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2018 Akita International Sumo Basho
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Details
DateJune 9
LocationAkita Budokan
No. Men14
No. Women7
Men's Championship
ChampionDean Ruetzler
Runner-upPeter Hall
Fighting SpiritMengkin Ragan
No. of bouts48
Women's Championship
ChampionKate Smith
Runner-upAmber Shamma
Fighting SpiritMisa Yasuda
No. of bouts22
2017 2019

The 14th Annual Akita International Sumo Basho (第十四回秋田県国際相撲場所) was a charity sumo tournament that was held on June 9th by Charity Akita. Every year JETs and friends gather from all across Tohoku (and some farther still) to decide who is worthy of the title of Akita's Yokozuna.

Details

  • Date: Saturday, June 9th 2018
  • Place: Akita Budokan, Akita City
  • Price:
    • Rikishi (participants): ¥500. Arrive no later than 8:30. Upon arrival, volunteers will assist with putting on the mawashi, explain the rules governing the bouts, and give tips on how to fight.
    • Spectators ¥1,000, high school and junior high school students ¥500, children free
    • Volunteers ¥500

Wrestlers

Men's
Name Country Hometown Akita Shikona Slogan
Adam Antão New Zealand Wellington  ? ブラウン・ダイナマイト Brown Dynamite Take it easy on me plz
Aleksey Bolyshkanov United States of America Sacramento Central スラヴ野郎 Dat Slav I'm here to kick ass and drink vodka... and I'm all out of vodka.
Clay Sedgwick United States of America Hawaii South スマック怖 Fearious Smack Beer before liqour, never been quicker. Liqour before beer, I've become your greatest fear!
Dean Ruetzler United States of America Vermont Iwate 狂犬の花 Maddog Flower 花より団子
Jeremy Ma Australia Sydney Central ジェレ熊 Bearemy I'm Bearly trying
Lucas Woodall United States of America North Carolina Iwate 続く To Be Continued OH MY GOD!!
Chris Dean United States of America Mississippi Central A-A-Ron You done messed up
Mengkin Ragan Japan Akita Central 広東雄 Koutouyuu Just taking it easy
Hoang Long Minh Vietnam Thanh Hoa North 黒豹 Black Panther (see email)
Owen Cunningham Republic of Ireland Kilkenny North 相撲猿 SumOweN ... and there is no welcome mat.
Peter Hall Australia Melbourne Central ラガの海 Sea of Raga A raga is a living being. Bhangra is balle balle.
Rogelio Luna Mexico Mexico City Central 霜月 Luna 石の上にも三年
Sindre Aadnanes Norway Oslo Central ノルウェーのバイキング The Norwegian Viking Honour the Old Gods.
Stephen Symiakakis United States of America Massachusetts Central マサ太郎 Masataro These shoulders will not fall to the ground. It's because they bear aloft everyone's dreams.
Women's
Name Country Hometown Akita Shikona Slogan
Amber Shamma United States of America Texas Central 暗熊 amBEAR If it ain't Texan, I ain't flexin'.
Jillian Ocampo United States of America Texas South 爆竹 Firecracker All it takes is a spark
Kate Smith Canada Vancouver South ケートち Lil K8 You win some you lose em all
Leslie Smith United States of America Maryland South レッッッズルズ LEZZZZZLES There's a first (and last) time for everything
Manjyot Virdie Canada Toronto South ブルー・スチール Blue Steel Really really really ridiculously...ridiculous
Misa Yasuda United States of America California South 見た勝った Mi Sa(w and conquered) Hue Hue
Sarah Egashira Japan Tochigi  ? 日の出丸 Sunrise Circle My Japanese spirit is second to none!

Tournament format

The Men's tournament consisted of 14 men who were divided into 2 groups. Each group wrestled in a round-robin format, with each wrestler having 6 matches. The top 2 from each group moved on to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, to avoid the wrestlers having excessive matches, the 4 wrestlers were randomly paired up for a single elimination. The 2 winners advanced to the finals for a winner-take-all bout.

The Women's tournament consisted of 7 women. Similar to the men's tournament, the wrestlers competed in a round-robin format (6 matches each), and the top 2 advanced straight to the final.

