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United States Sumo Federation

Attn: Americus Abesamis

827 N. Hollywood Way, #473

Burbank, CA 91505-2841
Kelly Gneiting (AZ) 928-309-1776
Andrew Freund (CA) 310-617-9641
Matt Ritchie (MO) 816-213-2521

Tom Zabel (TX) 210-478-2267

Trent Sabo (ID) 208-821-5802
Andrew Freund (CA) 310-617-9641
Tiffany Tran (CA) 818-275-0539


Jesse DeSimon (CA) 775-453-1444


Treasurer & Membership Coordinator
Americus Abesamis (CA) 201-913-0710













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2015 U.S. National Sumo Championships Results

Parkville, MO:

Junior Womens:
No competitors

Junior Mens:
Open Gold: Greg Suczewski
Open Silver: Anthony Quintana
Open Bronze: Gavin Smith

Senior Womens:
Light Gold: Jenelle Hamilton
Light Silver: Jessica Brower
Middle Gold: Helen Delpopolo

Middle Silver: Sonya Del Gallego

Middle Bronze: Cody Stout
Heavy Gold: Jasmin Jones
Open Gold: Jasmin Jones
Open Silver: Helen Delpopolo
Open Bronze: Jenelle Hamilton

Senior Mens:
Light Gold: Trent Sabo
Light Silver: Andre Coleman
Light Bronze: Andrew Freund
Middle Gold: Kena Heffernan
Middle Silver: Edward Suczewski
Middle Bronze: Rene Marte
Heavy Gold: Roy Sims
Heavy Silver: Jay Holder
Heavy Bronze: Americus Abesamis
Open Gold: Roy Sims
Open Silver: Kena Heffernan
Open Bronze: Jay Holder

Masters Middle:
Middle Gold: Kena Heffernan
Heavy Gold: Virgil Goodin
Heavy Silver: Americus Abesamis
Open Gold: Kena Heffernan
Open Silver: Americus Abesamis
Open Bronze: Virgil Goodin

Rookie Men:

Light Gold: Angel Marti Castillo
Light Silver: Austin Collins
Light Bronze: Gregory Suezaeski

Middle Gold: James Thompson
Middle Silver: Andrew Romero
Middle Bronze: Mark Lawrence

Heavy Gold: Daniel Adam Hart
Heavy Silver: Virgil Goodin
Open Gold: Mark Lawrence
Open Silver: James Thompson
Open Bronze: Daniel Adam Hart


Congratulations to the World Championships Qualifiers:


Light: Jenelle Hamilton
Helen Delpopolo
Jasmin Jones
Jessica Brower


Trent Sabo
Kena Heffernan
Roy Sims
Jay Holder

U.S. Junior Nationals a BIG Success!

Bill Gossett (far left in the picture below) was key in making sumo’s inaugural Junior National Championships a huge success (pun intended).

The tournament was associated with Liberty Nationals Folk-Style wrestling, which took place the weekend of February 20th in St. Joseph, Missouri—a tournament in which Bill directs with his many staff on hand.  The annual tournament draws hundreds of wrestlers ages 6 thru 18 to the prestigious event.  Of these hundreds, 40 opted for sumo, a number that we are sure will only rise as we continue putting on youth tournaments thrice yearly (crossing fingers).  About 80 matches took place after a demonstration with Senior wrestlers Trent Sabo, Virgil Goodin, and Kelly Gneiting, refereed by Tom Zabel and announced by Matt Ritchie.

Bill Gossett, who is running for Trustee for the United States Federation is on fire to do good things in sumo for the upcoming years.  For many years major attempts were made to integrate sumo into USA Wrestling and/or Chuck Norris’s Kickstart group—each with hundreds of youth involved, but were repeatedly turned down.  Now it looks like Bill is as eager to do what other trustees (myself included) had all but given up on.

This is extremely good news.  In the past the average age of a Senior sumo wrestler at the national championships was about 35.  Hopefully we can bring that down to about 23 in years ahead of us, and involve not a few dozen, but hundreds to Senior events.

Good job to all involved!  —Kelly Gneiting

View the results!

For information about Sr. Nationals (April 2nd) See Below

Open up our Latest USSF Sumo Newsletter (PDF)





Trent Sabo (shown) put on about 80 mawashi’s that day, along with Matt and Tom

US National Sumo Championships


Feel free to contact the Tournament Director:

Helen Delpopolo

Helen can answer most of your questions about the tournament.  A few updates:

** The entry fee is $50 for one division, or $75 for more than one division.

** The competition is qualifier for the 2016 World Sumo Championships and the 2017 World Games, but we don't have info now about a potential 2017 World Combat Games.

** There WILL be weigh-ins on Thursday evening (March 31), Friday evening (April 1), and Saturday morning (April 2).  Double-check with Helen for exact times and locations.

(2)  Helen has announced the official hotel as:  Holiday Inn, 36 Valley Rd, Clark, New Jersey

    Use the code "USSF" when you call in to get the $119 special rate.  Please call Helen if you have questions.

(3)  The Annual Meeting is on Friday, April 1.  Please submit Agenda items by 30 days in advance (i.e. by March 2, 2016) by e-mailing to 

(4)  A motion passed that a vote on 2017 Nationals would be made at the 2016 annual meeting.  If you are interested in bidding for the 2017 US National Championships, please prepare a presentation, to be made at the Annual Meeting.

(5)  There are officer elections at the Annual Meeting.  The USSF is always seeking people who will actively participate and support the organization.  There is time commitment, to attend our conference calls (usually at least once a month).  We encourage more people to get involved!