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!
The referee calls a false start between Tamawashi and Goeido after their first attempt at a tachiai, and the second time around is all Tamawashi. He holds his ground at the initial charge, then grabs Goeido by the back of the head and yanks him down to the ground. Goeido is susceptible to pulling techniques, and Tamawashi played him like a drum. The Ozeki finishes with a meh 9-6 record, and Tamawashi should be very happy with his 10-5.
After a thundering tachiai from both men sends vibrations through the dohyo, Goeido takes over and pushes Harumafuji all the way to the other side of the ring. Harumafuji gets his foot planted in the cut-out tokudawara and escapes to the side, but when he charges forward he comes in too low and Goeido slaps him down. It’s all academic as Hakuho has already clinched the championship, but Goeido earns his ninth win of the tournament, a good sign after a losing record last time out. Harumafuji, finishing the day at 11-3, will go up against fellow Yokozuna Hakuho tomorrow on the last day.
Big sigh of relief from Ozeki Goeido as he picks up his eighth win on Day 13, meaning he’s clear of kadoban status and the threat of demotion. He shows good composure, working patiently for a belt grip through Takarafuji’s stiff defense. In the end he doesn’t need a hand on the belt, walking Takarafuji over the edge of the ring to his tenth loss.
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 Goeido hasn’t defeated Yokozuna Hakuho in two years. But with the championship in his sights, Hakuho isn’t even thinking about that streak – Goeido is just another wrestler in his way. Reaching for the underarm right-handed grip, Goeido gives up the overarm left too easily to Hakuho. Hakuho is really good at shifting his hips from this position to prevent the opponent from latching on. Goeido does manage to tie up Hakuho’s right arm, but while he’s occupied with that activity Hakuho catches him leaning too far to the right while grasping for the front of Hakuho’s belt. Twisting downwards with his left arm, Hakuho rolls Goeido to the clay with a nice uwatehineri (twisting overarm throw). The Yokozuna stays perfect at 11-0, now in sole possession of the tournament lead. Goeido finishes at 6-5, still needing two wins in the last four days to avoid demotion from the Ozeki rank.
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.