November 2016, Day 4, Ichinojo v Hokutofuji

Hokutofuji has a good strategy against the taller, heavier Ichinojo, and he executes it perfectly – keep away from Ichinojo’s long arms while winning the vertical battle with chin thrusts and low posture. Once the momentum starts moving in Hokutofuji’s direction, it’s tempting to throw caution to the wind and charge blindly forward, but the risk is that you bring your hips within reach and give up your belt. Hokutofuji sticks to the plan with the way he controls Ichinojo’s body – he doesn’t wrap his arms around the waist or even grab the front of the belt, but instead puts his left hand underneath Ichinojo’s armpit and keeps Ichinojo elevated. Ichinojo flies off the dohyo backwards, taking out the entire salt basket as he goes.


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