Sumo is punishing me for not paying closer attention to the lower ranks, and the name of that punishment is Kimurayama. It is with resignation that I announce Kimurayama’s makekoshi at the Kyushu Basho, 2011. Of all the days in all the bashos that he could have chosen to lose, he had to choose my day of reporting. My only consolation is that in addition to my day of reporting, it seems Kimurayama has chosen to lose on most other days as well. Read on to see what happened on Day 11.
Kaisei v. Asasekiryu The two came together at the tachiai and the gyoji fell silent. From there, it was little spurts of sumo all over the ring with Asasekiryu trying desperately to keep Kaisei up. Asa kept his head down while Kaisei squirmed, and the bout ended with Asasekiryu victorious and Kaisei looking upset.
Kimurayama v. Myogiryu Kimurayama thought he was at the Bizarro Olympics and did his best to win the backwards sprint followed by the backward long jump. Myogiryu picks up the win on a technicality: the technicality being that the rules of Sumo apply and the rules of the Bizarro Olympics do not.
Toyohibiki v. Tsurugidake Tsurugidake looks like a poor imitation of Takamisakari. Toyohibiki gets the win by knocking Tsuru back. A brief glance of surprise by Tsuru confirms that he has lost, and then the weight of the emotions begin to push down on Tsuru’s shoulders as he meanders out.
Sadanofuji v. Wakakoyu Sadanofuji pushes Wakakoyu across most of the ring with his neck before Wakakoyu steps out of the way and Sadanofuji stumbles to the ground. It was a crowed pleaser and a win for Wakakoyu.
Sagatsukasa v. Takayasu I’ve always wondered if Sagatsukasa skin is like memory foam. I imagine that if you poke his belly, your finger print will linger for about a minute afterwards. Dunno why, just what I think about when I see him. Anyhow, he lost.
Takarafuji v. Takekaze Takekaze unleashes the full power of his tachiai. Takarafuji doesn’t seem to notice. Frustrated, Takekaze begins bitch slapping Takarafuji. And then Take gets some momentum and pushes Takarafuji out of the ring.
Tokitenku v. Tamawashi Nice lock-up, and Toki has hands on the belt. Toki powers forward and Tama steps out. Win for Tokitenku.
Daido v. Miyabiyama Daido decided there would be no white flag above his door today, but in the end he went down with his ship. Win for Miyabiyama.
Aminishiki v. Kokkai Kokkai has a win! But that is it. Just one. And he didn’t get a second one today. Aminishiki wins the bout.
Fujiazuma v. Yoshikaze Yoshi gets a win over Fujiazuma and De Gama must be going camping, because he just put up a tent.
Kitataiki v. Kyokutenho Nice footwork on the part of Kitataiki leads to a win over Kyokutenho.
Okinoumi v. Aran Aran seems to have also mistaken this bout for an event in the Bizarro Olympics. Aran puts in a fine backward hop performance and Okinoumi picks up the win on the same technicality that gave the win to Myogiryu.
Toyonoshima v. Tochinoshin And we have a fight! Tochi pushing Toyo around the ring with backstroke style shoves. Toyo is on the edge of defeat, but wait. Boom Tochi is on the ground and the fight goes to Toyo.
Kakuryu v. Harumafuji A couple good whacks at the beginning, and the Kakuryu grabs Haruma by the chin and leads him out of the ring. Harumafuji’s thoughts post bout, “Aw shucks, that just really didn’t go my way. Well… Life is like a box of chocolates…Aw shucks.”
Baruto v. Gagamaru Blutto and Gag Circle hit hard and lock up, its looking like a great fight in the making, but wait, Gagamaru is overpowered by his stomach and falls forward. The fight is over with the win to Baruto.
Tochinowaka v. Kotoshogiku Ah. Well, my pick for this basho may have gotten his makekoshi today, but at least I get to report on the day Kotoshogiku’s perfect record is ruined. Kotoshogiku… man. I am just so unenthusiastic about his promotion to Ozeki. Kotoshogiku starts this round off with his hips well back. He wonders what to do with his hips so far back, the only way he knows how to win is to use those hips to bump his opponent out. Well, he thinks, nothing for it. Kotoshogiku bends at the waist and touches the ground with his hands.
Kotooshu v. Homasho It breaks my heart to see Homasho lose today. It has been a rough basho for him to be sure, but he displayed some very nice and versatile sumo today. Kotooshu pushed him back to the edge, he reversed it and tried to push Kotooshu out. Kotooshu tried to throw him down. Homasho survived the attempt like a pro. Kotooshu pushes Homasho back again, Homasho keeps his head and tries to reverse it again, but Kotooshu picks up Homey and lifts him out the ring.
Hakuho v. Kisenosato What a tachiai from the Yokuzuna. That sound of his hand hitting Kisenosato’s chest was the kind of crisp, clear crack that Takekaze can only dream about. The yokozuna gets an awkard arm hold and then pushes Kise back and back with his characteristic power. Kise is on the edge of defeat and then he finds his own power. He is pushing the Yokozuna back. Hakuho knows he is overpowered and he starts in with the footwork. He dodges and dodges, and then he gets Kisenosato right where he wants him and pushes him out on a weak angle. Best fight of the day. Great sumo from both Hakuho and Kisenosato.
Hold your horses because De Gama is gonna make em whinny tomorrow.