Yokozuna Hakuho wins the May 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his 38th top-division championship with a perfect record of 15-0. Over the course of fifteen wins he used seven different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), hatakikomi (2), uwatenage (2), uwatedashinage (2), yoritaoshi (2), uwatehineri, and oshidashi. Congrats to the champ!
Ozeki Goeido is now one win from safety. He needs just one more victory to prevent his impending demotion, a situation he finds himself in due to an injury-induced withdrawal and losing record last tournament. Aoiyama provides no resistance on Day 12, but Yokozuna Harumafuji looms sometime in the next three days, so Goeido would be well-advised to beat struggling M4 Takarafuji tomorrow.
Ozeki Terunofuji comes out on top against Aoiyama, ending things with a nice uwatenage (overarm throw) that he executes from the left side. Aoiyama tries to switch his left arm inside while pulling with a right-handed underarm belt grip, but all he does is put himself off-balance and give Terunofuji the opening for a throw of his own. The Ozeki stays two losses behind the tournament leader, tied with four other wrestlers at 9-2. Aoiyama falls to 2-9.
Hakuho rearranges Aoiyama’s face with a big left-handed slap at the tachiai, and gets the right-handed overarm grip shortly thereafter. Watch Hakuho’s right leg as he cranks on the belt throw – he keeps it in perfect position to disrupt Aoiyama’s legs and keep him off-balance. Once the throw is complete, Hakuho’s momentum carries him over and he lands on Aoiyama’s head. That makes it eighteen straight times Hakuho has beaten Aoiyama (not counting a no-contest loss when Hakuho dropped out due to injury). The Yokozuna stays perfect at 9-0, Aoiyama drops to 2-7.
Yokozuna Kisenosato takes on the massive Aoiyama, and finds a way to win yet again. His right-handed overarm grip slips on and off and on again, but once it’s on for good the end is nigh for Aoiyama. Kisenosato also has the left-handed underarm grip, but there’s very little strength from that injured side of his body. So he gets his hips low and keeps his bulk close and under Aoiyama’s center of gravity, wearing down Aoiyama through attrition. I would not have guessed Kisenosato would have a 6-2 record after eight days, but the pressure and responsibility of the rank of Yokozuna seem to have elevated his game. He’s performing admirably.
Endo has apparently been studying hard under Kotoshogiku’s tutelage, at the hallowed institution of Move-Your-Dang-Feet University.
Harumafuji doesn’t care how big you are, he’s probably stronger than you. He’s definitely stronger than Aoiyama. Waaaay stronger than me. Better glutes, too.