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Natsu Day 10: Kakuryu and Tochinoshin remain in 3-way tie
Written by Kyodo
Published: 21 May 2019
The two wrestlers improved to 9-1 going into the final third of the 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan, along with No. 8 maegashira Asanoyama. The only top-ranked grappler defeated on Day 10 was komusubi Mitakeumi, who was on the losing end against Tochinoshin.
Kakuryu fended off a hostile attack from No. 4 Abi (6-4). The Mongolian struggled to land a slap to his opponent’s face as he was edged back with a throat hold, but shifted to the side and slapped Abi down to the clay.
Tochinoshin, meanwhile, retained his share of the lead and is now one win away from regaining his ozeki status after defeating Mitakeumi (6-4) and improving to 9-1.
In one of the day’s top bouts, Tochinoshin took a hard hit from the komusubi. But after digging in and revving his engine, the Georgian shifted into high gear and drove Mitakeumi straight from the ring. Tochinoshin faces Abi on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Asanoyama (9-1) prevailed in a shoving match with No. 7 Shodai (6-4) to even their head-to-head record in the top division at one apiece. The 25-year-old Toyama native held his ground after the initial clash, and kept Shodai on the ropes before going all in on a diving push.
Takayasu and Goeido have seemingly put their struggles behind, with both ozeki improving to 7-3 with their fourth straight wins.
In his second meeting with No. 5 Ryuden (6-4) in the top division, Takayasu quickly got a left-handed inside grip on the maegashira’s belt and took him back to the straw. With little room to maneuver, Ryuden struggled in the ozeki’s trap as Takayasu shoved him out.
In the next bout, No. 4 Okinoumi (2-8) went for an ill-advised leg hold against Goeido, losing his balance and getting slapped down by the ozeki.
Aoiyama (4-6) made quick work of No. 2 Endo (3-7) as he kicked off the bouts involving wrestlers in the three sanyaku ranks below yokozuna. The komusubi was unfazed by his opponent’s initial charge, pulling Endo’s head down with his right arm before finishing the slap-down with his left.
Only one of the two men to start the day a victory behind the leaders was able to maintain pace. No. 15 Kotoeko (8-2) secured a winning record after defeating No. 10 Onosho (5-5).
Tochinoshin is just on the eve of his return to ozeki rank in July. I would like to see a Enho vs Ishiura match as their smaller sizes and speed match. Good to see Kakuryu doing well. Though not the best yokozuna, he's my favourite.
Tochinoshin looks much more like he did during his run to promotion.
Natsu Day 11: Tochinoshin and Kakuryu upset again at Summer meet
Written by Kyodo
Published: 22 May 2019
Grand champion Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin both suffered upsets on Wednesday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament and fell one win behind rank-and-file wrestler Asanoyama on a bad day all-around for the sport's elites.
Kakuryu was pushed out by No. 5 maegashira Myogiryu (4-7) in the final bout of Day 11 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, while Tochinoshin was shoved off the dohyo by No. 4 Abi (7-4). Both wrestlers took their second losses of the 15-day meet.
"I'm happy," said Myogiryu, who picked up his fourth career kimboshi prize that goes to a maegashira for defeating a yokozuna. "It was the final bout of the day so I wanted to give it my all. I didn't want to go down and I didn't want to overextend myself and fall forward. In the end I went for a push-out."
Asanoyama (10-1) was granted the sole lead after beating No. 13 Sadanoumi (5-6) earlier in the day.
Tochinoshin, who needs only one more win here to secure promotion back to sumo's second highest rank of ozeki, led off with a strong shove against Abi but the rank-and-filer pulled his right arm down while stepping to the side and used Tochinoshin's forward momentum to launch him out. The Georgian was unable to deliver a timely birthday present -- the recovery of his ozeki status -- for his stablemaster, Kasugano, who turned 57 on Wednesday.
Goeido and Takayasu, the two remaining ozeki, each suffered his fourth loss after falling respectively to No. 5 Ryuden (7-4) and komusubi Aoiyama (5-6), the only upper-ranked fighter to leave the ring victorious on Day 11.
Goeido steered Ryuden around the ring with a solid left-handed inside grip, but waited too long for an opportunity as Ryuden seized on a chance to pull the ozeki down. Takayasu had similar trouble getting into position against Aoiyama before the Bulgarian nudged him out.
Ryuden faces Kakuryu on Day 12, while Aoiyama will take on sekiwake Ichinojo, who is returning to the meet after four days due to a right-leg injury.
