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!
Excellent back-and-forth battle on Day 12 between Chiyonokuni and Yoshikaze. Both men come out strong, pushing hard with a mix of tsuppari, belt grips, sidesteps, and grunting. Great stuff. Yoshikaze finishes the day at 6-6, while Chiyonokuni loses again to fall to 2-10.
It’s always great to see Kotoshogiku firing on all cylinders. He’s still got to win the remaining four days of the tournament to avoid demotion, but he has no trouble dominating the likes of Chiyonokuni. Chiyonokuni tries to shake off the ex-Ozeki, shifting hard to both sides, but Kotoshogiku holds his ground and doesn’t deviate from the plan. ‘Giku finishes the day at 4-7, Chiyonokuni drops to 2-9.
Mitakeumi finally stops a slide of six straight losses, dominating Chiyonokuni with a determined defense that negates Chiyonokuni’s attacks, and finishing confidently without overextending himself. Mitakeumi has one more tough test against Yokozuna Harumafuji tomorrow, and then his schedule should ease up a bit for the last few days of the tournament. Currently at 4-6, he’s in danger of a losing record and demotion from the rank of Komusubi.
Takayasu has no trouble with Chiyonokuni on Day 9, absorbing everything the smaller wrestler throws at him and biding his time until he can get a good belt grip. Once the overarm grip on the right side is secure, he muscles Chiyonokuni down to the clay. Takayasu stays close behind the tournament leaders at 8-1, while Chiyonokuni is dangerously close to a makekoshi (losing record) at 2-7.
After a good hard fight (and Tamawashi don’t let up on nobody), Tamawashi slaps down hard on Chiyonokuni’s head, dropping him to the dirt. Once the job is done, Tamawashi pats him gently on the shoulder, no hard feelings, while Chiyonokuni checks to make sure he has all his limbs and teeth.
Chiyonokuni holds his own against Ozeki Goeido at the tachiai, meeting him head on and then grabbing onto his right arm to deflect him sideways. Both men expect a hard shove from the other and slap down simultaneously, before Goeido takes over with a big right hand to the chin that sends Chiyonokuni reeling backwards. Goeido puts his head down and charges, never letting his body get out ahead of his feet. Good stuff from the Ozeki to improve to 3-2. Chiyonokuni drops to 1-4.