Tamawashi Becomes Second Oldest To Win A Tournament

At the age of 34, Tamawashi has become the second-oldest wrestler of the modern era of sumo to win their first tournament, following his win at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

The Sekiwake took his 13th win of the tournament by defeating ninth ranked Endo for the 10th time in their career series. Tamawashi walked into the final day of the tournament with a one-win advantage over 22-year old  22-year-old Takakeisho, who had won his career championship in November.

Tamawashi made quick work of Endo, pushing back the younger opponent to throw him off his balance and send him to the floor.

Since the move to six grand tournaments in 1958, only one other wrestler over the age of 34 had won a tournament, which was Kyokutenho, who would win his lone career title in 2012 at the age of 37.

“My first thoughts were of gratitude toward all those who have supported me,” Tamawashi said. “For so long, I’ve wanted to tell my stablemaster and his wife this wonderful news, and now at last I can do it.”

“It’s a long slog. I was able to concentrate, but it was long. I’m glad I was able to do that and enjoy this feeling I have now.”

The victory would be doubled for Tamawashi, as his wife had given birth to a son earlier on Sunday.

“This is the greatest,” he said.

 

Initial Report: Japan Times

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