Day 10 From Lower Divisions

Jonokuchi
No one on the Jonokuchi torikumi is leading for the yusho though there were a few hopefuls with an outside chance on one loss. I found a great video featuring the first four bouts of Day 10. This is a gem and shows why I stay the whole day when I get a chance to watch a tournament live. It moves fast, these four bouts take less than 10 minutes.

First up, Hattorizakura was set to battle Shishimaru to see who would pick up their first win. Shishimaru is a big guy and seems to toy with Hattorizakura, giving him a little hope by backing up to the edge. Quickly, and unceremoniously, Shishimaru pivots and throws the hapless Hattorizakura to the clay. Shishimaru picks up his first win and Hattorizakura picks up his fifth loss. All is right with the universe.

Next up we have Yada on the left versus Houn. This does not go the way I expected. Things start out with pushing, thrusting, favoring the larger Yada. He whiffs on a punch and Houn pounces, grabs the belt and takes control. He’s not strong enough to topple the kid 40 kilos heavier. Instead, he looks like a truck driver, steering his out-of-control rig around the dohyo and out. Houn gets his second win of the tournament, tying his best finish. Can he pick up a third? Yada is 1-4 in his debut tournament.

The third bout in this video features Tanaka on the left versus Toya. Tanaka is slight but has some serious moxie. The 68kg bulldozer drives Toya back and throws him in a heap off the dohyo. Lastly, Takamasaki on the left against Sawada. A solid tachiai but Sawada seemed unready for the fact that given the combined inertia of these two he’d end up going backwards, slipping to 2-3 while Takamasaki improves to 3-2.

Sandanme
I couldn’t find any Jonidan bouts so we move on to the sandanme bout of Ones to Watch regular Naya (right) against Shohoryu. Naya is a tall guy but still seems to be a bit too high after the initial tachiai and tsuppari. Shohoryu manages to get inside, drive Naya back a bit on the defensive. Then he uses that belt grip, and some flexibility, to get a great shitatenage under-arm throw.

Makushita
Musashikuni began the Fukuoka tournament kyujo. He missed his first bout and came back in time for his second, which he lost. However, he has been on a tear since and picked up his third win on Day 10 against journeyman wrestler, Oazuma.

Oazuma has been in sumo for 12 years. He had a major setback in 2010 and fell back to Jonokuchi where he won the yusho. Since 2013, however, he’s been a makushita regular. In their bout, Musashikuni got a great drive off the line, pushing Oazuma straight back before he locked in with a solid belt grip with both hands and did his best Tochinoshin impression for a great yorikiri win. Musashikuni has a chance to pick up his kachi-koshi tomorrow against Obamaumi.

Juryo

This Juryo digest video starts of with a great tachiai between Daiseido, visiting from Makushita with his kachi-koshi already, and Tomokaze who will want two more wins to stay in the professional ranks. Daiseido’s forceful charge sends Tomokaze back to the straw bales but the big guy is agile and manages to escape to the other side of the dohyo. After a few attempts at shoving Daiseido out prove futile, Tomokaze perceives his opponent over-committing, and slips to the side. Daiseido’s own momentum launches him, uncontrolled, across the dohyo and Tomokaze’s hatakikomi attempt turns into a twisting sukuinage as his right arm pulls up while the left drives down.

Is it just me, or did Mitoryu attempt a henka? Azamaryu recovers but falls to a hatakikomi. Gokushindo has learned to keep Enho away from his belt at all costs. This bout is a lot of leaning with short bursts of activity which probably wore on Gokushindo’s focus. After a long wait, Enho pounces. While spinning and trying to keep those hands away from his belt, Gokushindo loses his balance and his hand touches the clay. A tiny mistake but that’s all it takes.

Ura Wins Day 1

Ura Kyushu Day 1

Tachiai and fan favorite Ura overpowered opponent Sakaekaze in their first match of the Kyushu basho. It was over in the blink of an eye with Ura taking a “no-nonsense” approach, forcefully thrusting his opponent out of the ring. With this win Ura starts the basho 1-0, and is looking genki. He also seems to have added quite a bit of mass to his shoulders and chest. Whatever he has done, it seems to be working thus far.

Fan Favorite Ura Fights Day 1

Ura - Ikioi
We Stacked The Cars, Boss. You Wants Us To Wash’em Too?

Perpetual fan favorite Ura continues his campaign to return to the top ranks of sumo on the opening day of the Kyushu basho. After an excellent 6-1 record during Aki, Ura is ranked at Sandanme 33, and has a real chance of promotion to Makushita in January if he can continue his strong performance in November.

After taking months off for knee surgery, and enduring a slow and painful rehabilitation, Ura dispatched his opponents in September with speed and his trademark agility. For day 1 he faces Oguruma heya’s Sakaekaze, who hit a bit of a wall in the upper ranks of Sandanme, and has struggle for kachi-koshi above his current rank of Sandame 33 west. We expect the 150kg Sakaekaze will rightfully be able to ask the question, “What just happened to me?” following his match.

Tachiai will bring you details of the match, and results as soon as the are available.

Wakaichiro Competes Day 12

Wakaichiro

Sandanme wrestler Wakaichiro will return to the Aki dohyo for his 6th match early in the day on Thursday. He faces another rikishi with a 2-3 record, Dewanoumi heya’s Dewanojo. Dewanojo has 40 total basho in his career, and has been ranked as high as Sandanme 5. He weighs an impressive 192.3 kg, thats 423 pounds to Americans. After going kyujo in Osaka, he is battling his way back up the banzuke.

This will not be an easy match for Wakaichiro, but a win here will set up his chance to finish the tournament with a kachi-koshi.

Ura Wins Day 11 Match

Ura Aki Day 2

Fan favorite Ura won against Sandanme 80 wrestler Kawamoto before noon on Wednesday at the Kokugikan. The match too a bit more effort than some of his previous bouts, but the conclusion was just as decisive. Sadly Ura dropped his second match, or there might be a serious chance that he would compete for the yusho.

With the win Ura improves to 5-1, and will get a healthy boost up the banzuke for the Kyushu basho in November. Video of the match below.