Magaki stable

Magaki stable (間垣部屋, Magaki beya) was a stable of sumo wrestlers, formerly one of the Nishonoseki group of stables. Wakanohana Kanji II, the 56th yokozuna in sumo history, re-established the stable in 1983. Its first wrestler to reach the top makuuchi division was the Hawaiian born Yamato in 1997, followed by Gojōrō and Wakanojō, also in 1997. However the stable had less success in later years, with its decline dating from the death of Magaki Oyakata's wife and okamisan in 2005.[1] Russian maegashira Wakanohō was thrown out of sumo in 2008 after being accused of cannabis possession, charges which were eventually dropped. In 2011, its highest ranked wrestler Wakatenrō was forced to retire because of accusations of match-fixing which he admitted to after being banned from competition.

In January 2010 the stable, along with the Takanohana, Ōnomatsu and Ōtake stable, was forced to leave the Nishonoseki ichimon after Takanohana declared his intention to run as an unofficial candidate in the elections to the Sumo Association's board of directors.[2]

The stable closed after the March 2013 tournament, due to the poor health of Magaki-oyakata. The stable had just three wrestlers remaining at this point, all in the lowest three divisions, although this did include future ōzeki Terunofuji (then known as Wakamishō).[3] Despite its small size Magaki did not believe in letting its wrestlers go and train at other stables (degeiko), which led to Terunofuji often training alone.[4] The coach and remaining wrestlers transferred to Isegahama stable.[5] The original plan had been to merge with Miyagino stable, but negotiations fell through.[6]

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  1. ^ Gunning, John (6 June 2018). "Army of okamisan work behind scenes to keep sumo stables running smoothly". Japan Times. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Takanohana speaks out after six supporters kicked out of sumo faction". Mainichi Daily News. 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. ^ Gunning, John (26 April 2017). "Emergence of new generation bodes well for Summer Basho". Japan Times. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. ^ Gunning, John (8 September 2019). "Sumo 101: Degeiko". Japan Times. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  5. ^ 間垣部屋 春場所後に閉鎖…伊勢ケ浜部屋に移籍へ. Sports Nippon (in Japanese). 27 January 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  6. ^ "U.S.-style draft opens world of possibilities for sumo". Japan Times. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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