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Natsu 2019 Day Two Recap
M17e Chiyoshoma (1-1) wins by yorikiri over M16e Daishoho (1-1)
Chiyoshoma went chest to chest against Daishoho and somehow won. I guess for a wild wrestler, straight ahead sumo can be surprising.
M16w Ishiura (1-1) wins by yoritaoshi over J1w Ikioi (0-2)
Ikioi visited Makuuchi after one Juryo match. It went as well as his last basho.
M14e Tokushoryu (1-1) wins by oshidashi over M15e Terutsuyoshi (1-1)
Tokushoryu nearly got turned around by Terutsuyoshi, but managed to reengage him and go straight up for the win.
M15w Kotoeko (1-1) wins by oshidashi over M14w Enho (1-1)
Kotoeko isn't as tricky as Enho (no one is), but he proved he is just as athletic in controlling this match for a victory.
M13e Chiyomaru (2-0) wins by yorikiri over M12e Shimanoumi (0-2)
Chiyomaru once again uses his voluminous mass to win in the simplest of ways. Shimanoumi has as many losses in his Makuuchi debut as he did in each of his last two Juryo basho.
M13w Sadanoumi (1-1) wins by yorikiri over M12w Yago (1-1)
Sadanoumi looked dead set on getting a win and avoiding a second loss, overwhelming Yago in quick fashion.
M11e Shohozan (2-0) wins by yorikiri over M10e Kagayaki (0-2)
Shohozan looks engaged and in shape, which should be a frightening proposition for everyone near him in rank.
M10w Onosho (2-0) wins by yorikiri over M11w Tochiozan (0-2)
Onosho has his second straight win by going absolutely horizontal into his opponent. He is terrifying until he faces someone willing to henka and let him fly forward to the ground.
M9e Nishikigi (1-1) wins by kotenage over M8e Kaisei (0-2)
Kaisei was never really in position to win, but he had unbalanced Nishikigi. Then Nishikigi was able to pull the twisting arm throw to beat the big Brazilian.
M8w Asanoyama (2-0) wins by uwatenage over M9w Tomokaze (1-1)
Once again, Asanoyama's left hand grip makes all the difference, although this time he pulled a throw with it.
M7e Shodai (2-0) wins by tsukiotoshi over M6e Takarafuji (1-1)
Shodai is just a remarkably skilled rikishi once the tachiai is done, and he overcame his usual bad start to have a great win.
M6w Yoshikaze (1-1) wins by hatakikomi over M7w Meisei (0-2)
Yoshikaze absolutely attacked, then used his veteran guile to slap down Meisei when that didn't go to plan.
M5e Myogiryu (1-1) wins by yorikiri over M4e Okinoumi (0-2)
Myogiryu was a step faster at the start, and sometimes that's all it takes.
M5w Ryuden (2-0) wins by oshitaoshi over M4w Abi (1-1)
Abi would want a mono-ii at the least from this match, as his shin and Ryuden's hand seemed to hit nearly simultaneously. On the other hand, this was an ugly match no one really deserved to win.
K1w Mitakeumi (1-1) wins by hatakikomi over M3w Tamawashi (0-2)
After an inconclusive tachiai, these two began simply slamming into each other. It is a credit to Mitakeumi he could beat Tamawashi of all people in such a match.
S1e Ichinojo (1-1) wins by oshidashi over M3e Chiyotairyu (0-2)
Chiyotairyu got into the slap-fest that Ichinojo definitely did not want. Too bad for him, the Mongolian still came out on top by using his overwhelming size.
S1w Tochinoshin (2-0) wins by tsuridashi over M2w Daieisho (1-1)
Another day, another crane lift maneuver leading to a win for Tochinoshin. This is great news for him, especially as Daieisho did a decent job trying to block him.
O1e Goeido (2-0) wins by sukuinage over K1e Aoiyama (1-1)
Goeido is in his good form, which has a nasty habit of getting lost from time to time. Right now, he's a threat to anyone he faces.
O2e Takakeisho (2-0) wins by tsukidashi over M1w Kotoshogiku (1-1)
Everyone knows to avoid Takakeisho's hard shove to the gut. Takakeisho is learning how to get to it anyway. Watch out.
O1w Takayasu (1-1) wins by tsukidashi over M2e Endo (0-2)
Takakyasu recovers from a Day One loss to easily handle Endo, showing more of the form that could lead to his first yusho if he uses it consistently.
Y1w Kakuryu (2-0) wins by oshidashi over M1e Hokutofuji (0-2)
For Kakuryu, he is performing like the only Yokozuna around for May. For Hokutofuji, Maegashira 1 is proving to be as frustrating as Komusubi was last time.