Outstanding Performance Award: None
Outstanding Technique Award: None
Fighting Spirit Award: Takayasu
In the juryo division, Takamisakari managed to resist Wakakoryu's shove to win. But with only 5 wins at the ranking of juryo number 12, his demotion to makushita was clear. The popular "Robocop" announced after his bout he has decided to retire. He will become a coach under the name of Furiwake at his Azumazeki Stable. In the makuuchi division,Miyabiyama thrust down Asahisho for his 3rd win. The former ozeki will surely be demoted to juryo but he showed his ambition to continue his fighting career. Takayasu lost this ti9e to Tochiozan but was awarded Fighting Spirit Award for 12 wins. Baruto drove out Ikioi to secure a majority win. The Estonian will remain sekiwake. Goeido shoved down Tochinoshin to secure a majority win. So did Kotoshogiku by defeating Kakuryu. Harumafuji got a good position against Hakuho and drove out the senior yokozuna. Harumafuji finished the tourney with a perfect record. He was awarded the Prime Minister's Trophy by Shinzo Abe himself.
Miyabiyama attacked Satoyama, pulled back, attacked, pulled back and was finally about to win with a thrust down. It's the former ozeki's 2nd win. Goeido charged into Takayasu. Takayasu took advange of the force to throw Goeido. It's Takayasu's 12th win. Kotoshogiku shoved and shoved without giving up and defeated Aran for his 7th win. Koto-o-shu got hold of Baruto's belt and drove the Estonian out. Hakuho and Kisenosato slapped eachother. In the end Hakuho drove the ozeki out. Harumafuji managed to force Kakuryu out. With this win, Harumafuji clinched the Emperor's Cup for the 5th time.
Miyabiyama weakly lost again to Tama-asuka. He only has 1 win still. Baruto was driven out by Takayasu who clinched in 11th win. With this defeat Baruto will not be able to return to ozeki. Tochiozan forced Kotoshogiku to fall on his belly. The ozeki succumbed to his 7th loss. Koto-o-shu and Tochinoshin, 2 tall guys, grabbed eachother, then the Bulgarian threw the Georgian to win. Koto-o-shu secured a majority win. Kisenosato charged forward, but lost control and Harumafuji drove him out from behind. Hakuho forced Kakuryu out.
Aminishiki thrust out Goeido. With this both are 6-6. Baruto grabbed Toyonoshima and won by driving him out for his 7th win. Kisenosato forced himself on Kakuryu and won as he fell. It's Kisenosato's 10th win. Koto-o-shu immediately grabbed the front part of Hakuho's belft then drove the yokozuna out. It's Hakuho's 2nd loss. Harumafuji shoved down Kotoshogiku by his head to win his 12th bout. The ozeki succumbed to his 6th loss.
Baruto gave thrusts and pushed out Myogiryu. It's his 6th win. He still holds hope to return to ozeki. Kakuryu forced Aran down for a majority win. Kaisei pushed Kisenosato to the edge. Kisenosato shifted to the side and drove the Brazilian out. Harumafuji thrusted Koto-o-shu, shoved the Bulgarian's back,then forced him down. Harumafuji's record is still perfect. Hakuho struggled but managed to drive out Kotoshogiku for his 10th win.
Kisenosato faced another ozeki Kotoshogiku. The two tried to shove eachother but neither would move. This nearly 1 min bout ended with Kisenosato driving out Kotoshogiku. Koto-o-shu shifted position then forced Kyokutenho out. Kakuryu gave Kaisei an arm throw to win his 7th bout. Hakuho gave Goeido a slap on the face then drove him out. Harumafuji banged into Baruto then took his belt and shoved his back to win.
Miyabiyama drove Tamawashi down and won his first bout. Fans gave him a big applauce. The former ozeki was in tears. Kotoshogiku banged into Kaisei and forced the Brazilian to fall. Koto-o-shu had his arms over Kakuryu, but Kakuryu kept himself inside the Bulgarian and shoved to win. Kisenosato managed to force Toyonoshima out. Harumafuji attacked Goeido then drove Goeido down. Hakuho banged into Baruto and quickly drove the big former ozeki out. Hakuho secured a majority win.
Baruto shoved and shoved to defeat Aminishiki. Koto-o-shu gave Tochiozan a thrust then pushed him out. Goeido pushed forward and drove Kakuryu out. Both are 5-3. Kisenosato forced Shohozan out the ring. It's the ozeki's 6th win. Kotoshogiku shoved and shoved then pulled back to throw Toyonoshima. Hakuho quickly threw Kaisei. The Brazilian rolled on the ring. Harumafuji moved away prompting Gagamaru to fall. With this, Harumafuji clinched a majority win.
