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Kitabayama Hidetoshi

Record  522–327–21
Name  Kitabayama Hidetoshi
Weight  119 kg
Retired  May 1966
Height  1.73 m
Highest rank  Ozeki (July 1961)
Makuuchi rank  Ozeki
Debut  May 1954
Role  Sumo Wrestler

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Born  Hidetoshi Yamada May 17, 1935 Hokkaido, Japan (1935-05-17)
Championships  1 (Makuuchi) 1 (Juryo) 1 (Makushita) 1 (Sandanme)
Special Prizes  Outstanding Performance (1) Fighting Spirit (2)
Died  July 20, 2010, Sumida, Tokyo, Tokyo City, Tokyo, Japan
Stable  Tokitsukaze stable (1954–1966)
Similar People  Wakahaguro Tomoaki, Tochinoumi Teruyoshi, Oginohana Masaaki, Matsunobori Shigeo, Sadanoyama Shinmatsu

Kitabayama Hidetoshi (17 May 1935 – 20 July 2010) was a former sumo wrestler and coach from Muroran, Hokkaidō, Japan. His highest rank was ōzeki.


Kitabayama entered sumo in May 1954, joining Tokitsukaze stable. He was recruited by the legendary former yokozuna Futabayama. He was 173 cm tall and weighed 119 kg, which would make him extremely small by today's sumo standards. After winning the jūryō championship in September 1958 with a 14–1 record he entered the top makuuchi division in November 1958. He was a runner-up in only his second top division tournament and quickly made the san'yaku ranks, reaching sekiwake in November 1959. He was to remain at sekiwake rank for nine of the next ten tournaments. After finishing runner-up to maegashira Sadanoyama in the May 1961 tournament with an 11–4 record he was promoted to ōzeki. He had won 28 bouts over the previous three tournaments, not normally enough for ōzeki promotion, but there were only two ōzeki at the time, and two ageing yokozuna (Asashio and Wakanohana) and so the standard was lowered slightly. In an era dominanted by Taihō he was only able to win one tournament championship, in July 1963, when he defeated Sadanoyama in a playoff. He was also runner-up for a third time in the May 1964 tournament. He held his ōzeki rank for a total of 30 tournaments over a period of five years.

Retirement from sumo

Kitabayama retired from active competition in May 1966, following two losing scores in his last two tournaments (a third would have seen him demoted from the ōzeki rank). He remained in the sumo world as an elder under the toshiyori name Edagawa and worked as a coach at Tokitsukaze stable. He was also on the board of Directors of the Japan Sumo Association and worked as a judge of tournament bouts. He left the Sumo Association in 2000 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of sixty-five. He died in 2010 from cancer of the liver.

Fighting style

Kitabayama's favoured techniques were hidari-yotsu (a right hand outside, left hand inside grip on his opponent's mawashi), yori kiri (force out) and utchari (ring edge throw). Other kimarite he regularly used were uwatenage (overarm throw) and tsuridashi (lift out).

Career record

  • The Kyushu tournament was first held in 1957, and the Nagoya tournament in 1958.
  • References

    Kitabayama Hidetoshi Wikipedia

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