West Makushita #59
2–3–2
 
East Sandanme #21
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
1998 East Sandanme #21
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
East Sandanme #81
5–2
 
East Sandanme #51
7–0–P
 
East Makushita #32
3–4
 
West Makushita #40
5–2
 
West Makushita #27
2–5
 
1999 East Makushita #44
2–5
 
East Makushita #29
5–2
 
West Makushita #17
2–5
 
East Makushita #31
1–6
 
West Makushita #50
3–4
 
East Sandanme #4
4–3
 
2000 West Makushita #54
4–3
 
West Makushita #44
4–3
 
East Makushita #37
5–2
 
East Makushita #21
4–3
 
East Makushita #16
5–2
 
West Makushita #7
5–2
 
2001 East Makushita #4
4–3
 
East Makushita #2
4–3
 
East Jūryō #12
7–8
 
West Jūryō #13
9–6–P
 
West Jūryō #9
6–9
 
East Jūryō #12
7–8
 
2002 East Jūryō #13
4–11
 
West Makushita #5
6–1
 
East Jūryō #12
2–13
 
West Makushita #10
4–3
 
East Makushita #8
6–1
 
East Makushita #1
4–3
 
2003 West Jūryō #11
8–7
 
West Jūryō #8
8–7
 
West Jūryō #5
8–7
 
East Jūryō #4
10–5
 
East Maegashira #13
8–7
 
East Maegashira #11
7–8
 
2004 West Maegashira #12
4–11
 
East Jūryō #4
8–7
 
West Jūryō #3
9–6
 
Maegashira #15
3–12
 
East Jūryō #5
5–10
 
East Jūryō #10
11–4
 
2005 West Jūryō #3
7–8
 
West Jūryō #4
8–7
 
East Jūryō #1
6–9
 
East Jūryō #5
10–5
 
West Maegashira #15
8–7
 
East Maegashira #12
5–10
 
2006 West Maegashira #15
4–11
 
East Jūryō #6
6–9
 
East Jūryō #10
9–6
 
East Jūryō #7
5–10
 
West Jūryō #11
9–6
 
East Jūryō #8
7–8
 
2007 East Jūryō #10
1–4–10
 
West Makushita #8
2–5
 
West Makushita #22
1–6
 
East Makushita #46
3–4
 
East Makushita #57
Retired
0–0–0
x
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. ^ "Sumo Beya Guide". Japan Sumo Association. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Wakatoba Hiromi Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2013-05-26. 

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