Monday, May 20, 2013

Sumo May Natsu Basho 2013 Day 9

Sumo May Natsu Basho 2013 Day 9

Ms15e   Kyokutaisei (2-2) vs Ms16w   Mugendai (2-2)
Kyoku slipped and took an unfortunate loss.

Ms7e    Osunaarashi (4-0) vs Ms10w   Wakamisho (4-0)
Great win by Osuna here. He got overpowered the whole bout and his opponent went for a throw. He leaned on his chest and sent him back to get Osuna a win.

J13e    Akiseyama (4-4) vsJ10w    Takanoyama (5-3)
Great bout here. They exchanged shots like a boxing match at a fast pace. Takano couldn't do much with the grip he got, so he dropped it and never got it back. Akiseyama then pushed him out. Akiseyama has the title of the saggiest chest in sumo.

J8e     Tochinowaka (5-3) vs J2w     Tamaasuka (7-1)
Tama got a good angle under Tochino and kept pushing to get a win.

M5e     Shohozan (5-3) vs M10w    Toyohibiki (6-2)
Shohozan was very aggressive and it looked like Toyo got him, but Toyo stepped out.

M2e     Kitataiki (1-7) vs O2w     Kotooshu (5-3)
Koto was on the attack here and looked comfortable before going for the throw and taking it.

O2e     Kotoshogiku (6-2) vs  O1w     Kakuryu (8-0)
They went straight at it and Koto pushed Kakuryu back quick and got him out.

O1e     Kisenosato (8-0) vs M4w     Toyonoshima (4-4)
They stalled and Kisen finally put it into top gear and put him near the edge and out.

S1e     Goeido (5-3) vs Y1w     Harumafuji (6-2)
Harumafuji came out super fast and grabbed Goeido, then swung him for the win.
Y1e     Hakuho (8-0)  vs M4e     Aoiyama (5-3)
They did the tachi-ai, Hakuho let go and Aoiyama fell down for an easy Hakuho win.





  1. Hey Rob,
    Been catching up on the May basho.

    Good things:
    1. We've got a couple of guys giving Hakuho a challenge for the cup, although I still expect Hak to go 14-1 or 15-0 and win yet again
    2. Harumafuji's rebounded from a rough start and should put up a decent win-loss for a Yokozuna
    3. Maybe Kotooshu will screw up and go 7-8 and get demoted to sekiwake
    4. Osanaarashi's even beating guys that are big/strong enough to deal with him physically. He's on the fast track to the big leagues!
    5. Oshio (lower jonidan) is tiny and scrawny, but it's fun to watch him beat shitty flabby young kids (the kind you know are either out of sumo in a year or two or will end up being a lifetime jobber)
    6. Hoping Takanoyama can get his KK and move up a slot of two--I want him to at least stay in the Juryo division

    Bad Things
    1. Poor Baruto :( It's a Catch-22 for him-either try to keep wrestling and continue ruining his knee or get it fixed right but tumble way down the banzuke.
    2. The komosubi and upper maegashira have sucked this time.
    3. I'm afraid Kyokutaisei might stall out in upper makushita--I'm not sure he's got what it takes to make it to Juryo and even lower Makuuchi the way Takanoyama did.

    1. Hey Josh1, good to hear from you.

      I like that some of the higher ranked guys are doing well, but they are going to be in for a fight against Hakuho. Hakuho should be able to win this one with no problem since you KNOW the Ozeki are going to take some odd losses against each other and Harumafuji. It's just a question of when.

      Hauramfuji lives and dies by the sword I think. His explosiveness is awesome but it has to work against him at some point.

      I'm suprised at how well Kotooshu is doing so far. Didn't see that happening. But Sekiwake was so close...:(

      Osuna is definitely looking good out there. He is easily Juryo level now and could definitely take out the lower regions of the top league. He just has to win all of his matches this tournament and he should be in Juryo.

      Did u see Oshio vs Tanahashi? He got absolutely pancaked. That had to hurt.

      I want Takanoyama to stay in Juryo too. I would have loved to have seen it when he was in the top division. He needs a KK just to keep his position as he is getting on the tail end of Juryo.

      Some people think Baruto is done now. I can't believe he isn't healed yet. Would love to know what is going on there. He should just take the time off and tumble down. He can get back to Sekiwake or Komusubi without a problem.

      That's a good point about Kyokutaisei. You are probably right that he has peaked. I don't think it is a bad thing though. He has made it pretty far for someone who didn't seem to know a thing about sumo.