2018 Haru Basho.

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    Haru Day 1: Kakuryu opens strong in Osaka
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    Kakuryu, whose participation at Edion Arena Osaka was in doubt due to pain in his right fingers, barely needed to use that hand as he rocked komusubi Chiyotairyu back with his charge and drove him from the ring with a minimum of fuss.

    The lone yokozuna competing in Osaka after the withdrawal of his colleagues Hakuho and Kisenosato, Kakuryu will be hoping to emulate his start in January's New Year tourney, when he won his first 10 bouts before being slowed by injury.

    January's champion, Tochinoshin used his superior strength to seal a comprehensive win over Takarafuji. Fighting as a sekiwake for the first time since the July 2016 tourney, the Georgian got the better of the initial collision, forcing the No. 2 maegashira back at the start. Both wrestlers were able to grab belt holds, but Takarafuji could not prevent being lifted off his feet and deposited on the wrong side of the straw bales.

    Osaka native Ozeki Goeido lost traction with his left foot as he and No. 1 maegashira Tamawashi shoved away at each other and was easily pushed out of the ring to open his home grand tournament with a defeat.

    Takayasu, coming off his best record as an ozeki in January, when he went 12-3, lost to popular top-ranked maegashira Endo. The ozeki tried to slap Endo back but was unable to keep his opponent in front of him. With a nice display of footwork and balance, Endo dodged a Takayasu shove, pivoted and pushed the ozeki over the straw bales and into the crowd.

    "I moved well. That was the best thing today," Endo said. "I want to win every day, but there is a lot of focus on the first day, so it feels particularly good."

    Mitakeumi, competing as a sekiwake for the fifth straight grand tournament, forced No. 2 maegashira Arawashi back with his charge and executed a nifty beltless arm throw to earn the victory.

    Ichinojo's bulk proved too much for former ozeki and current No. 3 maegashira Kotoshogiku to budge, as the Mongolian komusubi bided his time until he could seize a belt hold and force out his opponent.

    No. 7 maegashira Abi, who went 10-5 in his makuuchi division debut in January, pushed over 35-year-old veteran No. 7 Yoshikaze at the straw to open with a win in their first career matchup.

    In the second-tier juryo division, Takanoiwa, the wrestler who was suffered head injuries in an October assault by former yokozuna Harumafuji, returned to action for the first time since, and recorded a win.

    Harumafuji retired in the wake of the scandal that erupted after news of the incident broke in November.

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    A good start for Kakuryu, Endo, Tochinoshin, Tamawashi, and Ichinojo. I was sorry to hear that Onosho will miss this basho. It's good to see sumo again.
     
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    Kakuryu will be under massive pressure, he threw the last tournament away, if the sole yokozuna competing can't win this time, he may well be asked to retire.

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    Haru Day 2: Kakuryu stays undefeated after 2nd day of Spring tourney
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    Kakuryu (2-0), who suffered an injury to his right fingers at January's New Year tourney, was pushed off balance and driven to the edge of the ring by Endo (1-1), who had won two of their seven previous encounters.

    But the yokozuna budged no further, toppling the top-ranked maegashira with two big downward slaps to earn his second straight win at Edion Arena Osaka.

    January's champion Tochinoshin (1-1) suffered his first defeat of the tournament to top-ranked maegashira Tamawashi (2-0). After a thunderous clash, the recently-promoted sekiwake was pushed down by Tamawashi in a flurry of pushes and slaps.

    In their third meeting, ozeki Goeido (1-1) charged Arawashi (0-2) for a solid belt hold, forcing the No. 2 maegeshira from the ring for the Osaka native's first win on home soil.

    Ozeki Takayasu (0-2) was no match for komusubi Ichinojo (2-0), and was almost immediately pulled down by the 215-kilogram Mongolian for his second straight defeat.

    After a mid-ring standstill, sekiwake Mitakeumi (2-0) avoided being thrown by Takarafuji (0-2) and instead forced the No. 2 maegashira into a fall over the straw bales.

