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Tagaryū Shōji

Tagaryū Shōji

Sumo wrestler
Tagaryū Shōji
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Sumo wrestler
Is Athlete Sumo wrestler Wrestler
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 15 February 1958
Age 62 years
The details

Biography

Tagaryū Shōji (Japanese: 多賀竜 昇司, born February 15, 1958) is a former sumo wrestler from Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. The highest rank he reached was sekiwake. In 1984 he won a top division yūshō or tournament championship from the maegashira ranking. He is now a sumo coach and head of the Kagamiyama stable.

Early career

Tagaryu made his professional debut in March 1974. It took him seven years to make the sekitori ranks, his promotion to the second highest jūryō division coming in January 1981. He reached the top makuuchi division in May 1982. He made his san'yaku debut at sekiwake rank in November 1983 but lasted only one tournament there and fell back to the maegashira ranks.

September 1984 Championship

At the September 1984 tournament, the last to be held at the Kuramae Kokugikan, Tagaryū was ranked maegashira 12 and knew that another make-koshi would leave him in danger of demotion from makuuchi altogether. Tagaryū started excellently, and the end of the middle day saw him the only wrestler with an eight-win clean sheet. Ōzeki Wakashimazu, who had won the previous tournament 15-0, had only lost one bout thus far. Tagaryū lost to maegashira Tochitsurugi on the ninth day. Wakashimazu lost to Konishiki on the eleventh day, leaving him with two losses. The penultimate day saw Tagaryū, with one loss, drawn against Wakashimazu with two. Tagaryū defeated the ōzeki by yoritaoshi, eliminating him from the title race. Tagaryū now stood on 13-1, one win ahead of Konishiki on 12-2. When Konishiki fell to Kotokaze on the final day, Tagaryū's subsequent loss to Asashio was immaterial. With thirteen wins and two losses, he was the tournament champion. He was the first winner from the maegashira ranks since Kaiketsu in 1976. In addition to the Emperor's Cup, he was awarded the Technique Prize and the Fighting Spirit Prize.

Later career

Following his tournament win Tagaryu was promoted to komusubi but turned in a losing score and was demoted. After a series of unimpressive results he was demoted back to the jūryō division in July 1988 and promptly won the jūryō championship. He thereby became the second person (after Wakanami) to accomplish the somewhat dubious feat of capturing the tournament championship in the second division after winning it in the first. He retired in May 1991.

Fighting style

Tagaryu preferred yotsu-sumo, or grappling techniques. His favoured grip on the opponent's mawashi was migi-yotsu, a left hand outside, right hand inside position. He also liked uwatenage, or overarm throw, and uwatedashinage, or pulling overarm throw. His most common winning kimarite was yori-kiri, the force out, used in about 40 percent of his victories.

After retirement

Tagaryu has remained in the sumo world as an elder of the Japan Sumo Association. He became head coach of Kagamiyama stable in 1996 upon the death of his old coach in his days as an active wrestler, former yokozuna Kashiwado. His son Shōta, born in 1986, is a wrestler at the stable under the ring name Ryūsei, although he has not got higher than the makushita division. In February 2010 Kagamiyama was elected to the Sumo Association's board of Directors and currently also serves as a chief ringside judge.

Career record

Tagaryū Shōji
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
1974 x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #12
5–2
 
East Jonidan #72
4–3
 
East Jonidan #50
3–4
 
West Jonidan #65
5–2
 
1975 West Jonidan #30
3–4
 
West Jonidan #42
3–4
 
East Jonidan #57
5–2
 
West Jonidan #18
6–1
 
East Sandanme #46
3–4
 
West Sandanme #58
4–3
 
1976 West Sandanme #42
3–4
 
West Sandanme #54
4–3
 
West Sandanme #40
4–3
 
West Sandanme #27
6–1
 
West Makushita #51
4–3
 
West Makushita #38
0–7
 
1977 East Sandanme #11
4–3
 
East Makushita #60
2–5
 
West Sandanme #24
4–3
 
East Sandanme #9
2–5
 
West Sandanme #33
4–3
 
East Sandanme #20
4–3
 
1978 East Sandanme #9
1–3–3
 
East Sandanme #39
4–3
 
West Sandanme #26
4–3
 
East Sandanme #13
4–3
 
West Sandanme #2
7–0–P
Champion

 
West Makushita #12
2–5
 
1979 West Makushita #29
4–3
 
East Makushita #23
3–4
 
West Makushita #32
2–5
 
East Makushita #51
5–2
 
East Makushita #30
5–2
 
East Makushita #17
4–3
 
1980 West Makushita #11
3–4
 
East Makushita #20
4–3
 
West Makushita #15
3–4
 
West Makushita #20
2–5
 
West Makushita #40
7–0
Champion

 
East Makushita #3
5–2
 
1981 West Jūryō #12
3–12
 
East Makushita #9
6–1
 
West Makushita #1
4–3
 
East Jūryō #13
5–10
 
West Makushita #4
5–2
 
East Jūryō #13
9–6
 
1982 West Jūryō #6
9–6
 
East Jūryō #1
8–7
 
East Maegashira #13
8–7
 
East Maegashira #9
8–7
 
East Maegashira #6
7–8
 
East Maegashira #7
6–9
 
1983 West Maegashira #9
9–6
 
West Maegashira #2
3–12
 
West Maegashira #8
6–9
 
West Maegashira #10
9–6
 
West Maegashira #4
9–6
 
West Sekiwake #1
5–10
 
1984 West Maegashira #3
4–11
 
East Maegashira #11
9–6
 
East Maegashira #4
6–9
 
West Maegashira #8
6–9
 
West Maegashira #12
13–2
TF
West Komusubi #1
6–9
 
1985 East Maegashira #1
5–10
East Maegashira #6
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
3–12
 
East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
West Maegashira #8
7–8
 
East Maegashira #11
8–7
 
1986 West Maegashira #5
5–10
 
West Maegashira #10
8–7
 
East Maegashira #6
6–9
 
West Maegashira #9
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
5–10
 
West Maegashira #6
6–9
 
1987 West Maegashira #11
9–6
 
East Maegashira #5
6–9
 
East Maegashira #9
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
5–10
 
West Maegashira #6
6–9
 
East Maegashira #10
8–7
 
1988 West Maegashira #3
4–11
 
West Maegashira #8
6–9
 
West Maegashira #12
5–10
 
East Jūryō #3
10–5–P
Champion

 
West Maegashira #10
8–7
 
West Maegashira #7
8–7
 
1989 West Maegashira #2
1–11–3
 
West Maegashira #11
8–7
 
East Maegashira #6
4–11
 
East Maegashira #13
6–5–4
 
East Jūryō #2
7–8
 
West Jūryō #3
10–5
 
1990 East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
West Maegashira #9
6–9
 
East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
East Maegashira #6
5–10
 
West Maegashira #12
5–10
 
East Jūryō #2
8–7
 
1991 East Maegashira #14
5–10
 
West Jūryō #3
5–10
 
East Jūryō #9
Retired
0–6–0
x x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: Makuuchi — Jūryō — Makushita — Sandanme — Jonidan — Jonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: Yokozuna — Ōzeki — Sekiwake — Komusubi — Maegashira

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