Hatsu Day 10 Highlights

Kotoyuki Injured

It was a rough day in sumo, full of heartbreaking injuries. We saw Ura, Chiyonokuni and Kotoyuki all go down hard, and wheeled away with injured knees. For fans of sumo it can be tough to watch, but sumo is a combat sport, and people do, sadly, get hurt.

Highlight Matches

Kotoeko defeats Takagenji – Takagenji is up from Juryo for day 10, and picks up his 7th loss. This was a high intensity, high entertainment thrusting battle. Both men fought well, but Takagenji picked up his 7th loss.

Kagayaki defeats Daishomaru – Kagayaki reverts to his simple, basic sumo and wastes no time moving still winless Daishomaru (0-10) out of the ring.

Chiyoshoma defeats Meisei – Chiyoshoma attempted multiple times to pull and slap down Meisei, and one of them finally took. Not amazing sumo but Chiyoshoma needed the win.

Sadanoumi defeats Daiamami – Sadanoumi took to the mawashi immediately at the tachiai, and marched Daiamami out for his make-koshi.

Ikioi defeats Chiyonokuni – A straightforward match, with Chiyonokuni flailing away as normal, and Ikioi using his strength to drive forward. But Chiyonokuni collapses at the end, and is immobilized by pain, as his left knee sustains damage. Chiyonokuni needs help off of the dohyo, and is placed in a wheelchair, and taken for examination.

Takarafuji defeats Kotoyuki – As expected, Kotoyuki attempts to keep the battle focused on oshi while Takarafuji wants to go chest to chest. The match was a fantastic battle of styles, and it ended with Kotoyuki being turned around and boosted into the crowd with a firm shove from Takarafuji. This is usually not too big of an issue, as Kotoyuki loves to crowd surf. He lands face down next to Abi, and does not move. He is likewise hauled away in the wheelchair for medical examination.

Yutakayama defeats Abi – Pure thrusting battle, but when Abi goes down on one knee as he loses, fans gasp that perhaps a 3rd rikishi has injured themselves. Luckily, Abi seems to be ok, and Yutakayama picks up a much needed win.

Endo defeats Ryuden – Lengthy mawashi battle that saw Endo’s belt get loose with Ryuden’s hand on Endo’s mawashi knot, causing little old ladies across Japan to offer millions of hopeful prayers up at the same moment. Both men showed solid technique and fought with all they had. Excellent sumo.

Daieisho defeats Yago – Another wild thrusting battle that raged across every part of the dohyo, it seemed that Yago simply got tired at the end and Daieisho and grabbed a hold and walked him out. Yago may need to work on that stamina?

Asanoyama defeats Onosho – Onosho drops his 4th straight, and as I have been working to remind fans, Onosho is really aiming for a kachi-koshi at this rank. I am sure that given the surgical recuperation, he’s going flat out, and he dominated Asanoyama for most of the match, but Asanoyama caught him off balance and deftly applied a hatakikomi.

Aoiyama defeats Kaisei – It was over quickly, with Aoiyama’s getting inside, applying a nodowa and never letting up. Aoiyama really needed that win.

Shodai defeats Yoshikaze – Yoshikaze really seems to be in poor condition right now, and I feel sorry for him underperforming to this extent. He picks up a make-koshi today.

Chiyotairyu defeats Shohozan – Shohozan got one face slap in, and then Chiyotairyu went to work, overwhelming his opponent and tossing him out the North side of the dohyo.

Ichinojo defeats Tochiozan – Ichinojo decided to bring his energy to the dohyo today, and made quick work of Tochiozan by grabbing Tochiozan’s mawashi, containing him and just marching forward.

Hokutofuji defeats Myogiryu – Hokutofuji was able to get in inside position with the “handshake tachiai”, and kept low throughout the match. Myogiryu attempted to rally at the tawara, but could not produce.

