Aminishiki is out for the rest of the tournament with a torn achilles tendon suffered in today’s bout against Tochinoshin. He said in an interview that he heard it pop, and it felt like someone had shoved him from behind. It looked to me (and several other commentators) like Tochinoshin stepped out before Ami-chan’s knee touched down, but the ref called it for Tochinoshin and the ring judges didn’t disagree. The winning “technique” is tsukihiza, or knee touch down, one of the five ways to win without using an actual technique.
Kotoyuki is ready for Aminishiki’s first sidestep, and he turns to follow him with a strong shove towards the edge. He’s not as ready for Aminishiki’s second sidestep and almost falls victim to the trick, but the shove sends Aminishiki on a backwards trajectory and the two wrestlers balance on the tawara, waiting to see whom momentum will choose as the victor. Momentum chooses Kotoyuki, as Ami-chan’s foot touches down outside the ring first.
So, ummm . . . Myogiryu . . . did you not read yesterday’s post about Aminishiki? “Wily veteran” not ringing a bell? Just . . . read the blog, man. All your scouting needs in one place.
Aminishiki should go ahead and just change his name to “wily veteran.” There’s no way someone his age with his knees should be performing at this level at this rank. Quick sidestep at the tachiai, and then right up in Shohozan’s face. Shohozan gets the deep left-hand underhand grip on Ami-chan’s belt, but the grip is quickly broken when Aminishiki uses that same arm to throw him with a textbook kotenage.
Aminishiki sidesteps at the tachiai and uses a hand to the neck of Tochinoshin to get in position and secure a good migi-yotsu grip (right hand under, left hand over). But Aminishiki would prefer to stay mobile against the larger opponent, and sure enough, even without a belt grip Tochinoshin uses an arm bar on Aminishiki’s left arm to lift him up and take him right to the edge of the dohyo. Now with an overhand grip of his own, Tochinoshin leans forward and applies his considerable weight towards crushing out Aminishiki. Ami-chan’s only chance is the classic utchari move, the backward pivot throw, but he can’t quite make the turn with his hips and Tochinoshin lands right on top of him. But if you’ve been reading along, you’ll know today’s theme is “sacrifice the body,” which Tochinoshin does not do. All he has to do is land on Aminishiki for the win, but he puts out his left hand to brace his fall and ends up touching the dirt before Aminishiki’s body. Ami-chan gets the utchari win after all.
Aminishiki knows better than to pull a henka or inashi at the tachiai against Sokokurai – the smaller wrestler is too mobile and wary to fall for that. And Sokokurai knows that Aminishiki is capable of any number of tricky moves, so they both start tentatively. Aminishiki pulls Sokokurai into a double-underhand grip, and seems to have the upper hand (an underhanded upper hand?), but Sokokurai defends well at the edge of the ring, twisting his body sideways and using the arm bar on the left side to dump Aminishiki with a kotenage.
Quick sidestep at the tachiai, quick left-hand overhand grip, quick right hand to the neck so Kyokushuho can’t turn around, quick rear foot sweep. Nice quick example of the susoharai technique by Aminishiki, putting Kyokushuho on the ground real quick.