Goeido wins the September 2016 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his first top-division championship with a perfect record of 15-0. Over the course of fifteen wins he used six different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (8), kubinage (2), oshidashi (2), uwatedashinage (1), watashikomi (1), and yoritaoshi (1).
With Goeido owning the championship already, this last Yokozuna-on-Yokozuna bout is all about the bragging rights. Harumafuji plays the whirlwind, completely stumping Kakuryu with his circular movement and left-handed overhand grip. Kakuryu looks like a rookie against this offense. Heck, even the referee doesn’t know which way to go and has to jump off the dohyo to stay out of the way. Harumafuji finishes the tournament 12-3, Kakuryu 10-5.
With Hakuho out, this tournament was up for grabs. But at the start all eyes were on Kisenosato, who had a possible Yokozuna promotion in his sights, and then Okinoumi took the spotlight with a surprising 6-0 run. Goeido quietly kept amassing wins, and by mid-tournament the question was: can he beat Harumafuji and Kakuryu (who already had surprising losses of their own)? He did, and secured his first-ever championship on Day 14. So all that remains on the last day is the challenge of a perfect record. Kotoshogiku is game to play spoiler, and pushes Goeido back almost all the way to the edge before Goeido just out-muscles him and reverses the position. 15-0 zensho yusho for the Ozeki. Congrats!
Endo posts his best-ever top-division record, finishing runner-up to tournament winner Goeido with a 13-2 record and a Gino-sho (Technique Prize). Nothing flashy on the last day, just good work with the right arm to defend against Nishikigi’s belt grip, biding his time until he gets a right-handed overhand grip of his own. This turns the tide in the bout, and it’s all he needs to take the advantage and walk out Nishikigi without any trouble.
After a blistering start to the tournament, Okinoumi fell apart for the middle third and even a winning record looked in doubt. But he wins the last two days to finish with a respectable 9-6 record and a Shukun-sho (Outstanding Performance Prize) for beating both Yokozuna and three out of the four Ozeki.
It’s the last day, and Shohozan is 7-7. He needs this eighth win to avoid demotion next tournament, and he jumps the gun on the first tachiai. The referee calls him back, and there are apologies all around from both men. The second try goes off without a hitch, and after getting popped in the face by a right hand from Shohozan, Tokushoryu seems to take control. Shohozan then uses a right-handed arm lock to deflect Tokushoryu’s charge, and from there it’s quick work to finish the bout and pick up the eighth win.
Takanoiwa gets the belt grip early, and Arawashi responds by clamping down with a double arm lock. The strain is evident on his face as he works Takanoiwa towards the edge before using the right arm lock for a nice kotenage.