On a sold out day, sad news for sumo fans. Former star yokozuna Taiho passed away at 3:15 pm. He was 72. Bouts meanwhile were carried out. Baruto pushed out Tochiozan for his 4th win. Kakuryu forced Kyokutenho down on his rear. Kisenosato drove Goeido down on his hands. Kotoshogiku struggles against Shohozan and in the end the ozeki loses. Koto-o-shu rolls Gagamaru on the ring. Harumafushi shoves Kaisei from behind to win. Hakuho throws Toyohibiki for his 6th win.
Tochiozan moved around and drove Goeido out for his 3rd win. Kisenosato was able to force Toyohibiki out. Kotoshogiku was pushed back to the verge of the ring, but stayed inside then gave Myogiryu a throw to win his 4th bout. Koto-o-shu drove Kasei out. Kakuryu managed to force Baruto out. Hakuho charged forwward and forced Kyokutenho out. Harumafuji banged into Shohozan, stayed low and drove Shohozan out.
Baruto picked up Shohozan by his belt and swung him out for his 3rd win. Aminishiki thrust down Kotoshogiku. Goeido and Koto-o-shu tried a throw on eachother. Koto-o-shu fell fist and succumbed to his 3rd loss. Kakuryu drove out Toyonoshima. Kisenosato drove Myogiryu out. Harumafuji's shove forced Toyohibiki down. Hakuho quickly drove out Tochiozan.
Aoiyama lost his first bout against Gagamaru. Kaisei defeated Ikioi by driving him out. It's the Brazilian's 3rd win. Miyogiryu shoved Koto-o-shu's head and drove him down. Both are 2-2. Aminishiki also won by thrusting down Kakuryu. They're both 2-2. Kisenosato and Baruto fought aggressively with neither side giving up. In the end, they threw eachother. The ruling was Kisenosato's elbow touched the dirt first. Goeido quickly drove down Kotoshogiku who succumbed to his first loss. No ozeki won on the day. Hakuho pushed out Toyonoumi. Harumafuji was about to fall in the beginning, but managed to get himself put and drive Kyokutenho out.
Goeido shoved Baruto's back to win. It's already Baruto's 2nd loss and he seemed to be in pain. Kakuryu attacked Shohozan then thrust him down. Tochiozan kept his head low to shove Kisenosato and won. Kotoshogiku at the verge of the ring threw Toyohibiki. Aminishiki gave Koto-o-shu a thrust than pulled back putting the Bulgarian off balance. Harumafuji tripped Toyonoshima. Hakuho gave Miyogiryu a thrust, then Miyogiryu shoved while the yokozuna pulled out, with Hakuho succumbing to his first loss.
Toyonoshima overwhelmed Goeido, driving him out. Tochinoshin forced Gagamaru to fall off the ring. Kisenosato beat Kyokutenho. Baruto faced Kotoshogiku who forced him out. Baruto needs 10 wins to regain ozeki status. Koto-o-shu gave thrusts and then forced Shohozan down on his hands. Tochiozan gave Kakuryu a powerful shove to win. It's the ozeki's first loss already. . Hakuho threw Aminishiki to win. Harumafuji forced Miyogiryu out.
For the first time in 3 years, the new year tourney sold out. In the fully packed crowd top rankers performed well. Baruto, who has been demoted to sekiwake struggled against Toyohibiki but managed in the end to throw out with his right. Goeido and Kaisei both got hold of eachothers belt. Goeido did not give up and drove the Brazilian out. Kotoshogiku rushed into Kyokutenho, shoved and shoved and won. Koto-o-shu got hold of the front of Toyonoshima's belt and shoved forward. The Bulgarian ozeki won. Myogiryu shoved forward, and pressured Kakuryu to the edge of the ring. The Mongolian ozeki then shifted position and drove Myogiryu down. Aminishiki attached Kisenosato's face. Kisenosato gave a counterattack which forced Aminishiki on his butt. Harumafuji cautiously fought a bout in which he drove out Tochiozan. Hakuho gave shoves and forced Shotenho who wore golden mawashi on his knee.
Pre Tourney highlight
Event in Shinjuku
On Jan 11, the association did the unusual. It brought sumo wrestlers to entertain fans outside of the bustling Shinjuku Station. It's seen to be part of an attempt to draw more people to sumo. It's served chunko or hot stew 2 days in a row.
Demand on Harumafuji
Japan Sumo Association is pressuring Harumafuji to win more bouts as his debut tourney as yokozuna last time ended in only 9 wins.
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