March 2018, Day 9, Chiyonokuni v Yoshikaze

There’s the ol’ Yoshikaze I feel like we’ve been missing this tournament. Got some oomph in his britches. And speaking of britches, he almost de-pants Chiyonokuni at the end, grabbing the knot on the back of Chiyonokuni’s mawashi and unraveling it as he pulls him to the ground. Unintentional, surely, but risky just the same.


March 2018, Day 8, Ishiura v Hidenoumi

Ishiura meets his opponent head-on for a change, and is rewarded with a left-handed overarm grip low on the front of Hidenoumi’s belt. Hidenoumi, meanwhile, is preoccupied with Ishiura’s right arm on his chest, which is keeping him from squaring up and applying his weight against the smaller wrestler. Ishiura then cinches up with his left arm, drawing Hidenoumi in and getting Hidenoumi’s body moving. Once that momentum has started, Ishiura circles away while pulling on the belt, his right hand on the back of Hidenoumi’s head to keep him low and stumbling. The throw is set up so well, Hidenoumi hits the ground while Ishiura smoothly walks away. Winning technique is uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw).

March 2018, Day 7, Ishiura v Ryuden

Ishiura needs to stay low against the taller Ryuden, but Ryuden uses his long arms to capitalize on Ishiura’s posture by reaching over his back for the belt and pulling Ishiura to the ground. Winning technique is uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw).

March 2018, Day 6, Takayasu v Takarafuji

Ozeki Takayasu lost the first two days of the tournament to Endo and Ichinojo, and you get the feeling that he’s not going to give up any more upsets. Takarafuji is super motivated to climb out of his five-loss hole, but he can’t get past a determined Takayasu, who seems relatively careful and conservative against an opponent he knows he should beat. The right-handed overarm belt grip proves to be the key, as Takayasu uses it to swing Takarafuji around and out for the uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw) win. Takarafuji falls to 0-6, Takayasu improves to 4-2.

January 2018, Day 8, Kakuryu v Shodai

Shodai sees daylight for half a second, as he gets Yokozuna Kakuryu moving backward. But Kakuryu slams the door, using Shodai’s momentum and a strong overarm grip to crush Shodai’s dreams. Winning technique is uwatedashinage, or pulling overarm throw. Kakuryu sits alone atop the leaderboard at 8-0, followed by a group at 7-1 consisting of Mitakeumi, Tochinoshin, and Daieisho. The Ozeki duo of Goeido and Takayasu are both in a large group farther behind at 5-3.

November 2017, Hakuho Yusho Compilation

Yokozuna Hakuho wins the November 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Kyushi, earning his fortieth(!) top-division championship with a record of 14-1. Over the course of the tournament he used eight different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (3), uwatenage (3), uwatedashinage (2), oshidashi (2), hatakikomi (1), okuridashi (1), tsukiotoshi (1), and yoritaoshi (1).