SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Los Angeles, California
photos: Santiago Heredia
2020 US SUMO OPEN OVERVIEW
Despite pandemic restrictions, the 20th annual US Sumo Open was held on October 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Although no live audience was present, 33 athletes from 6 countries competed in 98 intense matches!
For the first time ever, an American guy won BOTH the Heavyweight and Openweight titles. As usual, Mongolians dominated in the divisions that they entered, while other foreigners captured most of the medals, as expected. Overall, the field was very tight, with not a single wrestler going undefeated in the competition!
There have now been a total of 2,172 US Sumo Open matches (2001 – 2020), with 754 wrestlers from 41 total countries. Read More
2020 US SUMO OPEN TOP ATHLETES
US – CA
2020 US SUMO OPEN RESULTS
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 700 international athletes who have wrestled. Most of these competitors have been National or World Sumo Champions — from 40 different countries. This is the only sumo event in North America where you can catch this caliber of international sumo, every year.