We continue with another double header, covering the lower division action of days 6 and 7, and cleaning the slate for Nakabi, Day 8. Note that in the lower divisions, rikishi can achieve kachi-koshi or make-koshi even before day 8. Let’s see who has, and who still needs to wait.
We start our coverage with Tachiai’s favorite underachiever, Hattorizakura. “Ah,” you’re thinking, “waste of time, skip to the next bout”. But I urge you not to, because it’s not a typical Hattorizakura bout. The opponent is Yamamoto, from Asahiyama beya, whose best achievement is two wins in a basho.
Although the result is just as usual – I think if Hattorizakura actually wins a bout other than by default somebody in team Tachiai would post it as a news flash – but what a heroic effort! Keep it up!
Our next match puts Aki, from Shikoroyama beya, against Akinishiki, another Asahiyama wrestler. Unlike the previous pair, these are 2-0 and want to get a yusho. Aki on the left, Akinishiki on the right.
The gyoji takes a second or two before he points his gunbai, but the shimpan seem to agree with him. This goes to Akinishiki. The kimarite is makiotoshi. I’d love to see a replay from a different angle, though.
Up in Jonidan, Ayaminato, from Minato beya (left) meets our stick insect, Chiyotaiyo. Both are 0-2.
Please, Kokonoe oyakata, don’t let Chiyomaru and Chiyotairyu steal all the chanko. Feed the child! He is starving! Seriously, I have come to expect more from Chiyotaiyo. Maybe there is some illness at the background of this. It is flu season after all.
OK, on to happier matches. Next up, Ura, on the left, eyeing Onagaya, from Shikoroyama beya, with an expression that says “I’m really sorry about what I’m about to do to you”. Ura on the left, and I advise against blinking.
Another one bites the dust. Ura seems to have something lethal at the tip of his fingers.
But there are other rikishi with perfect records. Here are Murata (left) and surprisingly, Furanshisu, the one full Filipino in Grand Sumo, on the right, and they are both 2-0.
For Furanshisu, the magic is broken, and it’s back to business as usual. And Murata continues in his quest for recovery.
I can’t find videos, but I have to inform you that another quest for recovery seems to be in difficulties right now – that of Amakaze. He started this basho with three straight losses, and only salvaged one win. I don’t know if there is any re-injury involved.
So let’s take a look at other matches in Sandanme. The following bout is between Takatenshu, the huge Chiganoura man, who is on the left, and Sakurafuji, who serves as Takarafuji’s tsukebito at Isegahama beya, on the right.
Aww… poor Sakurafuji. He puts all that effort in, huffing and puffing and getting the Taka boulder all the way to the tawara, only to get ousted in a very frustrating sukuinage.
Short haired Roman is trying to recover from his loss, taking on Sumanoumi from Takadagawa beya. Roman is on the right.
So life is back to normal for Roman, as he improves to 2-1.
Next up, our very own Texan, Wakaichiro, on the right, faces Asonishiki from Sakaigawa beya.
Alas, Asonishiki dominates this fight, and Wakaichiro is now 1-2.
Wakaichiro’s heya mate, Kaishu, is next on my list, and he engages in sumo with Sadanohana, from Sakaigawa beya. Tiny Kaishu is on the left.
Alas, this is not a good day for the Musashigawa folks. But if you wonder about that graphic on the screen, it’s a list of all the kimarite that have been performed only one time in 2019, and by whom. And Kaishu executed two of those:
- Tasukizori and Mitokorozeme – Kaishu
- Nimaigeri – Tamakongo
- Chongake – Sagatsukasa
- Okurigake – Terutsuyoshi
We’ll see some more Kaishu on day 7 below.
We start with a battle between two 0-2 rikishi – both of them quite well liked by the fans. On the left, Masutoo, Chiganoura’s Hungarian. On the right, Kyokusoten, Nakagawa’s Mongolian and member of Kakuryu’s Academy.
Kyokusoten finally gets his shonichi. Masutoo attempts one of the two available weapons against Kyokusoten’s morozashi, a double kime hold, but he is neither Nishikigi nor Terunofuji, and Kyokusoten finishes the yori-kiri.
