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.
Tochinoshin keeps his right arm tucked in at the tachiai, and uses it to get an underhook on Myogiryu’s left arm. This prevents the shorter wrestler from getting too low, and goes a long way to setting up the win for the much taller Tochinoshin. After a few tries, Tochinoshin gets the left-handed overarm grip to add to the right-hand under, and now he’s got total control over Myogiryu’s hips. Myogiryu tries to fight back, but he can’t prevent Tochinoshin from dropping him with the overarm throw.
Chiyomaru, up from the Juryo division for the day, takes care of Myogiryu with repeated attacks to the throat. Myogiryu tries to slap his hands away, but each time Chiyomaru advances a little farther forward, finally wrapping up Myogiryu at the edge and taking him out. Chiyomaru’s Juryo record is 4-4, while Myogiryu falls to 3-5.
The youngun’s feeling his oats. Myogiryu pushes down hard on Ishiura’s head with both hands, but Ishiura stretches out to launch Myogiryu off the dohyo. Ishiura gets his fourth win, Myogiryu gets his fourth loss.
Onosho is holding his own in his first top-division tournament. He manhandles Myogiryu for his fourth straight win, showing a solid base and a quick-step spin move. Once behind Myogiryu he makes sure his feet keep up with his hips. Great technique and body control.
Myogiryu’s spent the last two years in a steady fall from the high rank of Komusubi, and now finds himself near the bottom of the top division. Chiyotairyu has spent the same time span bouncing up and down between the top two divisions. Both would love to put together a solid tournament to get out of danger of falling to Juryo (again), but it’s Chiyotairyu who starts off the Natsu Basho in Tokyo with a bang. A solid tachiai puts Myogiryu on his heels, and Chiyotairyu follows with some sharp thrusts that finish the job with no trouble.
Onosho is ranked number two in the second-tier Juryo division, but scheduling necessities give him a match-up in the top Makuuchi division today. He performs admirably in the spotlight, winning against a tough opponent in Myogiryu for his all-important eighth win. Good chance we’ll see him promoted to the top division next tournament. Myogiryu, on the other hand, falls to 6-7 and risks getting demoted down to Juryo unless he wins the last two days.