Maegashira 3 Tochinoshin wins the January 2018 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, his first-ever top-division championship and the first from a mid-ranked Maegashira since M7 Kyokutenho in 2012. He finished with an outstanding 14-1 record, losing only to Yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 7. Over the course of the tournament he used five different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (9), tsukiotoshi (2), tsukidashi (1), tsuridashi (1), and oshidashi (1).
Takayasu wins easily over Arawashi, blasting him off the line and needing but a few short shoves to send him out. Still two losses behind the tournament leader, Takayasu will have to hope that Tochinoshin loses both of the last two days in order to force a playoff. With Tochinoshin’s performance today, that looks unlikely.
The Ozeki matchup is no contest. Goeido gets blown off the shikiri-sen at the tachiai and flails at Takayasu’s arms, but Takayasu keeps his hands in Goeido’s face like a cruel uncle stiff-arming a frustrated child. Two good shoves to the torso and Goeido falls out. Takayasu has an excellent record of 9-3, but he’s running out of time to catch the streaking Tochinoshin and Yokozuna Kakuryu. Goeido needs to find a way to win two more bouts to prevent yet another kadoban (probation for Ozeki) tournament.
Mitakeumi has now dropped five straight bouts, and his confidence has completely disappeared. He loses to the hapless 4-8 Okinoumi today, resorting to a pull-down right after the tachiai instead of using his strength on offense. Sigh.
Not much to say about this, Goeido just gets his butt whooped. An old-fashioned thumping. A drubbing. Goeido, 5-3. Chiyotairyu, 2-6.
Tochinoshin gets back on track after his loss yesterday against Kakuryu with a dismantling of Yoshikaze, who can barely mount any kind of resistance. Tochinoshin has another tough bout tomorrow against Mitakeumi, and Yoshikaze will try to dig himself out of his 3-5 hole against Kotoshogiku.
Finally, on Day 3, Abi’s full-throttle tsuppari attack sees some results. Takekaze only gets a couple of chances to swat Abi’s arms aside before he finds himself chatting with the fans in the second row. Abi picks up his first-ever win in the top division. Congrats, young man.