Yokozuna Hakuho is out of the tournament, citing an aggravation of an old left leg injury during his loss yesterday against Yoshikaze. Kotoshogiku will take the default win, and improve to 2-3.
Surprise! Not too many people saw this coming, with Yoshikaze earning only his third win over Yokozuna Hakuho in eighteen meetings. Following a relatively lackluster tachiai by the Yokozuna, it’s hard to tell exactly what happens, but it seems like Hakuho goes to slap down on Yoshikaze’s arms and whiffs. He’s taking a step backwards and puts out his right arm, which contacts Yoshikaze’s chest for a brief moment before Yoshikaze slaps down hard on the forearm and drives Hakuho into the dirt. I don’t envy Hakuho’s opponent tomorrow, who will likely take the brunt of the Yokozuna’s frustration at losing two days in a row. Poor Kotoshogiku has only beaten Hakuho five times in fifty-eight bouts.
Sumo fans that have been watching Hokutofuji expected him to notch a win over a Yokozuna this tournament, but I gotta admit I didn’t think it would be Hakuho. He puts on a fantastic display of mobility and constant adjustment to Hakuho’s dangerous attempts at defense, and you can see the confidence affecting every movement. Maybe Hakuho slipped up a bit today, but Hokutofuji earned this one.
Another protracted bout with a long stalemate in the middle, this time between Yokozuna Hakuho and Ichinojo. Hakuho waits for a long time with his right hand underneath Ichinojo’s left arm, without securing the belt grip. It’s almost as if he’s using it defensively to keep Ichinojo’s arm high and useless. But then he decides to turn on the jets, pulling his right arm out and slamming it home on the front of Ichinojo’s belt, finally getting the leverage he needs to muscle out Ichinojo’s formidable bulk.
Onosho’s an up-and-coming youngster with a bright future ahead of him, but veteran Yokozuna Hakuho reminds him who’s boss on Day 1. Never truly in danger, Hakuho nimbly sidesteps at the edge, lifting his leg out of the way and sending Onosho flying past with a hard shove in the ribs.
Yokozuna Hakuho wins the November 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Kyushi, earning his fortieth(!) top-division championship with a record of 14-1. Over the course of the tournament he used eight different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (3), uwatenage (3), uwatedashinage (2), oshidashi (2), hatakikomi (1), okuridashi (1), tsukiotoshi (1), and yoritaoshi (1).