Koba from Kise beya is Shiraishi’s next opponent, and both are 1-1. What kind of sumo will Shiraishi choose today?
I see it’s the backwards sumo day. This time it works for him, though. Shiraishi improves to 2-1.
Keitenkai has met Roga twice, and beaten him in both. And once again, the schedulers match them, with Keitenkai on the left, and Roga on the right. Both 1-1.
This time, however, Roga prevails. Futagoyama oyakata gives him an honorable mention on Twitter for it – at least he doesn’t just put them down.
Next in the 1-1 bracket is my man from Kochi, Chiyonoumi, who is on the left, and this time he faces prince Naya.
Chiyonoumi is the more experienced wrestler of the two, and both of them are oshi performers, but Chiyonoumi attempted two dangerous pulls in this match, the second of which proved to be his undoing.
And up in the 2-0 bracket, on the left, we have Kotokuzan, the hopeful from Arashio beya, and on the right, former Ozeki Terunofuji.
Kotokuzan gives Terunofuji a lot of trouble in this match, skillfully denying him the mawashi. But the former Ozeki only needs a brief hold to send the youngster out camping.
Here is your Juryo digest for day 6:
- Kotoshoho plays the unfortunate host to Chiyonokuni, who gets to enjoy wearing an oicho-mage after quite a while, and wrestles to match the occasion.
- Hoshoryu suffers his second loss at the hands of the flying monkey, Tobizaru. These matches with experienced and still young wrestlers are going to be the most difficult for the rising star. But he still surprises me by being ahead of Kotoshoho in this tournament.
- Kiribayama is channeling Harumafuji in his bout with Kotonowaka, giving the Sadogatake man his first loss of the tournament.
- Ikioi gains soul leadership of the Juryo race, and is the only lossless rikishi at this point.
We continue to cover the adventures of Yutakanami, Tatsunami beya’s new kid. Unfortunately, to do that, we need to show you Bariki, the walking wreck from Shikoroyama beya. Both of them are 2-1, though I have no clue how Bariki managed to do that.
Yutakanami didn’t get the memo about Bariki, did he? Ow. Anyway, he is now 3-1 and going strong towards a kachi-koshi.
Next up, Senho, Hakuho’s green uchi-deshi, on the left, and Akinishiki, whom we saw above on Day 6, getting his third win. So both are 3-0, and this is a bout for a kachi-koshi.
The tachiai is a rather unpolished morotezuki, lifting tiny Akinishiki (Sumodb says his height is 167cm. Senho was 185 when he was recruited, and he’s just 16 years old). An exchange of thrusts goes on until Senho lands his grip, but I think nobody taught him about tsuri-dashi, yet, so he tries to gaburi poor Akinishiki, which is a bit rude, as his pelvis basically thrusting at his tiny opponent’s face. He then realizes his mistake, and tries a throw that ends in a heap. As comical as this bout is, though, Senho has now achieved a straight kachi-koshi, and it’s not even Nakabi, yet. Fast learner. Reminds you of somebody?
I have only one bout in Jonidan today, because I insist on covering my favorite stick insect, Chiyotaiyo, who is 0-3. Facing him, though, is the Jonidan version of Bariki, the top-heavy saintly Kyonosato, Narutaki’s elder brother. I’m sure you can tell which is which.
So the good news is that Chiyotaiyo finally got his shonichi. The bad ones are Kyonosato’s legs. Ouch, double ouch.
We open with Wakaichiro, who is matched today with Teraoumi from Shikoroyama beya. Both of them are 1-2. Teraoumi used to be a member of Kakuryu’s tsukebito team before his heya stormed out of the Tokitsukaze ichimon.
Unfortunately, I wish this loss could be attributed to Teraoumi’s past in the Kakuryu Academy. Wakaichiro loses by a “higi”, a non-technique, as his foot goes out accidentally. This is called “fumidashi”. Very unfortunate, and he needs to win out to get a kachi-koshi.
Moving to the 2-1 bracket, we have another Miyagino man, Toma, on the right, facing Daishomune from Oitekaze beya.
I suppose Toma’s early loss was just a matter of ring rust. He is now 3-1, and very close to a kachi-koshi again.
