Myogiryu fights through Kyokushuho’s initial barrage to get the deep underarm grip on the right side, but Kyokushuho clamps down with an arm lock to defend. After a little hand fighting on Kyokushuho’s right side, he takes a big step back and twists his hips, cranking hard on that arm lock and muscling Myogiryu all the way over for the kotenage (arm lock throw) win.
Good back-and-forth bout between Ikioi and Myogiryu. Myogiryu survives the big shoulder at the tachiai from Ikioi, and Ikioi gets out of a tricky situation by diverting Myogiryu’s face in a different direction. The last shuffling charge from Ikioi sends Myogiryu tumbling from the dohyo for the oshitaoshi (front push down) win.
Let’s get things kicked off in Osaka. Nishikigi defends with a clamp, both arms locked around Myogiryu’s right arm. It’s not a comfy position, with his left side elevated higher than he’d like, but he manages to sneak his right arm out and attack Myogiryu’s left side with a kotenage. This throws Myogiryu off balance and lets Nishikigi get a left hand in Myogiryu’s ribs. One giant shove later, and Myogiryu is tumbling off the dohyo.
Myogiryu does his best Superman impression, going totally horizontal and airborne trying to push out veteran Aminishiki. But Aminishiki is wily and has a mawashi full of Kryptonite, and Myogiryu crashes down to earth with a thud. Ami-chan sits pretty at 4-0.
Kotoyuki picks up his first win of the tournament by barely edging out Myogiryu. It’s a good back-and-forth battle of stiff-armed throat attacks until Myogiryu starts to retreat under the pressure. Circling away from the charging Kotoyuki, Myogiryu stops at the edge for a last-gasp deflection, but his ankle catches on the tawara and he hits the ground a split-second before Kotoyuki. Myogiryu drops to his first loss.
Haven’t seen much from Shohozan this tournament, he’s already got a makekoshi record of 4-8. But he shows flashes of his former potential today, wrapping up Myogiryu by the waist and holding onto the wriggling rikishi for dear life. Myogiryu whiffs with the inside leg sweep and finds himself on the wrong side of the tawara. At 4-9 from the M15 rank, Myogiryu risks falling down to the Juryo division next tournament.