Asanoyama gets his kachi-koshi on Day 13, earning a guaranteed promotion next tournament and potentially a spot in the middle of the division if he wins a couple more in the next two days. He gets an overarm grip with his left hand but quickly loses it, and readjusts during the ensuing scramble for the deep left-handed underarm grip. That’s all he needs to toss Okinoumi in the center of the ring, perfect technique on the hip shift apparent in his solid balance at the end of the throw. Shitatenage (underarm throw) for the win.
When the Abi train gets rolling, it’s hard to derail. Okinoumi tries to get out of the way but gets steamrolled, and that’s enough heavy machinery metaphors for one bout.
Daiseisho gets caught leaning too far forward, invested too heavily in his grasp on Okinoumi’s throat. Okinoumi twists nimbly while grabbing onto Daieisho’s outstretched arm, dropping him with a shove to the upper arm.
Maegashira 3 Tochinoshin wins the January 2018 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, his first-ever top-division championship and the first from a mid-ranked Maegashira since M7 Kyokutenho in 2012. He finished with an outstanding 14-1 record, losing only to Yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 7. Over the course of the tournament he used five different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (9), tsukiotoshi (2), tsukidashi (1), tsuridashi (1), and oshidashi (1).
Goeido’s out of the running for the tournament championship, but he still needs to get eight wins. Improving to 7-6 against Okinoumi helps his cause. This is the kind of sumo he should have been doing the past few days.
Mitakeumi has now dropped five straight bouts, and his confidence has completely disappeared. He loses to the hapless 4-8 Okinoumi today, resorting to a pull-down right after the tachiai instead of using his strength on offense. Sigh.
Okinoumi’s wondering why he even got out of bed this morning. Yokozuna Kakuryu has his way with the hapless wrestler, slinging him around with a right-side belt grip and showing him the exit in short order. Winning technique is okuridashi (rear push out). Kakuryu stays perfect at 10-0, the sole leader of the tournament in front of Tochinoshin (9-1), Daieisho (8-2), and Takayasu, Mitakeumi, and Takarafuji (7-3).