September 2017, Day 13, Chiyoshoma v Okinoumi

Chiyoshoma slams his right hand home low on the front of Okinoumi’s belt (nice aim, by the way, a little lower and it would have been a disaster) and uses it to attach himself low against Okinoumi’s chest. From there it’s academic as Chiyoshoma ushers Okinoumi out in a hurry, and the two go crashing to the clay. Both men finish the day at 6-7, needing to win out to avoid demotion.


September 2017, Day 10, Yutakayama v Arawashi

Arawashi’s making a habit out of dramatic ring exits. Kudos to him for pushing through to the very end, making sure the opponent leaves first. I don’t envy the photographers seated ringside who end up having to catch the falling giants, but Ishiura’s there to make sure things don’t get too out of hand. Arawashi moves to 7-3, Yutakayama falls to 4-6.

September 2017, Day 2, Onosho v Yoshikaze

Onosho is wrestling at his highest-ever rank of M3, a tough spot for young wrestlers as they have their first bouts against the best of the best, including Ozeki and Yokozuna. It’s a meatgrinder that often sees newcomers hit a wall. But Onosho is not intimidated at all, and he takes care of Sekiwake Yoshikaze with a series of solid stiff-arms to the face and neck. It’s still way too early to tell, but Onosho’s confidence could go a long way in seeing him succeed against top-ranked opponents.

July 2017, Hakuho Yusho compilation

Yokozuna Hakuho wins the July 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, earning his thirty-ninth top-division championship with a record of 14-1. Along the way he surpassed former Ozeki Kaio to set the all-time wins record with a mark of 1050. Over the course of the tournament he used eight different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), tsukiotoshi (2), okuridashi (2), hatakikomi (2), sukuinage (1), oshitaoshi (1), yoritaoshi (1), kotenage (1).