[sumo] Day 2-Battle of the Titans!!
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Sat Jul 7 07:39:27 EDT 2007
Day 2. It is coming down. The battle of the titans. The first ever
battle between two National college graduates- Ichinoya (46), the
world's oldest active rikishi, and Masumeidai (23), in his 5th basho.
There was a battle between two National college rikishi in 2002
(Ichinoya against Yumenosato) but it's a first between 2 graduates.
Masumeidai has been eagerly awaiting this bout against Ichinoya ever
since he entered sumo. He was expecting it to happen this basho. "We are
very close in the banzuke (Jonidan 60 and 61) so I was pretty sure it
would happen. My heart is beating wildly and I'm really happy!!", said
Massmedia. When he entered sumo, he shared the shitakubeya with
Ichinoya, and was given words of encouragement by him. Ichinoya even
helped Mass tighten his mawashi a few times. Mass was very moved by this
gesture. "He is a totally nice guy. I have been his fan since college",
he said. He has never seen his senpai actually fight. "I'll just have to
do my own sumo..", he muttered. "46 years old?? It's like a father and
son matchup.. no way Mass loses!", said a supportive Chiganoura Oyakata.
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