Nagoya 2019 Day Eleven Recap
M13w wins by Sadanoumi (7-4) wins by kotenage over M14w Enho (7-4)
Enho went for his submarine start and leg pick finish, but Sadanoumi effectively blocked it. That dynamic sent the two men all around the ring, with Enho repeatedly trying for Sadanoumi's leg and getting blocked. Eventually, they got to the edge and Sadanoumi managed an amazing arm-lock throw paired with a balancing act for the win in an absolute thriller.
M12w Kagayaki (6-5) wins by tsukiotoshi over M15e Yago (3-8)
Once again, Yago was able to stand up his opponent, but then got overwhelmed. Kagayaki is now on the good side of .500, while Yago is facing demotion back to Juryo.
M12e Tochiozan (4-7) wins by hatakikomi over M14e Toyonoshima (4-7)
In the battle of guys aging before our eyes, Tochiozan managed a slap down.
M16w Terutsuyoshi (9-2) wins by oshidashi over M11w Nishikigi (3-8)
Based on their Nagoya performances so far, a Terutsuyoshi win over Nishikigi was unsurprising. The forcefulness was certainly something, though.
M13e Chiyomaru (5-6) wins by tsukidashi over M10w Takagenji (4-7)
Takgenji's struggles continued against the roundest man in sumo, as Chiyomaru fended off a weak tachiai and kept up the pressure enough to push over Takagenji.
M8e Onosho (6-5) gets the fusen win over M15w Kaisei (1-10)
Kaisei mercifully gives up acting like his injured arm will allow him to compete. Onosho gets the freebie, which helps give him one more win than loss.
M7w Tomokaze (9-2) wins by hatakikomi over M16e Kotoyuki (7-4)
Tomokaze withstood a half-henka, hit-and-shift from Kotoyuki, then easily slapped him down. This was another impressive win that edges Tomokaze closer to double digit wins.
M8w Okinoumi (5-6) wins by yorikiri over M7e Myogiryu (8-3)
Myogiryu has been winning steadily in Nagoya with quickness and surprising power. On Day Eleven, Okinoumi just bottled him up from the start and got the simple yorikiri.
M10e Kotoeko (7-4) wins by yorikiri over M6w Shimanoumi (6-5)
Kotoeko is the new rikishi winning by solid fundamentals rather than overwhelming force. Shimanoumi's frantic style stood no chance.
M9w Daishoho (5-6) wins by hatakikomi over M6e Chiyotairyu (6-5)
Daishoho braced for the fearsome Chiyotairyu tachiai, and was able to hold his ground. When Chiyotairyu reloaded, Daishoho jumped back and slapped him down.
M5w Takarafuji (4-7) wins by kotenage over M9e Shohozan (4-7)
Takarafuji needs to win out for kachi-koshi, and an unbalanced Shohozan helped him keep that hope alive.
M3w Daieisho (6-5) wins by uwatenage over M3e Shodai (5-6)
Shodai did his bouncy sumo to effectively disrupt Daieisho's initial thrusting. However, Daieisho switched tactics and was able to spin Shodai around and throw him over.
M1e Asanoyama (5-6) wins by yorikiri over M1w Hokutofuji (7-4)
These two could be squaring off as Ozeki in a year or two, and Asanoyama made a statement by handling Hokutofuji's hands-inside tachiai immediately for a force out.
M2w Endo (6-5) wins by yorikiri over K1w Ryuden (3-8)
Endo won the battle of who could make the other guy more uncomfortable. His dead-middle, right-hand mae-mitsu grip on the mawashi never allowed Ryuden to effectively do his weird hip shifting that gets him his offense.
M2e Aoiyama (5-6) wins by oshidashi over K1e Abi (5-6)
Abi had Aoiyama reeling a few times, but never actually beat him. That allowed Aoiyama to get the final, decisive shove.
M4w Ichinojo (7-4) wins by hatakikomi over S1w Tamawashi (1-10)
Ichinojo seemed to decide he could withstand Tamawashi's tachiai, and actually Tamawashi was so far off balance that Ichinojo had a simple hatakikomi.
S1e Mitakeumi (7-4) wins by yorikiri over M4e Meisei (2-9)
MItakeumi had to put up with a ton of effort from a desperate Meisei. The Sekiwake should probably have dispatched a struggling Maegashira better, but a win is a win is a win and he had to earn it.
Y1w Hakuho (10-1) gets the fusen win over O1w Takayasu (8-3)
Takayasu's elbow got messed up in his Day Eight win over Tamawashi. He wore a massive brace on his left arm for two days, but once he got his eighth win he was done. Now he is safe at Ozeki until November, at least.
Y1e Kakuryu (11-0) wins by tsukitaoshi over M5e Kotoshogiku (5-6)
Kotoshogiku really wanted a kinboshi, but Kakuryu held up at the bales and turned the tables. Kakuryu has had some notably easy wins so far, but he showed he was up for more on Day 11.