Great action so far in this tournament. Today offered up some more great action and some weird and wild scenes. So, let’s get straight to it.
Tohakuryu (2-3) defeated Roga (1-4). Roga quickly gets his hand underneath for a grip on Tohakuryu’s maemitsu but Tohakuryu pulls while forcing Roga all the way to the floor. He was half-way there already, crouched over like that. That’s a close one but Roga fell first while Tohakuryu was still on the bales. Hatakikomi.
Ichiyamamoto (5-0) defeated Kitanowaka (3-2). Ichiyamamoto, head down and locked on his target, full steam ahead! Ichiyamamoto drove Kitanowaka over the edge quickly. Impressive. Oshidashi.
Nishikifuji (2-3) defeated Tsurugisho (1-4). Nishikifuji henka’d a dude who can barely move. Not very effective. Tsurugisho turned, slowly, to face Nishikifuji head-on. But when Nishikifuji responded, Tsurugisho braced with the wrong knee and immediately crumpled to the floor. Find a couch and stay there, please. Oshitaoshi.
Churanoumi (4-1) defeated Takarafuji (1-4). Churanoumi met Takarafuji head on at the tachiai but quickly wrapped up his arm and stepped to the side. It looked like he was trying to go for a kotenage but ended up getting in completely behind Takarafuji, instead. From here, it was just an easy force out from behind. Okuridashi.
Tomokaze (3-2) defeated Tom O’washi (4-1). Tomokaze forgot that he had to get both hands down. Too much 80s music will do that to a man. Matta. Tamawashi hit Tomokaze hard at the tachiai with bruising nodowa but Tomokaze stood his ground. When Tamawashi reared forward for another attack, Tomokaze shifted and helped Tamawashi tumble off the dohyo. Hikiotoshi.
Hiradoumi (2-3) defeated Ryuden (3-2). Straight-forward yotsu-zumo. Ryuden offered a bit of resistance at the edge so Hiradoumi used forceful gabburi-yotsu to thrust him over the bales. Little offensive maneuvering from Ryuden today. Maybe he just got caught on a bad day or is still gassed from yesterday’s bout with Atamifuji? Yorikiri.
Mitakeumi (2-3) defeated Sadanoumi (2-3). We saw some offensive drive from Mitakeumi but he wasn’t able to finish the deal and Sadanoumi pressed back. Mitakeumi pulled as Sadanoumi pressed forward and both tumbled from the dohyo. Gunbai to Mitakeumi. Mono-ii. Too close to call, boys, do it again! In the rematch, Mitakeumi pressed forward into Sadanoumi but Sadanoumi pivoted. Mitakeumi went with the rotation and rolled Sadanoumi completely over. Interesting. Tsukiotoshi.
Oho (2-3) defeated Myogiryu (2-3). Solid tachiai, Oho was able to get his hand up on Myogiryu’s head and drive him down to the floor. Rather than a dramatic pull where the wrestler goes engines full reverse (like we saw from Mitakeumi, previously) this was a simple shift to the left. Effective. Frankly, that’s how it (the pull) should be done. Subtle. Hatakikomi.
Atamifuji (5-0) defeated Kotoeko (2-3). Kotoeko locked horns but none of his throw or trip attempts worked. Patiently, Atamifuji used his great footwork and guided Kotoeko slowly to the edge, and then over. Yorikiri.
Shonannoumi (4-1) defeated Endo (0-5). Shonannoumi nearly got Endo with a slapdown attempt but Endo saved himself by grabbing a handful of Shonannoumi’s sagari. Thus enraged, like pulling a bull’s tail, Shonannoumi pursued Endo and blasted him from the playing surface. Yorikiri.
Midorifuji (4-1) defeated Kinbozan (2-3). Henka! A pretty one at that. Full “Olé” on that. Hikiotoshi.
Onosho (2-3) defeated Hokuseiho (2-3). Bowling ball meets bowling pin and slams him out the back. Oshidashi.
Nishikigi (3-2) defeated Takanosho (2-3). Takanosho launched into Nishikigi with a fierce nodowa. But Nishikigi countered by shifting left and wrapping up Takanosho’s arm and driving him down. Kotenage.
Tobizaru (2-3) defeated Shodai (1-4). The first bout, Shodai had Tobizaru in his sights and probably could have done a better job finishing him off. But he tumbled out, too. Gunbai to Shodai. Mono-ii. The Shimpan say, “we need more action,” so a redo is called. In the redo, Shodai works up a full head of steam and Tobizaru shifted left, letting Shodai fly by. Tobizaru then gave Shodai a gentle nudge to finish him off. Oshidashi.
Hokutofuji (2-3) defeated Abi (1-4). Hokutofuji bulled through Abi’s thrusts. Oshidashi.
Kotonowaka (5-0) defeated Daieisho (4-1). Daieisho pitched forward a bit too far as he pressed full on into Kotonowaka. So Kotonowaka pulled him down. Katasukashi.
Wakamotoharu (3-2) defeated Ura (0-5). A wild cat-and-mouse chase where the mouse almost pulls off something spectacular but falls to the floor and gets eaten. I meant, “beaten.” Yoritaoshi.
Takakeisho (4-1) defeated Takayasu (2-3). Henkakeisho henka’d Papa Bear. Takayasu tried to recover but Henkakeisho pressed forward, driving Takayasu into the salt basket. Big mess. Oshidashi.
Hoshoryu (5-0) defeated Gonoyama (1-4). Gonoyama seemed ready to go but hoshoryu just wanted to gaze into his big brown eyes. Gonoyama was like, “what the hell? let’s go.” So they reset. Gonoyama heit Hoshoryu hard and drove him back with a nodowa. He couldn’t finish him, so he pulled backward…all engines, full reverse…And Hoshoryu followed and threw him out. Oshidashi.
Kirishima (4-1) defeated Meisei (1-4). Meisei pressed forward into Kirishima and twice Kirishima shifted. The second shift worked and Meisei fell to the floor. Hatakikomi.