DAY 13 of January 2012 Sumo Tournament
I caught the last hour or so of the January 2012 sumo basho or tournament. Almost didn't go as the weather was nasty with first rain then wet snow that didn't stick. I was glad I did though. Saw some intense matches especially the last one. Really enjoyed it! Here are some photos of the matches I saw on Day 13 mostly with winning shots.
ARAN vs KAISEI
Brazilian Kaisei beat Russian Aran with a yorikiri - frontal force out while holding onto an opponent's mawashi - loincloth
TENKAIHO vs KYOKUTENHO
Tenkaiho wins with a yorikiri
YOSHIKAZE vs TAKANOYAMA
Czech Takanoyama wins with a hikiotoshi - hand pull down
MYOGIRYU vs YOSHIAZUMI
Myogiryu wins with a oshidashi - frontal push out without griping the opponent's mawashi and maintaining hand contact
HOMASHO vs TOSAYUTAKA
Match goes to Homasho with a yorikiri
KITATAIKI vs TOYOHIBIKI
Toyohibiki wins with a yorikiri
TAKEKAZE vs OKINOUMI
Okinoumi wins with an oshidashi that sent Takekaze into the first row seats
TAKAYASU vs WAKAKOYU
Wakakoyu beats Takayasu with an oshidashi
GOEIDO vs TOYONOSHIMA
This was a pretty fierce match and the wrestlers stopped two or three times which the crowd loved. The gyoji (referee) had to adjust Goeido's mawashi at one point.
Toyonoshima ended up winning with an uwatedashinage - pulling overall throw that had Goeido eating salty ring dust.
KAKURYU vs AMINISHIKI
Aminishiki took a tumble to Kakuryu's hatakikomi - slap down where wrestler shifts away and slaps down the other's shoulder, back or arm.
BARUTO vs KOTOSHOGIKU
This match clinched Baruto's first tournament win with 13 wins, the highest this basho.
In this intense match Baruto actually succeeded in lifting Kotoshogiku off both of his feet before slamming him down with a shitatenage - underarm throw.
TOCHINOWAKA vs KISENOSATO
Kisensato wins with a yorikiri
MIYABIYAMA vs HARUMAFUJI
Harumafuji wins with a yorikiri after almost lifting his opponent off the ground
Whoa now, fellas! Not in front of the gyoji!
HAKUHO vs KOTOOSHU
This was an exciting match that looked like it could have gone either way several times as Yokozuna Hakuho and Ozeki Kotooshu battled for position. Finally Kotooshu forced Hakuho out with a yorikiri but with too much force that caused Hakuho to lose balance and fall backwards pulling Kotooshu into the front row seats with him.
How do you like those front row seats now?