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    Day 13 (results, text-only results) 12-1 Ye Kakuryu, Yw Hakuho 11-2 M16w Terutsuyoshi 10-3 M7w Tomokaze 12-1 Kakuryu Y Hakuho 12-1 3-5-5 Goeido O1 Takayasu 8-3-2 (x) kyujo Takakeisho O2 Tochinoshin 0-6-7 It's not often that Kakuryu has been outsmarted by somebody not also ranked at yokozuna, but today was such a day, courtesy of Tomokaze knowing exactly how to execute a backpeddling pulldown without compromising your own position in the process. Yubinhaad already gave some statistical details, so I'll just add that it's only the 50th kinboshi overall from M7 or lower (for comparison: M6 alone has seen 43, and that's not been a joi rank all that often). And so we enter the final weekend with the two yokozuna tied for the lead after Hakuho manhandled Myogiryu to the ground as he seems to like to do. Terutsuyoshi continued his stunning run with another strong victory over Onosho, but with the yokozuna yet to meet each other he's essentially one win behind the lead with one day to go, so he's in need of very favourable results just to get into a playoff. (More specifically, whoever ends up winning the senshuraku yokozuna showdown needs to lose tomorrow. Plus two more wins of his own, of course.) Tomokaze is out of the race for the same reason despite today's heroics. We've found our second sekiwake for Aki basho - Mitakeumi is kachikoshi now with a straight-forward overpowering of Kotoshogiku, so it's all but certain that he will be occupying the East side again while demoting kyujo ozeki Takakeisho is going to try to regain his rank with 10 wins from the West side. That just leaves the komusubi ranks to be settled, where incumbent Abi took the first of three steps to retain his position after all; a wild win over Daieisho today who did his best to hang in against Abi's relentless pushing for as long as he could, but completely failed to get his own pushing attack going. Ichinojo's reign as the virtual #1 contender for a sanyaku promotion has proved short-lived as Hokutofuji defeated him with a strong performance for his own kachikoshi today, and Endo (victory over Shimanoumi) is now also KK from a higher rank. Another joi battle saw Aoiyama prevail over Asanoyama, the latter now MK in his yusho defense. 8-5 Mitakeumi S Tamawashi 3-10 (x) 6-7 Abi K Ryuden 4-9 (x) (x) 5-8 Asanoyama M1 Hokutofuji 8-5 7-6 Aoiyama M2 Endo 8-5 (x) 6-7 Shodai M3 Daieisho 7-6 M4 Ichinojo 8-5 (x) 6-7 Kotoshogiku M5 M6 Shimanoumi 7-6 (x) (x) 8-5 Myogiryu M7 Tomokaze 10-3 (Shodai and Myogiryu would still be considered in the race in the by-the-numbers approach I usually take to decide who to list and who to eliminate, but neither can still pass Hokutofuji or Endo and there will be at most two slots open, so they're out.) Based on today's results I'm guessing Kakuryu would rather have faced Tamawashi (as Hakuho did) than Tomokaze... Tomorrow he meets freshly KK Mitakeumi, while Hakuho contends against the notionally much easier selection of Kotoshogiku. And in the sanyaku race Abi's komusubi slot will be on the line against Ichinojo. It's kind of rare for the last few days that maegashira at risk of demotion will meet head to head. Usually those matchups are all done already, but Nishikigi vs Tochiozan wasn't yet, and the fairly decisive victory by younger Nishikigi has put his veteran opponent in a harsh spot, needing to win both weekend bouts to not have to rely on banzuke luck to stay in the top division. He is the only one in this situation now after fellow oldie Toyonoshima swung Shohozan around and out of the dohyo for his almost-safe sixth win. (On a day with a lot of arm grab-related finishing in makuuchi...) Chiyomaru and Takagenji had opportunities to make sure of their makuuchi membership but neither managed to come through against Meisei and Sadanoumi respectively. At this rate Takagenji might end up having to hope that 4-11 is good enough to stay... ...and it might not be, as a single day of good results in high juryo can sometimes turn a middling race into a fairly strong one. Today's scores did exactly that with 5 of the 7 contenders between J1 and J4 posting wins, along with leading Tsurugisho who is nominally even the first contender in the unofficial promotion territory now. One more win will be advisable though given the occasional reluctance to promote rikishi from such lowish ranks as J6, especially