    Former ozeki and current No. 3 maegashira Kotoshogiku (1-1) made short work of Chiyotairyu (0-2) after locking arms with the komosubi and flinging him onto his back.

    In the second-tier juryo division, Takanoiwa, the wrestler who suffered head injuries in an October assault by former yokozuna Harumafuji, fought his 600th match and notched his second win of the tournament.

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    Kakuryu came close to an upset loss against Endo. I'm eager to see him against the ozekis and Ichinojo.

    Tochinoshin's leg looks as if it could be giving him problems again. I was glad to see Kotoshogiku get his first win. He's struggled a lot in these recent bashos, I guess age taking it's toll.
     
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    Tochinoshin was injured before the tournament but said he hoped to be able to last all fifteen days.

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    Haru Day 3: Kakuryu spotless after 3rd day of Spring sumo
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    Kakuryu (3-0) got the better of the initial charge against top-ranked maegashira Tamawashi (2-1), shoving his fellow Mongolian into a backwards slide and slapping him down for a third-straight win at Edion Arena Osaka.

    January's champion Tochinoshin (2-1), fighting as a sekiwake for the first time since July 2016, came back from his first defeat on Monday to beat No. 3 maegashira Kotoshogiku (1-2).

    The Georgian, who went into the match having won just six of their 30 career encounters, nearly lifted the 178-kilogram several times before forcing the former ozeki from the ring.

    Komusubi Ichinojo (3-0) also notched his third win after a long standstill with winless Takarafuji (0-3). The No. 2 maegashira just couldn't budge the hulking Mongolian, and Ichinojo used his 47-kg weight advantage to slowly inch Takarafuji from the ring.

    A day after giving Kakuryu a scare, top-ranked maegashira Endo (2-1) scored a quick victory over Mitakeumi (2-1), slapping the charging sekiwake down in a moment of unbalance to hand him his first loss.

    After giving Chiyotairyu (0-3) a sharp slap before colliding, Osaka-native Goeido (2-1) got a solid arm hold on the recently-promoted komusubi and quickly thrust him down for the ozeki's second win at his home venue.

    No. 2 Arawashi (0-3) nearly escaped a third straight defeat when Takayasu (1-2) almost toppled after a charge. But the ozeki maintained his footing and issued a shove that sent his opponent over the straw bales.

    Takayasu, who went 12-3 in January's tourney, earned his first win here and a fourth in four career meetings with the Mongolian.

    Five other wrestlers are still undefeated after the third day, including, No. 4 Shohozan, No. 6 Kaisei, No. 10 Chiyonokuni, No. 14 Ikioi and No. 17 Aoiyama.

    In the second-tier juryo division, Takanoiwa, the wrestler who suffered head injuries in an October assault by former yokozuna Harumafuji, suffered his first defeat and sits at 2-1.

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    A good day of sumo. The ozekis did better today. Ichinojo and Shohozan are some of my favourites to watch and they seem have started off well.

    I have a question, do the wrestlers, rikishi choose their mawashi colours?
     
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    Yes, all fighters in the top two divisions can choose their colour of mawashi. Makushita and below - the colour is only black.

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    Haru Day 4: Kakuryu unbeaten after 4 days of Spring Sumo
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    Kakuryu wasted little time in the final match at Edion Arena Osaka, pushing No. 2 maegashira Arawashi straight from the ring, handing his fellow Mongolian a fourth straight defeat.

    In a massive show of strength, Mitakeumi (3-1) beat the colossal Ichinojo to hand the komusubi his first loss here. After a standstill typical of the bouts here so far involving the hefty Mongolian, the sekiwake steadily pushed Ichinojo from the ring, making light of a 51-kilogram weight disadvantage.

    Takakeisho (2-2) defeated newly-promoted sekiwake Tochinoshin (2-2) in a hard-fought match that saw the No. 3 maegashira narrowly survived a boisterous chase by January's champion. Takakeisho nearly lost his balance and was driven to the edge by the charging Georgian, but awkwardly recovered and used Tochinoshin's momentum to push him down and out from behind.

