SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019, 1:00 pm
Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach
photos: Dustin Snipes
2019 US SUMO OPEN OVERVIEW
The 19th annual US Sumo Open was spectacular, as nearly 5,000 fans watched 64 international sumo wrestlers in 198 back-to-back matches!
Ukraine dominated, winning most gold medals, with only one gold to Japan. Shocking upsets against guys with Pro Sumo pedigree rocked the arena!
In the end, every country competing (Ukraine, USA, Egypt, Japan, Mongolia, Norway, and Germany got at least one medal, in a very talented field . . . Read More
2019 US SUMO OPEN TOP ATHLETES
Light Heavyweight Gold
5’5″ 143 lbs
5’4″ 161 lbs
2019 US SUMO OPEN RESULTS
The 2019 US Sumo Open incorporated a new weight class, added recently, worldwide. Classes are as follows:
Men’s Weight Classes
Lightweight: up to 85 kg (~ 188 lbs)
Middleweight: up to 100 kg (~ 221 lbs)
Light Heavy: up to 115 kg (~ 254 lbs)
Heavyweight: over 115 kg (254 lbs +)
Women’s Weight Classes
Lightweight: up to 65 kg (~ 144 lbs)
Middleweight: up to 73 kg (~ 161 lbs)
Light Heavy: up to 80 kg (~ 177 lbs)
Heavyweight: over 80 kg (177 lbs +)
US SUMO OPEN BACKGROUND
As the largest and longest-running, annual sumo competition worldwide, outside of Japan, 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!
Since 2001, the annual US Sumo Open has been a hallmark event, setting milestones in international sumo’s growth, 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.
The competition level is also spectacular, with over 400 international athletes who have wrestled. Most of these competitors have been National or World Sumo Champions — from nearly 30 different countries. This is the only sumo event in North America where you can catch this caliber of international sumo, every year.