Roman has another bout today. He is on the left. Mihamaumi from Tamanoi beya is on the right. The score is 2-1 for both of them.
Sorry about the sound. The poster reports to us that Yutakanami has been watching this bout from the depths of the Hanamichi, I’m not sure if out of solidarity or because they need to share a taxi back to the heya.
Our other Musashigawa Sandanme man, the wily Kaishu, is on the dohyo again today, on the left, with Hamadayama from Shibatayama beya on the right. Both 2-1.
That, frieds, is a shitatehineri. Would you believe at age 22, with just three years in sumo, Kaishu has already executed 27 different kimarite?
Moving on to the 3-0 bracket, we have one of the two leading Naruto beya men, Marusho, on the left, and he is faced with Sadanohana, the guy who has beaten Kaishu yesterday.
Sadanohana signals that he is not here as a dohyo decoration. He means business, and the surprised Marusho finds himself splat on the clay and out of the yusho race. Sadanohana is kachi-koshi.
Ladies’ man Kitanowaka takes over on the left side, and Dainichido from Michinoku beya ascends the dohyo on the right side. Both are 3-0.
Kitanowaka proves he is not just a pretty face, and gets yet another kachi-koshi.
We have seen Masutoo get his third loss from Kyokusoten in the Day 6 coverage above. So he, as well as his opponent, Kaito from Asakayama beya, are in immediate danger of make-koshi, both being 0-3 at the moment. Masutoo is on the right.
The Hungarian finally shows some of the sumo that brought him up to this part of the Makushita banzuke. Shonichi, and the make-koshi is delayed, but not for hapless Kaito.
Now this next bout doesn’t feature any of our “regulars”, but I decided to bring it because I thought it was a beautiful example oshi-zumo. On the left, Koba from Kise beya. On the right, Tochimaru, Kasugano beya. Both 1-2.
Ever tried fighting with a windmill? That’s probably how it would feelr. The winner is Koba, by oshidashi, of course.
Here is Shiraishi again. Place your bets on the type of sumo he will do today. Shiraishi on the left, Terao (Shikoroyama beya) on the right.
Did you place your bet on “nice, constructive, sumo”? If so, here are your chips. You just can’t tell with this guy. He is now 3-1.
We are nearing the top of the Makushita banzuke, with Naya on the left, and Shonannoumi on the right. Shonannoumi’s only loss is to Terunofuji.
Naya suffers his second loss and now stands 2-2. The top of Makushita is no walk in the park!
Next, we have Midorifuji, the deputy pixie from Isegahama beya. His opponent today is Asabenkei, a man with some sekitori experience. Both are 3-0, so this is a fight for a kachi-koshi.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Midorifuji is having a great tournament so far, and it’s a straight kachi-koshi for him. I shudder to think of the possibility of a playoff between him and Terunofuji, though. But hey, the big Mongolian has not secured his kachi-koshi, yet.
Here is the Juryo digest for day 7:
- Gagamaru is defeated again, this time in an exchange bout. Unless some miracle happens, that man is heading down to Makushita, and I think his oicho-mage is going to bid farewell to his skull pretty soon, too.
- Hoshoryu is back on the winning path. Although I can’t really understand his morotezuki opener, it does get Wakamotoharu standing up, and Hoshoryu gets that grip pretty quickly and makes a wonderful throw. Wakamotoharu looks too passive.
- Coming into the basho, I was sure, based on Tatsunami practice videos and the way Hoshoryu looked in previous tournaments, that the one with the best survival chances among the shin-juryo men would be Kotoshoho, and Shohoryu has the chances of a snow-flake in hell. At the moment it looks like the opposite is true. Hoshoryu made the adjustment to daily sumo pretty smoothly, and brings with him something better than a frightening game face this basho. Kotoshoho seems to face the usual difficulties. He may get his kachi-koshi yet, of course.
- Surprisingly, Kotonowaka, who looked invincible in the first 5 days, loses again. Something in the Sadogatake chanko?
- Kiribayama has gotten over whatever pained him at the end of Day 6’s bout. He latches on to Ikioi’s bad arm, and manages to break the division leader’s defense and send him rolling. Pretty good stuff from the Michinoku man.