USA Sumo hosted another successful sumo event as the annual U.S. Sumo National Championships delivered world-class competition from the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The all-day event provided the packed crowd with a special treat as the top American sumo wrestlers all descended on Sin City to compete for a chance to be the nation’s best. The U.S. Sumo National Championships along with the U.S. Sumo Open were two of the centerpieces to a martial arts weekend extravaganza that was expected to draw 20,000 people.
The tournament was highlighted by the Masters Divisions featuring athletes from California, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas with one man in particular stealing the spotlight.
Robert Daniel won the Men’s Masters Middleweight AND the Men’s Masters Openweight Tournaments. Daniel, hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, bulled through his fellow middleweights and won that division with some top notch throws. Daniel was just too strong for the competitors in his own weight class. But it was when Daniel won the Openweight Tournament that the crowd began to realize what a special athlete they had in their presence. Daniel used superior technique and had the better conditioning and was able to pull the upset in winning a division that is routinely won by heavyweights. Hopefully with these performances in Las Vegas, Daniel will get some exposure on the international level and compete against the world’s best as he proved that he was America’s top sumo, in the Master’s Division.
In other division breakdowns, Art Morrow won the Men’s Masters Lightweight Division by using a methodical game plan and grinding out wins over his opponents. Kelly Gneiting was the winner in the Men’s Masters Heavyweight Division and showed that along with possessing enormous strength, he has great cardio for a heavyweight.
Don’t miss this hard hitting event as the top American sumo athletes compete at the 2011 U.S. Sumo National Championships. If this event is any indication, and it is, then America has become a force to be reckoned with on the international stage of sumo wrestling. Watch all of the competitive matches at GFL.tv exclusively on GFLOnDemand.