Takekaze pulls off a mighty uwatenage (overarm throw) against Chiyootori, cartwheeling off the ring over Chiyootori’s body and landing niftily on his feet. Just like he planned.
Kotoyuki is one of many wrestlers who finds himself at seven losses heading into the final days of the tournament. Nothing motivates a wrestler like the fear of losing his rank (except maybe the chance at winning a tournament), so Kotoyuki comes out firing. He looks solid and strong, and calmly works Chiyootori back with a series of alternating thrusts, finishing with a shove that knocks Chiyootori on his backside tumbling out of the ring. The tsukitaoshi (front thrust down) victory gives Kotoyuku a 6-7 record, and Chiyootori also finishes the day at 6-7.
The official winning technique is yorikiri, or front force out, but that’s just the final step that takes Chiyootori out of the ring. The real move that wins this for Myogiryu is the great overarm grip and throw from the left side that moves Chiyootori halfway across the ring.
Chiyootori meets Takakeisho for the first time ever, and it must be like looking into a mirror. The two round wrestlers are so similarly shaped, thank goodness they’re wearing differently-colored mawashi. It’s Takakeisho’s first tournament in the top division after rocketing up the ranks from Maezumo in just over two years, but he’s having a rough time up with the big dogs. He’s fairly evenly matched with Chiyootori for the first half of the bout, and uses a great left hand to lift up on Chiyootori and survive at the edge of the ring. But Chiyootori swings the momentum back in his favor with a right-handed belt grip that he uses to move Takakeisho all the way over the straw.
Osunaarashi wins two in a row to start the January tournament, but he still doesn’t appear to be fully recovered from his latest injury. Neither of his first two opponents are known as being particularly strong, and yet Osunaarashi was driven back fairly easily by both men. Today he relies again on some nifty work with his heels hanging over the edge of the straw bales to save his bacon, using an overarm grip on the left side to squeak out of harm’s way and drop Chiyootori with the uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw). His competition only gets tougher from here on out, so Osunaarashi will have to show more strength off the tachiai if he wants to remain in Makuuchi for more than one short tournament.
Powpowpowpowpowpowopow! Shohozan starts off with a furious flurry of tsuppari slaps to Chiyootori’s face, and he doesn’t stop moving the entire bout. When Chiyootori tries for a left-hand belt grip, Shohozan immediately reacts with an arm lock to break it. Once Chiyootori’s balance is shot, Shohozan charges. With a final drop of the hips to prevent any kind of counterattack, Shohozan earns his seventh win.
Sokokurai falls to his first loss on Day 6, victim of a superb effort by Chiyootori. Chiyootori shows great footwork and quick adjustment to the superior mobility of Sokokurai, who defends again and again at the ring’s edge until he finally runs out of room. Chiyootori tumbles ungracefully to the floor below the dohyo, but he’ll take the win over pride.