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Day 3 results and day 4 pairings

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Some late comments: Both yokozuna won against the winless M1 duo from Europe, while no less than five of the six sekiwake and ozeki lost after going 11-1 on the first two days. Kotooshu was the only one with a win to join Hakuho as undefeated leaders in the joi camp. Toyonoshima, Futeno, Goeido and Tochinoshin also are among the leaders, but not very likely to stay in the yusho race until the end. Takekaze is in a slump as he is down to a 0-3 start after the 3-12 at komusubi last basho.

Kimurayama and Kitazakura are the two remaining undefeated juryo leaders and at the current rate of losing leaders this divisional yusho will be hard fought with many contenders until the end. Asofuji is in early demotion danger at 0-3, needing a 7-5 for the rest.

Day 3

Juryo

J14w   Katayama (2-1)	  yoritaoshi	 J13w   Asofuji (0-3)
J11e   Chiyohakuho (2-1)   hatakikomi	 J13e   Wakakoyu (1-2)
J10w   Shimotori (1-2)	 yorikiri	   J14e   Bushuyama (2-1)
J10e   Daiyubu (2-1)	   okuritaoshi	J12w   Sagatsukasa (1-2)
J9w	Shirononami (2-1)   yorikiri	   J12e   Kirinowaka (1-2)
J9e	Sakaizawa (2-1)	 yorikiri	   J11w   Ichihara (1-2)
J7w	Koryu (2-1)		 tsukidashi	 J8e	Kyokunankai (1-2)
J8w	Kitazakura (3-0)	oshidashi	  J6e	Hoshihikari (1-2)
J7e	Ushiomaru (1-2)	 yoritaoshi	 J5w	Ryuo (2-1)
J6w	Mokonami (2-1)	  yorikiri	   J4e	Kasuganishiki (0-3)
J2w	Kimurayama (3-0)	oshidashi	  J5e	Kaiho (1-2)
J2e	Tamawashi (2-1)	 oshidashi	  J4w	Otsukasa (2-1)
J1w	Kitataiki (1-2)	 hikiotoshi	 J3w	Toyozakura (1-2)
J1e	Wakakirin (2-1)	 oshidashi	  J3e	Masatsukasa (1-2)

Makuuchi

M15e   Hakurozan (1-2)	 uwatenage	  M16w   Hakuba (0-3)
M14e   Tochinoshin (3-0)   yorikiri	   M16e   Kotokasuga (1-2)
M13w   Tamanoshima (2-1)   tsukiotoshi	M15w   Toyohibiki (2-1)
M13e   Kakizoe (2-1)	   oshidashi	  M14w   Yoshikaze (1-2)
M11w   Homasho (2-1)	   yorikiri	   M12w   Tamakasuga (1-2)
M11e   Iwakiyama (2-1)	 hatakikomi	 M12e   Tosanoumi (1-2)
M10w   Wakanosato (2-1)	yorikiri	   M9w	Roho (2-1)
M9e	Kasugao (1-2)	   uwatenage	  M10e   Dejima (1-2)
M7w	Goeido (3-0)		hikiotoshi	 M8w	Takekaze (0-3)
M7e	Takamisakari (1-2)  yorikiri	   M8e	Tochinonada (2-1)
M5w	Toyonoshima (3-0)   oshidashi	  M6w	Hokutoriki (0-3)

M6e	Futeno (3-0)		yorikiri	   M5e	Tochiozan (0-3)
M4w	Aminishiki (2-1)	uwatenage	  M3w	Kakuryu (0-3)
M4e	Tokitenku (2-1)	 yorikiri	   S1w	Kotoshogiku (2-1)
K1w	Asasekiryu (2-1)	hatakikomi	 S1e	Ama (2-1)
K1e	Kisenosato (2-1)	oshidashi	  O1w	Kaio (1-2)
M2e	Kyokutenho (1-2)	yorikiri	   O1e	Kotomitsuki (2-1)
O2w	Kotooshu (3-0)	  oshidashi	  M3e	Miyabiyama (0-3)
M2w	Wakanoho (1-2)	  hikiotoshi	 O2e	Chiyotaikai (2-1)
Y1w	Hakuho (3-0)		susoharai	  M1w	Baruto (0-3)
Y1e	Asashoryu (2-1)	 yorikiri	   M1e	Kokkai (0-3)

