2005 US SUMO OPEN – 5th Annual

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2005   12:30pm
Los Angeles Convention Center, California

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photos: Chuck Green

2005 US SUMO OPEN OVERVIEW

This was the largest Open yet, with nearly 1,000 people in attendance. For the first time in international sumo in the States, a sumo stage was built (like in Pro Sumo) in Japan, so many athletes went tumbling off the stage, and several fans ended up with giants in their laps! As in past years, some of the best international sumo athletes in the world competed, including from Japan and many parts of Europe.

Japanese sumo wrestlers have competed in most US Sumo Opens, but with four Japanese competitors in 2005, this was the largest Japanese contingent since the inaugural US Sumo Open in 2001. Not surprisingly, the four Japanese athletes won a total of six medals. More

University & High School Sumo Lecture Tour

csun sumo demo(March 13 – 18, 2005)
The Japanese Sumo Team, including the World Sumo Champion, performed sumo lectures, demonstrations, and sumo training at universities and high schools throughout Southern California. Over 12,000 students watched the sumo demonstrations, and asked questions to the visitors from Japan. This tour was one of the most far-reaching educational tours about sumo ever in U.S. schools. Thank you to the Shizuoka Sumo Association for sharing their knowledge and time. This tour was made possible thanks to the support of the Japan Foundation. More

2005 US SUMO OPEN TOP ATHLETES

Koichi Kato
6’3″   378 lbs
Japan
Heavyweight Gold
Openweight Gold
Kena Heffernan
6’0″   250 lbs
US – HI
Middleweight Gold
Openweight Silver
Trent Sabo
5’8″   175 lbs
US – CA
Lightweight Gold
Mahshid Tarazi
5’6″   439 lbs
US – CA
Middleweight Bronze
Openweight Gold
Hiroko Suzuki
5’6″   150 lbs
Japan
Middleweight Gold
Openweight Bronze
Susie Gras
5’3″   139 lbs
US – CA
Lightweight Gold

2005 US SUMO OPEN RESULTS

  • 1st: Trent Sabo
    5’8″
    175 lbs
    US – CA
    2nd: Tyler Olsen
    5’9″
    187 lbs
    US – ID
    3rd: Trever Van Eede
    6’1″
    175 lbs
    US – CA
  • 1st: Kena Heffernan
    6’0″
    250 lbs
    US – HI
    2nd: Shintaro Fukuzato
    5’8″
    253 lbs
    Japan
    3rd: Troy Collins
    6’2″
    253 lbs
    US – CA
  • 1st: Koichi Kato
    6’3″
    378 lbs
    Japan
    2nd: Carl Pappalardo
    6’3″
    330 lbs
    USA
    3rd: Dimitar Petkov
    6’4″
    360 lbs
    Bulgaria
  • 1st: Koichi Kato
    6’3″
    378 lbs
    Japan
    2nd: Kena Heffernan
    6’0″
    250 lbs
    US – HI
    3rd: Troy Collins
    6’2″
    253 lbs
    US – CA
  • 1st: Susie Gras
    5’3″
    139 lbs
    US – CA
    2nd: Rieko Okada
    5’3″
    111 lbs
    Japan
    3rd: Heather Olsen
    5’2″
    134 lbs
    US – ID
  • 1st: Hiroko Suzuki
    5’6″
    150 lbs
    Japan
    2nd: Patty Braendle
    5’3″
    176 lbs
    US – CA
    3rd: Marshid Tarazi
    5’6″
    174 lbs
    US – CA
  • 1st: Marshid Tarazi
    5’6″
    174 lbs
    US – CA
    2nd: Heather Olsen
    5’2″
    134 lbs
    US – ID
    3rd: Hiroko Suzuki
    5’6″
    150 lbs
    Japan

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