Yokozuna Kakuryu wins the March 2018 Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka, his fourth top-division championship and his first since November 2016. He finished with an excellent 13-2 record, losing only to defending champ Tochinoshin and Ozeki Takayasu. Over the course of the tournament he used four different kimarite (winning techniques): hatakikomi (6), yorikiri (3), oshidashi (3), and tsukiotoshi (1).
Shohozan survives the arm lock and takes Tamawashi to the edge, but Tamawashi suddenly gets real slippery and Shohozan eats clay.
Tamawashi looks strong today, walking Takarafuji out by the throat and peppering slaps at the face with his other hand along the way. Takarafuji can’t dislodge Tamawashi’s arms despite several attempts at deflection, and falls to 2-10. Tamawashi improves to 7-5.
Tamawashi gets handled today like he handled Endo yesterday. Straight out of the ring, no fuss, no muss. Chiyotairyu should have brought this kind of energy to his bouts before today – he’s already 2-8.
Tamawashi manhandles Endo, taking him out with prejudice in a few short steps. Endo gets ragdolled around and takes a short trip to the third row, but escapes with his head still attached. Silver linings.
After an initial deflection at the tachiai, Mitakeumi holds his ground while Tamawashi tries to remove his head from his body. Good footwork keeps Mitakeumi’s center of gravity low, and helps keep his attack centered on Tamawashi’s torso. The oshidashi (push out) win gives Mitakeumi a 4-1 record.
Takayasu’s tachiai is on point, but Tamawashi hangs in there and trades a series of strong thrusts with the Ozeki. Tamawashi gets knocked off-balance by a strong blow to the side of the head, and his feet stay behind as Takayasu pulls him down.