Wakanoyama Hiroshi

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Wakanoyama Hiroshi (born May 12, 1972 as Hiroshi Nishizaki) is a former sumo wrestler from Gobo, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. His highest rank was komusubi.

Wakanoyama Hiroshi
和歌乃山 洋
Personal information
BornHiroshi Nishizaki
(1972-05-12) May 12, 1972 (age 48)
Wakayama, Japan
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight166 kg (366 lb)
Career
StableMusashigawa
Record629-618-33
DebutMarch, 1988
Highest rankKomusubi (March, 2001)
RetiredSeptember, 2005
Elder nameYamawake
Championships2 (Jūryō)
3 (Makushita)
Special PrizesFighting Spirit (1)
* Up to date as of June 2020.

CareerEdit

Wakanoyama made his professional debut in March 1988. Joining at the same time as him were future yokozuna Akebono, Takanohana and Wakanohana, and ōzeki Kaiō. He began wrestling under his own surname, Nishizaki, but from November 1989 onwards adopted the shikona of Wakanoyama, the name adapted from his home prefecture. He reached sekitori status in July 1991 upon promotion to the second highest jūryō division, and made his debut in the top makuuchi division in May 1992. However, he lasted only four tournaments there before being demoted back to jūryō. Although he reappeared in makuuchi once in September 1994, he could not stay there. In July 1996 he fell back to the unsalaried makushita division where he languished for thirteen tournaments, before winning promotion back to jūryō in November 1998 and makuuchi in July 1999.

Wakanoyama had been absent from the top division for 28 tournaments. No other wrestler had ever managed to return to makuuchi after so long away. His remarkable comeback may have been helped by the fact that during this period his stable, Musashigawa, had become one of the strongest in sumo, with a yokozuna (Musashimaru), and three soon to reach ōzeki (Musōyama, Dejima and Miyabiyama). Wakanoyama was certainly not short of strong training partners.

Wakanoyama was able to hold his own in the top division this time, rising slowly up the rankings. In March 2000, ranked at maegashira 1, he faced yokozuna Wakanohana on the opening day. The last time the two had fought was eight years previously in May 1992. This is the longest ever gap between meetings in the top division. Wakanoyama lost the match and fell short with a 6-9 record, but in January 2001 he scored 9-6 at maegashira 3 and won his first ever special prize. In the following tournament he was promoted to komusubi, the highest rank he was to achieve. He was the first non-foreign and non-college wrestler from his stable to reach a sanyaku rank.[1] He fought his last tournament in the top division in March 2004, and retired in September 2005 at the age of thirty three.

Retirement from sumoEdit

Wakanoyama remained in the sumo world as an elder, or oyakata, affiliated to Musashigawa stable where he worked as a coach under the name Yamawake-oyataka. However, he left the Sumo Association in September 2010.

Fighting styleEdit

Wakanoyama was a pusher-thruster, preferring tsuki/oshi techniques to fighting on the mawashi. His most common winning kimarite was a straightforward oshi-dashi, or push out.

Career recordEdit

Wakanoyama Hiroshi[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
1988 x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #13
4–3
 
West Jonidan #122
5–2
 
West Jonidan #75
6–1
 
West Jonidan #10
3–4
 
1989 West Jonidan #27
4–3
 
East Jonidan #6
2–5
 
East Jonidan #38
4–3
 
West Jonidan #12
5–2
 
East Sandanme #72
7–0–P
 
East Makushita #52
3–4
 
1990 East Sandanme #7
4–3
 
West Makushita #57
5–2
 
East Makushita #35
4–3
 
West Makushita #26
3–4
 
East Makushita #35
4–3
 
West Makushita #23
5–2
 
1991 West Makushita #11
3–4
 
East Makushita #16
5–2
 
West Makushita #8
7–0
Champion

 
West Jūryō #10
6–9
 
West Jūryō #12
8–7
 
East Jūryō #6
8–7
 
1992 West Jūryō #5
8–7
 
East Jūryō #3
10–5
 
East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
West Maegashira #9
6–9
 
East Maegashira #12
6–9
 
East Maegashira #15
5–10
 
1993 East Jūryō #5
7–8
 
West Jūryō #6
9–6
 
East Jūryō #3
9–6
 
East Jūryō #1
6–9
 
West Jūryō #5
3–12
 
East Makushita #1
3–4
 
1994 West Makushita #5
7–0
Champion

 
West Jūryō #10
11–4
 
West Jūryō #5
9–6
 
West Jūryō #1
9–6
 
East Maegashira #16
7–8
 
East Jūryō #1
6–9
 
1995 East Jūryō #5
6–9
 
East Jūryō #9
9–6
 
East Jūryō #6
8–7
 
West Jūryō #4
3–12
 
East Makushita #1
7–0
Champion

 
West Jūryō #9
11–4–P
Champion

 
1996 East Jūryō #4
8–7
 
East Jūryō #3
8–7
 
West Jūryō #2
4–11
 
East Jūryō #10
4–11
 
West Makushita #3
1–3–3
 
East Makushita #22
5–2
 
1997 West Makushita #11
5–2
 
East Makushita #5
4–3
 
West Makushita #2
2–5
 
West Makushita #11
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
West Makushita #11
3–4
 
East Makushita #17
5–2
 
1998 East Makushita #9
4–3
 
West Makushita #6
3–4
 
East Makushita #11
5–2
 
East Makushita #5
5–2
 
East Makushita #2
5–2
 
West Jūryō #13
11–4
 
1999 West Jūryō #3
7–8
 
West Jūryō #4
10–5
 
West Jūryō #1
10–5
 
West Maegashira #13
8–7
 
East Maegashira #11
9–6
 
East Maegashira #6
7–8
 
2000 West Maegashira #7
9–6
 
East Maegashira #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #2
5–10
 
West Maegashira #4
7–8
 
East Maegashira #6
8–7
 
West Maegashira #1
7–8
 
2001 East Maegashira #3
9–6
F
West Komusubi #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #2
2–6–7
 
East Maegashira #12
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
West Maegashira #9
6–9
 
2002 East Maegashira #12
5–10
 
West Maegashira #15
9–6
 
West Maegashira #7
6–9
 
East Maegashira #10
6–9
 
East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
West Maegashira #9
8–7
 
2003 East Maegashira #7
8–7
 
East Maegashira #4
4–11
 
West Maegashira #10
6–9
 
West Maegashira #13
7–8
 
West Maegashira #14
7–8
 
East Jūryō #2
4–11
 
2004 West Jūryō #6
11–4–PPP
Champion

 
East Maegashira #16
2–13
 
West Jūryō #8
10–5
 
East Jūryō #2
7–8
 
East Jūryō #3
5–10
 
East Jūryō #7
7–8
 
2005 East Jūryō #8
7–7–1
 
West Jūryō #8
8–7
 
West Jūryō #7
8–7
 
West Jūryō #6
3–12
 
East Makushita #1
Retired
0–0–0
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. ^ Kuroda, Joe (October 2008). "Rikishi of Old" (PDF). Sumo Fan Magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Wakanoyama Hiroshi Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2012-08-25.

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