Officials

The officiating for the 2018 tournament, as well as special prize decisions was overseen by current Akita JETs:

  • Derek Bonilla
  • John Lennon
  • Andrew Mowle
  • Maeleen Arce
  • Aaron Kern

Publicity

NHK News

NHK Akita News Web article

NHK NEWS WEB
秋田NEWS WEB
外国人が交流深める相撲大会

日本の伝統文化を学びながら交流を深めようと、留学生や英語を教えている外国人が集まって相撲大会を開き、迫力のある熱戦が繰り広げられました。

この相撲大会は県内の大学の留学生や、学校で英語を教えている外国人たちが、日本の伝統、相撲で交流を深めようと開かれました。
会場の県立武道館には、アメリカやアイルランド、それにベトナムなどから訪れている国際色豊かな男女およそ20人が集まりました。
参加者たちはまわしを締めた姿で、「狂犬の花」や「黒豹」などそれぞれが考えてきたユニークなしこ名で土俵に上がりました。
取り組みでは、「ハッケヨイ!」の合図とともに勢いよくぶつかったり、土俵際でぎりぎりまで粘ったりと、迫力のある熱戦が繰り広げられ、観客からは大きな声援や拍手が送られていました。
大会を主催し、みずからも「ラガの海」のしこ名で出場したピーター·ホールさんは、「相撲は一瞬で勝負が決まるので、取り組みをしている時に、気持ちが盛り上がります。外国人が集まって交流する機会があまりないので、きょうは楽しいです」話していました。

Bouts

Men's opening rounds

Men's Groups
Group 1 Wins Losses Group 2 Wins Losses
Dean Ruetzler 6 0 Hoang Long Minh 5 1
Jeremy Ma 4 2 Mengkin Ragan 5 1
Peter Hall 4 2 Sindre Aadnanes 5 1
Aleksey Bolyshkanov 3 3 Owen Cunningham 3 3
Adam Antão 2 4 Chris Dean 1 5
Clay Sedgwick 1 5 Lucas Woodall 1 5
Rogelio Luna 1 5 Stephen Symiakakis 1 5
  • Green: Advance to semi-finals
  • Yellow: Playoff
Round 1
East Video West
Stephen Symiakakis watch Chris Dean  
  Clay Sedgwick watch Jeremy Ma
  Peter Hall watch Adam Antão
  Lucas Woodall watch Hoang Long Minh
  Aleksey Bolyshkanov watch Rogelio Luna
Sindre Aadnanes watch Mengkin Ragan  
Round 2
East Video West
Jeremy Ma watch * Clay Sedgwick  
Mengkin Ragan watch Stephen Symiakakis  
  Adam Antão watch* Aleksey Bolyshkanov
Hoang Long Minh watch Sindre Aadnanes  
Owen Cunningham watch Chris Dean  
  Rogelio Luna watch Dean Ruetzler
Round 3
East Video West
  Lucas Woodall watch Chris Dean
  Adam Antão watch Jeremy Ma
  Hoang Long Minh watch Mengkin Ragan
Peter Hall watch Rogelio Luna  
  Owen Cunningham watch Sindre Aadnanes
  Clay Sedgwick watch Dean Ruetzler
Round 4
East Video West
Rogelio Luna watch Clay Sedgwick  
Mengkin Ragan watch Lucas Woodall  
  Jeremy Ma watch Peter Hall
  Chris Dean watch Sindre Aadnanes
Owen Cunningham watch Stephen Symiakakis  
  Aleksey Bolyshkanov watch Dean Ruetzler
Round 5
East Video West
Lucas Woodall watch Stephen Symiakakis  
Jeremy Ma watch Rogelio Luna  *
Mengkin Ragan watch Chris Dean  
Peter Hall watch Aleksey Bolyshkanov  
  Owen Cunningham watch Hoang Long Minh
  Adam Antão watch Dean Ruetzler
Round 6
East Video West
  Rogelio Luna watch Adam Antão
  Chris Dean watch Hoang Long Minh
  Stephen Symiakakis watch Sindre Aadnanes
  Aleksey Bolyshkanov watch Clay Sedgwick
Owen Cunningham watch Lucas Woodall  
  Peter Hall watch Dean Ruetzler
Round 7
East Video West
  Stephen Symiakakis watch Hoang Long Minh
  Clay Sedgwick watch Peter Hall
Aleksey Bolyshkanov watch Adam Antão  
Sindre Aadnanes watch Lucas Woodall  
  Owen Cunningham watch Mengkin Ragan
  Jeremy Ma watch Dean Ruetzler
  • * Round 2 scheduling errors: Adam was supposed to fight Aleksey; Jeremy was supposed to fight Clay.
    As a result Jeremy and Clay fought twice(R1 & R2), as did Adam and Aleksey (R2 & R7).
  • * In Round 5 Rogelio was disqualified for choking.

Men's play-off

Group 1

  • Two men were tied for second place. Peter Hall went through without a playoff.

