Tamakasuga

1997 YD18. Discovered 1997 Dec. 27 by A. Nakamura at Kuma.

Named in honor of Ryoji Matsumoto (1972- ), Japanese sumo wrestler whose professional name is Tamakasuga. Born in Ehime prefecture, where this minor planet was discovered, he became a professional wrestler in 1994. In 1996 he was promoted to "Makunouchi", the top division in the official listing of rank. Famous for his powerful "tsuki-oshi", or pushing-thrusting style, Tamakasuga has won the Outstanding Performance Award, the Technique Prize and the Fighting Spirit Prize (twice) in his 26 tournaments. (M 32096)

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