Tamawashi defeats Nishikigi – Tamawashi has not looked this dialed in for many months. He took command at the tachiai, and kept moving Nishikigi back with little trouble. Tamawashi scores his kachi-koshi.

Goeido defeats Kotoshogiku – Goeido skillfully protects his injured right arm, and prevents Kotoshogiku from engaging his primary gaburi yori attack. I am impressed with Goeido’s ability to fight and win while this hurt.

Takayasu defeats Takakeisho – The tadpole took the Ozeki out for a rough ride, blasting him backward at the tachiai, and keeping the pressure up with wave after wave of double arm thrusts. But Takayasu timed his move with skill, and stepped to the side just as the next wave was landing, sending Takakeisho to the clay for a loss. Takakeisho’s campaign to 11 got a bit tougher, as he needs to win 4 of the next 5.

Hakuho defeats Okinoumi – Really no contest here, but it’s great to see Hakuho execute his sumo.

21 thoughts on “Hatsu Day 10 Highlights

  1. Two years ago on this date the 2017 Hatsu basho had concluded. Here’s a look at the notable results:

    “Ozeki Kisenosato wins the January basho; arithmetically assured of victory on day 14, he nevertheless capped his yusho by defeating yokozuna Hakuho! His performance in the past year has been so strong (including victories over all three yokozuna in the November 2016 basho) that the Yokozuna Deliberation Council is expected to decide to promote him in an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday.

    10W Sokokurai is the runner-up with a 12-3 record and is awarded a Technique Prize. He won victories over notable opponents 1E Mitakeumi, komusubi Takayasu, and 10E Takanoiwa, each of whom was also awarded a special prize.

    1W Mitakeumi achieves an 11-4 record and is awarded a Technique Prize; he won victories over notable opponents yokozuna Harumafuji and Kakuryu, ozeki Goeido, Terunofuji, and Kotoshogiku, and komusubi Takayasu.

    Komusubi Takayasu achieves an 11-4 record and is awarded a Fighting Spirit Prize. He won victories over notable opponents okezi Terunofuji, Goeido, and Kotoshogiku, yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho, and 10E Takanoiwa.

    10E Takanoiwa achieves an 11-4 record; this record and a victory over yokozuna Hakuho earns him an Outstanding Performance Prize.

    Yokozuna Hakuho, almost certainly the greatest sumotori of all time, achieves an 11-4 record; after more than nine years as a yokozuna is his level of performance deteriorating to merely stellar?

    5E Takekaze, the oldest and shortest rikishi in the top division, notable for being of unimpressive power and for admitting to not really knowing how to fight on the mawashi, has nevertheless been a top division journeyman for the past fourteen years, and this basho achieves an impressive 10-5 record.

    Yokozuna Harumafuji (4-3-8) and Kakuryu (5-5-5) withdrew due to injury. Ozeki Terunofuji (4-11) will be kadoban next basho and ozeki Kotoshogiku (5-10) will be demoted to sekiwake – if he chooses not to retire.”

    What a change two years make.

    • Time really fly! In my mind Musashimaru still a “decent” Ozeki who struggles to become Yokozuna. Fun fact, baring two tournaments when he withdraw with injury he never ever had make-koshi.

      • He was stalwart but I must nitpick the details. He went 2-5 as makushita w11 at Aki 1990 (his seventh tournament) and went kyujo mid-tournament four times (all as yokozuna).

  2. Wishing all rikishi a speedy and complete recovery. I am particularly worried about Chiyonokuni. And he was doing so well this basho.

    Yago gave up suddenly in the middle of the dohyo. Look at his face at the moment he gives up. I hope he isn’t hurt as well.

    I would have liked to have seen a mono-ii for Yoshikaze’s bout. I can’t tell whether his right heel went down at the edge. Bad camera angle caught someone’s head blocking view of tawara when Shodai and Yoshikaze went out.

    Just when you think Ichinojo has lost his mojo … he does good sumo. Go, Ichi, go!

