Kotoryū Hiroo

Kotoryū Hiroo
琴龍宏央
Personal information
Born Katsumi Nakano
(1972-03-02) 2 March 1972 (age 48)
Hyōgo, Japan
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight 143 kg (315 lb)
Career
Stable Sadogatake
Record 591-576-77
Debut March, 1987
Highest rank Maegashira 1 (January, 2000)
Retired May, 2005
Championships 1 (Jūryō)
Special Prizes Fighting Spirit (1)
Gold Stars 3
Takanohana II (2)
Musashimaru
* Up to date as of July 2007.

Kotoryū Hiroo (born 2 March 1972 as Katsumi Nakano) is a former sumo wrestler from Hyōgo, Japan. He joined professional sumo in 1987, reaching the top division in 1996. He defeated yokozuna three times and earned one Fighting Spirit Prize. His highest rank was maegashira 1.

Career

He was born in Takasago, Hyōgo Prefecture, but moved to Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture as a child. Kotoryū made his professional debut in March 1987 at the age of 15, joining Sadogatake stable. At the beginning of his career he used the shikona Kotonakano, switching to Kotoryū in March 1993. He was first promoted to sekitori status in July 1994 upon promotion to the second highest jūryō division but could only last one tournament there. He returned to jūryō in May 1995 and made his debut in the top makuuchi division in July 1996.

Kotoryū was ranked in the top division for 51 tournaments over a period of nine years, earning three kinboshi, or gold stars, for defeating yokozuna. He also received one sanshō for Fighting Spirit. He was a regular in the upper maegashira ranks but he was never able to earn promotion to san'yaku. He came back from a number of injuries that sent him down to the jūryō division, winning the only yūshō or tournament championship of his career in that division March 2002 with a 12–3 record[1] which earned him promotion back to makuuchi. He finally retired in May 2005 at the age of 33. He had been suffering from liver problems and diabetes and lost some 20 kg (44 lb) in weight, and felt he had reached his physical limit. At his retirement press conference he said the most memorable bout of his career was his upset of yokozuna Musashimaru in January 2000. In a match lasting two minutes he won by yori-kiri or force out despite being outweighed by 80 kg (180 lb).

Fighting style

Kotoryū used both tsuki/oshi (pushing and thrusting) and yotsu (grappling) techniques. His preferred grip on the mawashi was hidari-yotsu, with his right hand outside and left hand inside his opponent's arms. Among his favourite kimarite were uwatenage (overarm throw) and tsuridashi (the lift out). However, he most often won with yori-kiri (the force out).

Retirement from sumo

After retirement Kotoryū stayed on as a coach at his stable for a short time under his fighting name, but he was unable to acquire permanent toshiyori, or elder status and so left the sumo world in April 2006, to help with his father's business.

Career record

Kotoryū Hiroo [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
1987 x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #36
4–3
 
West Jonidan #153
3–4
 
West Jonokuchi #11
4–3
 
East Jonidan #131
3–4
 
1988 East Jonokuchi #2
4–3
 
West Jonidan #101
3–4
 
East Jonidan #118
2–5
 
East Jonidan #156
5–2
 
West Jonidan #105
5–2
 
East Jonidan #59
2–5
 
1989 West Jonidan #83
4–3
 
East Jonidan #52
3–4
 
East Jonidan #70
6–1
 
West Jonidan #4
3–4
 
West Jonidan #23
3–4
 
West Jonidan #42
6–1
 
1990 East Sandanme #84
2–5
 
West Jonidan #17
6–1
 
East Sandanme #60
3–4
 
West Sandanme #80
5–2
 
East Sandanme #47
4–3
 
East Sandanme #26
4–3
 
1991 West Sandanme #10
5–2
 
East Makushita #51
3–4
 
East Sandanme #5
3–4
 
East Sandanme #20
4–3
 
West Sandanme #4
4–3
 
West Makushita #49
4–3
 
1992 West Makushita #39
5–2
 
East Makushita #21
3–4
 
East Makushita #30
5–2
 
West Makushita #14
3–4
 
West Makushita #20
6–1–PPP
 
East Makushita #8
4–3
 
1993 West Makushita #5
4–3
 
West Makushita #3
3–4
 
West Makushita #8
0–7
 
West Makushita #43
5–2
 
West Makushita #29
6–1
 
West Makushita #12
3–4
 
1994 West Makushita #17
6–1
 
East Makushita #8
5–2
 
West Makushita #1
5–2
 
West Jūryō #12
6–9
 
East Makushita #3
4–3
 
West Makushita #1
3–4
 
1995 East Makushita #5
5–2
 
West Makushita #1
4–3
 
West Jūryō #13
9–6
 
West Jūryō #9
8–7
 
West Jūryō #8
8–7
 
West Jūryō #6
7–8
 
1996 West Jūryō #7
9–6
 
East Jūryō #4
10–5
 
East Jūryō #2
11–4
 
East Maegashira #15
8–7
 
West Maegashira #13
8–7
 
West Maegashira #8
7–8
 
1997 West Maegashira #11
10–5
F
East Maegashira #5
4–11
 
East Maegashira #8
5–10
 
West Maegashira #12
8–7
 
East Maegashira #12
7–8
 
West Maegashira #14
9–6
 
1998 East Maegashira #11
9–6
 
East Maegashira #5
4–11
 
West Maegashira #10
6–9
 
West Maegashira #13
8–7
 
West Maegashira #6
5–10
 
West Maegashira #11
8–7
 
1999 West Maegashira #5
5–10
West Maegashira #10
8–7
 
West Maegashira #8
5–10
 
East Maegashira #15
9–6
 
West Maegashira #10
8–7
 
West Maegashira #6
9–6
 
2000 West Maegashira #1
6–9
East Maegashira #3
5–10
 
West Maegashira #5
7–8
 
West Maegashira #6
9–6
 
West Maegashira #1
1–14
 
East Maegashira #11
8–7
 
2001 West Maegashira #7
9–6
 
West Maegashira #1
1–6–8
 
East Maegashira #10
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
East Maegashira #10
8–7
 
West Maegashira #7
9–6
 
East Maegashira #5
1–1–13
 
2002 West Jūryō #1
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Jūryō #1
12–3
Champion

 
East Maegashira #8
8–7
 
West Maegashira #3
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Maegashira #3
5–10
West Maegashira #6
7–8
 
2003 West Maegashira #8
8–7
 
East Maegashira #5
5–10
 
East Maegashira #10
9–6
 
West Maegashira #5
8–7
 
East Maegashira #3
4–11
 
West Maegashira #7
7–8
 
2004 East Maegashira #9
7–8
 
West Maegashira #10
8–7
 
East Maegashira #9
10–5
 
East Maegashira #3
4–11
 
East Maegashira #8
7–8
 
East Maegashira #9
8–7
 
2005 West Maegashira #7
4–11
 
West Maegashira #12
0–4–11
 
East Jūryō #9
Retired
0–0
x x 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 also

References

  1. ^ "Musashimaru ends with loss". Japan Times. 25 March 2002. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Kotoryu Hiroo Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 24 May 2013.

External links

  • Kotoryū Hiroo's official biography (English) at the Grand Sumo Homepage

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