those who would be newcomers to makuuchi. In any case all of Ishiura, Yutakayama and Takanosho have achieved their KKs now, the obvious minimum requirement to play any role in the promotion decisions at all. Tokushoryu fell to makekoshi, however, so no direct return to the top flight for him. M10 Takagenji 4-9 (1) (x) kyujo Yoshikaze M11 Nishikigi 5-8 (o) (2) 4-9 Tochiozan M12 (1) 5-8 Chiyomaru M13 (1) 6-7 Toyonoshima M14 (x) 3-10 Yago M15 Kaisei 1-10-2 (x) M16 (x) 5-8 Tokushoryu J1 Azumaryu 7-6 (1) (1) 8-5 Ishiura J2 (2) 7-6 Chiyoshoma J3 Yutakayama 8-5 (1) (~) 7-6 Wakatakakage J4 Takanosho 8-5 (2) (x) 6-7 Kyokushuho J5 (o) 11-2 Tsurugisho J6 (x) 7-6 Hidenoumi J7 Daishomaru 7-6 (x) (~) 9-4 Daiamami J8 J9 Kiribayama 9-4 (~) Credit where credit is due: That was good sumo by both Ikioi and Chiyonoumi today, and their victories over Arawashi and Sokokurai have served to move Ikioi to safe ground and Chiyonoumi just one win away from it. That wasn't exactly to be expected only a few days ago. The loss has also left Arawashi not quite safe yet as he enters the weekend, same as last basho (where he was 6-7 and needed to win one, eventually finishing 8-7). Young Kotonowaka avoided makekoshi and demotion for now, muscling Gagamaru out of the ring, but even younger Ryuko will have to regroup in makushita next time after his 7th loss in a row has ensured his demotion. Tough break after his promising 4-2 start. Ryuko's opponent was makushita guest Irodori who has thus earned the late kachikoshi and more importantly is now certain to return to juryo, hopefully for a better turn than last basho's 6-9 debut. J8 Ikioi 5-8 (o) J9 (1) 5-8 Chiyonoumi J10 Arawashi 5-8 (1) J11 Aminishiki 0-3-8 (i) J12 Ryuko 4-9 (x) J13 (x) 4-9 Akiseyama J14 Kotonowaka 6-7 (2) (o) 4-2 Seiro Ms1 Irodori 4-3 (o) Ms2 Hoshoryu 3-3 3-3 Tamaki Ms3 Ms4 Kaisho 3-3 Ms5 Wakamotoharu 5-1 The schedulers have opted to bring only one more 3-3 up into juryo, that being Kaisho against Arawashi tomorrow, while Hoshoryu and Tamaki have been given the perhaps even more cruel task of contesting their KK and possible promotion against each other. Wakamotoharu will then be filling in the Day 15 schedule, and at least by historical precedent he might be certain to earn the 3rd-best position in the promotion queue with a 6th win, potentially passing even a 4-3 Hoshoryu. (He would definitely be ahead of Kaisho and very likely Tamaki.) But just 5-2 would also be good if a 4th slot opens up, given that he should be ahead of Kaisho regardless of whether he finishes 4-3 or 3-4. Besides the Arawashi-Kaisho matchup further action will be delivered in Chiyonoumi-Wakatakakage (J4e 7-6) and Kotonowaka-Sokokurai (J5w 3-10).
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    Thanks for the updates @Asashosakari. This thread is great as usual. This basho will possibly see Tsurugisho finally reaching Makuuchi as one its greatest news promotion-wise. That is to say that unless some last day kachi-koshi brings a new face to Juryo it will be kind of boring in that department, which is rather normal after 4 promotions to juryo. Leaving sumo is Aminishiki, who received his own thread but here I would like to say that I got used to seeing him as last representative of an old way of doing sumo. He and former Ozeki Kaio really stood out from the crowd. Leaving Makuuchi for now is Yago. So far he has shown excellent raw power, but not much else. He looks injured to boot. Speaking of dropping, when I see the list of former sekitori I realize that only a handful of them still have decent a shot at regaining sekitorihood, but also that very few spots are available for those willing to hang up the mawashi and stay with the kyokai (which is not new, but I think about it every time I have the chance.). What occurred to me only today though is how many of these kabu on loan are in fact ejectable seats. Kotoshogiku is probably just one disastrous basho away from intai, Yoshikaze will to drop to Juryo for the first time in ages and Tochiozan, who has been a perennial member of Makuuchi since 03.2007 (!) is likely to follow suit. Both Ikioi and Chiyootori don't look that great either. There are some forced oyakata retirements for 2021, but that is unlikely to solve to problem. I am curious as to if the kyokai will come up with something, but for now I bet they won't. By the way, my post is not well-organized but I will leave it as is.
