November 2017, Day 6, Shohozan v Hakuho

Yokozuna Hakuho takes sole lead of the Kyushu Basho with a perfect 6-0 record, after the other undefeated wrestlers all lost today. He dominates Shohozan from start to finish, locking up the left-handed overarm grip soon after the tachiai and marching Shohozan to the edge where he deposits him not-so-gently over the straw bales and onto the ground. Winning technique is uwatenage (overarm throw). Shohozan falls to 2-4.


November 2017, Day 6, Aminishiki v Asanoyama

Despite a great tachiai, Aminishiki drops his first bout of the tournament and falls out of his tie for the championship. Leading with a strong right hand to the chin, Aminishiki upends Asanoyama for a moment before Asanoyama recovers with a left-arm kotenage (armlock) that he transitions into the winning overarm belt grip. Asanoyama improves to 2-4.

November 2017, Day 3, Takarafuji v Chiyoshoma

Chiyoshoma’s all like, “Get your chin outta here,” and Takarafuji’s all like, “As if! I like my chin where it is, you get your whole body outta here!” And then he proceeds to throw him out. Uwatenage (overarm throw) for the win.

November 2017, Day 1, Kotoyuki v Aminishiki

Alright, let’s kick things off in Kyushu with a blast from the past. Veteran Aminishiki returns to the top division for the first time in over a year, and the 39-year-old will be aiming for his first top-division kachi-koshi since November of 2015. He starts off on the right foot against Kotoyuki, who is also back in Makuuchi after a single tournament down in the Juryo division. Aminishiki isn’t as mobile as he used to be, but he powers through Kotoyuki’s tachiai to grab a solid left-handed overarm grip, shifting his feet around to make a solid base for the uwatenage (overarm throw). Ami-chan is happy with any result that doesn’t put too much stress on his knees.

September 2017, Harumafuji Yusho Compilation

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).

September 2017, Day 15, Chiyoshoma v Yutakayama

Newbie Yutakayama gets rag-dolled by the speedy Chiyoshoma, who leaps forward for the deep, deep belt grip on the right side. Using Yutakayama’s momentum off the initial charge against him, Chiyoshoma cranks hard with his right hand and Yutakayama leaves the ground, floating through the air like an autumn leaf before hitting the ground not at all like an autumn leaf. Uwatenage (overarm throw) win for Chiyoshoma, who is happy to get his eighth win. Yutakayama, finishing the tournament at 4-11, will almost certainly drop back down to Juryo next tournament to regroup and hopefully get some more experience.