Konishiki Yasokichi I

Konishiki Yasokichi
小錦 八十吉
Konishiki Yokozuna 1896-1901.jpg
Personal information
Born Iwai Yasokichi
(1866-11-21)November 21, 1866
Musha District, Kazusa, Japan
Died October 22, 1914(1914-10-22) (aged 47)
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 128 kg (282 lb)
Career
Stable Takasago
Record 119-24-101
9draws-7holds(Makuuchi)
Debut May, 1883
Highest rank Yokozuna (March 1896)
Retired January, 1901
Championships 7 (Makuuchi, unofficial)
* Up to date as of October 2007.

Konishiki Yasokichi I (小錦八十吉, November 21, 1866 – October 22, 1914) was a Japanese professional sumo wrestler from Musha District, Kazusa Province. He was the sport's 17th yokozuna.

Career

His real name was Iwai Yasokichi (岩井 八十吉). Konishiki made his professional debut in May 1883 and reached the top makuuchi division in May 1888. He won 39 bouts in a row after his makuuchi debut. Konishiki was promoted to ōzeki in May 1890, and awarded a yokozuna licence by the house of Yoshida Tsukasa in March 1896. He was somewhat weak on technical skills, but had great speed.

Around the time of his promotion to yokozuna, his stablemaster Takasago Uragoro suffered an illness, and so Konishiki took care of him. In spite of his amazing debut, he did not have the best record in any tournaments as yokozuna. On April 8, 1900, his stablemaster died. Konishiki was absent from the next tournament and retired in January 1901. In the top makuuchi division, he won 119 bouts and lost 24 bouts, recording a winning percentage of 83.2.

The Hawaiian born ōzeki Konishiki Yasokichi was named after him. Ōzeki Konishiki was actually the 6th Konishiki, and three wrestlers named Konishiki have been promoted to the top makuuchi division.

Top division record

Konishiki [1]
- Spring Summer
1888 x West Maegashira #9
8–0–1
1h
Unofficial

 
1889 West Maegashira #1
7–0–1
1d 1h
Unofficial

 
West Komusubi
7–0–1
1d 1h

 
1890 West Komusubi
8–0–2
Unofficial

 
East Ōzeki
1–0–9
 
1891 East Ōzeki
8–0–1
1d
Unofficial

 
Sat out
1892 East Ōzeki
1–1–8
 
East Ōzeki
8–0–1
1h
Unofficial

 
1893 East Ōzeki
7–2–1
 
East Ōzeki
7–0–3
Unofficial

 
1894 East Ōzeki
5–2–3
 
Sat out
1895 East Ōzeki
8–1–1
Unofficial

 
Sat out
1896 East Ōzeki
7–1–2
 
East Yokozuna
8–1–1
 
1897 East Yokozuna
5–3–1
1h

 
East Yokozuna
6–2–1-1draw
 
1898 East Yokozuna
3–3–1
3d

 
East Yokozuna
3–1–4
2h

 
1899 East Yokozuna
6–2–1
1d

 
East Yokozuna
1–2–7
 
1900 East Yokozuna
5–3–1
1d

 
Sat out
1901 East Yokozuna
Retired
0–0
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up Retired Lower Divisions

Key:d=Draw(s) (引分);   h=Hold(s) (預り)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

*Championships for the best record in a tournament were not recognized or awarded before the 1909 summer tournament and the above unofficial championships are historically conferred. For more information see yūshō.

See also

References


Preceded by
Nishinoumi Kajirō I
17th Yokozuna
1896–1901
Succeeded by
Ōzutsu Man'emon
Yokozuna is not a successive rank, and more than one wrestler can hold the title at once

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