Ōnoshō Fumiya

Ōnoshō Fumiya (Japanese: 阿武咲 奎也, born July 4, 1996 as Fumiya Utetsu (打越 奎也)) is a Japanese professional sumo wrestler from Aomori Prefecture. He debuted in sumo wrestling in January 2013 and made his top makuuchi debut in May 2017. His highest rank has been komusubi, and he has won three special prizes for Fighting Spirit, one for Outstanding Performance and two kinboshi for defeating yokozuna. He wrestles for Ōnomatsu stable.

Ōnoshō Fumiya
阿武咲 奎也
2019 Sept Onosho.jpg
Ōnoshō in 2019
Personal information
BornFumiya Utetsu
(1996-07-04) July 4, 1996 (age 24)
Nakadomari, Aomori, Japan
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight159 kg (351 lb; 25.0 st)
Career
StableOnomatsu
Current ranksee below
DebutJanuary, 2013
Highest rankKomusubi (November, 2017)
Championships1 (Jūryō)
Special PrizesFighting Spirit (3)
Outstanding Performance (1)
Gold Stars2 (Harumafuji, Hakuho)
* Up to date as of July 1, 2020.

BackgroundEdit

Fumiya Utetsu was born in Nakadomari, a small town on the northern tip of Honshu. Growing up he enjoyed skiing and snowboarding.[1] He became interested in sumo wrestling at the age of five after encouragement from his grandfather, and began to train at his local gym.[2] In an interview with NHK he said, "I thought that wrestlers were cool".[3] Whilst attending Nakasato Elementary School, Nakasato Junior High School and Sanbongi Agricultural High School, he won numerous local and regional sumo tournaments. In November 2012 he dropped out of high school to pursue a career in sumo.[4][5]

He joined the Ōnomatsu stable and adopted the ring name (shikona) of Ōnoshō.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ōnoshō made his professional debut at the age of sixteen in the Osaka tournament in March 2013. He quickly moved through the lower divisions and reached the third highest makushita division in November of the same year. Seven consecutive winning records (kachi-koshi) saw him promoted to the second division (jūryō) in January 2015. Competing against more experienced opponents he made relatively little impact in his first jūryō run but looked to be maintaining his place in the division before sustaining an injury in November 2015. A 5–10 record in March 2016 saw him relegated for the first time in his wrestling career. He rebounded by winning all seven of his bouts in makushita in May and was promoted back up to the second division despite losing in a play-off for the championship to Oyanagi. Over the next six tournaments, Ōnoshō worked his way up the ranks of jūryō and a 9–6 result in March 2017 clinched his promotion to the top division (makuuchi) for the first time.[6]

Makuuchi careerEdit

In his first tournament in the top division Ōnoshō was assigned the rank of maegashira 14. He recovered from an opening day defeat to Daishomaru to record a 10–5 result, with his defeated opponents including other promising young wrestlers such as Hokutofuji, Ishiura and Kagayaki, as well as more experienced foes such as Kaisei and Myogiryu. His efforts saw him being rewarded with the special prize for Fighting Spirit as well as promotion to maegashira 6 for the next tournament.[7] In the following July tournament he was one of only two wrestlers to defeat the eventual runner-up Aoiyama,[8] and he finished with another 10–5 record. In September 2017 at the rank of maegashira 3 he earned a kinboshi by defeating the eventual yusho winner Harumafuji on his way to a second Fighting Spirit prize and a third 10–5 record. He thereby became the first rikishi since the 38th yokozuna Terukuni (and thus the first wrestler in the era of the six tournament system) to achieve double-digit records in each of his first three makuuchi tournaments.[9] He was promoted to the san'yaku ranks at komusubi for the November 2017 tournament, becoming only the second wrestler ever from his stable after Wakakōyū in 2012 to achieve this.[10] After losing six of his first seven bouts in November, he recovered in the second week of the tournament and secured his majority of wins on the final day.[11] He withdrew from the January 2018 tournament on Day 10 with a posterior cruciate ligament injury to the right knee.[12] The injury kept him out of the following tournament in March and saw him relegated to jūryō.[13] In May, however, he returned to action and secured his promotion back to the top division as he won the jūryō title with a 12–3 record. He won his third Fighting Spirit prize after an 11–4 record at maegashira 13 in November 2018. This performance saw him being promoted to east maegashira 6 for the next tournament in which he got an 8-7 score. He had an unremarkable 2019, not being able to mount a serious challenge for promotion back to sanyaku. In March 2020 he earned his second kinboshi by defeating Hakuhō for the first time. He finished the tournament with a 9–6 record and the Outstanding Performance prize.[14]