Day 4

Juryo

J13w   Asofuji (0-3)					  J12w   Sagatsukasa (1-2)
J11e   Chiyohakuho (2-1)				  J12e   Kirinowaka (1-2)
J13e   Wakakoyu (1-2)					 J11w   Ichihara (1-2)
J10e   Daiyubu (2-1)					  J14e   Bushuyama (2-1)
J14w   Katayama (2-1)					 J10w   Shimotori (1-2)
J8e	Kyokunankai (1-2)				  J9w	Shirononami (2-1)
J9e	Sakaizawa (2-1)					J8w	Kitazakura (3-0)
J7e	Ushiomaru (1-2)					J6w	Mokonami (2-1)
J7w	Koryu (2-1)						J5w	Ryuo (2-1)
J6e	Hoshihikari (1-2)				  J4w	Otsukasa (2-1)
J3e	Masatsukasa (1-2)				  J5e	Kaiho (1-2)
J4e	Kasuganishiki (0-3)				J3w	Toyozakura (1-2)
J1e	Wakakirin (2-1)					J2w	Kimurayama (3-0)
J2e	Tamawashi (2-1)					J1w	Kitataiki (1-2)

Makuuchi

M16w   Hakuba (0-3)					   M15w   Toyohibiki (2-1)
M16e   Kotokasuga (1-2)				   M14w   Yoshikaze (1-2)
M13e   Kakizoe (2-1)					  M15e   Hakurozan (1-2)
M14e   Tochinoshin (3-0)				  M13w   Tamanoshima (2-1)
M11e   Iwakiyama (2-1)					M12w   Tamakasuga (1-2)
M12e   Tosanoumi (1-2)					M11w   Homasho (2-1)
M9e	Kasugao (1-2)					  M10w   Wakanosato (2-1)
M10e   Dejima (1-2)					   M9w	Roho (2-1)
M7e	Takamisakari (1-2)				 M8w	Takekaze (0-3)
M8e	Tochinonada (2-1)				  M7w	Goeido (3-0)
M5e	Tochiozan (0-3)					M6w	Hokutoriki (0-3)

M6e	Futeno (3-0)					   M5w	Toyonoshima (3-0)
M4e	Tokitenku (2-1)					M3w	Kakuryu (0-3)
S1e	Ama (2-1)						  K1e	Kisenosato (2-1)
M4w	Aminishiki (2-1)				   S1w	Kotoshogiku (2-1)
O2e	Chiyotaikai (2-1)				  K1w	Asasekiryu (2-1)
M3e	Miyabiyama (0-3)				   O1w	Kaio (1-2)
O1e	Kotomitsuki (2-1)				  M1w	Baruto (0-3)
M1e	Kokkai (0-3)					   O2w	Kotooshu (3-0)
Y1e	Asashoryu (2-1)					M2w	Wakanoho (1-2)
M2e	Kyokutenho (1-2)				   Y1w	Hakuho (3-0)

Edited by Doitsuyama

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I am no Doitsuyama but will try this once...

Both yokozuna kept on track by beating maegashira foes quite easily although Kokkai did put some pressure on Asashoryu in the bout. Kotooshu is looking the most solid ozeki so far beating Miyabiyama without much belt work or even slapdowns. Kaio and Kotomitsuki suffered clear losses against strong Kisenosato and Kyokutenho while Chiyotaikai stumbled against Wakanoho to leave Kotooshu as the sole ozeki without losses. Sekiwake duo Ama and Kotoshogiku also dropped their first bout. Ama was given a classic henka treatment by Asasekiryu while Kotoshogiku found himself locked in Tokitenku's yotsu style and couldn't repeat his day 1 migiyotsu success.

Down in the maegashira ranks Futeno, Goeido and Toyonoshima all looked sharp again and share the lead with Hakuho and Kotooshu with 3-0. Especially Toyonoshima is doing perfect sumo and really digging into the defences of his opponents. He has now beaten Tochiozan, Aminishiki and Hokutoriki - all quite different foes - with his own sumo. The 6th makuuchi rikishi with unblemished record is makuuchi debutant Tochinoshin who has had really intense bouts so far but has prevailed in the end.

Other makuuchi debutants Kotokasuga (1-2) and Hakuba (0-3) are finding life tough in makuuchi but Kotokasuga in particular has shown surprisingly good and makuuchi level sumo. The most conspicuous 0-3 rikishi is Tochiozan who is revealing his definite unreadiness to compete at high makuuchi level yet. He has been quite handily beaten by strong maegashira rikishi and is not able to generate enough power to utilize his strengths after tachi-ai. There are still 8 rikishi in makuuchi without a win.

