I just went to check the results of the summer tournament in Nagoya. I've been crazy busy this summer, and I got behind on my sumo! (Shame on me.)
La-di-dah. Guess what is out there, and I never even knew?
It's a sumo results page for the entire year available on Wikipedia, bless it's unreliable-informational heart.
Here's the link. WIKIPEDIA SUMO RESULTS FOR 2011. Now you can click on over there and get the update on Hakuho and Kotooshu and Kaio, who announced his retirement after 23 years in sumo.
That's a lot of years in sumo!
Another cool stat from the Nagoya tournament last month was that a rikishi with a degree from Waseda University made it into juryo (the lowest tier of the professional level) for the first time since 1933.
It sounds like a lot of guys in sumo just take the sumo-track in life and don't go after an education, so maybe this is a new thing.
Also, a former champ died, and he'd lived to the age of 72. His sumo name was Wakanaruto. It's good to know some of them live to a ripe old age--since their size looks like their life spans might be shortened by excess weight.