(Thanksgiving Holiday commentary hiatus)
Yokozuna Hakuho takes sole lead of the Kyushu Basho with a perfect 6-0 record, after the other undefeated wrestlers all lost today. He dominates Shohozan from start to finish, locking up the left-handed overarm grip soon after the tachiai and marching Shohozan to the edge where he deposits him not-so-gently over the straw bales and onto the ground. Winning technique is uwatenage (overarm throw). Shohozan falls to 2-4.
NEVER GIVE UP!!! Yokozuna Kisenosato digs deep, really deep, to fight off tough opponent Shohozan at the edge of the ring. Somehow he pulls off this win after being fairly handily dominated for the entire bout. Twisting impossibly with both feet on the straw, Kisenosato puts a hand in Shohozan’s ribs and sends him crashing into the clay. Fantastic come-from-behind victory for the Yokozuna, who improves to 3-2.
Great setup and execution by Chiyonokuni, taking the fight hard to Shohozan before a perfectly-timed yank on the back of Shohozan’s head. And right after absorbing a big slap to the face, too. Way to keep your head on straight.
This bout starts with the intensity expected of these two wrestlers, but Shohozan comes out on top after a perfectly timed sidestep at the edge of the ring just as Yoshikaze puts his head down and charges. At least Yoshikaze escaped the bout without a bloody nose.
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).
Shohozan doesn’t use throwing techniques very often, but his underarm throw (shitatenage) today against Chiyomaru is excellent. Using a strong right-handed grip, he pulls hard and swings his round opponent, Chiyomaru’s feet flailing in vain as he topples over. Both men finish the day at 8-6.