Yokozuna Hakuho is back after missing all of last tournament due to injury, and it looks already on Day 1 like he’ll be the man to beat. Which, to be honest, is the usual situation in pretty much every tournament. Today he takes on a feisty Kotoshogiku, maneuvering for an early overhand grip on the left side and executing a quick pulling overarm throw (uwatedashinage) that rolls ‘Giku like a bale of hay. No sign of slowing down for the Yokozuna.
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).
Ichinojo is tremendously powerful, but once you get him moving he can’t stop himself. It looks like his knees aren’t strong enough to handle his bulk, and Harumafuji takes advantage of that today. The Yokozuna clamps on with a tight left-handed overarm grip, and uses it to sling Ichinojo in a circle. Once he gets going, he’s like a dump truck with no brakes, and Harumafuji only has to pick the direction of his rumbling mass. Harumafuji wisely picks a direction that points outside the ring, and Ichinojo falls to his fifth loss. The Yokozuna improves to 7-4.
This one’s all about Endo’s right hand. He leans right at the tachiai, working his right arm around for a solid overarm grip on the side of Tokushoryu’s belt. So when Tokushoryu tries to toss him with a left-side sukuinage (beltless arm throw), Endo’s got an anchor to keep from going over. Tokushoryu’s left arm is high underneath Endo’s right, making hard for him to keep hold of that grip, but Endo uses it again in defense before spinning out of the way and dropping Tokushoryu with the uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw). Tokushoryu earns his makekoshi (losing record) and will probably drop down to the Juryo division next tournament, while Endo improves to 6-4.
Aoiyama was runner-up last tournament, posting a personal-best 13-2 record, but injury kept him out of the first week of this tournament. Apparently feeling better, he returns on Day 8 to the warm welcome of Yokozuna Harumafuji. Harumafuji secures the left-handed overarm grip right off the tachiai and yanks hard, using his right hand to pull down on Aoiyama’s head and roll him for the uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw). Harumafuji is two losses off the leaders at 5-3.
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!