Katayama Shinji

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Katayama Shinji
片山 伸次
Personal information
Born Shinji Katayama
(1979-09-06) September 6, 1979 (age 35)
Yaizu, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 140 kg (310 lb)
Career
Stable Onomatsu
Record 241-239-0
Debut March, 2002
Highest rank Maegashira 13 (July, 2005)
Retired January, 2009
Championships 1 (Jonokuchi)
* Up to date as of January 2009.

Katayama Shinji (born September 6, 1979) is a former sumo wrestler from Yaizu, Shizuoka, Japan. His highest rank was maegashira 13.

Career[edit]

Katayama practised amateur sumo at Senshu University, finishing third at the All Japan Sumo Championships. He made his professional debut in March 2002 at the age of 22, joining Onomatsu stable. He did not have enough amateur titles to enter at the makushita level, instead beginning his career at the lowest level of sumo entry, maezumo. Nevertheless he moved through the divisions quickly, reaching sekitori status upon promotion to the second highest jūryō division in July 2004.

Katayama was promoted to the top makuuchi division in May 2005. He earned eight wins against seven losses in that tournament, but did not manage to achieve kachi-koshi in the top division again. He could manage only a 7-8 score at the rank of jūryō 13 in March 2008, leaving him dangerously close to demotion to the unsalaried ranks. He maintained his sekitori status with a 9-6 mark in May 2008, but a disastrous 2-13 in July meant he was demoted to makushita for the September tournament. He retired in January 2009.

Unlike most sumo wrestlers, Katayama never adopted a traditional shikona, instead using his own surname as his fighting name. Other recent sekitori to use their own names include Shimotori, Satoyama, Kakizoe and Ichihara.

He was admired for the quality of his stamps during the pre-bout rituals, known as shiko, as he was able to raise his leg straight up in the air.[1]

Fighting style[edit]

He was an oshi-sumo specialist who referred pushing and thrusting techniques. His most common winning kimarite was a straightforward oshidashi, or push out.

Career record[edit]

Katayama Shinji[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
2002 x (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #30
7–0
Champion

 
West Jonidan #26
6–1
 
West Sandanme #63
5–2
 
West Sandanme #33
4–3
 
2003 East Sandanme #19
5–2
 
East Makushita #58
6–1
 
East Makushita #29
0–7
 
West Sandanme #4
4–3
 
East Makushita #54
6–1
 
East Makushita #24
4–3
 
2004 West Makushita #15
4–3
 
West Makushita #12
5–2
 
West Makushita #6
6–1
 
West Jūryō #12
8–7
 
West Jūryō #7
6–9
 
East Jūryō #11
7–8
 
2005 East Jūryō #12
10–5
 
East Jūryō #5
10–5
 
West Maegashira #16
8–7
 
West Maegashira #13
4–11
 
East Jūryō #2
8–7
 
East Maegashira #16
7–8
 
2006 West Maegashira #16
6–9
 
East Jūryō #2
9–6
 
East Maegashira #14
5–10
 
West Jūryō #1
6–9
 
West Jūryō #3
8–7
 
West Maegashira #15
6–9
 
2007 East Jūryō #2
6–9
 
West Jūryō #6
7–8
 
West Jūryō #7
5–10
 
West Jūryō #12
7–8
 
East Jūryō #13
8–7
 
West Jūryō #11
9–6
 
2008 East Jūryō #9
5–10
 
East Jūryō #13
7–8
 
West Jūryō #14
9–6
 
East Jūryō #9
2–13
 
West Makushita #5
4–3
 
East Makushita #2
2–5
 
2009 East Makushita #16
Retired
0–0–7
x x x x 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. ^ Jonosuke (2009-01-12). "Former sekitori Katayama retires". Ciber Sumo. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Katayama Shinji Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved Nov 3, 2012. 

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