In other bouts, Mitakeumi fell to 6-5 after losing to No. 2 Endo (4-7), who dispatched two of the three ozeki earlier in the meet. The komusubi strung Endo along with a headlock and tried to throw him down, but was unable to find his footing as Endo hung on and shoved Mitakeumi out.
Kotoeko (8-3), the only man who started Day 11 one win behind the leaders, kicked off action in the top division against No. 13 Chiyomaru (5-6) but fell further off the pace following a disastrous opening gaff.
Many upsets and a good day for Myogiryu and Abi.
Good to hear Ichinojo is to return. Let's see if Tochinoshin gets win #10 on Thursday.
Asanoyama is proving a real wild card, he will be brought up to face the top-rankers soon.
Natsu Day 12: Kakuryu recovers share of lead as Asanoyama falls
Written by Kyodo
Published: 23 May 2019
Grand champion Kakuryu recovered from his second upset of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament to reclaim a share of the lead with rank-and-filer Asanoyama, who suffered his second loss of the meet.
Kakuryu (10-2) was momentarily pushed back by No. 5 maegashira Ryuden (7-5) in the final bout of Day 12 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, but the yokozuna executed a slick turnaround to swap positions with the maegashira and drive him out upright while pinning down his left arm. The Mongolian grand champion will take on ozeki Takayasu on Day 13 in his challenge for a sixth makuuchi-division title.
Earlier in the day, Asanoyama (10-2) was put on the backfoot by No. 3 Tamawashi (8-4) but was unable to recover like his co-leader, giving up the sole lead he seized following Day 11 upsets from Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin. The No. 8 maegashira was immediately driven back by a powerful initial charge from Tamawashi, and the Mongolian jammed him up on the straw bales with a chest bump until Asanoyama fell out.
For the second straight day, Tochinoshin (9-3) was unable to secure promotion back to ozeki and fell one win off the pace after getting forced out by No. 7 Meisei (8-4).
The Georgian might have lost his rhythm during an extended standoff before the initial charge and was quickly driven back to the edge of the ring. Tochinoshin tried to pull down the rank-and-filer but his opponent's charge sent him out with his foot landing on the wrong side of the ring just before Meisei fell to the clay. The sekiwake meets Asanoyama in a decisive bout on Friday.
In other matches, ozeki Goeido got his winning record at 8-4 by beating No. 6 Takarafuji (7-5). The ozeki got an inside edge with underarm right-handed grip and eventually succeeded with an overarm throw after Takarafuji had weathered several attempts.
On the other hand, Takayasu (7-5) will have to continue chasing a winning record after being promptly pulled down by No. 4 Abi (8-4), who secured his winning mark at the expense of the struggling ozeki. Takayasu tried to raise the maegashira upward with an initial forearm shove but was surprisingly and effortlessly shut down.
The two heaviest men in the top division battled it out for over a minute on Day 13, with sekiwake Ichinojo (3-6-3) emerging victorious against Aoiyama (5-7) and pushing the komusubi closer to a demotion. The 227-kilogram Mongolian, who returned to the meet following a right leg injury, appeared to be in the worse position in his lock-up with the 193-kg Bulgarian but was able to use his extra bulk to claim a force-out win.
Mitakeumi defeated No. 2 Daieisho (5-7) and improved to 7-5. The komusubi was taken back to the edge after trading thrusts with his opponent, but circled around and rallied to force Daieisho upright and out.
In another highlight bout of the day, No. 15 Kotoeko (8-4) was unable to overcome No. 4 Okinoumi (4-8) and likely dropped out of the fight for the Emperor's Cup. Kotoeko struggled to make headway against the former sekiwake and ended up getting shoved out after an awkward attempt at an overarm throw failed to dislodge the veteran.
Tochinoshin better get his tenth win as he has three tough competitors to deal with in his final days. Hopefully tomorrow he can put it away. I hope it's just nerves and not another injury that have kept him from winning.
Indeed, Tamawashi proved your point on Thursday.
Tochinoshin should have won the last two matches easily, maybe the added pressure of being in contention for the yusho was a factor.
Natsu Day 13: Asanoyama takes lead after judges reverse decision
Written by Kyodo
Published: 24 May 2019
Rank-and-file wrestler Asanoyama seized the sole lead at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a controversial win over sekiwake Tochinoshin, as Kakuryu dropped off the pace by losing to ozeki Takayasu.