    Endo (3-1) earned a quick victory over ozeki Goeido (2-2) when the Osaka native slipped and was easily thrust down by the top-ranked maegashira.

    Takayasu (2-2), who was 12-3 in January's tourney, beat top-ranked maegashira Tamawashi (2-2). The two wrestlers traded loud jabs before the ozeki gave the decisive downward slap to the Mongolian.

    Komusubi Chiyotairyu picked up his first victory by beating winless Takarafuji. The komosubi forced the No. 2 maegashira back to the edge of the ring before pulling Takarafuji down by the arm and neck.

    Besides Kakuryu, four other wrestlers are still undefeated: No. 4 Shohozan, No. 6 Kaisei, No. 14 Ikioi and No. 17 Aoiyama.

    No. 12 Kotoyuki (0-4), who suffered defeats on each of the first three days, withdrew from the tournament after being sidelined with a right leg injury.

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    I liked the Takakeisho vs Tochinoshin match today. Great sumo. Endo continues to impress. Impressive power shown by Mitakeumi in his win over Ichinojo.

    Thank you. In hindsight, I think I already asked you that question a few bashos ago, I guess I forgot. I was just wondering as I noticed Yoshikaze and another rikishi had changed their colours.
     
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    Yes, Chiyotairyu has opted for a pink style this time.

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    Haru Day 5: Kakuryu stays perfect after rematch
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    Pushed to the edge of the straw bales by No. 2 Takarafuji, the sole grand champion at Edion Arena Osaka failed to keep both feet inside while pulling down his charging opponent.

    Unable to determine whether Kakuryu's foot left the ring before Takarafuji's shoulder hit the ground, the judges ordered a rematch.

    The Mongolian made no mistake the second time around, using his strength to quickly drive the winless Takarafuji out.

    The victory in the final bout of the evening left Kakuryu as one of three wrestlers with a perfect record after the fifth day of the tournament, along with No. 4 Shohozan and No. 6 Kaisei.

    Forced to the edge of the ring in his bout with No. 5 Chiyomaru, Brazilian-born Kaisei used his 205-kilogram frame to hold off his opponent before lifting him out by the belt.

    Facing Arawashi, Shohozan kept his feet following an attempted throw before using his taller opponent's momentum to force the No. 2 maegashira out.

    Following a disappointing 0-2 start, ozeki Takayasu secured his third straight victory by throwing down No. 3 Kotoshogiku (1-4).

    After being pushed onto the back foot, Takayasu demonstrated impressive strength and technique to hold off the former sekiwake before tossing him to the ground.

    Ozeki Goeido (3-2) overwhelmed No. 3 Takakeisho (2-3), quickly pushing him out backwards for the Osaka native's third win at his home venue.

    Komusubi Ichinojo beat No. 1 Endo (3-2) to move to 4-1. After the opening tussle, the pair stayed locked motionless for several seconds before the giant Mongolian used his 61-kg weight advantage to bulldoze the lower-ranked wrestler out of the ring.

    Sekiwake Tochinoshin (3-2) picked up a much-needed win against komusubi Chiyotairyu (1-4) after suffering his second loss the previous day. The New Year tourney winner, who came into the Osaka meet carrying a foot injury, agilely maneuvered behind his charging opponent and quickly forced him out.

    Sekiwake Mitakeumi (4-1) stayed in the hunt by beating Mongolian top-ranked maegashira Tamawashi (2-3). The pair traded pushes and slaps after Mitakeumi attempting a throw in the opening exchange, with the Japanese-born wrestler getting the victory by push out.

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    Enjoyable matches today. I enjoyed the slow plotting sumo between Ichinojo and Endo. Kakuryu was lucky to get a rematch and did better the second time around. I like Takarafuji and Kotoshogiku but both have had such poor showings thus far. Good to see Shohozan 5-0.

    Good eye, I had forgotten Chiyotairyu.

    Do the rikishi have mouth guards of any sort? One would think their teeth need to be protected with the headshots and slaps.
     
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    No, no mouth guards as far as I know.