Fighting styleEdit

Ōnoshō has a preference for oshi techniques (pushing and thrusting) rather than grasping his opponent's mawashi or belt.[1] His most common kimarite or winning move is oshidashi, the push-out.[15] His style is regarded as aggressive, with him looking to move forward and finish the match as quickly as possible.[16] However since his 2018 injury layoff he has sought to add more variety to his technique.[16]

Career recordEdit

Ōnoshō Fumiya[17]
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
2013 (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #7
6–1
 
East Jonidan #17
6–1
 
West Sandanme #55
6–1
 
West Sandanme #3
4–3
 
West Makushita #54
5–2
 
2014 East Makushita #34
4–3
 
East Makushita #28
5–2
 
East Makushita #16
5–2
 
East Makushita #10
4–3
 
East Makushita #8
5–2
 
East Makushita #3
5–2
 
2015 East Jūryō #11
8–7
 
East Jūryō #9
7–8
 
East Jūryō #10
8–7
 
East Jūryō #8
7–8
 
East Jūryō #9
9–6
 
West Jūryō #6
4–10–1
 
2016 East Jūryō #14
8–7
 
West Jūryō #12
5–10
 
West Makushita #3
7–0–P
 
East Jūryō #12
7–8
 
East Jūryō #12
11–4
 
East Jūryō #4
7–8
 
2017 West Jūryō #5
9–6
 
West Jūryō #2
9–6
 
East Maegashira #14
10–5
F
West Maegashira #6
10–5
 
East Maegashira #3
10–5
F
West Komusubi #1
8–7
 
2018 West Komusubi #1
4–6–5
 
West Maegashira #5
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Jūryō #1
12–3
Champion

 
West Maegashira #11
10–5
 
West Maegashira #6
4–11
 
East Maegashira #13
11–4
F
2019 West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
West Maegashira #5
5–10
 
West Maegashira #10
8–7
 
East Maegashira #8
6–9
 
East Maegashira #11
9–6
 
East Maegashira #6
7–8
 
2020 West Maegashira #7
9–6
 
West Maegashira #5
9–6
O
West Maegashira #2
Tournament Cancelled
0–0–0
West Maegashira #2

 
x 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "SUMO ABC (64) / Disciple of 'White Wolf' expected to be as good as his mentor". Yomiuri Shimbun/Japan News. 18 November 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. ^ 「まずは十両」 国体V・打越君が阿武松部屋入門 青森 朝日新聞デジタル 2012年12月17日(2013年11月8日閲覧)
  3. ^ 阿武咲の新十両紹介 阿武松おかみさんのブログ 2015/1/14(水) 午後 10:19
  4. ^ 三農高で活躍 打越が阿武松部屋入門 デーリー東北新聞社 2012年12月18日(2013年11月8日閲覧)
  5. ^ 大相撲初場所:多彩な16人全員合格 新弟子検査 毎日.jp 2012年12月27日(2013年11月8日閲覧)
  6. ^ "Sumo: Kisenosato looks to stay on roll at summer tourney". Kyodo News. 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Sumo: Hakuho outlasts Harumafuji to finish with perfect record". Kyodo News. 27 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Sumo: Unbeaten Hakuho moves one win shy of Chiyonofuji win mark". Kyodo News. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  9. ^ Gunning, John (27 September 2017). "Autumn Basho flourishes in absence of stars". Japan Times. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  10. ^ "2017 November Grand Sumo Tournament Banzuke Topics". Japan Sumo Association. October 2017. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Aminishiki steals show at Kyushu Basho". The Japan Times. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  12. ^ "阿武咲が休場 右膝後十字靱帯損傷の診断書を提出". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  13. ^ "休場3関取の診断書 稀勢は左大胸筋損傷、白鵬は左足指関節炎". Sponichi (in Japanese). 11 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup". Japan Times. 22 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  15. ^ "日本相撲協会公式サイト". 日本相撲協会公式サイト.
  16. ^ a b Gunning, John (10 January 2019). "Hakuho, rivals seeking to taste success in opening tournament of new season". Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Onosho Fumya Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference.

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