Some big airborne uwatenage in makuuchi by Hakurozan, Kasugao and Aminishiki today. Rarest technique of the day was Hakuho's susoharai against Baruto. It looked like okurinage or okurigake on the stream, was first classified as kirikaeshi and finally revised to susoharai.

In juryo Kimurayama is having a robust start at J2 with 3-0. Only veteran Kitazakura at J8 is also without a loss. Neither have an easy foe on day 4 so it could be possible that we have no rikishi at 4-0 after 4 days in juryo. Sakaizawa has recovered enough from his double knee injury and is 2-1 while Ichihara with evidently more serious single knee injury is looking less stable. Juryo debutant Daiyubu has recovered from his day 1 loss and is promising with 2-1 now. Wakakoyu is 1-2. Wakanoho's former keiko partner Tamawashi looks good at J2 and is 2-1 having a good chance along with Kimurayama to make makuuchi debut amidst Nagoya heat. Only Kasuganishiki and Asofuji remain winless.

Tomorrow always intense Ama vs Kisenosato. Ama has been involved in sidestepping bouts twice already this basho but hopefully tomorrow we'll see very hectic and aggressive sumo by both warriors.

Edited by Kaikitsune Makoto

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Izutsu Oyakata told me yesterday that Kakuryu has some physical problems. He doesn't expect him to win many bouts this basho. Hope he gets better soon.

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Izutsu Oyakata told me yesterday

Yes you two looked quite cosy in that box. I have a photo of you touching his knee.

And I thought only Tagonoura Oyakata had seen it (I am not worthy...)

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Izutsu Oyakata told me yesterday

Yes you two looked quite cosy in that box. I have a photo of you touching his knee.

And I thought only Tagonoura Oyakata had seen it (I am not worthy...)

Nishi is just envious as you can get away with that while Nishi himself would probably learn new techniques from Izutsu oyakata if he tried.

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Chiyotaikai stumbled against Wakanoho

The official kimarite is Hikiotoshi -- and although this one went so fast I can't see it clearly, after looking at it several times this seems quite possible: Wakanoho got Chiyotaikai off-balance with a perfectly executed, quick pull on Chiyo's wrist. If so, nice move from the kid against an experienced operator.

Edited by HenryK

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Why would Hakuho pull Baruto back instead of just pushing him out, since Baruto's back was turned to the yokozuna? Odd indeed.

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Suso means hem or skirt of the kimono. While rikishi wear mawashi's without skirts obviously, the "susoharai" (skirt sweep) looks an awful lot like judo's "harai tsurikomi ashi" (lifting, pulling foot sweep), though of course you grab the judogi instead of the arm directly. It is funny that the judo name doesn't refer to a hem when there is one present while the sumo one does.

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This is me guessing here...

Probably Hakuho's original plan against Baruto was to ruthlessly target his bum knee.

The knee bandage may have induced a sumo version of the Pavlovian response. :-)

Hakuho HAD to see his original plan through.

Hence the susoharai,rather than a straightforward okuridashi.

Has anybody got a less stupid suggestion?

(I am not worthy...)

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Has anybody got a less stupid suggestion?

(Neener, neener...)

Bart put on the brakes and was leaning backward heavily. Rather than fight for a push out, Haku adjusted and took advantage of the leaning tower.

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Asofuji is in early demotion danger at 0-3, needing a 7-5 for the rest.
As much as I love the Isegahama boys, and having 3 sets of sekitori brothers, he looks posed to gun for Sumanofuji's repromotion record. Records are there to be broken, right?
Why would Hakuho pull Baruto back instead of just pushing him out, since Baruto's back was turned to the yokozuna? Odd indeed.
Hakuho is smart not to push The Creature from behind. Besides the prolonged "rear-mount" position looking terribly awkward, an "all thighs" monster like Baruto is very difficult to move from behind once in a partial squat or chair position. With Hakuho directly behind his mass, he could try to suddenly throw all of his weight onto his back (and Hakuho's). Much better to use Baruto's backward-bracing force to send him down like a tree. Unfortunately, it looked horrible for his "good" knee. He needs some training from an original Drunken Master, Sam Seed...

First ___ you must learn to fall (cue ludicrous masterful drunken laughter)

Edited by kaiguma

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