Top 5 Best Sumo Wrestlers in Japan Currently Wrestling
Sumo wrestling has been around for thousands of years and started out as a way to train soldiers before becoming one of the most well-known sports from Japan. A sport of balance and pushing your opponent to the ground, it has seen many men enter the clay and rice bail platform and topple their opponents to win matches and tournaments. They aspire to work their way up to the title of Yokozuna or grand champion and be the best of the best. With that here are the Top 5 Sumo wrestlers fighting today.
Sumo Wrestlers – Asanoyama
A newer wrestler who debuted in the major ranks in March of 2016 and won his first tournament in May of 2019. He stands at 6’1″ and weighs in at 390 pounds. Has a big future ahead of him as most of his tournaments he has finished with a winning record with more wins than losses and has picked up awards for “fighting spirit” in his career as well. He has jumped a number of ranks in his short time as a pro Sumo wrestler.
Sumo Wrestlers – Tamawashi
Standing at 6’2″ and weighing 381 pounds, Tamawashi is a mighty hurdle to defeat in Sumo. Although not a grand champion Yokozuna himself, he does well in Sumo matches and even won a tournament in January of 2019. He may not be the winner of matches like both Yokozuna are, but he is well on his way to getting there and standing on top of the sport someday.
Sumo Wrestlers – Takayasu
Standing at 6″1′ and weighing in at 392 pounds. Takayasu is a rank below the Grand Champion Yokozuna at the Ozeki rank. He has been runner up a number of times and finishes tournaments usually with a strong record including several individual wins over top Champions. While many top-ranked Sumo wrestlers hail from Mongolia, Takayasu is actually from Japan.
The other champion at the top level of Sumo. He often is the second place holder in many of the tournaments after Hakuho and is viewed as the second best in the sport. He stands at 6″1″ and 355 pounds. He has only won 5 tournaments since he was made a Yokozuna in early 2014. While not always the winner of tournaments, he is usually a top contender to win behind his other Yokozuna.
He is 6’4″ and weighs about 349 pounds. Hakuho is the master of his craft and has been the person to defeat since he first became Yokozuna in 2007. He often goes through the tournaments undefeated or at least the leader. Regardless, he is usually the one to beat to have a chance at winning. He holds the record for tournaments wins at 42 and individual sumo wins at 1,120. Easily the top dog in Sumo and doesn’t look to retire anytime soon.