Yokozuna Kakuryu, who is aiming for a sixth top-level championship, dropped to 10-3 with the loss to his nemesis in the final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Kakuryu tried to secure a belt grip at the outset, but he was unable to hold on as the powerfully built ozeki shoved him off balance and pushed him out. Takayasu (8-5) has now won five meetings in a row against the Mongolian yokozuna.
No. 8 maegashira Asanoyama earlier in the day improved to 11-2 with a frontal force out win over Tochinoshin (9-4). The Takasago stable wrestler can secure a rare title by a rank-and-file grappler by avoiding any further losses at the 15-day tournament.
Georgian sekiwake Tochinoshin was initially declared the winner of their bout by a throw, but in an explosive ruling, the judges reversed the decision and awarded it to Asanoyama. Following a drawn-out conference in the raised ring, the ringside judges determined Tochinoshin had put his heel outside the straw as he tossed Asanoyama to the clay.
With his fourth loss, Tochinoshin was effectively eliminated from title contention, while remaining one win short of the 10 he needs for promotion back to ozeki.
Ozeki Goeido improved to 9-4 by pushing out No. 7 Shodai in the day’s penultimate bout. Shodai (8-5) held firm against Goeido’s opening charge, but the ozeki unleashed a second burst of power to drive his way to victory.
Sekiwake Ichinojo, who missed four days due to an injury, improved to 4-6-3 winning with an armlock throw against No. 8 Endo (5-8).
Komusubi Mitakeumi (7-6) continues his pursuit of a winning record after getting pushed out by No. 5 Ryuden (8-5). Mitakeumi stopped Ryuden’s initial charge, but a poorly executed pull-down attempt let the rank-and-file grappler regain momentum.
Bulgarian komusubi Aoiyama (6-7) kept his chances of a winning record alive by pushing out No. 4 Abi (8-5).
Not a good day for many of the leaders. I wish that Tochinoshin and Asanoyama could have had a redo with their match. Tochinoshin's foot didn't look to me that it hit the ground. His match with Kakuryu on Saturday will be telling.
Looks as if Chiyoshoma is heading back to juryo.
That was so cruel on Tochinoshin, his foot wasn't out at all. A total misjudgement.
Natsu Day 14: Asanoyama wins maiden championship
Written by Kyodo
Published: 25 May 2019
Rank-and-filer Asanoyama clinched his maiden championship on Saturday by beating ozeki Goeido with one day remaining at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
In addition to the Emperor's Cup, the No. 8 maegashira Asanoyama will receive an American-made trophy from U.S. President Donald Trump, who will attend Sunday's tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"There was a lot of pressure (to win as a maegashira), but I was still able to wrestle the way I ordinarily do the whole time. That was the big thing," Asanoyama said.
Asanoyama's 12th victory came in a hard-fought bout against Goeido (9-5). Goeido seemed to have the advantage after the initial clash, seizing a left-handed over-arm hold. The ozeki bulldozed Asanoyama toward the edge, but lacked the final touch. The maegashira, however, was able to seize a hold of his own and shoved the ozeki from the raised ring to become the first rank-and-file wrestler to win a grand tournament since Tochinoshin in January 2018.
"I'm glad to have won the match, but as for the championship, it hasn't sunk in yet," the 25-year-old Asanoyama said. "I wanted to get to him first, but I remained calm and didn't do anything rash, when he got the first hold. Once I got a belt hold, I was able to execute my kind of sumo."
Grand champion Kakuryu, who opened the day a win behind Asanoyama, failed to win his sixth grand tournament after suffering a quick loss to sekiwake Tochinoshin (10-4). Tochinoshin sealed his victory in 0.8 second, dodging the yokozuna's charge and slapping him down with his right hand.
With his 10th win, Tochinoshin, demoted to sekiwake for this tournament, secured his return to the ozeki rank, sumo's second-highest.
While wrestlers at the elite makuuchi division competed in front of a packed crowd on Saturday, many seats will be kept empty on Sunday to ensure tight security.
Ozeki Takayasu (8-6), who secured his winning record the previous day, lost to No. 7 Shodai (9-5). Takayasu slapped his opponent's chest and face several times, but Shodai resisted and pushed the ozeki down for his fifth win against Takayasu in 13 bouts.
