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Haru 2019 Day Two Recap

M17e Chiyoshoma (2-0) wins by uwatedashinage over M16e Daishoho (0-2)

Chiyoshoma might just survive in Makuuchi for one more tournament on sheer guile alone. Daishoho needs to regroup after looking overwhelmed on the first two days.

M16w Yutakayama (2-0) wins by oshidashi over J1w Chiyomaru (1-1)

Chiyomaru is back in Makuuchi for this match with a new, vivid green mawashi. That did not make him able to adjust to Yutakayama's ability to withstand a strong initial blast.

M15e Ishiura (2-0) wins by hatakikomi over M14e Terutsuyoshi (0-2)

Whether you think a henka is a cowardly dodge or a crafty strategy, Ishiura utilized a perfect sidestep to slap-down Terutsuyoshi.

M15w Kotoeko (1-1) wins by tsukiotoshi over M14w Toyonoshima (1-1)

Kotoeko got to the side of the much, much larger Toyonoshima and rather simply took him out after that.

M13w Kagayaki (1-1) wins by oshidashi over M12w Yoshikaze (1-1)

Yoshikaze will occasionally look like he has aged to the point where he can't compete, and sadly that was how he looked here.

M11w Meisei (1-1) wins by oshitaoshi over M13e Tomokaze (1-1)

Tomokaze got good initial position after the tachiai, but Meisei just kept coming and Tomokaze might be learning he is not so much bigger, stronger, and faster than top level competition.

M11e Ryuden (2-0) wins by yorikiri over M10e Shohozan (0-2)

You should really not go chest to chest against Ryuden if you can't grapple with him, and Shohozan can't.

M10w Yago (1-1) wins by hatakikomi over M9w Ikioi (1-1)

Ikioi had Yago at the bales, but Yago sidestepped and slapped him out as much as down. Ikioi came up hobbling, but considering how he's performed while banged up, this could be a benefit to his Fantasy Basho owners.

M8e Asanoyama (2-0) wins by hatakikomi over M9e Sadanoumi (0-2)

They kind of ran around the dohyo, but Asanoyama tended to always have the upper hand and eventually won.

M8w Kotoshogiku (2-0) wins by yorikiri over M7w Takarafuji (0-2)

Kotoshogiku won the way Kotoshogiku wins, with his arms under his opponents' armpits and pushing with his stomach.

M7e Aoiyama (2-0) wins by oshidashi over M6e Okinoumi (0-2)

Aoiyama is large and not very mobile, but he is usually unmovable, as Okinoumi saw well on Day Two.

M5w Onosho (2-0) wins by oshidashi over M6w Abi (0-2)

Naturally, both men came out shoving each other, but Onosho's hands were much, much lower. That made this match very fast and very predictable.

M5e Chiyotairyu (1-1) wins by hatakikomi over M4e Tochiozan (1-1)

Tochiozan just bounced off Chiyotairyu's immense roundness and was easily pushed aside.

M4w Ichinojo (2-0) wins by yorikiri over M3w Shodai (0-2)

Shodai knocked Ichinojo back a little, but then got caught in a minor stalemate, which was always going to allow Ichinojo's mass to take over.

S1e Takakeisho (2-0) wins by oshidashi over M3e Nishikigi (0-2)

This match was an excellent demonstration of Takakeisho's effectiveness despite his predictable sumo. He hit Nishikigi instantly, and his shoving was so forceful that Nishikigi was blasted back repeatedly.

M2e Daieisho (1-1) wins by oshitaoshi over S1w Tamawashi (1-1)

It seems counterintuitive to get in close to someone as big and strong as Tamawashi, but Daieisho was able to use it to disrupt his offense and spin the Sekiwake around.

O1e Takayasu (2-0) wins by oshidashi over K1e Mitakeumi (1-1)

This match began exactly how Mitakeumi would have wanted, as he got right in on the Ozeki at the Tachiai. Then Takayasu stalled him out and they stood in an awkward position for MItakeumi, but not a winning one for Takayasu. Eventually, Takayasu powered up and forced the Komusubi out.

M2w Myogiryu (1-1) wins by oshidashi over O2e Tochinoshin (1-1)

Tochinoshin is still clearly less than 100%, but that shouldn't diminish Myogiryu's ability to simultaneously block Tochinoshin's preferred grip and force him backwards.

O1w Goeido (2-0) wins by oshidashi K1w Hokutofuji (0-2)

Hokutofuji is learning that being a Komusubi isn't very fun, because you must face everyone ahead of you on the Banzuke the first week. Day Two was especially not fun, because Goeido got his timing off before the match and bulldozed him out of the ring.

Y1e Hakuho (2-0) wins by oshidashi over M1w Endo (0-2)

Of course, being a Maegashira 1 like Endo is less fun than being a Komusubi, because it has all the same problems as the higher rank, but without ceremonial benefits. Hakuho forcefully dispatched Endo.

Y1w Kakuryu (1-1) wins by yorikiri over M1e Kaisei (0-2)

There was legitimate concern over Kakuryu after Day One's loss about possible injuries, but on Day Two he outmuscled the much larger Kaisei with ease.

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