Haru 2019 Day Three Recap
Here is how the action shook out in Osaka on Day Three. It got interesting.
M16e Daishoho (1-2) wins by oshidashi over J2e Kotoyuki (0-3)
Congrats to Daishoho on his first Makuuchi win (even though it was over a Juryo wrestler.)
M15w Kotoeko (2-1) wins by tsukiotoshi over M17e Chiyoshoma (2-1)
It was wild, but Kotoeko was able to withstand Chiyoshoma's frantic style.
M15e Ishiura (3-0) wins by hikiotoshi over M16w Yutakayama (2-1)
The wildly inventive and fun Ishiura might just be the one who came back up from Juryo.
M13e Tomokaze (2-1) wins by hatakikomi over M14w Toyonoshima (1-2)
Toyonoshima seemed to have Tomokaze back, but then got very handily slapped down by the impressive debutant.
M12w Yoshikaze (2-1) wins by watashikomi over M14e Terutsuyoshi (0-3)
Yoshikaze just flattened the smaller man, something which Terutsuyoshi will need to figure out how to do in the top division.
M11w Meisei (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M13w Kagayaki (1-2)
In a battle of two very solid rikishi, Meisei was apparently just that much more solid.
M10e Shohozan (1-2) wins by oshidashi over M10w Yago (1-2)
Shohozan was adamant to get his first win and just outmuscled his fellow Maegashira 10.
M11e Ryuden (3-0) wins by yorikiri over M9w Ikioi (1-2)
Ryuden never looks good when he wins, but it seems like the longer a match goes, the more likely he is to eventually be victorious.
M8w Kotoshogiku (3-0) wins by yorikiri over M8e Asanoyama (2-1)
Kotoshogiku is completely on form this tournament, and it seemed like Asanoyama kind of knew he was stuck once Kotoshogiku got his preferred grip.
M7w Takarafuji (1-2) wins by yorikiri over M9e Sadanoumi (0-3)
Sadanoumi's usual fundamental soundness appears to have suddenly abandoned him, and Takarafuji was able to get his first win.
M6e Okinoumi (1-2) wins by sakatottari over M6w Abi (0-3)
The "sakatottari" is a kimarite that is officially a counter to the tottari, or armbar, and basically Okinoumi got pinned but then dragged Abi around by his arm.
M7e Aoiyama (3-0) wins by hatakikomi over M5w Onosho (2-1)
Aoiyama seems to be Onosho's kryptonite, at least without a hair pull, and once again, Onosho just bounced off the Bulgarian.
M4w Ichinojo (3-0) wins by kotenage over M4e Tochiozan (1-2)
Ichinojo is locked in this basho, pulling out the kotenage, or twisting arm throw. And he is a 500 pound beast.
M5e Chiyotairyu (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M3w Shodai (0-3)
The man with the most fearsome tachiai beat the man with the worst tachiai. I'm sure everyone is super stunned.
M2w Myogiryu (2-1) wins by tsukiotoshi over S1w Tamawashi (1-2)
It's hard to say whether this was more of a Myogiryu win or a Tamawashi loss, because the Maegashira got good position, but Tamawashi did nothing to combat it.
K1e Mitakeumi (2-1) wins by yorikiri over S1e Takakeisho (2-1)
This was intriguing. These two might be competing as Ozeki or Yokozuna in the future, but for now this is an upset. Takakeisho started out with his furious shoving, but Mitakeumi dug in, locked in, and forced him out. Mitakeumi has two wins in his much more difficult first week already.
O1w Goeido (3-0) wins by watashikomi over M3e Nishikigi (0-3)
Goiedo is in rare form, and he just mauled Nishikigi.
M2e Daieisho (2-1) wins by oshidashi over O1e Takayasu (2-1)
Daieisho might actually have reached a new level, because he didn't just beat Takayasu, but was always in control of this match.
K1w Hokutofuji (1-2) wins by oshidashi over O2e Tochinoshin (1-2)
Hokutofuji's usual tachiai, where he seems to try and use his hands to bottle up his opponents' arms, worked extremely well in stopping Tochinoshin from doing his standard approach. Good win for the Komusubi.
Y1w Kakuryu (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M1w Endo (0-3)
Kakuryu might have just had a weird match on Day One, or he's not 100%. Endo certainly could have won this match.
Y1e Hakuho (3-0) wins by yoritaoshi over M1e Kaisei (0-3)
Kaisei actually got chest to chest and slightly stalled out the dai-Yokozuna. After that point Hakuho just took over and got his third straight win.