2016 US SUMO OPEN – 16th Annual

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016 Main Event:  1:00pm (Prelims: 10 am – 12 noon)
Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach

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2016 US SUMO OPEN OVERVIEW

The 16th annual US Sumo Open was intense. A sold-out crowd of 4,000+ watched 55 wrestlers participate in nearly 200 matches. The 4-time World Sumo Champion Byamba reclaimed glory, with a 13-0 record, winning both heavyweight and openweight divisions, undefeated. After getting gold for 8 years in a row, he only got silver in 2015, so 2016 was big redemption for him. American standout Roy Sims won silver in both divisions, beating everyone else except Byamba.

The 37 foreign competitors were dominant, with most medals going to Mongolia, Russia, Egypt, India, and Poland. Aside from the women’s heavyweight (with no foreigners competing), the only earned medals for Americans went to Roy Sims. The 12 female competitors were the most ever at a US Sumo Open, in 16 years!

The competition level was spectacular, attracting many medallists from the World Sumo Championships, including Aron Rozum (Poland) and Batyr Altyev (Russia). Even Olympic wrestling gold medallist Karam Gaber, trying sumo for the first time, could not get past the quarter-finals in the middleweight division!  More

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2016 US SUMO OPEN TOP ATHLETES

Byambajav Ulambayar
6’1″   353 lbs
Mongolia
Heavyweight Gold
Openweight Gold
Roy Sims
6’5″   371 lbs
US – CA
Heavyweight Silver
Openweight Silver
Batyr Altyev
5’10”   187 lbs
Russia
Lightweight Gold
 
Altankhuyag Altangerel

6’0″   253 lbs
Mongolia
Middleweight Gold

Munkhtsetseg Otgon
5’7″   176 lbs
Mongolia
Middleweight Gold
Openweight Gold
Undrakhzaya Nyamsuren
5’2″   143 lbs
Mongolia
Lightweight Gold
Openweight Silver

2016 US SUMO OPEN RESULTS

  • 1st: Batyr Altyev
    5’10”
    187 lbs
    Russia
    2nd: Mohamed Kamal
    5’11”
    187 lbs
    Egypt
    3rd: Georgy Abdula-Zade
    5’8″
    181 lbs
    Russia
  • 1st: Altankhuyag Altangerel
    6’0″
    253 lbs
    Mongolia
    2nd: Konstantin Abdula-Zade
    6’0″
    232 lbs
    Russia
    3rd: Nyambayar Lkhanaa
    6’1″
    215 lbs
    Mongolia
  • 1st: Byambajav Ulambayar
    6’1″
    353 lbs
    Mongolia
    2nd: Roy Sims
    6’5″
    371 lbs
    USA
    3rd: Ramy Elgazar
    6’3″
    483 lbs
    Egypt
  • 1st: Byambajav Ulambayar
    6’1″
    353 lbs
    Mongolia
    2nd: Roy Sims
    6’5″
    371 lbs
    USA
    3rd: Davaanyam Altangerel
    6’2″
    302 lbs
    Mongolia
  • 1st: Undrakhzaya Nyamsuren
    5’2″
    143 lbs
    Mongolia
    2nd: Natsumi Takagi
    5’5″
    120 lbs
    Japan
    3rd: Kavita Rani
    5’8″
    143 lbs
    India
  • 1st: Munkhtsetseg Otgon
    5’7″
    176 lbs
    Mongolia
    2nd: Marina Rozum
    5’8″
    176 lbs
    Poland
    3rd: Mandeep Kaur
    5’4″
    176 lbs
    India
  • 1st: Natalie Burns
    6’1″
    220 lbs
    USA
    2nd: Kaitlyn Mascher
    6’2″
    196 lbs
    USA
    3rd: Beth Martin
    5’7″
    245 lbs
    USA
  • 1st: Munkhtsetseg Otgon  
    5’7″
    176 lbs
    Mongolia
    2nd: Undrakhzaya Nyamsuren
    5’2″
    143 lbs
    Mongolia
    3rd: Marina Rozum
    5’8″
    176 lbs
    Poland

US SUMO OPEN BACKGROUND

This tournament is the largest annual sumo competition in North America, and one of the biggest on the planet. Over the years, the US Sumo Open has been the first to bring Pro Sumo Grand Champions as special guests, the first to pioneer women’s matches in American tournaments, the first to feature multiple World Sumo Champions in a single event, and the first to include former top-ranked Pro Sumo wrestlers in competition!

For 16 years, the US Sumo Open has been a hallmark event, setting milestones in sumo’s growth outside of Japan, including multiple national TV broadcasts on Universal Sports Network. We’re proud to be pioneers in developing this ancient martial art in the United States.

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