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!
Toyohibiki takes three steps forward before going airborne, wading right into the armlock throw of Chiyoshoma. Chiyoshoma takes one step forward and one step back before setting his feet and cranking on Toyohibiki’s arm, using the heavier wrestler’s momentum against him.
Yoshikaze takes Chiyoshoma for a tour of the audience, introducing him to the fans in the cheap seats after a watashikomi (thigh grabbing push down) sends them both sprawling. Just kidding, those seats are really expensive.
Goeido’s feeling the pressure of his precarious position, needing just a few more wins in the last few days to secure his Ozeki rank for another tournament. He comes out motivated against Chiyoshoma, wasting no time in charging forward and executing the flawless sukuinage (beltless arm throw) that sends Chiyoshoma crashing out of the ring upside down. Goeido inches closer to his eighth win at 6-4, but Chiyoshoma gets his eighth loss and makekoshi record, guaranteeing demotion next tournament.
Remember yesterday how Harumafuji wrapped up Yoshikaze to keep him from falling off the dohyo? Well, sometimes there’s an opportunity to do that and sometimes there’s not. Today, there’s not. Harumafuji sends Chiyoshoma flying with a shove to the face, and Chiyoshoma exits screen right. The Yokozuna is still perfect at 8-0.
Takayasu gets back on track after his first loss yesterday, sending Chiyoshoma down to the clay with a solid tachiai followed by a sharp right hand to the ribs. Chiyoshoma’s roll isn’t some kind of soccer flop – sumo wrestlers practice rolling when they know they’re going down, as it protects them from injury better than a hard fall.
Chiyoshoma: “I’m out, I’m out.”
Tochiozan: “No, you’re not out yet.”
Chiyoshoma: “Yep, I’m pretty sure I’m already out.”
Tochiozan: “No, you’re definitely not ou. . .OK, now you’re out.”