January 2018, Day 15, Hokutofuji v Aminishiki

Aminishiki pulls one more rabbit out of his hat, pulling down Hokutofuji and sending him stumbling gracelessly off the dohyo. With only three wins this tournament, Aminishiki is facing a likely demotion from Maegashira 10 down to the Juryo division, so we can only hope this wasn’t his last top-division win.

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January 2018, Day 13, Aminishiki v Ikioi

Ikioi should know what’s coming, with a weakened and near-elderly Aminishiki resorting to pulling techniques nearly every day, but he still falls into the trap. The judges have a conference to check the dirt and see if Aminishiki’s heel touched the dirt on the far side of the straw, but they determine it did not. I’m always happy to see Ami-chan get a win, but Ikioi has been really disappointing this tournament.

January 2018, Day 8, Takakeisho v Takayasu

After toying with him for a few seconds, Takayasu grabs Takakeisho by the face and pulls him down. Takakeisho is getting dangerously close to a losing record, not much room for error at 2-6. Takayasu improves to 5-3, his chances of a championship fading by the day as long as Kakuryu keeps winning.

January 2018, Day 8, Hokutofuji v Onosho

Here’s the Onosho we’d like to see more of. When he’s low and centered, his pushing attack cannot be ignored. But if you push back too hard, he’s got a viciously quick pull/slap down to make you pay. Which is exactly what happens to Hokutofuji, who survives several feints and pulls before falling hard for the last one. Onosho evens up his record at 4-4, Hokutofuji falls to 2-6.

January 2018, Day 8, Okinoumi v Chiyonokuni

Chiyonokuni is a whirlwind of activity, starting with a flurry of thrusts to Okinoumi’s face and throat, leading into a big right hand slap that gets him a right-handed overarm belt grip, following with a quick leg sweep attempt, and finishing with a fully-committed yank down on the back of Okinoumi’s head. The judges have a conference to determine if Chiyonokuni pulled Okinoumi’s hair, and decide that he in fact did not.

January 2018, Day 6, Onosho v Takayasu

Takayasu falls for the second time this tournament, losing his footing and getting slapped down by Onosho. He looks non-plussed afterwards, but tomorrow’s opponent, Ichinojo, better start getting ready for Takayasu’s best. I bet he’s seething inside. Both Ozekis, Takayasu and Goeido, finish the day at 4-2.