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    If Hakuho can win quickly, fine. It it takes him longer to do that (even quite a bit longer), that's okay with him, too. In this case, it was only a matter of time until he defeated Myogiryu. I don't understand why people complain that he doesn't finish off his opponents sooner. The object is not to win quickly. It's to win--period. And as far as I know, Hakuho is far better at doing that than anyone else around.
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    I usually watch the stream in japanese, so as I was watching Kintamayama's video which has the english audio I noticed how surprised the commentator was when Hokutofuji won today. The reason why I'm commenting on this is because it's not the first time I see the commentators on the english side treat Hokutofuji as he was just average. A different commentator was very surprised when Hokutofuji pushed Tochiozan out with just one hand (I think it was last basho ?) saying that Tochiozan was terribly injured to lose like this as he is 'at least twice the rikishi Hokutofuji is'. Yes Tochiozan is injured and past his prime, yes he was pretty darn good during his prime but that's just insulting to Hokutofuji. Tochiozan has much more sanyaku experience that's true, Hokutofuji only made it once as for now but he would have made it more often if not for some banzuke bad luck and had to come back from a leg injury. Yet he has 5 kinboshi already and is just starting to hit his prime. Tochiozan and Ichinojo are great but Hokutofuji is not that average. He is having a great basho and is improving a lot, I wish they'd stop sleeping on him like this.
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    He did his brand of sumo AND SOMEHOW WON AGAINST HAKUHO!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wBIotskibE To see this dramatic and very entertaining bout between Azumaryu and Tobizaru, see 50:05 on video.
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    Well, they should be aware that Hokutofuji has survived the meat grinder six basho in a row. He's a legit joi and should be regarded as such. Most of all, I like his deep vows to his opponent, and the crowd.
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    I think you're missing the context. It had become a belt battle, which is not oshizumo specialist Hokutofuji's strong point, and Ichinojo had a left hand uwate on Hokutofuji's mawashi, which is usually a win condition for the Mongolith (cba to go back to find who coined that, but I like it!). The commentator was surprised that Hokutofuji won under those circumstances, as was I - pleasantly I might add. Being able to handle yotsuzumo when necessary is probably a prerequisite for Hokutofuji making it to ozeki.
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    The Aki Jungyo will consist of 21 dates, 3 less than last year, it was announced today. It will commence on October 5th and end on the 27th.
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    Makuuchi gyoji Shikimori Kiichiro did not show up for work today. He felt numbness and was sent to the hospital. He was to be officiating in Juryo today- Kyokutaisei-Yutakayama and Chiyoshouma-Kyokushuuhou, but the next two gyoji did three bout each.
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    If he had been promoted to Ozeki immediately upon reaching sanyaku, he'd still be Ozeki, so I'd say he's been very Ozeki-like. If you want an Ozeki to compare him with, there's Goeido, especially right after his promotion. Yes, he's only had one basho where he's hit double digits so far (though he has a chance still this basho), but that's only necessary for promotion; a large number of Ozeki never have another Ozeki run in their career, so it basically comes down to just hitting a fluke run of good enough results. I think at this point he'll get a promotion fairly easily if he comes anywhere close just like Goeido did. But he might just end up the next Wakanosato.
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    I have just noticed that on his short career as a joi maegashira, he took 5 kinboshi - spread from all 4 recent yokozuna. 4 of them were on consecutive basho. Between Nagoya 2017 and Hatsu 2018, he conquered the scalps of (respectively) Kakuryu, Harumafuji, Kisenosato and finally Hakuho.
