July 2016, Day 12, Chiyonokuni v Arawashi

Arawashi picks up his crucial eighth win against another small wrestler with a beautiful armbar throw (tottari). He reaches for the overhand grip on the left side, but when he can’t reach it he switches tactics, wraps both arms around Chiyonokuni’s left arm, and uses the arm bar to force Chiyonokuni out. If you watch it frame-by-frame or pause at just the right moment you can see the incredible torsion on Chiyonokuni’s elbow and shoulder – there’s really nothing for him to do against that kind of pressure.

 

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