2011 Akita International Sumo Basho
|2011 Akita International Sumo Basho|
|Fighting Spirit||Owen Cunningham|
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|Fighting Spirit||Melody Lynch-Kimmery|
|No. of bouts||?|
|← 2010||2012 →|
A training/information session was held on May 22nd at the Yabase Sports Park in Akita City. This session was to explain the rules, etiquette, and brief history of sumo. There was also instruction and practice on how to nakedly hit people as well. Attendance was not necessary for participation in the tournament — more than anything this was just a chance to have fun and a learn a bit about sumo. See the Facebook page for more info.
- Date: Sunday, June 5th 2011
- Place: Akita Budokan, Akita City
- Rikishi (participants): ¥1,300
- Spectators: ¥ 1,000
- Time: 11:00-16:00. The doors open at 11:00. The opening ceremony is set for 12:00. Clean up should end around 16:30. Rikishi should show up no later than 9:30. Upon arrival, volunteers will help us into our mawashis, explain the rules governing the bouts, and give us tips on how to fight.
The Wrestlers for the 2011 Tournament were
The officiating for the 2011 tournament, as well as special prize decisions was overseen by Sumo & Stogies.
- Head Referee/Head Judge - Bryan Barber
- Head Referee/Head Judge - Pat Costello
- Ring-side Judge - Delmer Lopez
- Ring-side Judge - Jae Grobler
The men's division (18 rikishi) was split into two groups of four, and two groups of 5 with each rikishi fighting in 3 bouts. From the groups of four 2 rikishi advanced, and from the groups of five 3 rikishi advanced. The 10 advancees were split into groups of 5 and had 4 bouts each within those groups. Two rikishi advanced from the quarter finals into the semi-finals which was single elimination. The two winner of the semis advanced to the final bout.
The women's division (10 riki-she) was split into two groups of 5. Each riki-she had 3 bouts within their group, with one memeber of each group having one bout with a member from the other group. The two winners from each group advanced to the semi finals, which were single elimination. The two winners of the semi finals went to the final bout.
Men's Champion: Colton Runyan
Men's Runner-up: Alex Morse
Men's Fighting Spirit Prize: Owen Cunningham
Women's Champion: Hannah Leggett
Women's Runner up: Allie Kallman
Women's Fighting Spirit Prize: Melody Lynch-Kimmery
Post-event Report and Profits
For our 7th annual tournament, we had about 90 attendees, including rikishi, spectators, and volunteers. This event raised 91,375 yen. 40,000 yen was donated to volunteerAKITA's Fruit Tree Project, 30,000 yen was donated to Smile Kid's Tokoku Kids Project, and 21,375 yen was retained for community projects (funding this wiki and the '11/'12 Hanabi: Akita's Quarterly Magazine).
For a more detailed report including expenses, please email email@example.com.