Ōuchiyama Heikichi

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Ōuchiyama Heikichi
大内山 平吉
Personal information
Born Heikichi Ōuchi
(1926-06-19)June 19, 1926
Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan
Died November 1, 1985(1985-11-01) (aged 59)
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 153 kg (337 lb)
Career
Stable Tokitsukaze
Record 347-278-53
Debut January 1944
Highest rank Ōzeki (May 1955)
Retired March 1959
Championships 1 (Makushita)
Special Prizes Outstanding Performance (1)
Gold Stars 2 (Chiyonoyama, Tochinishiki)
* Up to date as of October 2008.

Ōuchiyama Heikichi (born Heikichi Ōuchi, 19 June 1926 - 1 November 1985) was a sumo wrestler from Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan.

He joined Tokitsukaze stable in 1944 and reached the top makuuchi division in 1949. After finishing as runner-up to Chiyonoyama with a 13-2 record in March 1955 (Chiyonoyama defeated him in a playoff) he was promoted to sumo's second highest rank of ōzeki. He only managed to stay at ōzeki for eight tournaments, as injury meant he had three consecutive make-koshi or losing scores which saw him demoted from the rank. He fought in the maegashira ranks until his retirement in 1959. He became an elder of the Japan Sumo Association, working as a coach at his old stable. He was known as Shikoroyama Oyakata until 1961 and then Tatsutayama Oyakata until his death in 1985.

He was well known for his extraordinary size: at 2.02 m (6 ft 7 12 in) tall he was the tallest modern era ōzeki until Akebono in 1992.

Pre-modern career record[edit]

  • Through most of the 1940s only two tournaments were held a year, and in 1946 only one was held. The New year tournament began and the Spring tournament returned to Osaka in 1953.
Ōuchiyama Heikichi[1]
- Spring
Haru basho, Tokyo
Summer
Natsu basho, Tokyo
Autumn
Aki basho, Tokyo
1944 (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #4
3–2
 
East Jonidan #37
4–1
 
1945 Not held East Sandanme #26
4–1
 
East Makushita #23
3–2
 
1946 Not held Not held East Makushita #15
3–4
 
1947 Not held West Makushita #23
5–0
Champion

 
East Jūryō #13
7–4
 
1948 Not held East Jūryō #5
7–4
 
West Jūryō #1
7–4
 
1949 East Maegashira #17
9–4
 
West Maegashira #9
9–6
 
East Maegashira #5
6–9
 
1950 West Maegashira #7
9–6
 
West Maegashira #5
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
5–10
 
1951 East Maegashira #5
10–5
 
West Komusubi #1
10–5
 
East Sekiwake #1
9–6
 
1952 West Sekiwake #1
6–9
 
West Maegashira #1
11–4
East Sekiwake #2
4–11
 
- New Year
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
Spring
Haru basho, Osaka
Summer
Natsu basho, Tokyo
Autumn
Aki basho, Tokyo
1953 West Maegashira #1
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
East Maegashira #9
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Maegashira #17
12–3
 
East Maegashira #9
9–6
 
1954 West Maegashira #3
9–6
 
West Komusubi #1
10–5
 
West Sekiwake #1
9–4–2
 
East Sekiwake #1
9–6
 
1955 West Sekiwake #1
11–4
 
East Sekiwake #1
13–2
O
East Ōzeki #1
9–6
 
East Ōzeki #1
11–4
 
1956 East Ōzeki #1
6–9
 
West Ōzeki #1
10–5
 
West Ōzeki #1
10–5
 
West Ōzeki #1
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

Modern career record[edit]

  • Since the addition of the Kyushu tournament in 1957 and the Nagoya tournament in 1958, the yearly schedule has remained unchanged.
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
1957 East Ōzeki #2
2–3–10
 
East Sekiwake #2
5–10
 
East Maegashira #1
7–8
Not held West Maegashira #2
6–9
 
East Maegashira #4
2–6–7
 
1958 East Maegashira #14
12–3
 
West Maegashira #2
6–9
 
West Maegashira #4
4–11
 
West Maegashira #8
8–7
 
West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
West Maegashira #3
2–9–4
 
1959 West Maegashira #13
4–11
 
West Maegashira #19
Retired
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. ^ "Fusanishiki Katsuhiko Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 

External links[edit]