Natsu Basho 2012 Day 7

To our literate readers,

Read ‘em and weep!

M15E Fujiazuma (2-4) vs. J4E Takanoyama (3-3): wouldn’t it be embarrassing to lose to someone nearly half your size?  We’d have to ask Fujiazuma to find out.  He had a find tachiai, but the Czech slipped towards an inside position, and stayed inside—even gaining a tight migiyotsu grip.  With his head buried in Fuji’s chest, he forced out Fujizauma.  Great agility and focus won this bout for the lanky Czech, who’ll be back in Juryo tomorrow.

M16E Takarafuji (5-1) vs. M10W Chiyotairyu (5-1): it feels like the first time for these two.  Chiyotairyu had a better tachiai and while Takarafuji put up some resistance, Chiyo lost his balance as he was pushing Takara out of the ring.  Just as Takara’s foot was going out of the ring, Chiyo fell on account of losing his balance and his knee hit the ground.  The men in black went up on the clay to discuss their sex lives, then sat down.  Chief judge realized they made no decision on the bout, so they stood up and returned to the ring for another discussion.  By this time, minutes had passed and the sex talk distracted them from what had just happened in the last bout, so they called for a re-do.

Torinaoshi – again, Chiyo with great thrusts on tachiai, but Takara hung tough, staying in close on his opponent, and worked in on the belt.  The two locked up in a yotsu battle, which is Takara’s kind of sumo.  The Matsuko Delux lookalike finished off the mage-less newcomer with a force down win.  Takarafuji improves to 6-1 while Chiyotairyu falls to 5-2.

M15W Tamawashi (5-1) vs. M9W Yoshikaze (1-5): King Tama led the head-to-head 6-2, but today Yoshikaze knew he’d need a double-shot to fight for his Makuuchi career.  Very spirited forward motion and a touch of the hug-n-chug led King Tama to the edge where he attempted a hail-Mary utchari, but it wasn’t enough as Yoshicaffine was a huggin’ and a chuggin’.  Frontal crush out win for Yoshikaze, who needs to pick up a lot more wins to stick around next basho.

M8E Tochinoshin (3-3) vs. M12W Daido (4-2): tachiai was straight to easy grips without any real impact.  Noshin is the stronger man with the more solid grip on the belt, and easily forced out Died-o.

M11W Sadanofuji (2-4) vs. M6W Aoiyama (4-2): the Bulgarian is known as a yotsu-zumo man, but not today.  Aoi came in low and bulldozed right through Sadanofuji with a beautiful thrust-out win.  A couple more wins and Aoi may be heading to joi in Nagoya.

Interesting Kyokutenho chose not to retire after last basho.  The stars were aligned for him to become oyakata of Oshima stable last month when the former oyakata retired, but 37 year-old Kyokutenho chose to keep fighting, and thus the Oshima stable folded and Kyoku and his stablemates were moved to Tomozuna stable.  M5E Okinoumi (5-1) vs. M7W Kyokutenho (3-3): Mongol old-timer ties for 10th all-time winningest rikishi by man-handling Okinoumi around the ring and tossing him like a rag-doll with an over-arm throw win.

M4E Tochiozan (5-1) vs. Kitataiki (2-4) O leads head-to-head 7-2.  Kitataiki dug hard into Tochi’s chest and got the best of the tachiai, but Tochiozan stood his ground and it was over when O got out of defensive, put his hands on Kitataiki nipples, and pressed forward.  Push-out win by the O.

KE Homasho (0-6) vs. KW Aminishiki (3-3): they bonked heads at the tachiai, engaged in a thrusting battle then went in to attack again, they bonked heads another time.  Homasho gained ground when Aminishi goofed in tugging on Ho’s right arm hoping for some kind of pull-down.  This actually helped Homasho come in close so he could finish Sneaky off with a force out win.  Homasho loses that perfect record by improving to 1-6 while Aminishi is 3-4, but mind you those three wins are to Hakuho, Baruto, and Kotooshu.

