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Haru 2019 Day Six Recap

The leaderboard got thinned out on Day Six, which means the action was a little more impactful than previous days.

M17e Chiyoshoma (4-2) wins by katasukashi over M15e Ishiura (4-2)

The biggest surprise of this match is that it didn't start with a henka from either man. But Chiyoshoma beating Ishiura is definitely an upset.

M16e Daishoho (3-3) wins by kotenage over M14e Terutsuyoshi (1-5)

Terutsuyoshi is clearly still adjusting to Makuuchi, while Daishoho seems to be finsing a groove.

J3w Daiamami (3-3) wins by yoritaoshi over M14w Toyonoshima (2-4)

It's great Toyonoshima made it back up to the top division, but it would be better if it looked like he could stay up for another basho.

M13w Kagayaki (3-3) wins by tsukiotoshi over M16w Yutakayama (3-3)

Both of these guys have been up and down, and this match felt that way, but Kagayaki prevailed in the end.

M12w Yoshikaze (3-3) wins by oshidashi over M15w Kotoeko (4-2)

Yoshikaze still has some ability left in him apparently, and he went straight after Kotoeko on Day Six.

M11e Ryuden (5-1) wins by shitatenage over M13e Tomokaze (3-3)

Like most makuuchi riksihi, Tomokaze has an athletic advantage over Ryuden. But when Ryuden was backed against the rice bales, he was still able to toss Tomokaze down.

M10e Shohozan (3-3) wins by tsukidashi over M11w Meisei (2-4)

Shohozan showed out on Day Six, overwhelming Meisei, whose had a very rough tournament so far.

M9e Sadanoumi (2-4) wins by yorikiri over M10w Yago (2-4)

Sadanoumi might be finding his sumo finally. Yago is still looking for his.

M8e Asanoyama (4-2) wins by yorikiri over M9w Ikioi (1-5)

Asanoyama did a good job getting his preferred left hand grip, and then Ikioi just could not keep it up on his heavily bandaged left leg.

M7e Aoiyama (5-1) wins by oshidashi over M8w Kotoshogiku (5-1)

Aoiyama just went straight after Kotoshogiku and knocked him right out to give him his first loss.

M6e Okinoumi (2-4) wins by uwatenage over M7w Takarafuji (3-3)

Okinoumi went chest to chest, executed proper fundamentals, and was able to easily throw over Takarafuji.

M6w Abi (2-4) wins by tsukiotoshi over M5e Chiyotairyu (4-2)

In one of the weirdest sumo matches you could ever see, Abi leapt up at the tachiai and grabbed Chiyotairyu's head, then spun around on his way down. In doing that, he not only sent Chiyotairyu to the clay, but also knocked down the gyoji. It would be amazing if Abi keeps trying this.

M5w Onosho (4-2) wins by oshidashi over M4e Tochiozan (1-5)

Onosho couldn't initially push back Tochiozan at all, so he just redoubled and took another shot at his furious pushing style. It worked.

M4w Ichinojo (6-0) wins by hatakikomi over M1w Endo (1-5)

This basho, Ichinojo has been winning by pulling and slapping down opponents, except that does a disservice to the the strength and force he's been putting into it. Endo was merely his latest victim. Ichinojo is about to see a serious upgrade in his level of opponent.

S1e Takakeisho (4-2) wins by okuridashi over M1e Kaisei (0-6)

Takakeisho's tsuppari is nasty enough if you're facing him, but Kaisei got turned around to the side and easily shoved out from behind.

S1w Tamawashi (3-3) wins by oshidashi over K1w Hokutofuji (2-4)

This was an intense pushing, shoving, and slapping battle with both men spinning around and hitting each other repeatedly. Eventually, Tamawashi won by shoving Hokutofuji into the judges at ringside.

M2e Daieisho (3-3) wins by oshidashi over O1w Goeido (5-1)

Goeido has been unstoppable in Osaka so far because he has just gone relentlessly forward. So for some reason, he tried a pull down against Daieisho, slipped and went outside the ring and to the ground for his first loss.

O1e Takayasu (5-1) wins by oshidashi over M2w Myogiryu (2-4)

Takayasu is quietly putting together an excellent basho, just taking care of his business on most days and Day Six was no different.

O2e Tochinoshin (4-2) wins by uwatenage over K1e Mitakeumi (3-3)

No, Tochinoshin can't lift people like he usually does, but he still got his preferred left-hand outside grip on Mitakeumi to get a quick throw.

Y1e Hakuho (6-0) wins by yorikiri over M3e Nishikigi (0-6)

Nishikigi stood Hakuho up and managed to even get an armlock to stall him out. Yet Hakuho's phenomenal balance, as it often does, allowed him to stand up to it and eventually turn around to show Nishikigi out.

Y1w Kakuryu (5-1) wins by hatakikomi over M3w Shodai (0-6)

Poor Shodai. Even when he has some good moments, the match just doesn't end up going his way.

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