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  1. 14 points
    They tried to give it to Chiyotairyu first, but he jumped backward and slapped the certificate on the ground. Chiyootori picked it up. The rest is history.
  2. 12 points
    I have no idea if @Asashosakari will be able to do his usual postings or not. If he does, then great. If not, then I'll have something here that we can work with. It won't be as detailed as usual. I'm much shorter on time this basho. Day 11 Makuuchi Yusho Yokozuna Terunofuji is in fine form, going undefeated so far. He's not as imperious as Hakuho was, but he is reading his opponent's moves well and has been able to counter everything so far. His biggest challenger so far is Ozeki Takakeisho, who often does well in Kyushu and looks strong again. At one loss, he could win the Yusho by beating Terunofuji in regulation and a playoff (assuming everything else goes his way). Also on one loss is the returning-from-suspension Abi. It's no great shock that he is doing well at a low Maegashira rank, but he is asked to face opponents from progressively further up the banzuke, so it would be a surprise to see him remain at one loss. Sanyaku This is the first banzuke without Hakuho since his retirement. The timing of his retirement means that there are only 41 makuuchi wrestlers this basho. Ozeki Shodai has looked good and not so good in parts but will probably get his 8 wins. Sekiwake Mitakeumi has 9 wins now and has locked down that East Sekiwake spot. West Seklwake Meisei is performing like last basho. He can only afford one more loss to retain his rank, but despite his Day 12 opponent being Terunofuji, his remaining opponents will all be ranked below him, so 8 wins isn't out of the question. The Komusubi pair both have 7 losses. They both have one more Sanyaku opponent they can fight. Kiribayama has his on Day 12 in the form of Shodai. Ichinojo still has Meisei, but that could be passed over if needed. If any spots open up then M2w Takanosho (7-4) is the frontrunner. M6w Tamawashi (9-2) is probably in second place, but any of the top 8 Maegashira (aside from Myogiryu) could make a claim if they win out. Makuuchi - Juryo There were two spots open in Makuuchi even before the basho started. One courtesy of Hakuho's retirement and one due to Asanoyama's suspension. Shohozan already has a demotable record. I'm going to list the rikishi who can still get demotable records and give how many wins they need to survive. (x) Free Spot (x) Asanoyama M10w Susp (~) Shohozan M17w 3-8 (3) Kaisei M17e 5-6 (3) Kagayaki M14e 3-8 (2) Chiyomaru M15e 5-6 (2) Tochinoshin M13w 4-4-3 (2) Yutakayama M13e 4-7 (1) Akua M16e 6-5 (1) Kotonowaka M11e 4-7 (1) Aoiyama M9e 3-8 (1) Kotoeko M8w 2-9 Kaisei and Kagayaki are the most in danger, and this is Kagayaki's 7th make-koshi in a row. There are no direct matchups on the slate for Day 12 amongst this group (unless you count Kotonowaka-Shohozan). There are not too many rikishi in Juryo with good-looking records yet, but Wakamotoharu has a promotable record already, and it is looking good that we'll see him in Makuuchi with his brother in January. I'm going to list the rikishi as I did before with win targets in brackets. (o) Wakamotoharu J1w 8-3 (1) Ichiyamamoto J4w 9-2 (2) Oho J7e 9-2 (3) Tsurugisho J1e 5-6 (4) Bushozan J3w 5-6 (4) Kotoshoho J6e 7-4 Everyone else would need some luck. Oho went undefeated through the first 9 days, but lost against promotion frontrunners Wakamotoharu and Ichiyamamoto. Juryo - Makushita Hakuho's retirement created the first slot here. Hokuseiho's ill fated sekitori debut has created the second. I'll list as before. (x) Free slot (x) Hokuseiho J12w 0-2-9 (3) Kyokushuho J14e 5-6 (3) Kyokutaisei J9e 2-9 (2) Yago J10e 4-7 (1) Tohakuryu J12e 6-5 (1) Churanoumi J8e 4-7 Not a long list, and recent evidence suggest that Tohakuryu and Churanoumi might be safe already. A lot of work to do for the Tomozuna pair though. 3-3 Jokoryu Ms1 Kotoyusho 4-2 Ms2 Shiba 4-2 4-2 Kitanowaka Ms3 4-2 Chiyoarashi Ms4 Fukai 3-3 Ms5 Asabenkei 3-3 No one from the extended promotion zone can get the yusho anymore after Roga was defeated by former Juryo veteran Chiyonoumi. Jokoryu could claim the first spot in his match up in Juryo with Tohakuryu. No one has claimed a spot yet, but it seems unlikely that Fukai or Asabenkei will make it.
