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Can we get back on track in September? (Photo: Manami Takahashi)

2022,KotonowakaThe rapid progress of (24) does not stop.

The January spot had 11 wins and 4 losses, and won the second Fighting Spirit Award. March Square defeated 2 Ozeki and fought for the championship until Chiakiraku with 11 wins and 4 losses. Received the Fighting Spirit Award at two consecutive locations. In May, he defeated Ozeki for three consecutive days from day one, earning 9 wins and 6 losses.

From the first day of July, he successively defeats Shodai and Mitakeumi. A new corona infected person appeared in the room, so it was closed in the middle, but until the 10th day it was 7 wins and 3 losses, and the ring boiled again.

His father is former sekiwake Kotonowaka (54). His maternal grandfather is Kotosakura, the 53rd yokozuna of the previous master Sadogatake. Along with this lineage, he has a blessed physique. The large organs are awakening.

However, the road has not been easy since the introduction seven years ago until now. From Saitama Sakae High School, he enters Sadogatake Stable, where his father is a teacher, and climbs the makushita rank to 5th place, but from there he is slow.

“After all, people around me talk about my predecessor and my master.

However, by changing my way of thinking, I took the opportunity to take a leap.

“Shortly before moving on to jūryō, I felt I had to think about my birth in a positive light. I was able to take

 SekitoriWhen this happened, I was supposed to be given the name “Kotonowaka” by my master, so I decided that I had to make that name my own.

About four years after starting, he was promoted to Juryo. Passed 10 4-seater cars and entered the new curtain in March 2020.then left kneewoundEven though he fell to Juryo, he returned to the Makuuchi in one place. For the next two years, he maintained his position in makuuchi.

This year’s May spot is second on the Western Front with 9 wins and 6 losses. Normally, it wouldn’t be strange for him to be promoted to three roles, but he didn’t have a chance to rank here. And even in the July tournament, which was East Maegashira’s second match, the tournament was forced to be closed as he was the last to win. With all three roles fast approaching, that’s still out of reach.

“Of course, it was frustrating that the first place was closed. I wanted to win the game, and I wanted to join the fight for the championship. Also, if I could have reached the first or second place, I would have was promoted to Sanyaku.

This means you need to develop your strength and get sumo wrestling that can be decided with precision. Of course, I want to go up to sanyaku and catch up with my (former sekiwake master).

It is said that there was a certain trigger for the fast forward this year.

“My left knee, which I injured in the tournament in September last year, was so bad that I could have had surgery. So I asked Principal Yamada of Saitama Sakae High School to show me to a good teacher.I managed to get up for the ring in November.

After this injury, I was afraid of falling behind. Until then, there were a lot of sumo fights where you backed off and tried to pull back, hit a throw, or “handle” the wrestler. But if I did sumo like that, I would hurt myself badly again.

From there I started moving forward and attacking. The more aggressive you are, the less strain on your knees. I don’t think it’s because of my injuries, but I think my sumo has changed a lot.”

It is said that the presence of juniors in the same room is also important. Kotokatsuho, the eleventh eastern maegashira who is two years younger than him, has been training with Saitama Sakae High School of the Kashiwa Sumo Boys’ Club for a long time.

“He’s a fire starter. He joined the hall two years after me, and Katsumine was promoted to sekitori right after my promotion. It makes me feel like I can’t lose.”

Asked about his hobbies,

“I really don’t have anything to say about it. I just watch dramas. I watch NHK’s morning drama ‘Chimu Dondon’.

Asked about her favorite female talent, she hesitated for about two minutes,

“…Hmmm. All the actresses are pretty, so it’s hard. When I was asked before, Mio Imada was… But is this really going to be an article?”

Sumo wrestling is my top priority right now. The destination is “Kotozakura”. With his grandfather, who died 15 years ago, he vowed to succeed to the name “Kotozakura” by being promoted to Ozeki.

“First of all, it’s three roles, right? That’s when we can finally stand on the starting line to inherit the name of the predecessor. Of course, I hope keep my promise as soon as possible and report back to the predecessor.”

A sumo child, who sat on his grandfather’s lap since he was a child and watched practice, and shook the mawashi at the age of two. The day when the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom is near.

Masahiro Kotonowaka
Born November 19, 1997 Born in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture 189cm, 167kg Sadogatake Stable Became a student in October 2015 while attending Saitama Sakae High School. First bell in November. New Juryo in July 2019. New curtain place March 2020. Received the Fighting Spirit Award 3 times.September place is the same as the previous place, the highest rank in the eastern front

Coordinated by Mitsuhiro Kanemoto

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