Yokozuna Hakuho wins the May 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his 38th top-division championship with a perfect record of 15-0. Over the course of fifteen wins he used seven different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), hatakikomi (2), uwatenage (2), uwatedashinage (2), yoritaoshi (2), uwatehineri, and oshidashi. Congrats to the champ!
Ozeki Terunofuji’s all like, “You’re gonna be Ozeki next tournament, Takayasu, but until then I outrank you. You go ahead and try that arm throw from the right side, I’ll clamp on an armlock and introduce you to the ground.” And Takayasu’s all like, “OK, you made your point, my arm’s a little sore now, but don’t forget that I’ve beat you more times than you’ve beat me. I’ll see you in July.” Terunofuji finishes 12-3, Takayasu 11-4. But Takayasu still holds the edge in head-to-head bouts with Terunofuji, eight wins to seven.
It’s an epic bout with the tournament on the line, with Ozeki Terunofuji needing to defeat Yokozuna Hakuho to have any chance at a championship. A win by Hakuho today will separate him from the second-place wrestlers by two losses with only one day remaining, guaranteeing him his 38th title. Hakuho fakes the face slap, opting to go in and meet Terunofuji head on at the tachiai. From there on out it’s a tactical battle, with Terunofuji doing a fantastic job staying low and fighting off the Yokozuna’s arms. But Terunofuji can’t get a belt grip either, and eventually Hakuho’s strength is too much to overcome. Hakuho pushes out Terunofuji, taking him over the edge with an extra shove to let him know who’s boss. Congrats to Hakuho, finishing the day still perfect at 14-0, and winning the top-division championship no matter what happens tomorrow.
Ozeki Terunofuji handles Tochiozan fairly easily, switching from a left-handed overarm grip to a left-side armlock that rolls Tochiozan to the clay. Tochiozan falls to his eighth loss, while Terunofuji still has slim hope of a tournament championship, needing to beat Yokozuna Hakuho tomorrow to have a chance.
Ozeki Terunofuji needs all the techniques in his skillset to overcome the shifting defenses of Shodai. Shodai does well to recover from a brutal armlock throw and some fierce nodowa (throat push) and tsuppari slaps, but ends up in an headlock before somehow letting Terunofuji (not the most mobile of wrestlers) end up behind him. Terunofuji pushes out Shodai from behind for the okuridashi win, improving to 10-2 and still in championship contention. Shodai has a winning record of 8-5.
Ozeki Terunofuji comes out on top against Aoiyama, ending things with a nice uwatenage (overarm throw) that he executes from the left side. Aoiyama tries to switch his left arm inside while pulling with a right-handed underarm belt grip, but all he does is put himself off-balance and give Terunofuji the opening for a throw of his own. The Ozeki stays two losses behind the tournament leader, tied with four other wrestlers at 9-2. Aoiyama falls to 2-9.
Ozeki Terunofuji is doing his part to stay in the championship race, handily dispatching Yoshikaze with a good tachiai and a crushing belt grip that he uses to force out his smaller opponent. Terunofuji stays two losses behind the leaders at 8-2, Yoshikaze falls to 5-5.