Ōnobori Mitsuhiro

Ōnobori Mitsuhiro
Onobori Scan10006.JPG
Personal information
Born Isamu Ishida
(1925-08-01)August 1, 1925
Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan
Died March 1, 2009(2009-03-01) (aged 83)
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 116 kg (256 lb; 18 st 4 lb)
Career
Stable Kasugayama
Record 235-233-20
Debut January 1941
Highest rank Maegashira 1 (March 1955)
Retired January 1957
Championships 1 (Jūryō)
1 (Makushita)
Special Prizes 1 (Fighting Spirit)
Gold Stars 1 (Tochinishiki)

Ōnobori Mitsuhiro (born Isamu Ishida, August 1, 1925 – March 1, 2009) was a sumo wrestler and coach from Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan. He made his professional debut in January 1941, reaching a highest rank of maegashira 1. He retired in 1957. From 1971 to 1990 he was the head coach of Kasugayama stable.

Career

He joined Kasugayama stable in 1941, recruited by the 14th Kasugayama Oyakata, ex-sekiwake Fujinokawa. However the stable shut down in 1947 and he was transferred to Tatsunami stable. In 1955 the stable was revived by ex-ozeki Nayoroiwa and he once again became a member of Kasugayama stable. He reached the top makuuchi division in 1951 and in just his second tournament in the division he had his greatest success, finishing runner-up to Chiyonoyama in May 1951 with a 12–3 record and winning the Fighting Spirit prize. In January 1955 he defeated yokozuna Tochinishiki to earn his only kinboshi, or gold star. Although he scored ten wins against five losses from maegashira 5 in this tournament, there was no sanyaku position open for him and he was ranked at maegashira 1 on the banzuke in the following tournament in March 1955. He scored only two wins against thirteen losses, and this was to be his highest rank. After 21 top division tournaments he was demoted to the juryo division after the May 1956 tournament. He did not compete on the dohyo again, officially retiring in January 1957.

Retirement from sumo

Onobori remained in sumo as an elder of the Japan Sumo Association, working as a coach at his old stable under a variety of elder names. In January 1971 he became head coach of Kasugayama stable following the death of ex-Nayoroiwa. He raised Kasugafuji, who also reached the rank of maegashira 1. Onobori was a director of the Sumo Association for four years from 1982, and an auditor from 1986. One of his nieces married Asahifuji in 1988. He reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 in 1990, and Kasugayama stable was wound up and absorbed into Ajigawa stable (although it was later revived by Kasugafuji upon his own retirement). Onobori died in Tokyo in March 2009 at the age of 83, from pneumonia.[1]

Pre-modern career record

  • The New Year tournament began and the Spring tournament returned to Osaka in 1953.
Ōnobori Mitsuhiro [2]
- Spring
Haru basho, Tokyo
Summer
Natsu basho, Tokyo
Autumn
Aki basho, Tokyo
1941 (Maezumo) (Maezumo) Not held
1942 West Jonokuchi #28
5–3
 
East Jonidan #41
4–4
 
Not held
1943 East Jonidan #22
3–5
 
West Jonidan #25
5–3
 
Not held
1944 West Sandanme #47
4–4
 
East Sandanme #35
2–3
 
West Sandanme #45
3–2
 
1945 Not held West Sandanme #13
0–0–5
 
West Sandanme #14
3–2
 
1946 Not held Not held East Makushita #25
3–4
 
1947 Not held West Makushita #32
5–0
 
West Makushita #3
2–4
 
1948 Not held West Makushita #8
2–2–2
 
West Makushita #10
5–1
Champion

 
1949 East Jūryō #14
7–6
 
West Jūryō #7
11–4
Champion

 
East Jūryō #1
7–8
 
1950 West Jūryō #2
6–9
 
East Jūryō #4
8–7
 
West Jūryō #3
12–3
 
1951 East Maegashira #16
8–7
 
East Maegashira #14
12–3
F
West Maegashira #2
7–8
 
1952 West Maegashira #3
6–9
 
West Maegashira #5
6–9
 
East Maegashira #8
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
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
- New Year
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
Spring
Haru basho, Osaka
Summer
Natsu basho, Tokyo
Autumn
Aki basho, Tokyo
1953 East Maegashira #18
10–5
 
East Maegashira #12
6–9
 
West Maegashira #16
8–7
 
East Maegashira #14
10–5
 
1954 West Maegashira #6
6–9
 
East Maegashira #10
8–7
 
West Maegashira #7
7–8
 
East Maegashira #8
9–6
 
1955 West Maegashira #5
10–5
West Maegashira #1
2–13
 
West Maegashira #8
9–6
 
East Maegashira #4
4–11
 
1956 East Maegashira #9
5–10
 
West Maegashira #13
4–11
 
West Maegashira #19
1–11–3
 
West Jūryō #9
Sat out due to injury
0–0–0
1957 West Jūryō #22
Retired
0–0–0
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. ^ "元大昇の石田勇氏死去=大相撲" [Isamu Ishida, former Onobori, died = Ozumo]. Jiji Press. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Ōnobori Mitsuhiro Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 28 April 2017.

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