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.
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.
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.
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.
Aki day 10, just before noon in Tokyo, Texas sumotori Wakaichiro faced off against fellow 1-3 Sandanme rikishi Tochimitsuru. The loser would leave the dohyo with a make-koshi (losing record), and the winner would remain in the hunt for a winning record.
In a back-and forth match, Wakaichiro prevailed, improving to 2-3. We expect him to fight day 12, with a chance to improve to 3-3. We will share video of the match as soon as it shows up online.