Kyushu 2019 Day Two Recap
Day Two basically proved that Kyushu is going to be wild. There is only one Sanyaku wrestler on two wins, surprising results happened all over, and certain rikishi were staking a claim for much more.
M16e Wakatakakage (2-0) wins by okuridashi over M15w Daishoho (0-2)
Wakatakakage has been impressive in his first two Makuuchi bouts, with this one featuring him getting sideways on Daishoho and then pushing his hardest for the win.
M14w Nishikigi (1-1) wins by oshidashi over M15e Daishomaru (0-2)
Neither man really got a grip or a good shove, but Nishikigi was moving forward more and got the win.
M13e Chiyomaru (2-0) wins by oshidashi over M14e Terutsuyoshi (1-1)
Chiyomaru displayed his surprising mobility for such a large man by spinning Terutsuyoshi around and sending him off the dohyo.
M13w Kagayaki (1-1) wins by oshidashi over M12w Takanosho (1-1)
It wasn't pretty, but Kagayaki managed to hold up better and work Takanosho out.
M10e Shimanoumi (1-1) wins by yorikiri over M11e Ishiura (0-2)
Ishiura was moving and hitting consistently, yet Shimanoumi kept his legs wide and his feet firm. That allowed him to bottle up Ishiura and take him out.
M10w Shodai (2-0) wins by oshidashi over M11w Chiyotairyu (0-2)
These two are much lower than usual, which means they've seen each other more than any other opponents they'll have. Shodai showed how to beat Chiyotairyu, absorbing his tachiai and then taking the opportunity to shove him back.
M9w Yutakayama (2-0) wins by tsukiotoshi over M9e Kotoshogiku (0-2)
Hometown hero Kotoshogiku got his trademark belly bump going against Yutakayama, but Yutakayama was easily able to withstand the pressure and turn Kotoshogiku around and down.
M7e Tsurugisho (2-0) wins by kotenage over M8e Shohozan (1-1)
This one began as a slap-fest which intrigued the fans. Tsurugisho absorbed the blows well enough to eventually grab Shohozan's arm for a nifty throw.
M8w Sadanoumi (2-0) wins by yorikiri over M7w Kotoeko (0-2)
Sadanoumi showed why his veteran smarts are such an asset, never having a good advantage, but steadily forcing Kotoeko backwards until he won.
M6e Onosho (1-1) wins by tsukiotoshi over M5e Aoiyama (1-1)
Aoiyama sure looked like he wanted to slap Onosho down, but he was the one who got off balance enough to touch the clay with his hand. M6w Enho (1-1) wins by hikiotoshi over M5w Ryuden (1-1)
Ryuden has 8 inches and 70 pounds on Enho, which proved to be a disadvantage. Enho got underneath, as usual, and Ryuden couldn't help but fall forward to a loss when Enho began to spin him around.
M4e Tamawashi (2-0) wins by okuridashi over M3e Takarafuji (1-1)
Tamawashi looks to be in full mean and strong mode through two days in Kyushu.
M4w Kotoyuki (1-1) wins by oshidashi over M3w Tomokaze (0-2)
Tomokaze landed in the front row and didn't get up for awhile, eventually being unable to put any weight on his right knee and wheeled out of the arena. The replay almost made it look like his knee went at the tachiai. Whatever happened, it seems he will be out for quite awhile.
M2w Meisei (2-0) wins by tsukiotoshi over K1w Endo (1-1)
Meisei faced the chameleon of sumo and himself managed to mostly block what Endo wanted to do. That was enough to make Endo face the wrong way and get shoved out.
K2e Hokutofuji (1-1) wins by tsukiotoshi over S1e Mitakeumi (1-1)
MItakeumi seemed to have a quick advantage, getting under Hokutofuji at the tachiai. Yet Hokutofuji's preference of keeping his hands inside proved the best strategy, as he was able to push back Mitakeumi all the way to a win.
M2e Myogiryu (1-1) wins by hikiotoshi over S1w Tochinoshin (0-2)
Tochinoshin does not look right still. He actually got his grip against Myogiryu, but couldn't perform his crane lift and actually lost his footing.
M1w Okinoumi (1-1) gets a fusen win over O1e Goeido (0-2)
The way that Goeido went to the ground on Day One spelled trouble, and he announced he would sit out the tournament with a left ankle injury. Okinoumi gets the freebie, while Goeido will be kadoban in January.
K2w Asanoyama (2-0) wins by uwatedashinage over O2e Takakeisho (1-1)
This might be turning into a little rivalry. After a few false starts that Asanoyama seemed to be able to bait Takakeisho into, the match hinged on Asanoyama being more successful in attempting his preferred strategy. Asanoyama never really got a good grip, but Takakeisho also couldn't unleash his tsuppari with the close range encounter. That allowed Asanoyama to throw down the Ozeki.
K1e Abi (1-1) wins by oshidashi over O1w Takayasu (1-1)
Abi is still pretty straightforward strategically, but it was the correct one against Takayasu and his injured left arm. A series of right handed thrusts never allowed Takayasu to mount an offense.
M1e Daieisho (1-1) wins by oshidashi over Y1w Hakuho (1-1)
It was hard to know what Hakuho was trying to do against Daieisho. He seemed to want to stalemate on a double grip with the pusher-thruster. However, Daieisho just kept going and put the Dai-Yokozuna over the edge.