Tamawashi, who won the January meet, picked up his 10th by beating Kotoeko (8-6). Tamawashi is competing at this tournament as a No. 3 maegashira wrestler after going 5-10 in March, when he competed as a sekiwake, the sport's third-highest rank.
No. 7 Meisei (9-5) saw his seven-match win streak end with a loss to No. 4 Abi (9-5).
Later in the day, No. 5 Ryuden (9-5) defeated Mongolian big-gun Ichinojo for his ninth win. The 227-kilogram Ichinojo (4-7-3) started out strong for the majority of the bout by stopping Ryuden's charge and pushing him toward the edge. However, Ichinojo lost his momentum and stepped out of the ring helplessly as Ryuden came out strong.
Natsu Day 15: New champion Asanoyama overshadowed by Trump at Summer meet
Written by Kyodo
Published: 26 May 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump became the main attraction on Sunday's otherwise anticlimactic final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, a day after No. 8 maegashira Asanoyama clinched his first championship.
The president, accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives, arrived prior to Asanoyama's bout against komusubi Mitakeumi, who were forced to stand in the ring for several minutes while the entourage entered the arena and took their seats.
The two traded slaps and shoves with Mitakeumi (9-6) getting the better of that exchange, forcing the new champion back to the straw bales and out to his third loss over 15 days at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Asanoyama, the first rank-and-file wrestler since 1961 to win a grand tournament before reaching the three "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna, said he tried to push thoughts of a title out of his mind.
"If I thought about possibly winning the championship, I would have tightened up, so I did what I could not to think about it," Asanoyama said after receiving the first "President's Cup" from Trump. "I felt a lot of pressure, but I was able to wrestle like I always do because I believed in myself. I still have much to accomplish. I want to do my best to become a big-name wrestler."
A day after securing a spot among the ozeki wrestlers at the next grand tournament in July, Georgian sekiwake Tochinoshin (10-5) failed to put the icing on the cake as he was forced out by ozeki Takayasu (9-6).
No. 5 Ryuden seized his first Technique prize by recording his 10th victory of the tournament, throwing Brazilian komusubi Aoiyama (6-9) at the straw.
In the day's final bout, Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu (11-4) bounced back from his defeat on Saturday to finish one win behind Asanoyama after forcing out ozeki Goeido (9-6).
Mongolian sekiwake Ichinojo (5-7-3) withstood the advances of No. 5 maegashira Myogiryu (6-9) and slapped him down to this ninth defeat.
No. 4 Abi knocked off No. 3 Tamawashi, leaving both with identical 10-5 records. The 25-year-old Abi said Asanoyama's victory inspired him to reach 10 wins and earn a Fighting Spirit prize. "It was great to see him do that," Abi said. "We're the same age, after all. I'm motivated to follow his example."
No. 12 Shimanoumi (10-5), making his makuuchi-division debut at the age of 29, shoved out No. 6 Takarafuji (8-7) to win the Fighting Spirit prize that typically goes to those winning 10 bouts in their first tournament on sumo's highest stage.
No. 14 Enho, the division's lightweight at 99 kilograms, failed to win eight bouts in his debut tournament in the top flight, losing his final match to No. 11 Shohozan (8-7).
A good basho! Congratulations to Asanoyama. Politics aside, it's good to see a US president at a sumo event and helping to bring coverage to the sport. I don't see the reason for the "President's Cup" but oh well.
I generally don't like henkas at top level matches but I understood why Tochinoshin did it. I just wish it wasn't Kakuryu but at least Tochinoshin will be a ozeki in July.
Of all the rikishi I was most impressed with was Ryuden. I hope he keeps healthy and brings his never say die style of sumo to bashos to come.
Ikioi must be hurting badly with a juryo 4-11 record.
Yes, all the ceremony went surprisingly well yesterday. Perhaps Asanoyama losing to Mitakeumi maybe was a bit anticlimactic though.
Will Asanoyama be promoted to a higher rank, komusubi for winning this basho?
It was good that both Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe wore slippers when they walked onto the dohyo.
I was curious as to see where Trump and Abe sat in the Kokugikan.
Yes, Asanoyama will probably be promoted to komusubi. The July tournament will be very tough for him, his first sanyaku rank and historically it has always been difficult for a maegashira who wins a tournament to do well in the next one.
It would be nice to see someone breakthrough and break this pattern. Hakuho and Kakuryu are 34 and it would be nice to see a new yokozuna in the coming year or so. Takekeisho and Mitakeumi show promise but they have to be healthy and win more bashos.
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