M1E Aran (0-6) vs. OW Kakuryu (5-1): the Kak leads the head-to-head 8-1.  Kak in low at tachiai, but Aran had some thrusts in there.  The two go in for grips and the Kak worked in a double inside grip while Aran had a double outside.  A double inside is always better than a double outside unless you’re fighting against Baruto.  From here the Kak tightened his grip and only waited to use Aran strength against him.  Aran drove forward and the Kak lowered his hips, thus enabling himself to pivot and put Aran right on the bales and out, force-out win by the cunning Kak.  Aran is still perfect at 0-7.

OE Kotooshu (3-3) vs. M2W Gagamaru (2-4): rather slow tachiai by both, but Kotooshu reached in tight below Gaga’s armpits, thus cutting off the Georgian from reaching his belt for a grip.  Koto gained a double-inside to press forward for an easy force-out win.

M2E Myogiryu (3-3) vs. OW Kotoshogiku (6-0): Myogi never got a belt grip, but was able to do a one-sided clobbering with a speedy drive having his arms under the Geeks armpits.  This was a very quick bout, but thus far I’d call it the bout of this basho.  It’s hard to find any current rikishi who can go chest-to-chest with the Geek, and out do him with such speed.  Hakuho can; Kakuryu can; Harumafuji struggles, but can.  Myogiryu has joined that list.  Fantastic sumo by Myogiryu here.

OE Kisenosato (5-1) vs. M3W Takekaze (1-5) history goes 12-4 in Kissy’s favor.  Kissy stayed in tight on Take who was in retreat most of the bout, and Kissy moved gingerly as to not get fooled into a pull-down.  Easy push-out win by Kissy, who will face a higher-caliber opponent (but lower height) in Toyonoshima tomorrow.

SW Goeido (3-3) vs. OW Baruto (5-1): head-to-head is 8-5 in Bart’s favor.  Goeido was low and went right to a grip at the tachiai.  Bart was up too high and had a double-outside while Goeido kept a double-inside belt grip.  Bart was aiming for one of his lift outs, but Goeido wouldn’t let that happen, and finished off the Ozeki with an outside leg-trip.  Bart is strong even with double-outside, but today’s bout proves the weakness even Baruto has when he has this grip.

OE Harumafuji (3-3) vs. SE Toyonoshima (4-2): Haruma leads the head-to-head 24-7.  Swift, patient, and decisive.  That’s how Haruma wins.  Strong push back at tachiai by Haruma, then when they separate Haruma swung a massive bitch slap which missed Toyo’s face, but it did temporarily blind Toyo.  Haruma used this opportunity to gain a tight migiyotsu grip, and when the timing was right, Haruma acted with a quick over-arm throw.

YE Hakuho (5-1) vs. M3E Toyohibiki (3-3): tachiai started with a bitch-slap harite by Hakuho then a powerful charge on Beeker whom had no resistance but to try to wiggle off center as he retracted.  Near the bales, the Beeker slipped to the right and went out right as Hakuho barreled down to the clay.  Initially the gyoji called the win for Hakuho as he was completely on the offensive, but it was obvious that the Yokozuna went down first.  Monoii was called and it took just a matter of seconds for the boys in black to confirm Kimura Shonosuke’s call was wrong.  Hakuho knew it, and walked down the hanamichi sucking deep breaths just as he does when he wins.  They call it an armlock throw win for the Beeker, who literally wept as he received the prize money and walked down the hanamichi.  Kimboshi for Beeker while Hakuho falls to 5-2.

Something’s not right here.  The Yokozuna two losses have both been on account of the Yokozuna moving too fast and losing balance.  It just ain’t like Hakuho.  At the end of day seven, here’s what the leader board looks like…

6-1
Kisenosato
Kotoshogiku
Kakuryu
Tochiozan

5-2
Hakuho
Baruto

4-3
Harumafuji
Kotooshu
Toyonoshima
Goeido
Myogiryu

I know there are others who technically belong in this list, but are in fact insignificant as far as the yusho race goes.  Tomorrow is the first day of ozeki vs. ozeki bouts, so expect to see a lot of changes to this board.

Daly’s got your back on hump day, tomorrow!

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