Group 2

  • Three men were tied for first place, one needed to be eliminated. The first wrestler to lose 2 fights in a row was eliminated.
  • A scheduling error caused Sindre Aadnanes and Mengkin Ragan to fight an unnecessary bout.
Group 2
East Video West
Sindre Aadnanes watch Hoang Long Minh  
Mengkin Ragan watch Hoang Long Minh  
Sindre Aadnanes watch Mengkin Ragan  

Women's opening rounds

Women's Group
Group Wins Losses
Kate Smith 6 0
Amber Shamma 5 1
Misa Yasuda 4 2
Leslie Smith 3 3
Manjyot Virdie 2 4
Sarah Egashira 1 5
Jillian Ocampo 0 6
  • Green: Advance to final
Round 1
East Video West
Sarah Egashira watch Jillian Ocampo  
  Manjyot Virdie watch Kate Smith
Misa Yasuda watch Leslie Smith  
Round 2
East Video West
Amber Shamma watch Manjyot Virdie  
Kate Smith watch Sarah Egashira  
  Jillian Ocampo watch Misa Yasuda
Round 3
East Video West
Leslie Smith watch Sarah Egashira  
  Amber Shamma watch Kate Smith
Misa Yasuda watch Manjyot Virdie  
Round 4
East Video West
Amber Shamma watch Misa Yasuda  
  Sarah Egashira watch Manjyot Virdie
Leslie Smith watch Jillian Ocampo  
Round 5
East Video West
  Jillian Ocampo watch Manjyot Virdie
  Misa Yasuda watch Kate Smith
  Leslie Smith watch Amber Shamma
Round 6
East Video West
  Manjyot Virdie watch Leslie Smith
Kate Smith watch Jillian Ocampo  
  Sarah Egashira watch Amber Shamma
Round 7
East Video West
  Jillian Ocampo watch Amber Shamma
Kate Smith watch Leslie Smith  
  Sarah Egashira watch Misa Yasuda

Men's semi finals

East Video West
  Sindre Aadnanes watch Peter Hall
  Mengkin Ragan watch Dean Ruetzler

Finals

Women's final

East Video West
Kate Smith watch Amber Shamma  

Men's final

East Video West
  Peter Hall watch Dean Ruetzler

Awards

Men's Champion: Dean Ruetzler
Men's Runner-up: Peter Hall
Men's Fighting Spirit Prize: Mengkin Ragan

Women's Champion: Kate Smith
Women's Runner-up: Amber Shamma
Women's Fighting Spirit Prize: Misa Yasuda

Statistics

Individual Records

Name Country Wins Losses PCT % Wins Losses PCT %
Dean Ruetzler USAUnited States of America 8 0 1.000
Kate Smith CanadaCanada 7 0 1.000
Hoang Long Minh VietnamVietnam 5 1 0.883 5 3 0.625
Sindre Aadnanes NorwayNorway 5 2 0.714 7 2 0.778
Mengkin Ragan JapanJapan 5 2 0.714 6 3 0.667
Amber Shamma USAUnited States of America 5 2 0.714
Jeremy Ma AustraliaAustralia 4 2 0.667
Misa Yasuda USAUnited States of America 4 2 0.667
Peter Hall AustraliaAustralia 5 3 0.625
Aleksey Bolyshkanov USAUnited States of America 3 3 0.500
Owen Cunningham IrelandRepublic of Ireland 3 3 0.500
Leslie Smith USAUnited States of America 3 3 0.500
Adam Antão New ZealandNew Zealand 2 4 0.333
Manjyot Virdie CanadaCanada 2 4 0.333
Clay Sedgwick USAUnited States of America 1 5 0.167
Lucas Woodall USAUnited States of America 1 5 0.167
Chris Dean USAUnited States of America 1 5 0.167
Rogelio Luna MexicoMexico 1 5 0.167
Stephen Symiakakis USAUnited States of America 1 5 0.167
Sarah Egashira JapanJapan 1 5 0.167
Jillian Ocampo USAUnited States of America 0 6 0.000
Standard bouts with playoff bouts

Country Records

Country Wrestlers Wins Losses PCT % Wins Losses PCT %
Vietnam Vietnam 1 5 1 0.833 5 3 0.625
Canada Canada 2 8 3 0.727
Norway Norway 1 5 2 0.714 7 2 0.778
Australia Australia 2 8 4 0.667
Republic of Ireland Ireland 1 3 3 0.500
Japan Japan 2 6 7 0.462 7 8 0.467
United States of America United States 10 14 25 0.359
New Zealand New Zealand 1 2 4 0.333
Mexico Mexico 1 1 5 0.167
Standard bouts with playoff bouts
  • Bouts between compatriots are not included.
  • Forfeits are not included.

Gallery

See also


Years of the Akita International Sumo Basho
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018