January 2017, Day 2, Chiyootori v Osunaarashi

Osunaarashi wins two in a row to start the January tournament, but he still doesn’t appear to be fully recovered from his latest injury. Neither of his first two opponents are known as being particularly strong, and yet Osunaarashi was driven back fairly easily by both men. Today he relies again on some nifty work with his heels hanging over the edge of the straw bales to save his bacon, using an overarm grip on the left side to squeak out of harm’s way and drop Chiyootori with the uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw). His competition only gets tougher from here on out, so Osunaarashi will have to show more strength off the tachiai if he wants to remain in Makuuchi for more than one short tournament.

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