January 2018, Day 13, Takakeisho v Chiyotairyu

Takakeisho loses the tachiai badly, and things go downhill from there. Chiyotairyu dominates him start to finish to improve to 6-7, while Takakeisho falls to 4-9.

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January 2018, Day 12, Yoshikaze v Ichinojo

It’s like these two are not even the same species. From entirely different planets, even. The strength differential is enormous. Ichinojo decides it’s over, and Yoshikaze has absolutely no say in the matter. Wow. Yoshikaze picks up his second straight make-koshi at 4-8, despite upsetting two Yokozuna earlier in the tournament. Ichinojo earns his kachi-koshi at 8-4.

January 2018, Day 11, Takekaze v Chiyonokuni

Takekaze deals with Chiyonokuni in stages, pulling down a couple of times to get Chiyonokuni stumbling forward and off-balance before grabbing him by the throat and slamming him down. After rolling off of Chiyonokuni, and then the dohyo, Takekaze takes a minute to disentangle himself from Ikioi’s lap. Both wrestlers have a makekoshi (losing record) of 3-8.

January 2018, Day 10, Takakeisho v Ichinojo

Takakeisho aims too high. With the height difference between him and Ichinojo, I think he would have been better served to focus his attack on the midsection of his giant opponent, staying low and keeping Ichinojo off balance. But his thrusts are directed at the chest and head, letting Ichinojo get below Takakeisho’s arms and work him back to the edge. Once there, Takakeisho tries a last-gasp escape to the left but runs out of room, and Ichinojo sends him tumbling. Ichinojo has won five in a row to improve to 6-4, and Takakeisho is one loss away from demotion at 3-7.

January 2018, Day 10, Abi v Yutakayama

Abi’s long legs get him in trouble once the heftier Yutakayama gets underneath his center of gravity. As Abi tries to skirt around the edge of the ring,¬†Yutakayama puts a hand on his midsection and uses the momentum to send him flying. Both men finish the day at 6-4.

January 2018, Day 6, Ichinojo v Tamawashi

Ichinojo knocks Tamawashi off balance with a shoulder hit that sends him stumbling, and follows up nicely with a shove to the throat that puts him on his butt. If Ichinojo could perform consistently with sumo like this, he’d have a better record than 2-4. Oshitaoshi (front push down) for the win.

January 2018, Day 5, Yoshikaze v Kisenosato

Oh, the indignity. Yokozuna Kisenosato pulls off a nice reversal to get Yoshikaze backed up against the straw, but Yoshikaze ends up with a double-underarm belt grip (morozashi) that he uses to reverse the reversal. And then Yoshikaze puts the hammer down, sending the Yokozuna tumbling off the dohyo to the floor below. Yikes. Kisenosato’s a big guy, and shouldn’t be so easily moved. He says he’s recovered from his injury, but his 1-4 record speaks otherwise. Any bets on whether or not he drops out?