When I signed up for this day of sumo, I had no idea what the significance would mean.
With Kotooshu at 7-6, I know how many of you must be dying to know if he defeated Shohozan today, to secure his eight victories, but I don’t want to give away the thing you all want to know about until the end of this report. There couldn’t possibly be any other bouts today that many of you must be on the edge of your seats to read about right? Yeah, that’s what I thought, so anyways, let’s get to the action!
What was that? De Gama told you last night at the izakaiya, while drinking scotch and smoking a torpedo, that I would reveal this historic bout right away! Damn you De Gama! Damn you! You’ve foiled my brilliant plans! Fine. Fine. Fine.
Shohozan was able to avoid two of Kotooshu’s initial thrusts and in doing so was able to get his arms in tight under the bigger Bulgarian. Big-O attempted to grab hold of the back of Shohozan’s mawashi while he was being driven back.
Unfortunately the Ozeki over committed and ended up falling backwards without the help of Shohozan. ShoSho get’s the koshikudake, which falls outside of the official kimarite list in sumo. Kotooshu drops another one and now must defeat Kakuryu to keep his rank. Happy?
Back to the bottom of the pile.
Wakanosato looked to be dominating the younger Chiyonokuni in this one. Slapping and driving the M15 to the bales, this one looked all but finished. At the last moment Wakanosato lifted his arm up too high for one last shove to push the 8-5 Kuni out of the ring. Chiyonokuni was able to push Wakanotsowakanosato’s shoulder with his left hand to knock the Old man out of the ring! Great quick reaction by the younger dude. Chiyonokuni moves to 9-5 while Wakanosato is the inverse of that record.
Masunoyama looked to be fired up against Tokitenku but a few misteps and a slip landed to young small lunged hero on the dirt. Tokitenku moves to 10-4, and with another win it would be hard to deny the guy a prize this time round as his sumo has been pretty solid.
Shotenro’s got to be hurt. Mongolian’s got no power at the tachi-ai and is easily worked over via yorikiri for his 9th loss of the basho after a pretty solid start. Fujiazuma moves to 7-7 and will fight for his 8th tomorrow.
Ikioi’s had a pretty strong basho. Dude has gotten better and a bit stronger since we first met him back last November. With Ikioi at 8-5 at the start of the day and Takekaze at 7-6, I was curious what might occur. Ikioi over extends and Takekaze picks up an easy one to get his 8th, via hatakikomi. Both Rikishi don’t care at 8-6.
Myogiryu and Gagamaru looked questionable to me today as the big Georgian just walked back without a fight. Myogiryu is solid as a rikishi but I expect Lord Gaga to at least make it look real. Whatever both rikishi are rocking at 10-4.
Goeido played Chiyotairyu too conservatively and ended up paying for it. Chiyo knocked the Sekiwake back and Goeido waited for the next round. Tairyu was over extended (but at least moving forward) and Goeido slapped him to the dirt. Judge gave the win to Goeido but ringside elders called a mono-ii and noted correctly that Goeido had actually stepped out prior to the young Ryu stepping out. Goeido loses moving to a make-koshi 6-8! Chiyotairyu has turned it around with a 10-4 due to his forward moving powerful sumo.
Toyonoshima was belly bounced out of the ring by Kotoshogiku.
And here’s a bout no one is talking about at all. Kisenosato vs. Hakuho. I mean both men are 13-0 and one of them is Japanese so why would anyone be paying attention to this bout right? Oh wait… Anyway Kisenosato wasn’t happy with the prep prior to the tachi-ai and so he stood up, playing games with the Yokozuna. Both men reset. Tachi-ai: Hakuho harites Kise while side steps left to gain the left hand grip and soon the right as well. Kise got the right hand grip as well. Both men attempt to drive the other to the bales but Hakuho with his superior grip is able to pull a throw off after three attempts. I found it odd however that Kisenosato didn’t grab Hakuho’s mawashi with his left hand when it was there for the taking on several occasions there. I also found it odd that with that grip Hakuho acted like he couldn’t move the Ozeki. A lot of smoke and mirrors here. In the end it seems to me that Kise didn’t capitalize on his first chance. Not to say this is over: Hakuho must beat Harumafuji tomorrow to seal the deal, while Kise needs the Yokozuna from the West to beat the Yokozuna from the East to force the playoff.
Every one’s favorite Valentine comes at you tomorrow wearing nothing but a his heart to Senshuraku! He’ll be difficult to miss!