(August 14, 2005) Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA
With over 4,000 fans in attendance, the Grand Sumo Open was the largest amateur event in the US to date. Some of the best amateur competitors fought for over $4,000 worth of prizes, including $2,400 cash.
The very special feature of the event was the professional sumo demonstration, including pro rikishi, a professional gyoji (referee), a professional yobidashi (ring announcer), and two Oyakata (sumo stablemasters – Sakaigawa and Musashimaru). This was the first time that an event in the US combined both professional and amateur sumo exhibitions!
Grand Sumo Open Results
Gold: Trent SaboSilver: Ford LyonBronze: Chirs Patterson
Gold: Troy CollinsSilver: Matt AndersonBronze: Dan Kalbfleisch
Gold: Justin CriteSilver: Kelly GneitingBronze: Marcus Barber
Gold: Carl PappalardoSilver: Troy CollinsBronze: Kelly Gneiting