(Thanksgiving Holiday commentary hiatus)
Chiyotairyu holds his own at the tachiai against Ozeki Goeido, as the two men smash into each other with great vigor. The match is a fine display of tsuppari (slaps/thrusts) and general shoving, with Chiyotairyu using his bulk well to control the more experienced Goeido. Goiedo loses for the first time this tournament, joining a large contingent of 5-1 wrestlers right behind undefeated Yokozuna Hakuho.
Onosho, again, loses falling forward. He’s got to keep his feet underneath him to have any success at the top of the division, especially against a wrestler skilled at winning in reverse, like Ozeki Goeido. Goeido stays perfect at 5-0.
Goeido looks motivated to repeat his success from last tournament. He seems focused, calm, aggressive. Great thudding tachai, solid pressure, and then a quick katasukashi (under-shoulder swing down) that catches Tochiozan completely off guard. All without losing his own balance or backpedaling. Good stuff from the Ozeki.
My face hurts after watching Kotoshogiku take Goeido’s forehead to the chin at the tachiai. I’m sure this didn’t hurt Goeido’s dominant performance, as the Ozeki stays nice and low and works Kotoshogiku quickly over the edge. Good, solid base from Goeido at the end – he’s prone to overextending so it’s good to see him keep his hips low and underneath him.
Ozeki Goeido’s still stinging from the two consecutive losses last tournament on Day 15 against Yokozuna Harumafuji that cost him the championship, so he takes it out on Takakeisho. And Takakeisho’s no slouch, so it bodes well for Goeido if he can maintain this kind of focus and aggression over fifteen days. Also, I wonder if Takakeisho has to pay for that yobidashi’s little foam stool that he totally demolished on his way out of the ring.
Yokozuna Harumafuji wins the September 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his ninth top-division championship. He beat front-runner Ozeki Goeido on the last day to tie things up at 11-4, and then beat Goeido again in a single playoff bout to claim the title. Over the course of the tournament he used four different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (8), uwatedashinage (2), uwatenage (1) and shitatenage (1).