The old guard meets the new generation, and this time it’s youth and vigor that overcome experience and guile. After a crushing, head-smashing tachiai, Mitakeumi manhandles Kotoshogiku around with a strong right-handed overarm grip. When Kotoshogiku fights back, Mitakeumi uses an outside leg hook (a move we’ve seen from him previously in this tournament) to keep from getting reversed, and quickly has the ex-Ozeki over the edge. Solid stuff from the youngster, who sends Kotoshogiku to a disappointing eighth loss. Mitakeumi holds on to hope of a winning record, finishing the day at 6-6.