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Nagoya 2019 Day Four Recap
We've got four days worth of matches and just four rikishi who are still undefeated. That includes both Yokozuna, but also Tomokaze and Terutsuyoshi. Only three rikishi are winless. This tournament seems determined to even everything out as much as possible.
On to a closer look at the matches.
M14e Toyonoshima (1-3) wins by yorikiri over M15w Kaisei (1-3)
Toyonoshima got his first win by steadily being under the much taller Kaisei. Kaisei has been struggling with an injured arm, but he looks off in a number of ways still and is probably fighting for his Makuuchi life.
M16w Terutsuyoshi (4-0) wins by oshitaoshi over M14w Enho (3-1)
These two effectively had two nearly identical matches. Terutsuyoshi got off a fraction quicker at the tachiai to blast Enho off the dohyo. Then a matta was called on Enho. In the real match, Terutsuyoshi did the exact same thing to get his fourth win in four days.
M15e Yago (2-2) wins by yorikiri over M13e Chiyomaru (1-3)
These two were locked in a mirrored mawashi grip battle for much of their lengthy match. Neither seemed able for the longest time to take advantage of the situation. Chiyomaru looked like he might eventually take the upper hand, but Yago resisted well enough at the edge to eventually push him out.
M16e Kotoyuki (2-2) wins by tsukidashi over M13w Sadanoumi (2-2)
Kotoyuki decided to just thrust the hell out of Sadanoumi, which worked very well.
M11w Nishikigi (2-2) wins by kotenage over M12w Kagayaki (2-2)
Kagayaki looked to have the better grip and did manage to push Nishikigi back. However, Nishikigi had a hold of Kagayaki's upper left arm, which allowed him to execute a kotenage, or twisting arm throw.
M12e Tochiozan (2-2) wins by tsukiotoshi over M10w Takagenji (3-1)
Takagenji got tagged with his first loss, despite unleashing a furious sequence of thrusts. Tochiozan decided to stand his ground and then find an advantage. Eventually, the veteran maneuver worked to Tochiozan's advantage.
M9e Shohozan (2-2) wins by hatakikomi over M10e Kotoeko (2-2)
Technically, Shohozan slapped down Kotoeko, but that's being kind to Shohozan. Kotoeko slipped nearly down into the splits trying to reengage.
M9w Daishoho (1-3) wins by yoritaoshi over M8w Okinoumi (1-3)
Daishoho needed his first win, and he got it over Okinoumi. It was nothing fancy, but he stood his ground well enough to overwhelm Okinoumi.
M7e Myogiryu (3-1) wins by oshitaoshi over M8e Onosho (1-3)
Myogiryu had to beat Onosho twice. In their first match, he sent Onosho to the edge, at which point Onosho executed a sideways throw. The gyoji pointed to Onosho, but the shimpan said it needed a rematch. A highly similar match took place in the torinaoshi, but Onosho didn't execute the throw quite as well.
M7w Tomokaze (4-0) wins by oshidashi over M6w Shimanoumi (1-3)
Tomokaze remains unblemished. He also has yet to see too serious a challenge. Against Shimanoumi, he pushed so hard and consistently from the start that Shimanoumi never got going.
M6e Chiyotairyu (3-1) wins by tsukiotoshi over M5e Kotoshogiku (3-1)
This was one of those matchups between two long serving veterans where they try and outsmart each other. Kotoshogiku attempted to get under Chiyotairyu's fearsome charge, but Chiyotairyu grabbed his head and pushed him down.
M4w Ichinojo (3-1) wins by oshidashi over M5w Takarafuji (1-3)
Ichinojo unleashed an unreal tsuppari attack on Takarafuji. It's to Takarafuji's credit that he withstood most of the initial charge and even briefly locked Ichinojo up, but getting repeatedly slapped in the face cannot help anyone. Eventually, Ichinojo just proved to much for Takarafuji.
M2e Aoiyama (3-1) wins by tsukiotoshi over M4e Meisei (0-4)
Meisei still hasn't notched a win. Aoiyama did his typical redirect, but perhaps with a little more force than usual. Meisei went down despite even holding onto Aoiyama's belt.
S1e Mitakeumi (3-1) wins by oshidashi over M3e Shodai (2-2)
After his Day One loss to Aoiyama, Mitakeumi has looked outstanding. He didn't allow for the usual craziness from Shodai by gaining a quick and overwhelming advantage from the jump with repeated shoves to the chest.
M2w Endo (2-2) wins by yorikiri over S1w Tamawashi (0-4)
Tamawashi has looked like 80% of himself this tournament. In this match, he landed his signature nodowa on Endo's throat, but Endo resisted it more easily than usual. Endo got the simple yorikiri.
M3w Daieisho (2-2) wins by oshidashi over O2w Tochinoshin (0-4)
Tochinoshin's right knee is beyond problematic. He had no ability to get traction when Daieisho moved sideways on him, which resulted in him spinning around and getting pushed out.
O1w Takayasu (3-1) wins by shitatedashinage over M1e Asanoyama (1-3)
This was a fun one, as both men interrupted their opponents' plan. Takayasu prevented Asanoyama's left-hand grip, but Asanoyama got underneath the Ozeki. Instead of reaching a stalemate, they went back and forth and all over the dohyo. After a few mad scrambles, Takayasu finally won with a wild spinning throw. The good news for Asanoyama is he has held his own against the top wrestlers and looks like he belongs.
M1w Hokutofuji (1-3) wins by hatakikomi over O1e Goeido (2-2)
Goeido seemed somehow unprepared for Hokutofuji to throw off a nodowa, which is his preferred offense. After being upended by the chin shove, Goeido did fight back well, but he never had the upper hand. Hokutofuji was finally able to slap down a skittering Goeido for his first win.
Y1e Kakuryu (4-0) wins by tsukidashi over K1e Abi (1-3)
Kakuryu seemed bothered by Abi's typical double hand to the throat tsuppari, but the Yokozuna didn't go backwards. That allowed him to move forward and return fire to Abi's chest for an easy win.
Y1w Hakuho (4-0) wins by yorikiri over K1w Ryuden (2-2)
Ryuden's best sumo involves making his opponent uncomfortable and fight awkwardly. Hakuho has so many skills he is almost never out of sorts. After some maneuvering, Ryuden was escorted to the edge fairly simply.