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Kaikitsune Makoto

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Okinoumi looks fearless and never seems to belittle his chance on the dohyo (based on the dohyo action). Also power is good and skill too. Very good newcomer indeed to the higher ranks. He can take oshi and yotsu attacks well too. Today he outskilled Baruto from the start and survived Baruto's trademark power yanks before forcibly blocking the last attempt escorting his out. Good stuff.

Kyokutenho read Harumafuji well with that kime-hold and squeezed the inevitable morozashi pivot throw into a crushing kimetaoshi. Surprising win but well executed.

Kisenosato's thrusts have so much power that it is nearly impossible for lower power level rikishi to beat him in such scenario. Solid sumo once again beating foes he should beat.

Goeido's shitatenage attempt seemed explosive and had effect, not enough but effect still.

Shogun's sumo is stable too although Homasho did actually do some sumo today and not being tosanoumish.

Tochinowaka is like Okinoumi in many ways now. The increased sharpness in his sumo has taken him to all new level. Totally dominating against Aran and his sumo in general is very strong and even aggressive (which was not the case say 1-2 years ago). 3-0 and surely interesting to see him against sanyaku.

Gagamaru didn't know what to do with Kakuryu who was very capable of just steadily advancing and defending against Gagamaru's reasonably erratic all out attack moves.

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Tochinowaka is like Okinoumi in many ways now. The increased sharpness in his sumo has taken him to all new level. Totally dominating against Aran and his sumo in general is very strong and even aggressive (which was not the case say 1-2 years ago). 3-0 and surely interesting to see him against sanyaku.

Two years ago he was in mid makushita. He had his juryo debut in Aki 2010, and his sumo now simply doesn't compare to that unruly stuff back then. He proves again that age just is important as he was well behind his classmates Yamamotoyama, Minami (now Tenkaiho) and Aran, but the win over Aran today marked him as the number one from the Hatsu 2007 class. Which was a strong class with probably four makuuchi rikishi (if Tenkaiho makes it) and two sandanme out of basically six entrants.

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