November 2017, Day 4, Endo v Ikioi

Ikioi comes out strong, pushing Endo the length of the dohyo with a tsuppari attack that negates Endo’s arm work. But Endo changes tactics and goes for the belt just as his heels hit the tawara, and he clamps on with a right-handed overarm grip on the front of Ikioi’s belt. This turns the tide for Endo and he pushes Ikioi back the way he came, but Ikioi has a good grip on Endo’s left arm. Sliding backwards while adjusting his grip, Ikioi plants his left foot and catches Endo off guard with the slick kotenage (arm lock throw).


November 2017, Day 2, Asanoyama v Ikioi

Asanoyama had a great tournament in September, finishing at 10-5 in his first appearance in the top division. But he only faced two wrestlers above M9, so this tournament will see him tested by some real talent. Ikioi is ranked lower than normal after a rough year, but he shows Asanoyama what to expect against the upper ranks. A huge tachiai by Ikioi blasts Asanoyama across the ring, and a right-handed sukuinage (beltless arm throw) attempt sends him back the other way. Ikioi’s good footwork and momentum give Asanoyama no way to recover.

September 2017, Day 13, Kaisei v Ikioi

Great recovery and reversal by Kaisei, who first falls victim to a pull-down/sideswipe before stopping his momentum and turning in time to greet the hard-charging Ikioi. Ikioi hits him square, but Kaisei is able to grab Ikioi’s left arm and turn his hips to execute the opportunistic kotenage (arm lock throw). Kaisei earns his eighth win, while Ikioi falls to seven losses.

September 2017, Day 6, Ikioi v Takakeisho

Ikioi’s mistake is trying to pull down on a charging Takakeisho when Takakeisho is neither off-balance nor overextended. Basically Ikioi is standing at the edge of the ring with a bullseye on his chest, and he needs to get off the direct line of Takakeisho’s attack. Takakeisho hits Ikioi hard enough to knock him off the dohyo, while staying in perfect control of his momentum, coming to a gentle stop at the tawara.

September 2017, Day 5, Ichinojo v Ikioi

Ichinojo isn’t known for his throws, but he shows off his strength today against Ikioi. After locking up in the middle of the dohyo for what appears to be the start of another of Ichinojo’s patented protracted grappling stalemates, Ichinojo surprises everyone (but no one more than Ikioi) by twisting his hips and lifting Ikioi completely off the ground with a clean uwatenage (overarm throw).

July 2017, Hakuho Yusho compilation

Yokozuna Hakuho wins the July 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, earning his thirty-ninth top-division championship with a record of 14-1. Along the way he surpassed former Ozeki Kaio to set the all-time wins record with a mark of 1050. Over the course of the tournament he used eight different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), tsukiotoshi (2), okuridashi (2), hatakikomi (2), sukuinage (1), oshitaoshi (1), yoritaoshi (1), kotenage (1).