Yutakayama Hiromitsu

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Yutakayama Hiromitsu
豊山広光
Personal information
Born Hiromitsu Nagahama
(1947-10-22) October 22, 1947 (age 69)
Shibata, Niigata, Japan
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 127 kg (280 lb)
Career
Stable Tokitsukaze
Record 491-505-0
Debut March, 1970
Highest rank Komusubi (September, 1972)
Retired May, 1981
Championships 2 (Jūryō)
2 (Makushita)
Special Prizes Outstanding Performance (1)
Fighting Spirit (2)
Gold Stars 8
Wajima (4)
Kitanofuji (2)
Kotozakura (2)
* Up to date as of July 2012.

Yutakayama Hiromitsu (豊山広光) (born 22 October 1947 as Hiromitsu Nagahama) is a former sumo wrestler from Shibata, Niigata, Japan. His highest rank was komusubi.

Career[edit]

He was a former amateur champion at Tonodai University. He came from a poor family, and having to work to support himself as well as study, he had less time for training and did not win as many amateur titles as his rival at the time, Nihon University's Wajima Hiroshi. He joined the professional sport in March 1970, debuting in the third highest makushita division. His head coach at Tokitsukaze stable was ex-ōzeki Yutakayama Katsuo, also from Tonodai University. Wajima had joined professional sumo one tournament earlier, and when the two met in the juryo division, on two occasions sponsors placed kensho money on the bout, the only two times this has happened in the juryo division. He initially fought under his own surname of Nagahama, and continued to use it upon reaching the top division in November 1971, but in July 1972 he adopted his stablemaster's old shikona. He fought in the top division for 51 tournaments, earning three special prizes and earning eight gold stars for defeating yokozuna, including four from Wajima, his rival from his amateur days. He first reached the sanyaku ranks in September 1972 when he was promoted to komusubi. Although he was to hold the rank on two further occasions, he never managed a winning record there.

Retirement from sumo[edit]

He retired in May 1981 and became an elder of the Japan Sumo Association under the name Minato Oyakata. He founded Minato stable in 1982 and remained head coach there until 2010, when he passed control of the stable over to former maegashira Minatofuji, and took the name Tatsutagawa. He was also a Deputy Director of the Sumo Association.[1] He reached the mandatory retirement age for elders of 65 in October 2012.

Career record[edit]

Yutakayama Hiromitsu[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
1970 x Makushita tsukedashi #59
5–2
 
West Makushita #42
7–0
Champion

 
East Makushita #3
7–0–P
Champion

 
West Jūryō #9
9–6
 
West Jūryō #5
11–4
Champion

 
1971 West Jūryō #1
5–10
 
West Jūryō #8
12–3–P
Champion

 
East Jūryō #2
9–6
 
East Jūryō #2
6–9
 
West Jūryō #5
10–5
 
East Maegashira #13
6–9
 
1972 West Jūryō #2
9–6
 
East Maegashira #11
10–5
 
West Maegashira #1
8–7
East Maegashira #1
10–5
 
East Komusubi #1
5–10
 
East Maegashira #3
6–9
 
1973 West Maegashira #7
8–7
 
West Maegashira #4
4–11
 
East Maegashira #11
9–6
 
West Maegashira #5
9–6
 
West Komusubi #1
7–8
 
East Maegashira #2
4–11
1974 East Maegashira #7
9–6
 
West Maegashira #2
7–8
West Maegashira #3
11–4
F
West Komusubi #1
7–8
 
West Maegashira #1
5–10
 
West Maegashira #7
7–8
 
1975 West Maegashira #8
8–7
 
East Maegashira #7
9–6
 
West Maegashira #2
4–11
 
West Maegashira #9
9–6
 
West Maegashira #3
4–11
 
West Maegashira #10
11–4
 
1976 East Maegashira #2
5–10
 
West Maegashira #7
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
6–9
 
East Maegashira #5
8–7
 
East Maegashira #2
6–9
 
East Maegashira #6
8–7
 
1977 East Maegashira #3
4–11
 
Maegashira #e
9–6
 
West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #3
6–9
 
West Maegashira #6
10–5
F
East Komusubi #1
4–11
 
1978 East Maegashira #5
9–6
O
East Maegashira #1
5–10
 
West Maegashira #5
4–11
 
East Maegashira #13
4–11
 
West Jūryō #7
10–5
 
West Jūryō #3
11–4
 
1979 East Maegashira #11
5–10
 
West Jūryō #1
10–5
 
East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
East Maegashira #11
8–7
 
West Maegashira #5
3–12
 
East Maegashira #13
10–5
 
1980 East Maegashira #3
5–10
West Maegashira #8
6–9
 
East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
East Maegashira #9
8–7
 
East Maegashira #8
7–8
 
West Maegashira #8
3–12
 
1981 East Jūryō #4
6–9
 
West Jūryō #8
7–8
 
East Jūryō #9
Retired
5–10
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. ^ "Oyakata (Coaches) - goo Sumo". Japan Sumo Association. 28 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Yutakayama Hiromitsu". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 

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