  3. 12 points
    Hi folks! I'm a 54 years old German. I learned that reading in this forum is so much more pleasure- and so much more informative- than following weird Sumo groups in social networks that I finally created an account.
  4. 8 points
    Day 13 (results, text-only results) 13-0 Ye Terunofuji 12-1 M15w Abi 11-2 Ow Takakeisho Yokozuna Terunofuji easily prevailed over today's aite Mitakeumi, and took a big step towards becoming the first yokozuna since Taiho (!) to win his first two tournaments after promotion. His chances were arguably helped by the outcome of the match between his two pursuers, which was won convincingly by Abi, not Takakeisho, taking things out of the hands of his most troublesome challenger. Takakeisho will now have to rely on Abi pulling off another upset tomorrow, when he goes against the leader. Mitakeumi's fade with three losses in his last four matches has not done much for his ozeki hopes, but he might become a beneficiary of Abi's run here - he's certain to avoid at least one ozeki aite this basho, and may end up not facing either one if they decide to do Terunofuji-Takakeisho and Shodai-Abi on senshuraku. In any case, he's certain to go into the next tournament with a new West side counterpart at sekiwake after Meisei dropped to makekoshi against Endo today. Takanosho is the clear frontrunner to inherit the spot having gone up to 9-4 with a decisive victory over underranked Hokutofuji today. Two sanyaku slots will be available for sure even if Meisei hangs on to his as komusubi, as Ichinojo was also sent to MK by Ura and will join Kiribayama on the way back to the maegashira ranks. Outside of Takanosho it's a wide open race at this point, with what might be as many as six candidates still. (Or seven if a promotion were in the offing for a yusho winner Abi, although that would go against a lot of recent precedent.) 13-0 Terunofuji Y --- 9-4 Shodai O Takakeisho 11-2 9-4 Mitakeumi S Meisei 5-8 (x) 5-8 Ichinojo K Kiribayama 5-8 (x) 6-7 Daieisho M1 Wakatakakage 6-7 M2 Takanosho 9-4 6-7 Okinoumi M3 M4 Endo 7-6 M5 M6 Tamawashi 9-4 10-3 Ura M7 ... M12 Hokutofuji 9-4 (x) ... M15 Abi 12-1 As mentioned it's Terunofuji versus Abi tomorrow, while the ozeki are facing off after all. I wonder who they would set as Terunofuji's final opponent for Day 15 if the yusho is already decided tomorrow? There's no obvious answer here between Shodai as the higher-ranking ozeki and Takakeisho as the more winning one (and probably also the one the crowd would prefer to see). Mitakeumi's first of possibly two ozeki-replacement opponents will be Tamawashi, while a Wakatakakage-Endo matchup should see the loser eliminated from sanyaku contention. Ura gets another sanyaku opponent in Meisei, which could serve to open up a third slot for which he would then become a major candidate to fill it. __________________________________________________________________ A lot was cleared up in the low maegashira scene today with middle-ranked Kotoeko and Aoiyama finally securing undemotable records to make their tournament campaigns a little less forgettable. Yutakayama is also safe with his third straight win and has looked a lot more composed of late. The Kotoeko/Aoiyama victories came at the expense of Kagayaki and Shohozan, both now sporting double-digit losses on their hoshitori. Kagayaki might not get an opportunity to tack on an 8th straight makuuchi MK in January after all, as demotion looms large. Probably safe