November 2017, Day 4, Asanoyama v Daieisho

Tough battle for Asanoyama, taking the brunt of a huge tachiai by Daieisho and surviving for a moment in the center of the ring until Daieisho swings his left arm underneath and gets control of Asanoyama’s torso. Asanoyama’s posture is too upright to fight back, and Daieisho moves quickly to topple his taller opponent, slinging him out of the ring by yoritaoshi (front crush out).

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November 2017, Day 3, Takakeisho v Hakuho

Yokozuna Hakuho will not be denied. He walks through Takakeisho, whose only chance at defense is a left-handed sukuinage (beltless arm throw) attempt halfway through that Hakuho stifles immediately. A few moments later and Hakuho throws Takakeisho down on his butt. 3-0 for the Yokozuna.

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).