by Zoë F.
Sumo wrestling, the ancient Japanese sport, does not rely on participants’ stature. In professional meets, there are no height and weight regulations—anyone competes against anyone. After reading up on this beloved sport of his (and mourning the curling team’s dramatic loss to Bay), Ezra Stoller (‘11) decided to create an underground Sumo group at UHS. Word spread like wildfire, and quicker than you can say kesho-mawashi, Ezra rounded up sixteen Sumo aficionados. Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, the group meets to don the inflated suits and work off steam by hurling themselves at each other. Ezra explains his odd extracurricular, “the combination of junior year stress at UHS and the curling team’s huge upset really got to me, so I started ramming into walls, beds, and bookshelves to decompress. After the first concussion, I decided I needed a healthier outlet. Sumo was the perfect solution.” Though the group does not officially receive athletic sponsorship, Stoller et al are optimistic that next year the sport will be offered as a PE class.