It’s the weekend. There is less footage, but more kachi-koshi. Let’s go!
We start with Torakio, who has been once again scheduled two days in a row. Today he was matched with Kasugakuni, with a similar record of 2-1.
Unfortunately, unlike yesterday’s bout, which was excellent, and caused him much frustration, today Torakio was weak and lost because of his own mistake. He is now 2-2. We will probably see him in Sandanme for a while yet.
We saw Inoue yesterday vs. Kototebakari, who has left him in the dust. Today he was scheduled vs. Debu. I mean, Naya. Both were 2-1. (Note that in the lower divisions scheduling normally goes according to current standing. That is, Rikishi are scheduled against opponents with the same score).
Classic oshi match. Inoue sidesteps and nearly cause Naya to stumble out, but Naya manages to keep his balance, turns and continues his attack for the win. Naya now 3-1, and Inoue 2-2.
The aforementioned Kototebakari has also been scheduled today – this time against Kirinofuji. Both 3-0 before this bout:
Kototebakari starts by going backwards, but soon takes over the match and marches Kirinofuji around the dohyo until he agrees to go out. Kototebakari is kachi-koshi and in the Sandanme yusho picture.
From the lower part of this division, we have Kyokusoten vs. Takakento.
Kyokusoten has been around for seven years, but he doesn’t manage to put on weight – or to make it past mid-makushita. He started this tournament well, and I must have jinxed him when I mentioned that yesterday, because here he is being swept off the dohyo like so much salt.
At the top end of Makushita, in the purgatory, we have this bout (which I debated with myself whether to include, as I try to avoid the evil twin) between Taka-Beat-Your-Servant and Sokokurai.
TJT has good sumo, but thankfully good old Sokokurai has much more experience, countered the youngster’s attempts at a makikae, and had him down relatively quickly with a shitatenage. TJT’s race to the acquisition of a new victim, er, tsukebito, is somewhat slowed by this loss. Sokokurai, on the other hand, is kachi-koshi, though at Ms5 he still needs to pick a couple more wins to ensure his return to full sekitori status. At least this time he doesn’t need to raise chickens while he waits.
So what happened today in the most interesting division in Grand Sumo?
- As Daishoho at the top paid a visit to Makuuchi, a balancer is needed at the bottom, and Makushita’s Irodori (Shikoroyama beya) wears his first oicho-mage and goes out to meet Toyonoshima. Toyonoshima doesn’t waste time driving him out. Irodori is now half-and-half.
- Mitoryu momentarily gets a sashi. Shimanoumi denies him. Mitoryu punishes with a nodowa and follows up with a dominating series of pushes. Oshidashi.
- The other Nishikido man, Gokushindo, meets Tobizaru. This time he is not trying his delay tactic which hasn’t been working in the previous two days but goes on an aggressive tsuki-oshi attack. However, Tobizaru is rather strong and wants the Juryo yusho. Gokushindo finds himself flat on his face and a step closer back to the purgatory.
- Chiyonoumi is also on a mission to avoid the purgatory. At 2-4, his situation is very delicate. He is very aggressive off the tachiai, and tsuki’s Jokoryu to ablivion. I think I see a dame-oshi there, too, as he gets a little bit carried away and even pulls his own sagari with what looks like anger. I don’t know what he was so pissed off about, but hey, glad he won. 3-4 now. Keep going, Kochi man.
- Another man in serious need for white stars is Chiyonoo, who doesn’t seem able to produce much this tournament. Tomokaze makes short work of him. Tomokaze 4-3 and needs to keep it up to avoid a demotion
- Kyokushuho starts his bout vs. Enho with what should probably have been called a matta. Enho operates an emergency plan and goes for the Mongolian’s leg. Whoever is throwing the dice for him is doing a good job because this turns out to be super effective, and Enho wins by a rare yori-kiri, surprising even himself. And was that a little shove of frustration sending Enho back a couple of steps?
- Coming into this match, Hakuyozan is in the leader group. As he attempts a sashi on the left, Azumaryu is already several steps ahead and sends Hakuyozan to the chaser group.
- A kind of oshi dance develops between Takekaze and Kyokutaisei. And dancing gives the advantage to the old wily one.
- The time it takes Akiseyama to assume a crouching position is longer than the time it takes him to get Tsurugisho off the dohyo. Tsurugisho is not happy.
- Wakatakakage once again shows that size doesn’t matter to him. He gets a quick grip on the bigger Tokushoryu and easily marches him out. Tho Arashio man is here to stay.
- This time Terutsuyoshi goes for the Harumafuji dive-in. Doesn’t quite get it the way the Yokozuna would have, but he does manage to get Kotoyuki turned around and pushes him outside. Remarkably, Kotoyuki lands on his own feet. Terutsuyoshi still going strong. He said on the Isegahama web site that if he gets double digits he is highly likely to be promoted to Makuuchi, which probably means he totally jinxed himself.
The Aminishiki vs. Ishiura bout requires further explanation. There are those among you wondering how the Prince Of Wile and Duke Of Hatakikomi fell fol that stupid, flagrant henka from a man who is known for, well, doing henka. Here is the full bout, starting from the final salt throw.
- Tachiai #1. Ishiura’s matta. Apologizes to whoever needs an apology, the two redo their shikiri.
- Tachiai #2. I don’t really understand why this is a matta, and the gyoji doesn’t, either. The shimpan waves his hand – so a matta it is. Do it again. Aminishiki clearly unhappy.
- Tachiai #3. This time Aminishiki jumps the gun. At this point his concentration is totally broken.
- Tachiai #4. Hennnnnnka.
Aminishiki said on the Isegahama web site that he lost his concentration and that adapting to his opponent’s actions is the first rule in the book and he has neglected it. So that’s why.
Moving on with the rest of our Juryo footage:
- Kotoeko starts with a bit of tsuppari, and although Hidenoumi seems to lock or at least limit his arms, Kotoeko still pushes forward. Hidenoumi is 1-6, and in the next banzuke will probably be able to say hi to his brother (Tobizaru) as they pass each other – Tobizaru soaring, while Hidenoumi nose diving.
- The Yago-Takagenji match was actually quite enjoyable! Rains of tsuppari, sidestep not effective, continued tsuppari. Yet another attempt at a sidestep. Eventually it turns into a yotsu battle, but Takagenji has a morozashi, and although Yago seems to be able to release himself on the left side, it’s too late, and the less-evil twin gets a win and a pat of appreciation.
Wrestlers who have secured their kachi-koshi (4-0):
- Jonokuchi: Daishoko, Kojikara
- Jonidan: Akitoba, Mitsuuchi, Sumanoumi, Kotokume, Kainowaka, Kotourasaki, Fujinoteru (Yes, there is a Fujinoteru).
- Sandanme: Kototebakari, Hokutoshu, Kurahashi, Hokutohomare, Kotoozutsu, Kawamoto, Takatenshu, Nakashima, Fukunofuji.
- Makushita: Sokokurai, Gochozan, Fujiazuma, Takakento, Takaryu.
Tomorrow we have Enho vs Tobizaru!