- Fantasy Basho
Hatsu 2020 Day Three Recap
M16w Kaisei (2-1) wins by yorikiri over J2w Hidenoumi (1-2)
Kaisei is still massive and he's gained a lot of crafty-veteran-ness, which helps when facing someone coming up from Juryo.
M17w Tokushoryu (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M16e Tochiozan (1-2)
Tochiozan had a matta, which seemed to have really thrown him off when the real match happened. Tokushoryu won in a bit of a walk.
M17e Kiribayama (2-1) wins by yorikiri over M15w Ikioi (0-3)
Ikioi, who is almost certainly dealing with some injury because he always is, has been completely out of sorts for Hatsu. Kiribayama was the lucky beneficiary of facing Ikioi on Day 3.
M14e Terutsuyoshi (3-0) wins by yorikiri over M15e Azumaryu (2-1)
Terutsuyoshi has been on form, which for him means throwing an incredible amount of salt way too high in the air and thrusting himself very hard into his opponents' chest from a lower position.
M13w Kotoeko (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M14w Shimanoumi (1-2)
Kotoeko kept up the pushing attack, which overcame his less than powerful shoves against Shimanoumi.
M13e Kotoshogiku (1-2) wins by yorikiri over M12e Tsurugisho (1-2)
The old Kotoshogiku was back on Day Three, although he did have to get pushed to the bales before he could unleash the armpit-grip-and-belly-bump on Tsurugisho.
M11w Kagayaki (3-0) wins by oshidashi over M12w Chiyomaru (1-2)
Kagayaki once again kept his feet better and was able to withstand the underwhelming offense put forward by Chiyomaru.
M10e Sadanoumi (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M11e Chiyotairyu (1-2)
Chiyotairyu has had very little in his tachiai, which is all he ever usually has. Sadanoumi easily outfoxed him on Day Three.
M9w Yutakayama (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M10w Ishiura (0-3)
Ishiura continues to be amazingly wild for Hatsu, and Yutakayama won going away but with more effort than you'd expect to simply control whatever Ishiura was doing.
M9e Takanosho (2-1) wins by oshidashi over M8e Aoiyama (2-1)
Takanosho drew first blood on Aoiyama by doing the smart thing and never getting too far forward for a slapdown.
M7e Shohozan (2-1) wins by hatakikomi over M7w Onosho (0-3) Onosho's balance problems once again doomed him, this time in record fashion as Shohozan looked prepared for it.
M8w Ryuden (2-1) wins by yorikiri over M6w Tochinoshin (1-2)
Ryuden made Tochinoshin move around a bit while grappling, which appeared to put more pressure on Tochinoshin's knees.
M5w Enho (2-1) wins by shitatedashinage over M5e Meisei (0-3)
Each match needs a kimarite, and the "pulling underarm throw" is as good as any description for what Enho did to Meisei.
M4w Shodai (3-0) wins by oshidashi over M6e Takarafuji (1-2)
Shodai remains unbeaten after three days with a very forceful pushing attack against Takarafuji.
M3e Tamawashi (2-1) wins by oshidashi over K1e Abi (0-3)
This was actually a Torinaoshi, as in their first match Abi got the gyoji's fan when he kept one foot in as Tamawashi went out, but also had his other foot going out. The rematch was nowhere near as interesting as Tamawashi just went straight at Abi.
S1w Takayasu (2-1) wins by hatakikomi over M2w Mitakeumi (1-2)
Takayasu got a nice veteran win by standing up fellow half-Filipino Mitakeumi and slapping him down.
S1e Asanoyama (3-0) wins by yorikiri over M4e Okinoumi (1-2)
This might have been Asanoyama's most impressive of his three wins, as he put the fight right to Okinoumi and got his preferred grip on Okinoumi for a straight ahead yorikiri.
M1e Endo (3-0) wins by tsukiotoshi over O1w Goeido (0-3)
Endo's impressive basho gains an Ozeki scalp with a dominant win over Goeido. Goeido's highly problematic basho hits another speed bump and his Ozeki spot is endangered with each loss.
O1e Takakeisho (2-1) wins by oshidashi over K1w Daieisho (1-2)
Takakeisho didn't fully unleash his deadly tsuppari attack against Daieisho, but he laid in a series of effective thrusts for the victory.
M2e Hokutofuji (3-0) wins by oshidashi over Y1w Kakuryu (1-2)
Hokutofuji announces he is a player in this basho with a kinboshi. He landed his favored nodowa early and Kakuryu never stood a chance after that.
M1w Myogiryu (1-2) wins by tsukiotoshi over Y1e Hakuho (1-2)
Myogiryu gives Hakuho a second loss in what is easily the most surprising result of the first three days. What's even more of a stunner is the way Hakuho lost, as he was never even really in it and got thrown to the ground.