American sumotori closed out his Natsu matches overnight in Tokyo, scoring his 4th win by deploying a henka against veteran rikishi Gagyusan. As most readers know, I am no fan of the henka, but as many will point out, there are times to use it.
The deployment of a henka strategy, and done I might add correctly, is yet another tic mark that shows Wakaichiro’s maturation as a rikishi. The improvement of both his offense and defensive sumo since Osaka has been distinctly noticeable and impressive. It will come as no surprise to readers that the Tachiai crew will continue to closely follow the progress of this impressive young American.