Wesley Allen and Josh Petersen are two big guys set out to start their own Sumo Wrestling Club here in Utah and are looking for others who may want to join. Allen said he started getting interested in Sumo Wrestling because since he is a bigger guy, he wanted a sport he could participate in. He and Petersen are both athletic and like to be active, he said, but couldn’t play basketball or baseball like they could back in college. Sumo Wrestling turned out to be the perfect solution. “I really enjoy it,” Allen said. “I am not the typical fat sumo wrestler, but it is enjoyable for me to get up against some bigger guys and get a good work out.” Sumo Wrestling is also cheaper than many other sports, with a $20 annual fee going to the United States Sumo Federation, and the one time cost of a $60-$100 Sumo belt called the Mauashi. After paying the fee to the Sumo Federation, wrestlers can participate in any Federation approved tournament in the country. Allen said he and Petersen are looking for people to join the first Sumo club in Utah. He said even if people are just interested in learning more about it or coming to watch a tournament they should contact him. Size doesn’t matter either, with different weight classes, they try to make the match as fair as possible. Right now the Utah Sumo Wrestlers go to Idaho Falls where the nearest club meets and has tournaments. He said the people they were working with up there suggested they start a club in Utah and Allen jumped at the opportunity. He said right now they are practicing about once a week, with tournaments every other weekend or so. When there are enough people interested in becoming a part of the club, they would set up a more regular schedule for whatever works best for club members. Pending whatever happens with the Utah club, Allen said he plans on pursuing Sumo Wrestling for as long as he can. “I want to see how far I can go but when I am done I would like to look into coaching and spreading the word about it because I really enjoy it,” he said. “If you put forth the effort you can really be good at it. It’s not all about the size of the guy that wins, it’s his or her ability to fight.” If anyone is interested in learning more about Sumo Wrestling or wanting to join, Welsey Allen can be reached at 435-881-9552, nusumo.sumo@gmail or find them on Facebook, just search for NU Sumo.
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