Yokozuna Campaign Fails, Takayasu Wins Over Harumafuji
During the overnight hours in the US, big events were taking place at the Kokugikan in Tokyo. Some of what I had mused about in last night’s preview thread actually came to pass, but not quite the way it was expected. As a result the landscape of who may or may not win the cup this time had changed dramatically, and Goeido is all but unstoppable.
Goeido defeats Kisenosato , Remains Unbeaten – This match started dangerous for Kisenosato, as a pushing match straight from the tachiai. Goeido repeatedly gave ground, and Kisenosato chased. At least until Goeido had him off balance, grabbed a hold and ran him out of the ring. The dream of a Kisenosato yusho for September is now gone. This was the one chance to stop Goeido and put Kisenosato back in contention. Kisenosato let Goeido decide the form of the match and played into his strength. Kisenosato’s stable mate, however, held up his end of the bargain…
Takayasu defeats Harumafuji – I am overwhelmingly impressed with Takayasu this tournament. This bout was all Harumafuji, he opened hard and pressed the attack using many of his most effective moves. Harumafuji pushed Takayasu to the straw bales, and it looked like he was about to go out. But Takayasu found enough of a hold on Harumafuji to force him off balance and throw him out before Takayasu himself fell. Amazing performance from a rikishi who may be the next Ozeki.
Tamawashi defeats Endo – The last Sekitori in the hunt was Endo, and he went into the clay thanks to Tamawashi pulling him down.
Goeido is our likely tournament winner at this point. He would need 2 losses to make him compete for the win on the final day.
- Leader (11-0): Goeido
- Hunt Group (9-2): Harumafuji, Takayasu, Endo
- 4 Matches Remain