May 2017, Day 12, Tochinoshin v Takakeisho

Takakeisho pulls off a difficult throw against Tochinoshin, who gets his preferred overarm grip deep around the back of Takakeisho’s belt. Takakeisho does a good job keeping his right arm and shoulder very high, reducing the amount of leverage Tochinoshin can apply from that side. And given how high Tochinoshin’s arm is, Takakeisho needs just about perfect technique to execute the sukuinage (beltless arm throw), using his right leg and hip to help tip Tochinoshin’s body over and around. Takakeisho improves to 9-3, a great result so far in his third top-division tournament. Tochinoshin, on the other hand, is more than likely disappointed with his 9-3 record, as it just about takes him out of championship contention.

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