A quick update today, a few crazy things happening in the real world. Some solid performances today, with Ishiura, Terutsuyoshi, Abi and Asanoyama fighting well.
Nishikigi defeats Yago – Nishikigi gets the better of the tachiai, and although Yago is able to stalemate him for a moment, Nishikigi has the superior position. Advancing, Nishikigi works to lift Yago over the tawara in the Southwest corner, and Yago puts up a brilliant fight. After many long seconds of each trying to out-power the other, Nishikigi prevails for the win. Yago picks up his 9th loss, and I worry that Ogoruma will have a lack of Sekitori in January.
Terutsuyoshi defeats Kagayaki – Kagayaki can’t keep up, and drops to 2 behind Hakuho. Impressive power from Terutsuyoshi today, as he drills in hard at the tachiai. Kagayaki seems to have focused on head / neck attacks, and Terutsuyoshi focused center-mass. We all know which one tends to carry the day. Odd loss on fundamentals for Kagayaki.
Shimanoumi defeats Daishoho – Shimanoumi focuses on relentless armpit attacks, keeping Daishoho high and moving away. With the loss, Daishoho is now make-koshi and earns a spot on that barge headed to Juryo.
Yutakayama defeats Daishomaru – Very soft tachiai again today from Yutakayama. He managed to get inside position anyhow, and went to work. Daishomaru managed to break contact once, but could not convert that into any change in the match’s momentum. Daishomaru picks up his 7th loss.
Chiyotairyu defeats Shohozan – Wow, nice sumo today from Chiyotairyu! An opening flurry of blows rocked Shohozan back, and Chiyotairyu dove in and got a left hand mawashi grip. From there it was like Chiyotairyu was carrying his luggage to the Shinkansen station. One bag for Tokyo, please!
Takanosho defeats Sadanoumi – This match was decided in the second clash following the tachiai. Takanosho got his hands inside and took a hold of Sadanoumi’s mawashi, and gave him no time to react.
Ishiura defeats Tsurugisho – Another day of really great sumo from Ishiura. I am glad he has taken this turn into skill and power, as he does it pretty well. From the tachiai, Tsurugisho was struggling to react, and Ishiura never let up the pressure. A nice little spin reminded me of dear Harumafuji. Good show!
Shodai defeats Kotoeko – Kotoeko put all of his hopes on a face slap at the tachiai, and gave Shodai a clear road to take him to his chest. Kotoeko realizes he is doomed, and attempts an escape move at the bales, hoping to push Shodai out in the same twisting motion. Shodai is too stable for that trash, and gives Kotoeko a hearty shove to the clay.
Onosho defeats Kotoshogiku – I am starting to see elements of Onosho’s pre injury form showing up more frequently, and I think its a very good sign. It breaks my heart to see Kotoshogiku make-koshi, and 2-8 on day 10. This may be farewell to the Kyushu Bulldozer unless he can somehow find the means to rally.
Chiyomaru defeats Enho – Enho with another odd, soft tachiai that might have been better called a matta, but it was fight on. Enho unwisely tries to get some kind of frontal hold on Chiyomaru, but the belly to waist to arm ratio was not ever going to work, and Enho finds himself getting an unpleasant neck adjustment from a fat man. Enho decides to try an escape, but trips on the tawara for the loss.
Tamawashi defeats Daieisho – Traditional Tamawashi sumo, hard, low and brutal. The tachiai goes straight to his face, and both men open up with heavy tsuppari. Daieisho breaks contact, and dives for Tamawashi’s chest, but is deflected out of the loss.
Okinoumi defeats Takarafuji – I think Okinoumi is still riding the sumo buzz from day 9, and uncorks more fantastic form for his day 10 win over Takarafuji. Okinoumi got a solid hold on his opponent, and just kept pressing forward. Straight ahead, but well-earned win.
Asanoyama defeats Meisei – Asanoyama once again displays classic Edo-period form to out-brute Meisei for win #7. Asanoyama stays one behind Hakuho.
Abi defeats Hokutofuji – Abi gets the better of the tachiai, and that is all it takes against his long arm thrust attack. Hokutofuji immediately had to switch to defend or escape mode, and Abi gave him no quarter.
Myogiryu defeats Endo – Endo seems to try a different opening gambit today, going right hand high. Sadly this is straight into Myogiryu’s attack, and leaves Endo with no leverage or grip. Myogiryu advances with power and Endo is out.
Ryuden defeats Mitakeumi – Ryuden reaches for and lands a left hand inside grip, but Mitakeumi has forward pressure. Ryuden manages to stop his advance with a foot on the tawara, and sets up the counter attack. Mitakeumi is usually less than stellar in a yotsu-zumo battle, and a concussed Mitakeumi doubly so. Its a straightforward advance and lift to hand Mitakeumi his 5th loss. At this point, even keeping the Ozeki bid alive seems a bit far-fetched, and we have to hope he can heal up for January.
Takakeisho defeats Kotoyuki – Battle of the thrust-master, Kotoyuki cannot match the Ozeki’s power, intensity or blistering frequency for even a moment.
Hakuho defeats Aoiyama – Aoiyama gets a couple of tsuppari in, but Hakuho lands a left hand outside grip, and there is little that Big Dan can do too slow down the Boss. The boss remains at 1 loss, on a clear path to the yusho.