US SUMO OPEN – 23rd Annual
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023
Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach
photos: Dustin Snipes
2023 US SUMO OPEN OVERVIEW
Most US Sumo Open fans remember the Byamba Era (2007 – 2019). Byamba competed in the tournament for 13 consecutive years, winning 110 matches, and losing only 7 times. In the process, he won the Heavyweight title 10 times, and the Openweight title 7 times. This level of success is almost unimaginable, but there are signs that a new hero is emerging . . . Read More
2023 US SUMO OPEN TOP ATHLETES
Light Heavyweight Gold
US – NC
Light Heavyweight Silver
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.