May 2017, Day 11, Kotoyuki v Ikioi

Kotoyuki leans in hard at the tachiai and hits Ikioi with a stiff hand to the throat. But Ikioi deflects Kotoyuki’s arms sideways, and follows with a quick charge before Kotoyuki can recover. Ikioi’s pumped at earning his eighth win, while Kotoyuki falls to 4-7.

May 2017, Day 5, Kotoyuki v Ura

Kotoyuki solves the Ura puzzle of the day, standing up at the tachiai instead of his usual hard charge forward to better react to whatever Ura’s got planned. A couple of hands in Ura’s face keep him from going too low, and then a good solid shove to the chest sends Ura down to the ground below the dohyo. Both wrestlers finish the day at 3-2.

May 2017, Day 2, Kotoyuki v Ishiura

Ishiura makes a huge mistake at the tachiai, opting to try and hit Kotoyuki at shoulder height instead of going low. Kotoyuki says thankyouverymuch and lifts up on Ishiura’s arms, using his bulk expeditiously to send Ishiura backpedaling. Ishiura tries in vain to grab onto Kotoyuki’s left arm, but it’s too late, and both men go over the tawara with Ishiura exiting first.

March 2017, Day 15, Daieisho v Kotoyuki

Daieisho takes on the hard-charging Kotoyuki, and they proceed to try and knock each other’s heads off. Trading stiff-armed nodowa (throat push) and tsuppari slaps, Daieisho gets the upper hand and sends Kotoyuki off the dohyo to his tenth loss. Daieisho, wrestling from the M11 rank and finishing the tournament with an excellent 11-4 record, can expect to see a new career-high ranking next time around.

March 2017, Day 11, Ishiura v Kotoyuki

Ishiura’s tentative tachiai gives Kotoyuki the advantage in the early moments of the bout. Kotoyuki pushes Ishiura back with both hands on his shoulders, and a forearm to the chin lifts him up and backwards. But Ishiura adapts well and circles around to his right, first reaching for the belt with his left hand (rejected by Kotoyuki’s palm to the face) and then slapping down at Kotoyuki’s arms and back (this totally works). Ishiura’s right heel hovers off the edge of the tawara but doesn’t touch the outside of the ring before Kotoyuki eats clay. Hatakikomi (slap down) victory for Ishiura’s sixth win. Kotoyuki falls to a dismal 2-9.

March 2017, Day 8, Ura v Kotoyuki

Ura and Kotoyuki can’t get their timing aligned, much to the chagrin and consternation of the referee and the ring judges. First Kotoyuki doesn’t get his hands sufficiently down to the ground and is chided to do so by the ref. Ura apologizes because he’s the junior wrestler and therefore everything is partly his fault. Then Kotoyuki jumps the gun and shows his penitence with a serious, full-on proper bow to the head judge while Ura throws apologies all around. Once the bout gets started, it goes according to Ura’s plan, and he’s able to absorb and then sidestep Kotoyuki’s fierce thrusting/pushing attack. Kotoyuki can’t stop his momentum the second time he goes sailing past Ura, and Ura gets the okiridashi (rear push out) win. Ura’s even at 4-4 after eight days, and Kotoyuki falls to 2-6.

March 2017, Day 5, Sadanoumi v Kotoyuki

Sadanoumi did not like being tossed by Ishiura yesterday, so he takes it out on Kotoyuki with a pretty overarm throw. He draws Kotoyuki in before setting his feet and shifting his hips, using the left-handed belt grip to toss Kotoyuki onto his back. This is the first time in five career meetings that Sadanoumi has defeated Kotoyuki. Both wrestlers sit at 1-4 for the tournament.