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!
Tochiozan has really underperformed this tournament. From the M4 rank, I expected him to easily earn a winning record. But he earns his ninth loss against a motivated Yoshikaze, who does well to fight through Tochiozan’s defenses and wrap up his waist at the edge. Yoshikaze earns his kachikoshi, finishing the day at 8-6.
Yoshikaze takes Chiyoshoma for a tour of the audience, introducing him to the fans in the cheap seats after a watashikomi (thigh grabbing push down) sends them both sprawling. Just kidding, those seats are really expensive.
Excellent back-and-forth battle on Day 12 between Chiyonokuni and Yoshikaze. Both men come out strong, pushing hard with a mix of tsuppari, belt grips, sidesteps, and grunting. Great stuff. Yoshikaze finishes the day at 6-6, while Chiyonokuni loses again to fall to 2-10.
It’s been a disappointing tournament for both Endo and Yoshikaze, both struggling to put together wins against the top of the division. But their head-to-head bout is a good one, as the two appear evenly matched in size and skill. Endo, feeling the pressure of his seven losses, shows uncharacteristic (sorry, but it’s true) drive to survive several scares at the edge of the ring. While defending against the always-busy Yoshikaze, Endo maneuvers to find a belt grip he can use to control Yoshikaze’s hips. Finally getting both an underarm left and an overarm right, Endo marches Yoshikaze out of the ring. If Endo showed this much resilience and passion in every bout, he wouldn’t be sitting at 4-7. Yoshikaze falls to 5-6.
Ozeki Terunofuji is doing his part to stay in the championship race, handily dispatching Yoshikaze with a good tachiai and a crushing belt grip that he uses to force out his smaller opponent. Terunofuji stays two losses behind the leaders at 8-2, Yoshikaze falls to 5-5.
Set ’em up to knock ’em down. Yoshikaze catches Mitakeumi off-guard, suddenly pulling down hard after some strong pushing. Mitakeumi falls to 3-6, and Yoshikaze improves to 5-4.