    Nothing to say about the G.O.A.T. except wonder whether he has another zensho yusho in the bag. Stay well, Hakuho!

    • I was thinking there would be a monoii on the Yoshikaze match as well. Either way, he’s doing poorly. I am sure the Takekaze retirement weighs on his mind as well

    • Even listless chronic-back-injury Ichinojo wrestles at a solid mid-single-digit maegashira level. Sadly, just because he got a good position in one match does not mean his mojo is actually back.

    • If you have something blocking the view on the NHK camera, take a look at the Abema footage.

      In this case, no monoii because Shodai’s foot is clearly inside the dohyo and touching ground when Yoshikaze’s foot gets into the janome.

      • thank you for the Abema link. I need to remember to go look for these.

        The slow mo replay shows Yoshi’s right heel touch down on the way out, while Shodai is still in the air.

        • Shodai is not in the air. He has a foot (his toes) on the ground. If he was in the air it might have been a monoii.

  3. Good to see Kotoeko doing well. Liked his spirit when he was up in Makuuchi last time. Hope he gets his Kachi-Kochi. Also hopes Kagayak can stave off demotion and get his Sumo together. Looking forward to seeing Tamawashi taking on Hakuho as well, at least he stands a chance, even though i think it unlikely that he triumphs.

  4. I don’t want to imagine the kawaigari session Yago just booked himself with that display today.

    Maybe his stamina is lacking simply because his pro career is still very young, or maybe he’s brought his attitude towards keiko is a bit too lax (he wouldn’t be the first former-university rikishi with that problem).

    • whatever the issue is i hope that oyakata can resolve it fast. i was sitting at the tv screen shouting Mae! Mae! Mae! and he didn’t listen to me! Tssk! LOL

  5. Just watched the Enho-Shimanoumi match down in Juryo and noticed the gyoji paused the bout towards the end and moved Enho’s hand from the vertical portion of the mawashi up to the knot. After which Enho disposed of his opponent. Never seen that before. Is it not legal to grab that part of the mawashi or was the gyoji just afraid the crowd was about to see something they could not un-see?

    • I’m guessing the latter. There’s two kinds of people: those who would’ve been horrified and those of us who would STILL be laughing over 12 hours later =-p

    • Yes I spotted that as well, I think it was primarily to protect his modesty. Juryo also came close to giving us more than anyone would want to see of Akiseyama thanks to Sokokurai’s mawashi grip.

      Great win by Enho against the form guy, btw.

      • yes i was watching in horrified silence thinking am going to get more than i bargained for thanks to Sokokurai!

      • Great bout from Enho, but I think Shimanoumi got a little bit too excited, when he got out of this akward position after tachiai … to find himself in an even worse position. Nevertheless he defended very well, which made it a great bout to watch.

  6. Goodness. Mitakeumi is coming back on Day 11 to face The Boss? Even at 100%, beating Hakuho is a big ask. It’s understandable why he is coming back of cos but I just hope Mitakeumi coming back does not make his injury worse.

    We seen many rikishi going kyujo early in the tournament, coming back later on and not making any difference to their overall record. And worse, risk more injuries in the process.

    So why risk it? I think it’s probably impossible for those of us watching the sports to understand the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice that these men put themselves through to reach their current position. And if there’s a sliver of a chance that by coming back, he can get his kachikoshi, then I guess Mitakeumi is going to grab it.

    Chiyonokuni has his kachikoshi so he can go kyujo without any worry about his rank. Has Kotoyuki done enough to remain in Maegashira if he goes kyujo? I guess that depends on the performance of his fellow rikishis.

  7. I was wondering how long it would take Takakeisho’s opponents to pick up on the fact that he telegraphs his pushes with small preemptive hand pulldown motions. I’m not sure why he does that regularly and I’m surprised that it took this long for someone to take advantage. I hope the coaches in his new stable can sort something out for him…

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