now is Tochinoshin, having defeated Chiyotairyu today - he still needs one more shiroboshi by the numbers, but at least four slots are guaranteed to be opened up before his would be needed (Hakuho, Asanoyama, Shohozan and now Kagayaki), and juryo will only produce at most four properly promotable records now. The same should be true for Chiyomaru, and he didn't even need to win for it today. Kaisei was also on the losing side of the Day 13 action, and unlike the others he remains at risk as a 6-9 finish at the lowest rank is probably beyond what's acceptable for a lucky stay even without anyone obvious to take his spot from juryo. Top-ranked juryo rikishi Tsurugisho has turned a 2-4 start around with 5 wins in the last 7 days, and he will now have two opportunities to clinch kachikoshi and an immediate return to the top flight. Other than that it wasn't a great day for those with promotion hopes: Oho, Kotoshoho, Bushozan and Daiamami all lost, with Daiamami definitely out of the running with a makekoshi record. (o) 3-10 Kotoeko M8 (o) 4-9 Aoiyama M9 M10 Asanoyama susp. (x) M11 M12 (o) 6-7 Yutakayama M13 Tochinoshin 5-5-3 (1) (~) 3-10 Kagayaki M14 (1) 6-7 Chiyomaru M15 M16 (2) 6-7 Kaisei M17 Shohozan 3-10 (x) (1) 7-6 Tsurugisho J1 Wakamotoharu 9-4 (o) (x) 5-8 Daiamami J2 J3 Bushozan 6-7 (~) J4 Ichiyamamoto 11-2 (o) J5 (~) 8-5 Kotoshoho J6 (2) 9-4 Oho J7 Kotoshoho and Bushozan will meet on Day 14 to eliminate one more promotion contender, while Tsurugisho will try to secure his KK against Enho. __________________________________________________________________ Chiyoarashi did the smart thing and approached the match with his hobbled aite Kyokutaisei in patient fashion to come out as the winner eventually. It's not a complete certainty yet that Kyokutaisei will get demoted as it's theoretically possible for him to improve his standing to fifth in the demotion queue and makushita only has four strong contenders for promotion, but that appears to be a rather inconceivable scenario at this point. Yago and Kyokushuho were also defeated today and find themselves on the bubble entering the final weekend. Newcomer Hiradoumi secured his spot for next basho, however, beating hapless upper-ranker Chiyonoo (now 3-10 at J5e). J9 Kyokutaisei 2-11 (~) (2) 4-9 Yago J10 J11 J12 Hokuseiho 0-2-11 (x) J13 Hiradoumi 7-6 (o) (2) 6-7 Kyokushuho J14 Ms1 Kotoyusho 4-2 (o) Ms2 Shiba 4-2 4-2 Kitanowaka Ms3 5-2 Chiyoarashi Ms4 Fukai 3-3 Ms5 Asabenkei 3-3 I hesitate to call it a done deal considering we've seen a lot of wacky promotion and non-promotion decisions in recent years, but Chiyoarashi should be in line for a long-awaited return to the paid ranks now, after 8+ years of hardship. At the moment he is only guaranteed to be fourth in line with three slots available, but tomorrow's torikumi sees Yago and Shiba face off, and Chiyoarashi really ought to be ranked ahead of the loser of that bout, either as the (at least) third of three promotees or as the fourth of four. In other action it's Kyokushuho against Nishikigi (J5w 6-7) with makekoshi and possibly demotion on the line, and Asabenkei will have his KK/MK decider in makushita against Shimazuumi (Ms6e 3-3). Fukai will be making an appearance in juryo on senshuraku, possibly to be joined by both Kotoyusho and Kitanowaka (who will otherwise fight each other). Edit: I almost forgot - today's loss by Kyokutaisei that opened up a third slot should be enough to guarantee Kotoyusho's juryo debut.
