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!
Takayasu keeps his championship hopes alive with a convincing uwatenage (overarm throw) win over Takarafuji, but he’ll need to win his last three bouts against Yokozuna Harumafuji, Ozeki Terunofuji, and probably Okinoumi or Aoiyama to have a realistic chance at the title. Regardless of the outcome, his tenth win today likely means he’ll be promoted to the exalted rank of Ozeki next tournament, an honor he well deserves (and which I predicted in January, talking about Mitakeumi and Takayasu: “one of whom I predict will be the next new Ozeki, maybe even sometime this year.”)
Ozeki Terunofuji comes out on top against Aoiyama, ending things with a nice uwatenage (overarm throw) that he executes from the left side. Aoiyama tries to switch his left arm inside while pulling with a right-handed underarm belt grip, but all he does is put himself off-balance and give Terunofuji the opening for a throw of his own. The Ozeki stays two losses behind the tournament leader, tied with four other wrestlers at 9-2. Aoiyama falls to 2-9.
Takayasu has no trouble with Chiyonokuni on Day 9, absorbing everything the smaller wrestler throws at him and biding his time until he can get a good belt grip. Once the overarm grip on the right side is secure, he muscles Chiyonokuni down to the clay. Takayasu stays close behind the tournament leaders at 8-1, while Chiyonokuni is dangerously close to a makekoshi (losing record) at 2-7.
Tochinoshin keeps his right arm tucked in at the tachiai, and uses it to get an underhook on Myogiryu’s left arm. This prevents the shorter wrestler from getting too low, and goes a long way to setting up the win for the much taller Tochinoshin. After a few tries, Tochinoshin gets the left-handed overarm grip to add to the right-hand under, and now he’s got total control over Myogiryu’s hips. Myogiryu tries to fight back, but he can’t prevent Tochinoshin from dropping him with the overarm throw.
Mitakeumi is primed for this one – he pulls the trigger at the tachiai and somehow wades right through Hakuho’s big right forearm to his face. The Yokozuna is going backwards, but he’s not in trouble as long as he has that left-handed overarm belt grip. Once Hakuho sets his right foot as a pivot point for the throw, Mitakeumi is going nowhere but out. Hakuho helps Mitakeumi extract himself from the fans, his gesture seeming to say, “try again next time.”
Ozeki Terunofuji’s had a rough start to this tournament, going into Day 5 with a 2-2 record. But ex-Ozeki Kotoshogiku has had it worse, with only one win to his name. Their head-to-head matchup is fairly even at the start, a slight edge to Kotoshogiku who gets the lower position and a right arm high under Terunofuji’s left. But the Ozeki fights back to the center of the ring where he reaches with his long left arm for the overhand grip on Kotoshogiku’s belt. Once that hold is secure, he overpowers ‘Giku with a strong uwatenage (overarm throw), sending him to his fourth loss.