Matta May Have Given Opponent An Edge
Early this morning’s sumo, Texas sumotori Wakaichiro faced Jonidan #51, Tokkoriki, from Arashio beya. Clearly Wakaichiro was eager to start, and jumped in just a moment early resutling it a matta, and a reset of both rikishi.
Once the match got underway, it was clear that Wakaichiro had significantly stepped up his sumo from Osaka (something we noted in the Inside Sports Japan Periscope footage), and has a new level of strength and aggression.
Although he lost his first match, Tachiai looks forward to following his remaining 6, with sincere hopes of a kachi-koshi.