  5. 8 points
    Day 11: Wakamotoharu, Wakatakakage's brother, kachikoshi at the top of Juryo, virtually assuring him of a promotion to Makuuchi next basho, beating Ouhou. It will be the 12th time brothers will be in Makuuchi together:: "Well, we're mostly thinking of ourselves at this point. The promotion itself is not the point, the point is to gambarize and achieve good records when I'm up there.. " Hakkaku, on Abi, 10 wins in his return to Makuuchi, beating Ura today: " He is thrusting well without pulling at all, and that is a powerful thing. That is why Ura crumbled. He gives the feeling that he just wants to do good sumo. It seems that he is concentrating more on showing good sumo than the wins. Even if he loses the first step, he manages to move forward.." Takakeishou, right behind the leader with one loss, beating Endou who beat him in their last two outings:: "I feel I need to properly prepare for each bout. I'm thinking what needs to be done in order to win, and this was the result. Terunofuji? I'm just thinking of myself and I am only concentrating on my own affairs..' Mitakeumi, nine wins and getting closer to double-digit wins, beats Takayasu who had an 18-8 record over him: "Today my body was moving and I managed to get inside. My opponent never gives up until the very end. I lost yesterday but I guess i was able to bounce back. I intend to achieve the goal I had for this basho - I'd like to properly finish with double digit wins." Shoudai, beating Meisei for his seventh win, getting closer to that kachikoshi: "After the tachiai I was able to get my left in and was able to generate pressure on my opponent. Yesterday i was pushed back by Takayasu so i was planning to move forward. I've still got the other top rankers to face and I need to face them with a lot of concentration." Terunofuji remains unbeaten and in the lead: "My tachiai was bad. It was not sumo that I can be happy with, but I'm happy I went about it calmly. " He is being chased by two rikishi with one loss and three more with three losses. Mental state? "I will not change a thing," he summed. Houshouryuu beats Tobizaru and stops his two straight losses streak: "Today i wanted to grab my opponent. I calmly kept my eyes on my opponent and it became the sumo I had planned." Tomorrow, his uncle Asashouryuu is planning to visit the venue. "Man, I'm really pumped up for tomorrow," said ex-Asashouryuu. It's going to be the first time Houshouryuu performs in front of his uncle. "If he does come, i better do good sumo.." Abi, beating Ura, 10 wins: "I decided to properly get my first step in and calmly go about things. I think it went well. I'm not thinking about winning or losing, I'm just thinking of doing all-out sumo. In the past I used to go with my gut feelings. Nowadays I prepare while watching videos of my opponents and studying them well.. Guys like Tobizaru (yesterday) and Ura (today) - you never know what they'll come at you with.. If I don't think too much about the results, I can concentrate on my sumo." Hokutofuji, only two losses, as he is ranked low: " I know more than anyone the difference between the lower ranks and the joi, I felt it on my skin.. I'm passing every day with composure.." Akua, doing well at the edge but losing after a monoii: "I thought my opponent's foot went out first but I guess my body went dead first. I hope to face the next four days without doing anything unnecessary.." Shouhouzan, local boy who got his makekoshi yesterday, overwhelms his opponent today: "My body moved better than I thought. It's been a while since I did good sumo. I was able to respond to my fans. I am getting cheered even when I lose, so I want to do good sumo in the remaining days." Tamawashi, 37 year old veteran, ninth win: "A lot of young guys around me. If I pile on those wins I get to face the guys who are in good shape. I'm looking forward to that.." Shimanoumi, winning streak stopped at five: "I'm not thinking at all. It's still hard to accumulate those wins.." Wakatakakage, his brother clinching his kachikoshi and promotion to Makuuchi: "It's a great stimulus for me mentally. I will be concentrating on my own sumo.." (Talk about brotherly love- both of them seem to indicate they don't give a toss about the other..). Kiribayama, winning by tsuridashi: "It's not like I planned it. It came with the flow. I'd rather win by going forward.. Win or lose, I just want to show good sumo."
  6. 8 points
    Intense pre-tachiai staring and what a nice kubihineri. But PUT YER DAMN PAWS DOWN next time
  7. 7 points
    For some reason Takayasu is terribly inconsistent in terms of his sumo style nowadays (i.e. after his fall from ozeki). Quite unlike any other rikishi, Takayasu is capable of operating in two modes: a berserker-style oshi attack a la Shohozan or Chiyonokuni, and a more measured, yotsu style that shows heavy traces of Kisenosato's own style, which on paper should give him a really good advantage against all comers. That said, his yotsu style is stronger in terms of results, as it allows him to set up heavy matches of endurance which very few rikishi can win, and he is so strong with it that his return to ozeki was actually a somewhat realistic prospect when he returned to sanyaku since his demotion. Unfortunately, he also suffers from a few disadvantages: His bouts are by far the longest in the upper division, which means he can run out of steam towards the end of a basho. He's also carrying several injuries which thankfully don't show as much as you would expect them to, relative to other rikishi. He's never had yusho experience, and he has a tendency to choke in the home stretch of a yusho race. He had a golden opportunity to claim his first yusho last year (?) and absolutely blew it, gaining a very dubious honour of being the first person to clock 10 wins straight and be 2 ahead by day 10 and still not get the yusho (numbers may be a bit off, but I'm talking about the stat where only 25 people have gotten an X-win lead by Y day and all of them have won the yusho except Hakuho, and only because he withdrew from injury on day 14). But perhaps most infuriatingly of all, he has a tendency to switch styles precisely when he's doing well with one of them. Most of the time, he'll look invincible with the yotsu style, then visibly go to bad habits with the oshi style which includes a "nice large" shoulder blast off the tachi-ai, which leaves him susceptible to henkas, slap downs, or being unbalanced in multiple ways and outmaneuvred.
