(Thanksgiving Holiday commentary hiatus)
Like a violent, meaty, horizontal yo-yo, Mitakeumi and Onosho battle back and forth the length of the doyho several times before Mitakeumi prevails. Any guesses as to how Onosho loses? Yup, falling forward. Come on, Onosho, keep your feet under you. You not reading the blog or something?
Onosho, again, loses falling forward. He’s got to keep his feet underneath him to have any success at the top of the division, especially against a wrestler skilled at winning in reverse, like Ozeki Goeido. Goeido stays perfect at 5-0.
Onosho has Ozeki Takayasu on the ropes, scrambling to regain his balance after a good shove to the head sends him sideways. But Onosho’s eyes go wide and he pounces too eagerly, his feet slipping out from under him to a disappointing loss. Takayasu stays perfect at 3-0.
Onosho gets a bit overeager at the tachiai against Yokozuna Kisenosato, and his feet slip out from under him after the initial contact. Kisenosato looks good for the split-second we get to see him work, and he’s happy to pick up his first win of the tournament.
Yokozuna Harumafuji had to win six consecutive bouts to come from behind and steal the championship from Ozeki Goeido last tournament, and it looks like he’s already digging himself into an early hole this time around. It’s not a particularly pretty win for Onosho, with both men stumbling out of the ring gracelessly after Onosho slams down on Harumafuji’s neck forcing him to touch the ground, but he’ll take it. Onosho has spent only three tournaments in the top division, finishing each time with an outstanding 10-5 record, so he’s definitely earned his elevated rank of Komusubi (only three below Yokozuna). Let’s see if he can handle the toughest competition in the thin air at the very top of the division.
Yokozuna Harumafuji wins the September 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his ninth top-division championship. He beat front-runner Ozeki Goeido on the last day to tie things up at 11-4, and then beat Goeido again in a single playoff bout to claim the title. Over the course of the tournament he used four different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (8), uwatedashinage (2), uwatenage (1) and shitatenage (1).