Sumo Haru Basho 2013 - Day 1
Welcome to my coverage of the Sumo Haru Basho 2013. Check in my archives on the side for my coverage of the January Hatsu Basho as there are too many links to post.
As far as I know, JasoninJapan will not be doing Haru Basho coverage so your best bet for daily videos will be: http://www.youtube.com/user/araibira
For match-ups and stats, check out: http://sumodb.sumogames.de/
The big news for this basho is that Harumafuji will be the East Yokozuna. The east is always the higher rank and Hakuho hasn't been a West Yokozuna since Kyushu 2009.
My pick for the tournament is Hakuho. Yes, he had a rough time in the last tournament but I think Harumafuji had a little luck to go with his good performance. Aside from Hakuho, I don't have a ton of other predictions. If the yokozuna take some quick losses, this tournament will open up. I don't have high hopes for any of the Ozeki though.
For a neat fact, Kyokutaisei and Osunaarashi happen to have the exact same rank. What are the odds of that?
As usual, I'm going to follow the Yokozuna/Ozeki, Jokoryu, Tochinowaka, Takanoyama and Osunaarashi. If some wrestlers get hot and can contend, I'll try to cover them as well and drop the ones who don't contend.
Ms23e Osunaarashi (0-0)vs Ms22w Yamatofuji (0-0)
J9e Miyabiyama (0-0)vs J8w Takanoyama (0-0)
M13e Tochinowaka (0-0) vs M13w Sadanofuji (0-0)
M11e Takekaze (0-0) vs M11w Jokoryu (0-0)
M8e Aoiyama (0-0) vs M8w Kyokutenho (0-0)
Gagamaru vs Kitataiki
Aran vs Kaisei
Aran won here after a long stalemate with neither man moving. This went over a minute until Kaisei got pushed out.
Toyonoshima vs Shohozan
Toyonoshima won here. Shohozan went with some fiery slaps to the neck early but Toyo got his side and pushed him out. Shohozan had two false starts here.
Goeido vs Tokitenku
M3w Ikioi (0-0) vs S1w Baruto (0-0)
M2w Myogiryu (0-0) vs O2w Kotoshogiku (0-0)
O2e Kakuryu (0-0) vs M2e Chiyotairyu (0-0)
Kakuryu got the win here. He pushed Chiyotairyu back and Chiyo slipped. He then rushed forward and ate dirt.
M1e Takayasu (0-0) vs O1w Kotooshu (0-0)
O1e Kisenosato (0-0) vs M1w Tochinoshin (0-0)
K1w Aminishiki (0-0) vs Y1w Hakuho (0-0)
Y1e Harumafuji (0-0) vs K1e Tochiozan (0-0)
1-0: All wrestlers from Sekiwake to Yokozuna won. Hakuho, Harumafuji, Kisenosato, Kotooshu, Kotoshogiku, Kakuryu, Baruto, Goeido, Toyonoshima, Aran, Kitataiki, Okinoumi, Aoiyama, Fujiazuma, Takarafuji, Jokoryu, Masunoyama, Sadanofuji, Sagatasukasa, Daido and Wakanosato. Osunaarashi also won.
0-1: Tochiozan, Aminishiki, Takayasu, Tochinoshin, Chiyotairyu, Myogiryu, Tokitenku, Ikioi, Shohozan, Kaisei, Gagamaru, Tochinowaka, Takanoyama and others.