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    “I, Hokutofuji, take thee, unsuspecting aite, to be my victim, to have and to hold by the throat and push thee forward ... “
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    Whether or not Mitakeumi beats Kakuryu or Kotoshogiku beats Hakuho tonight, we will still have an exciting showdown! The final "official" bout of the tournament will decide how this tournament will end. There are potentially two scenarios: 1) the final bout decides the championship outright (i.e., the Yokozuna with a 13-1 record wins that bout against the other Yokozuna with a 13-1 or 12-2 record) 2) the final bout decides if there will be a playoff bout (i.e., the Yokozuna with a 12-2 record wins that bout against the Yokozuna with a 13-1 record or the winner of a 12-2 v 12-2 matchup) – even more exciting is the potential for a two-way or three-way playoff with Terutsuyoshi involved. But Terutsuyoshi will have to win his last two bouts if there is to be any hope of this potentiality. I have my fingers crossed for a three-way playoff for the Makuuchi yusho. I just would love to be able to say I witnessed someone at the bottom of the banzuke fighting two men at the top of the banzuke for the championship. And just imagine if Terutsuyoshi were to win the playoff! The sumo world would go crazy!!!!!
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    Considering how every single Mongolian goes slappy happy against Takarafuji... Has he ever spoken ill of their motherland? I'm not a fan of how Hakuho overcompensates his waning in-bout intimidation factor with thuggish bullying.
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    As I understand it, Banjaku hurt his knee during a long bout against Tamanishiki, and was unable to resume after it was halted for a mizu-iri. The next day's torikumi having already been set, he wasn't able to participate and got the second fusenpai. After a day off he rejoined the basho, but evidently his knee was in bad shape and he lost his last four bouts. It was his only basho in a sanyaku rank. In the very next basho, Banjaku fought another long bout against Ozeki Kagamiiwa. The bout was halted for a mizu-iri and, still with no result, again for a ni-ban-go torinaoshi. The ageing Kagamiiwa was exhausted and couldn't participate (he would retire after the following basho), but in an admirable display of sportsmanship, Banjaku declined to accept his forfeiture and so the bout was recorded as a double fusenpai.
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    The ex-sekitori through Day 10. new KK: Wakamotoharu, Sakigake, Sagatsukasa, Higonojo, Terunofuji, Kaonishiki, Dairaido new MK: Daiseido, Churanoumi, Nionoumi Record Rank Shikona Heya Age Out 3-2 Ms1e Seiro Shikoroyama 30 1 3-2 Ms1w Irodori Shikoroyama 27 1 1-4 Ms2e Daiseido Kise 26 2 1-4 Ms3w Churanoumi Kise 25 1 2-3 Ms4e Chiyootori Kokonoe 26 10 0-5 Ms5e Fujiazuma Tamanoi 32 14 4-1 Ms5w Wakamotoharu Arashio 25 2 kyujo Ms6e Chiyonokuni Kokonoe 29 1 5-0 Ms7e Akua Tatsunami 28 5 2-3 Ms10e Hakuyozan Takadagawa 24 1 2-3 Ms11e Kizenryu Kise 34 6 3-2 Ms13e Asabenkei Takasago 30 7 2-3 Ms13w Toyohibiki Sakaigawa 34 9 3-2 Ms14w Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 28 36 2-3 Ms17w Jokoryu Kise 30 3 0-4-1 Ms21w Masunoyama Chiganoura 28 26 4-1 Ms22e Sakigake Shibatayama 33 27 2-3 Ms23w Kitaharima Yamahibiki 32 11 4-1 Ms28w Sagatsukasa Irumagawa 37 32 1-4 Ms30e Nionoumi Yamahibiki 32 36 2-3 Ms31e Tokushinho Kise 35 22 2-3 Ms32w Asahisho Tomozuna 29 13 4-1 Ms39w Higonojo Kise 34 31 2-3 Ms40w Takaryu Kise 27 24 5-0 Ms41w Chiyonoo Kokonoe 28 4 4-1 Ms49e Kagamio Kagamiyama 31 19 3-2 Ms53w Gokushindo Nishikido 23 4 3-2 Ms57e Keitenkai Onomatsu 29 41 4-1 Ms59e Terunofuji Isegahama 27 7 3-2 Sd37e Yoshiazuma Tamanoi 42 29 4-1 Sd38w Kaonishiki Azumazeki 40 47 3-2 Sd49w Amakaze Oguruma 28 8 4-1 Sd53e Dairaido Takadagawa 39 77 3-2 Sd71w Yamaguchi Miyagino 30 9 kyujo Sd76w Ura Kise 27 9 5-0 Jd14e Homarefuji Isegahama 34 6 5-0 Jd27w Hitenryu Tatsunami 35 47
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