Haru 2020 Day Three Recap
M17w Daiamami (1-2) wins by oshidashi over M17e Meisei (1-2)
Daiamami gets on the board with a relatively simple oshidashi victory.
M18e Kotonowaka (2-1) wins by sukuinage over M16w Shimanoumi (2-1)
The youngster unleashed the veteran move on the older rikishi when Kotonowaka pulled the throw at the tawara.
M15w Chiyomaru (3-0) wins by hatakikomi over M15e Tsurugisho (1-2)
The Eternally Round One continues to win with very simple but effective sumo. Tsurugisho continues to look extremely banged up.
M16e Azumaryu (2-1) wins by hatakikomi over M14w Nishikigi (0-3)
Nishikigi looks overwhelmed on his return to Makuuchi, as Azumaryu picked up the slap-down victory.
M13w Aoiyama (3-0) wins by oshidashi over M13e Kotoshogiku (1-2)
Kotoshogiku almost looked like he was expecting a matta to be called as Aoiyama just bossed him.
M12w Ikioi (2-1) wins by yorikiri over M14e Kaisei (0-3)
Ikioi earned this win, having to keep at it and gain every inch of advantage for the force out.
M11e Chiyotairyu (3-0) wins by uwatenage over M11w Terutsuyoshi (1-2)
A Chiyotairyu throw? Terutsuyoshi lost to a Chiyotairyu throw?
M12e Ishiura (3-0) wins by shitatehineri over M10w Tochiozan (0-3)
Tochiozan grabbed Ishiura early on and therefore had the advantage, which he kept up to put Ishiura on the move. The problem was he never did anything with any of it, and Ishiura pulled out a twisting throw from underneath.
M9e Takanosho (3-0) wins by yorikiri over M10e Sadanoumi (1-2)
Takanosho just went after it, using superior size and strength to negate Sadanoumi's flexibility and experience advantage.
M9w Tochinoshin (1-2) wins by yorikiri over M8w Kiribayama (1-2)
Tochinoshin grabbed into Kiribayama early, and when Kiribayama attempted his spin move, that just gave the Giant Georgian the opening to show him out the dohyo.
M8e Shohozan (1-2) wins by okuridashi over M7e Takarafuji (1-2)
Shohozan decided to move Takarafuji around the dohyo, which turned out to be the smart strategy. M6w Kagayaki (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M7w Tamawashi (1-2)
Kagayaki stood up well to Tamawashi's attack, which meant he could make the match his relatively easily.
M5e Ryuden (2-1) wins by yorikiri over M6e Myogiryu (0-3)
Ryuden's ability to keep his feet wide and steady while bending his entire top half is impressive, and it allowed him to bottle up Myogiryu and show him out.
M4w Abi (1-2) wins by hikiotoshi over M5w Onosho (2-1)
What a strange match. Abi was wild once again, but he seemed to almost fall forward to give an extra oomph to his double-arm-thrust. That somehow caused Onosho to slip and go to the clay.
M3e Yutakayama (2-1) wins by oshitaoshi over M4e Enho (1-2)
Yutakayama decided to keep the smaller man at arms' length, which meant he took a step back at the tachiai. Then, the two twice had a stalemate while gripping each others' hands above their heads. Eventually, Yutakayama put it to Enho enough to shove him backwards, but it's probably not what he'll try in other matches.
K1e Hokutofuji (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M2w Tokushoryu (0-3)
This was close enough to warrant a mono-ii thanks to Tokushoryu's nimble feet at the tawara, but the match was almost all Hokutofuji.
M3w Mitakeumi (3-0) wins by oshidashi over S1w Shodai (2-1)
Mitakeumi is looking good so far, and in this match he got right in on Shodai and never allowed him to make any of his usual adjustments. Mitakeumi might just be really dangerous this Haru.
S1e Asanoyama (3-0) wins by oshidashi over M1e Daieisho (0-3)
Daieisho got his style of match, full of shoving and pushing, but Asanoyama proved to be better at it on the day. That's a great sign for Asanoyama.
O1e Takakeisho (2-1) wins by tsukidashi over K1w Endo (1-2)
Endo did the now customary opening of trying to grab Takakeisho, but the Ozeki had a plan to just hit harder and disrupt the grip. That will work.
Y1wYO Kakuryu (2-1) wins by yorikiri over M2e Okinoumi (1-2)
Kakuryu gets the win thanks to very functional sumo. The Yokozuna gets back on track after his loss.
Y1e Hakuho (3-0) wins by yorikiri over M1w Takayasu (0-3)
Takayasu made the dai-Yokozuna work at it somewhat, but that's the best that could be said, as Hakuho continually found the advantage no matter what Takayasu tried.