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"Sumo Shimpo April 2007" on www.sumoshimpo.com
Dan Kalbfleisch and Bradley Sutton carried the California Sumo Association colors.
2006 California Amateur Sumotori of the Year Dan Kalbfleisch claimed he would be under the 253-pound middleweight threshold for the US Sumo Open in April. (He did make it, with good results: see article in this issue - Ed.). But for SHUNBUN he was still in the heavyweight category along with rookie sumotori Steve Moore, Mike Simpson and this writer. Unlike the middles, the four-man round robin yielded a clear 1-2-3 finish: Dan, Steve, and Mike. And once again, the round robin action resulted in an unambiguous result: Dan, Steve, and Brad. Dan now has four medals (all gold) for the 2007 season. 1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) 1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) SUMO SHIMPO's Outstanding Sumotori of 2006, Dan Kalbfleisch had vowed that he would make the middleweight limit (-253 pounds) for this competition. And he did it. Both Odd and Dan qualified for the finals, as did "Zolja" (MGL) and Fausto Gobbi (ITA). In the middles, "Zolja" defeated Odd while Dan topped Fausto. Dan made a great effort to run his streak to five gold medals in 2007, but "Zolja" would not be denied. The eight qualifiers were Kelly, Dan, Fausto, "Byamba", Wayne, Hans, Petar and "Bayanna". Dan Kalbfleisch Dan Kalbfleisch 13. Kelly Bannevans14.
"Sumo Shimpo October 2006" on www.sumoshimpo.com
1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA)
1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) From left:Sawyer, Doug Cochran, Shannon Cochran, Jim Lowerre, Harry Dudrow (referee), Dan Kalbfleisch, Brad Sutton, Jason Gilbert, Art Morrow, Judy Morrow, Glenn Crosby and Hanna Crosby. Jeb Root, brother-in-law of Dan Kalbfleisch, drove down from North Carolina to compete against Fred Syre of Atlanta and Bora Lam of Kennesaw, GA. All three wrestlers showed some true potential, but Fred took first place, followed by Jeb and Bora. Although it looked at first like Dan Kalbfleisch of the CSA would simply win by default due to lack of competition, he actually had to fight to get his gold. In the final bout, Dan mowed down Doug and received an automatic entry into the championship match with the yet to be determined winner of the second round. In the penultimate bout, Doug once was again the master of Packy and assured himself of a re-match with Dan. Although it wasn't easy, Dan managed to get the best of Doug again and showed his true championship form. 1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) 1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) >> Georgia Sumo Open babyweight champion Garret Bannevans makes his first dohyo appearance surrounded by the might of father Packy, Dan Kalbfleisch and Brad Sutton. (Photo taken with Dan's camera.) Joe, his friend Colbert, Steven Jimenez, and I did three radio interviews within an hour of our arrival Friday morning, while Dan Kalbfleisch and Kelly made the trek to Albuquerque, picking up Georgia Sumo Open founder Packy Bannevans and five-time national champion James Perry along the way for a TV interview with ABC that aired later that evening. It was a spirited contest, including one 30-second bout where U.S. junior champion Steve Jimenez finally prevailed over current California State champion Dan Kalbfleisch. Steve bulled out Joe for the bronze and reigning U.S. heavyweight champion Kelly slammed Dan down hard to win the gold by yoritaoshi. In reviewing the matches on Youtube.com, it was immediately apparent that in the heavyweight final the tawara gave way by a full inch, with Dan incurring a bad case of bruised ribs in the fall. Dan "Itakunai" Kalbfleisch stepped up to the challenge as the only heavyweight competitor. Dan won the open weight gold, Packy Bannevans the silver and Bradley Sutton the bronze by default. 2. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) 1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA)
"Sumo Shimpo August 2006" on www.sumoshimpo.com
Dan Kalbfleisch Top Dog at California Open
USSF Board Trustees, Exec. Committee 1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) 1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) Dan Kalbfleisch Top Dog at California Open Last year's middleweight champion Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA), who had deliberately packed on some poundage to 'fleet up', emerged from some very fierce matches with the gold medal. At first, it looked like form was going to prevail as National open champion Troy worked his way through Wes and Steve to a final against Dan, whose road had gone through Jason and Brad. The championship saw Dan prevail over the man known as Downtown LA's top athlete with an oshitaoshi win that came after a very exciting battle. From left: Kurt Rightmyer, Troy Collins, Brad Sutton, Dan Kalbfleisch, Steve Jimenez, Art Morrow, Jason Gilbert, Michelle Pike and Wes Jones. (Photo:"Yukikaze")
"Sumo Shimpo December 2005" on www.sumoshimpo.com
New California middleweight champion Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) had come for the festivities.
When the smoke cleared, Kalbfleisch had taken everything Jimenez could throw at him and still moved him over the tawara to cop the gold. Cochran, Jimenez, Kalbfleisch, and Rightmyer stepped up for the Open competition. >> FIGHTIN' ON THE EDGE… Doug Cochran and Dan Kalbfleisch take their battle for the Openweight gold right onto the tawara as Troy Collins and Mike Simpson watch carefully. Kalbfleisch prevailed for his second gold medal of the day. Middleweight amateur competitors Doug Cochran, Matt Anderson and Dan Kalbfleisch were in shorts and mawashis, working the crowd and passing out flyers for the 2006 US Sumo Open as the traffic oozed into the arena for the 8:00PM start. >> California middleweight competitors Dan Kalbfleisch and Doug Cochran work the madding crowds heading into the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The most evenly-matched competitors in the tournament had to be the three middleweights; which included Idaho champion Rye McAffee, California Open champ Dan Kalbfleisch, and James Brewster Thompson (who had been the US heavyweight representative at the 2005 World Games). The first match was Thompson versus Kalbfleisch. Kalbfleisch quickly returned to the dohyo to face McAffee again. With no surprise to the audience, this bout also ended with a rematch request by the judges. McAffee pushed Kalbfleisch out of the ring to advance to the finals. The championship match saw Thompson and McAffee stand in the center of the dohyo in a stalemate. The ten competitors were the Sabo brothers, the Crite brothers, Olsen, Van Eede, Lyon, Kendrick, Kalbfleisch, and Idaho favorite Casey Burns, the 2003 North American heavyweight champ. Kalbfleisch plowed through Chris Sabo and Justin Crite to earn his spot. Kalbfleisch bounced back and defeated Olsen for third place. 3. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA) 3. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA)
"Sumo Shimpo October 2005" on www.sumoshimpo.com
1. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA)
>> BOINGY, BOINGY, BOINGY…James Harris is about to receive a hard bounce off the dohyo from Dan Kalbfleisch in a very spirited middleweight bout at the 2005 California Open. Kalbfleisch eventually won the gold medal while Harris finished second. (Photo: "Yukikaze") Gem State Sumo's Mat Anderson fought hard to secure the silver medal, while Troy's CSA training partner Dan Kalbfleisch hung tough for the bronze. 3. Dan Kalbfleisch (CSA)
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