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).
Oh, what a great bout. How in the world does Takayasu escape? Fantastic display of agility and strength by both men. Mitakeumi falls hard to his eighth loss, guaranteeing demotion next tournament. Takayasu continues another excellent tournament, improving to 11-3.
Shohozan survives the arm lock and takes Tamawashi to the edge, but Tamawashi suddenly gets real slippery and Shohozan eats clay.
Daieisho does not like the anatomical fact that Chiyonokuni’s head is directly connected to his body, and expends great effort to alter that physical arrangement. Chiyonokuni, being rather fond of the current setup, resists a bit. This resistance lets Daieisho fling Chiyonokuni down to his eighth loss, a result that is disappointing for Chiyonokuni and acceptable for Daieisho, if less than satisfying than the whole head-removal scenario.
Wait, wait, wait. Chiyomaru, at the rank of Maegashira 5, beats both Ozeki this tournament? Huh. This one’s really on Takayasu, as he takes control of the bout (after getting knocked back by Chiyomaru’s outstanding tachiai) but basically loses track of where the edge of the ring is, stepping out on his own while moving Chiyomaru around. Maybe Chiyomaru had a little to do with it, but Takayasu wants this one back. Takayasu is at 9-3, Chiyomaru at 6-6.
Note: It is always an option to grab your opponent by the face and throw them into the ground.
Kotoshogiku is eager to add to his sole win this tournament, but he comes out charging too hard at the tachiai and forgets to keep his feet underneath him. With a subtle twist to the side, Yokozuna Kakuryu lets Kotoshogiku do the hard work himself and fall to the clay off-balance. Kakuryu keeps his share of the tournament lead at 6-0, tied with M6 Kaisei.