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    Haru Day 6: And then there were 2 as Kakuryu and Kaisei share lead
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    Kotoshogiku (1-5), now wrestling as a No. 3 maegashira, tried to ram the yokozuna out with a high energy charge, but Kakuryu showed his skill by grabbing hold of Kotoshogiku's arm and twisting him down with the help of the maegashira's momentum.

    Kaisei remained unbeaten in unusual fashion. His opponent, No. 8 maegashira Daiesho (3-3) lost his footing on the initial collision, and two shoves saw him backpedaling to the straw bales, where he tried but failed to regain his balance and fell backward out of the ring.

    Fourth-ranked maegashira Shohozan, who started the day with a share of the lead at 5-0, proved too aggressive for his own good in a loss to ozeki Goeido.

    With local fans chanting his name, Goeido, who is from Osaka, set Shohozan up for a fall. Shohozan employed his trademark frenetic slapping attack, but was done in by a well-timed step back by Goeido (4-2), who guided his lunging opponent to the sandy surface.

    Ozeki Takayasu also improved to 4-2, patiently outlasting a tenacious assault from winless No. 2 maegashira Takarafuji, who he finally expelled from the ring with a pulling overarm throw.

    Sekiwake Mitakeumi suffered his second defeat at the hands of No. 3 maegashira Takakeisho. The maegashira's charge forced Mitakeumi up onto his heels, and as Takakeisho (3-3) pulled back, the sekiwake lunged forward off balance and was easily shoved out.

    The other sekiwake, January champion Tochinoshin, improved to 4-2 with an impressive win over Endo (3-3). After fending off a powerful charge, the top-ranked maegashira and the sekiwake spun around the ring, each clinging to a belt hold. When the merry-go round stopped, Endo shook Tochinoshin's left hand off his belt but fell victim to a right-handed armlock throw.

    Ichinojo improved to 5-1 after weathering a determined, if futile, shoving and slapping attack from rival komusubi Chiyotairyu (1-5). Try as he might, Chiyotairyu made no headway. As the attack lost steam, Ichinojo stepped forward, wrapped up his opponent's torso and maneuvered him out to his fifth defeat.

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    The Tochinoshi vs Endo match was fierce, my favourite match today. Ichinojo continues to have a good tourney. Kakuryu keeps winning at 6-0.

    In respects to rikishi such as Kotoshogiku and Yoshikaze who once had higher rank and are in their mid-30's, would they consider retiring if they were in peril of falling to juryo division?
     
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    Definitely in Kotoshogiku's case as he is a former ozeki, although Terunofuji has returned to action to juryo this time, but I think his knees are too badly damaged for him to make a worthwhile comeback even though he is still quite young. Yoshikaze has been ranked at sekiwake, so there isn't the same expectation on him to retire if he is on the verge of dropping down to juryo.

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    Haru Day 7: Kakuryu survives 1st week with perfect record, share of lead
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    Yokozuna Kakuryu survived a scare to remain unbeaten and tied for the lead on Saturday, the seventh day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

    After a string of comprehensive wins, the Mongolian grand champion was forced back to the straw after a strong initial slapping barrage by No. 3 Takakeisho (3-4). But the maegashira was unable to finish what he started, as Kakuryu escaped and drove him back across the ring and out.

    Kakuryu has been dealing with pain in his right hand since the January tournament, where he opened with 10 straight wins before being slowed by injury. The win leaves the yokozuna tied for the lead at Edion Arena Osaka with No. 6 maegashira Kaisei. Two other wrestlers are a win back at 6-1.

    For the second straight day, Kaisei's match was over as soon as it started. Although his charge was a little off balance, the Brazilian was able to wrap up No. 8 maegashira Kagayaki's torso with both arms and drive him from the ring. Kagayaki, who had beaten Kaisei in three of their four previous career bouts, fell to 3-4.

    No. 16 maegashira Daiamami remained one win back after taking a serious amount of hard hits from No. 10 Chiyonokuni (5-2), who failed to make any headway before running out of steam. When his opponent's pace slackened, Daiamami exploited his 38-kilogram weight advantage to push Chiyokuni to the edge and topple him with an easy overarm throw. No. 13 Daishomaru also won to improve to 6-1.

