Sagatsukasa Hiroyuki

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Sagatsukasa Hiroyuki
磋牙司 洋之
Sagatsukasa 09 Sep.JPG
Personal information
Born Hiroyuki Isobe
(1981-12-21) December 21, 1981 (age 35)
Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 128 kg (282 lb; 20.2 st)
Career
Stable Irumagawa
University Toyo University
Current rank see below
Debut March, 2004
Highest rank Maegashira 9 (Sept, 2011)
Championships 1 (Jūryō)
1 (Makushita)
* Up to date as of Sept 22, 2017.

Sagatsukasa Hiroyuki (born 21 December 1981 as Hiroyuki Isobe) is a sumo wrestler from Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. A former amateur comptetitor at Toyo University, he made his professional debut in March 2004, reaching the top makuuchi division for the first time in March 2010. He has both a makushita and a jūryō division championship. His highest rank has been maegashira 9. He is one of the shortest wrestlers in professional sumo at 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in).

Early life and sumo background[edit]

Isobe began practicing sumo as a fourth grader in Mishima City, his hometown. His father encouraged him to drink milk to try to increase his height. In his sixth year of primary school he won a national boys sumo tournament, earning the title of "young boy yokozuna" for this accomplishment. In junior high school as a representative for Shizuoka prefecture in a national tournament, he won both the team and individual competitions. In his second year of high school in 1998 he took the championship to take the high school yokozuna title. In his third year, he won a Kanazawa tournament and was chosen for a tournament expedition to China, which was also attended by many future stars in sumo. He defeated the future top makuuchi division wrestler Futeno, and also finished ahead of the future Asashōryū. He was a bronze medallist in the inaugural Junior World Sumo Championships in 1999.[1] He went on to Toyo University where the future Kimurayama was his teammate.[2]

Career[edit]

Joining Irumagawa stable in March 2004, he was below the official height requirement at just 166 cm but was accepted after passing a secondary examination. Initially fighting under his own surname of Isobe, he recovered from an elbow injury sustained in 2006 to reach the second highest jūryō division in November 2007. He was the second wrestler to pass the secondary height exam and reach juryo, following Toyonoshima. After changing his shikona to Sagatsukasa he initially remained near the bottom of jūryō and was demoted to makushita on several occasions. However he fought his way back and reached the top division in March 2010 after a 9-6 score at jūryō 1. He lasted only one tournament in makuuchi and a series of poor performances back in jūryō saw him demoted to makushita once again. Returning to jūryō in May 2011 he won the yūshō or championship with a 13-2 record and was promoted back to the top division. He lasted four tournaments at the top before being relegated to jūryō for the March 2012 tournament. After six tournament in the second division, the last two of which he achieved consecutive 9-6 records, he was promoted back to the top division for the March 2013 tournament. However, he was injured and missed the last seven days of the tournament and was again relegated. He only lasted one tournament in jūryō and dropped out of the salaried divisions back to makushita in July 2013 where he has remained, apart from one brief appearance in jūryō in March 2014.

Fighting style[edit]

Sagatsukasa's Sumo Association profile lists his favoured techniques as kuisagari, an unusual move employed by shorter wrestlers that involves pushing the head against the opponent's chest and grabbing the front part of the mawashi, oshi (pushing) and nage (throwing). His most common winning kimarite in his career to date have been oshi dashi (push out), hiki otoshi (pull down) and tsuki otoshi (thrust over). In September 2011 he defeated Tochinowaka with the spectacular ipponzeoi move, which had only been seen twice in the top division since 1974.

Career record[edit]

Sagatsukasa Hiroyuki[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
2004 x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #15
5–2
 
West Jonidan #94
6–1
 
East Jonidan #17
6–1
 
East Sandanme #55
6–1
 
2005 East Sandanme #3
5–2
 
West Makushita #43
5–1–1
 
East Makushita #31
4–3
 
West Makushita #21
4–3
 
East Makushita #16
4–3
 
East Makushita #13
3–4
 
2006 West Makushita #18
5–2
 
East Makushita #9
4–3
 
West Makushita #6
0–0–7
 
East Makushita #47
4–3
 
East Makushita #39
6–1
 
West Makushita #17
4–3
 
2007 West Makushita #14
3–4
 
West Makushita #22
5–2
 
West Makushita #13
3–4
 
East Makushita #19
7–0
Champion

 
East Makushita #3
4–3
 
East Jūryō #14
6–9
 
2008 East Makushita #2
4–3
 
West Jūryō #14
8–7
 
West Jūryō #12
7–8
 
West Jūryō #13
9–6
 
East Jūryō #9
5–10
 
East Jūryō #14
6–9
 
2009 West Makushita #2
4–3
 
West Makushita #1
4–1–2
 
East Jūryō #14
7–8
 
East Makushita #1
4–3
 
West Jūryō #11
9–6
 
East Jūryō #4
8–7
 
2010 West Jūryō #1
9–6
 
East Maegashira #15
6–9
 
East Jūryō #1
7–8
 
West Jūryō #1
3–12
 
West Jūryō #10
5–10
 
West Makushita #1
3–4
 
2011 West Makushita #3
5–2
 
East Jūryō #12
Tournament Cancelled
0–0–0
East Jūryō #12
13–2
Champion

 
East Maegashira #13
8–7
 
West Maegashira #9
6–9
 
West Maegashira #12
6–9
 
2012 West Maegashira #14
5–10
 
East Jūryō #2
6–9
 
West Jūryō #5
8–7
 
West Jūryō #3
6–9
 
East Jūryō #7
7–8
 
West Jūryō #7
9–6
 
2013 West Jūryō #2
9–6
 
West Maegashira #14
2–6–7
 
East Jūryō #7
4–11
 
West Makushita #1
3–5
 
West Makushita #10
5–2
 
East Makushita #6
4–3
 
2014 East Makushita #2
4–3
 
East Jūryō #14
4–11
 
West Makushita #7
4–3
 
West Makushita #3
2–5
 
East Makushita #14
3–4
 
West Makushita #19
4–3
 
2015 East Makushita #15
4–3
 
West Makushita #11
4–3
 
East Makushita #9
1–6
 
East Makushita #34
4–3
 
East Makushita #27
3–4
 
West Makushita #38
4–3
 
2016 West Makushita #30
5–2
 
West Makushita #17
1–6
 
East Makushita #42
4–3
 
West Makushita #34
6–1
 
East Makushita #14
2–5
 
West Makushita #25
1–6
 
2017 East Makushita #47
6–1
 
East Makushita #19
4–3
 
East Makushita #14
3–4
 
East Makushita #20
5–2
 
West Makushita #12
1–6
 
x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up 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. ^ Gilbert, Howard (February 2009). "Amateur Angles #17" (PDF). Sumo Fan Magazine. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Sagatsukasa Hiroyuki Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 

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