Ura drops two in a row, getting blasted off the ring by Takakeisho. Takakeisho stays just as low as Ura at the tachiai, driving him back to the tawara where Ura plants his right foot and tries to escape to the side. But Takakeisho follows nicely and puts two hands on Ura’s chest, sending him flying. Both men have had excellent tournaments so far, finishing the day at 10-4.
That little smile from Daishomaru isn’t just because he threw down Takakeisho by the face. It’s also because he finally ended a five-tournament streak of losing records, picking up the all-important eighth win on Day 13. Takakeisho has a good record of 9-4 in only his third top-division tournament.
Ishiura gives up 185 pounds to Kaisei. That’s the size of a large human being, just in the negative space between them. So I guess it’s no surprise that Ishiura, trying to fight back from the edge of the ring, bounces off Kaisei like a ping pong ball. Kaisei holds his ground and gets a two-handed shove on Ishiura’s hips, sending him spinning out of the ring to his fourth loss. Kaisei improves to 5-3.
Ikioi gets back on track after his first loss yesterday with a solid showing against Tochiozan. Nothing fancy, just good footwork and a strong finish.
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.
Ishiura gets pushed back to the tawara by Takakeisho’s strong tachiai, but the only part of Ishiura’s body that Takakeisho can reach are his shoulders. Ishiura ducks under Takakeisho’s arms to get in close for a good left-handed belt grip that turns the tide of the match in his favor. Now it’s Ishiura’s turn to push Takakeisho the length of the dohyo, and he lowers his hips to stay solid at the edge, sending Takekeisho rolling backwards onto the floor below.
There’s no way to gracefully tumble backwards off a sumo dohyo. Shohozan gives it his best effort, but the dohyo is unforgiving. Oshitaoshi (front push down) win for Ozeki Terunofuji.