    Ozeki Goeido made short work of winless No. 2 maegashira Takarafuji to improve to 5-2. The ozeki from Osaka was pushed to the brink of defeat, balancing on one leg at the straw's edge, but was able to escape, turn the tables and throw Takarafuji, beating him for the 12th time in 17 career bouts.

    A day after Goeido halted his five-bout win streak, former sekiwake Shohozan suffered his second-straight loss to an ozeki. Takayasu (5-2), in his second marathon match in two days, and Shohozan battered away at each other. The two grappled, shoved, and twisted around and around, with Shohozan hitting the dirt after a failed attempt to break the stalemate.

    Both sekiwake, Tochinoshin and Mitakeumi, improved to 5-2. Tochinoshin dispatched winless No. 2 maegashira Arawashi with a slick overarm throw, while Mitakeumi just barely shoved the foot of komusubi Chiyotairyu (1-6) out before he himself fell.

    Komusubi Ichinojo was shoved out by Mongolian compatriot Tamawashi (4-3) to his second loss. After they collided, Tamawashi plowed his left palm into Ichinojo's face. Distracted by Tamawashi's left, the komusubi twisted violently to shake it off. But at that instant, Tamawashi planted both hands on Ichinojo's chest and shoved him across the straw.

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    Haru Day 8: Kakuryu, Kaisei remain in command of Spring tourney
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    Kakuryu failed to bundle out Shohozan with his initial charge but beat the energetic No. 4 maegashira at his own slapping-spinning game.

    Looking to wrap up his opponent and go for an easy forceout, the smaller Shohozan (5-3) slipped away and began slapping away at the yokozuna. But Kakuryu moved just as well, and Shohozan slipped to the surface while trying to dart around the grand champion.

    Kaisei made it look easy as he cruised to victory against ninth-ranked maegashira Okinoumi, a former sekiwake. The 205-kilogram Brazilian rushed forward trying to grab the front of Okinoumi's belt.

    Okinoumi managed to do no more than flail his arms as he was forced sliding backward to the straw and then shoved over to his third defeat.

    "It's been a long time since I secured a winning record this early," said the 31-year-old Kaisei, who suffered an injury here last year that saw him suffer two straight losing records and forced him to fight in the second-tier juryo division last September. "I'm still not 100 percent, but I'm doing my best."

    Reminded of Tochinoshin's January championship as a rank-and-file maegashira wrestler, Kaisei laughed. "Of course I want to win a championship, but that's pretty difficult," he said. "But I guess there is some chance, if I don't get hurt again. So I'll try everyday to not get hurt -- and to wrestle well."

    Only one wrestler, No. 16 maegashira Daiamami, boasts a 7-1 record after he dispatched No. 14 Nishikigi (3-5).

    Osaka native and ozeki Goeido (6-2) got the best in a tough match with former ozeki and No. 3 maegashira Kotoshogiku (2-6). Goeido wrapped up his longtime rival's torso on the opening collision and gradually worked Kotoshogiku out in their 48th career bout.

    After barely scraping out wins in each of his previous two bouts, ozeki Takayasu (6-2) easily shoved out No. 3 maegashira Takakeisho (3-5).

    Tochinoshin (6-2) won his sekiwake showdown with Mitakeumi (5-3) despite being beaten on the initial charge that saw Mitakeumi take on the Georgian's charge, pivot to his left and latch on to Tochinoshin's right arm.

    Tochinoshin started to stumble forward, but kept his feet because Mitakeumi was hanging on to him. Quickly regaining his poise, Tochinoshin used his right arm to lock up Mitakeumi's left and swing him down for the win.

    "I was aware he has changed his style, but I'd never seen him move like that," Tochinoshin said. "I am really glad to have won."

    Komusubi Ichinojo also stayed two wins off the lead, bouncing back from a lackluster loss on Saturday with a clinical forceout of winless No. 2 maegashira Arawashi.

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