Sterling Brown here for the Day 9 report. This will be my first report for the website, and hope for many more in the future, but for today I hope this suits your standards. Today I will be writing about 6 bouts: Kakuryu vs. Kitataiki, Kisenosato vs. Homasho, Kotooshu vs. Takekaze, Aran vs. Kaio, Tochinoshin vs. Baruto, and the main event, Hakuho vs. Yoshikaze.
Let me start off by saying some of these bouts were quite the sight to see, and with the recent 4-way tie for Yuushou, the only thing on my mind is, “What the hell is going on with Hakuho?”, but that will be talk about later on when I get to the man of the hour.
First off, Kisenosato vs. Homasho: This was over just as fast as it started with a quick win for the native born Homasho by uwatenage.
Kakuryu vs. Kitataiki: A great tachiai for Kitataiki and a bit of a struggle was made for Kakuryu but eventually Kakuryu was declared victor with a oshidashi making it his 5th win in the basho.
My favorite bout had to be the Kotooshu and our very own Takekaze: Takekaze had it from the start of the tachiai and was giving it to Kotooshu with everything he got but his best wasn’t enough and Kotooshu forced him out with uwatenage. Tomorrow Takekaze will be fighting Hakuho, I wish him all the best.
Aran vs. Kaio: Was it just me or did Kaio look a little on the sick side today? Whatever it was, it did not stop the kids in the crowd to cheer him on. Kaio’s match was one of the more excited matches I saw today and the power on both rikishi and after all was said and done, Kaio gave one final thrust and got his Kachikai win with a Yorikiri. If this keeps up for Aran, we might see the poor guy shipped back to Russia.
Tochinoshin vs. Baruto: Another great battle, this time the great feats of strength and endurance were tested by Tochinoshin and Baruto, with the Baruto reaching with all that he can, he was finally able to grab Tochishin’s mawashi and from there an easy win with a Yorikiri, also giving him his Kachikai for the basho.
The final bout: Hakuho vs. Yoshikaze: (did anyone else notice the English reporter was constantly calling him Takekaze during the replay?) After his suprising loss to Kisenosato, this bout felt like it could have belonged to anyone. With the great tachiai from both wrestlers, Yoshikaze found and opening and went for it and nearly made Hakuho 7-2 but Hakuho was able to recover just in time and when Yoshikaze went for him again he slipped, making it one a very lucky win for the Yokozuna today.
I am excited to see what will happen with Hakuho for the remainder of the basho I definetly see him not obtaining Yuushou this basho, but if he does, you best believe that it will be the utmost luck.