Yokozuna Kisenosato needs to get as many wins in the first half of the tournament as he can before he has to fight the strong Ozeki and Yokozuna contingent later on. It still doesn’t seem like he’s at 100%, but he looks good enough today against Tochiozan, who loses for the sixth time in a row. Kisenosato improves to 4-2.
Another day, another win for Yokozuna Hakuho. He makes short work of Tochiozan, pulling off a nice matador move to send his opponent stumbling by. Hakuho stays tied for the tournament lead at 5-0 with Ozeki Goeido and Aminishiki.
Goeido looks motivated to repeat his success from last tournament. He seems focused, calm, aggressive. Great thudding tachai, solid pressure, and then a quick katasukashi (under-shoulder swing down) that catches Tochiozan completely off guard. All without losing his own balance or backpedaling. Good stuff from the Ozeki.
Ozeki Takayasu’s warming up, looking good on Day 2 after missing most of the last tournment due to injury. Getting the kinks out, getting loose. A good test against Tochiozan, who in the past has beaten Takayasu more often than not. Takayasu has no trouble with him today, though, moving quickly forward and showing good control with low hips and a stable base.
Tochiozan rolls Mitakeumi with an overarm throw at the edge of the ring, but Mitakeumi gets up and points out the scuff in the dirt left by Tochiozan’s foot. Which means that Tochiozan stepped out before Mitakeumi hit the ground. Which means that it’s Mitakeumi’s oshidashi victory. The judges get together and agree to reverse the referee’s decision.
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).
Goeido puts on a sumo clinic today, cruising to a win over Tochiozan. He keeps his shoulders square to his opponent the entire bout, hips and feet making a conduit to the clay and anchoring some solid pushing. When it’s time to drive forward, he moves relentlessly without getting overextended and losing his balance. Really fine stuff. Goeido keeps hold of the tournament lead at 9-1, but there’s a host of contenders one or two (or even three!) losses back.