  8. 7 points
    It was 2014 Natsu, the video is here and the explanation here. As for the second question, as far as I know the dohyo-iri announcers are among the gyoji who make the result/kimarite announcements over the PA system after every bout. I've never noticed if the same ones do it every day though.
  9. 6 points
  10. 5 points
    Nothing to see here, guys, just a Latitudinarian falling for the midwit math foisted on him by the NSK stooges, when the real string-pullers are the Ag Industry barons who control Sumo through the koenkai system and through their gifts of food and rice to the heya; dang it, all that salt throwing should tip off anybody with half a brain. As for the Rise of the Mongolians, just watch those hicks scarf down rice and you can see a whole phalanx of ambassadors for Japanese products into Central Asia. And a certain controversial Youtuber is compensated well for throwing people off the scent with simple 1D Chess conspiracy theories. I could say so much more, but I have relatives in the fish-processing industry who wouldn't last long if I did. /s [Oh, yeah, also "Go Mitakeumi!]
  11. 5 points
  12. 5 points
    That's 76 wins in the calendar year for Terunofuji. In the last 30 years only Hakuho, Asashoryu and Takanohana have beaten that.
  13. 5 points
  14. 5 points
    Random impressions from today: Takayasu is a sad sight, it feels like watching a mere shade of his past self. Is there any chance of him ever getting back into Ozeki contention? Abi looked great today, glad he's back around at the top level. Ura's celebration made me smile. There seemed to be a moment after he'd raised one arm where he considered putting it back down, but then he just went for it. Having him and Abi around adds a dash of excitement to each day, for me anyway. Terunofuji is really embodying being a Yokozuna. He seems to be fighting on a different level to anyone else, it's great to watch and a zen yusho looks pretty likely.
  15. 5 points
    Day 11 (results, text-only results) 11-0 Ye Terunofuji 10-1 Ow Takakeisho, M15w Abi 9-2 Se Mitakeumi, M6w Tamawashi, M12w Hokutofuji A lot of opponents are managing to put him under pressure, but none has managed to break through the yokozuna's defenses yet, and today was no different for Ichinojo despite a very spirited attempt of his. After he clinched his promotion with his first-ever 14-1 record four months ago, could this basho see the first zensho for Terunofuji? Meanwhile Takakeisho continues to give chase, today with textbook Takakeisho sumo against Endo. Abi, freshly returned to the top division, is demonstrating that his involuntary timeout did not erode his skills, as his joi-quality sumo keeps vanquishing maegashira opponents with ease; Day 11 saw him dispatch of Ura in quick fashion after the trickster's submarine attack didn't go anywhere off the tachiai. Hokutofuji is similarly underranked after his Aki campaign was cut short by injury and he too is making a strong case for an immediate return to much higher grounds. Although things are likely to come down to the yokozuna and the ozeki in the end, it's a pretty high-quality race all things considered, with six scores of 9-2 and better being far from the norm. Sekiwake Mitakeumi is probably the biggest wildcard in the field with his matches against the two higher-rankers still to come. In any case he's currently on course to secure himself an ozeki run, anything 11-4 and above should result in him becoming an acknowledged contender for the next tournament. Fellow sekiwake Meisei was dropped to 5-6 by ozeki Shodai (who is having a pretty standard tournament by his, well, standards). KK will be an uphill battle from here, but Meisei does have only Terunofuji left from those ranked above him, and he surely can't be counted out from rattling off three wins against his remaining opponents. He's probably an odds-on favourite to at least get 2 wins to retain a slot in sanyaku. That's going to be rather more difficult for the komusubi pair whose target is of course 8 wins, not 7. Kiribayama avoided makekoshi for now against last basho's surprise Myogiryu. The upper maegashira ranks comprise a sea of MK-trending records at this stage, with only Takanosho and Tamawashi on course to challenge for promotion to the titled ranks. Ura may also get to have a word in, but he needs to make up two wins on Tamawashi and probably won't get ahead of joi-ranked Takanosho. 11-0 Terunofuji Y --- 7-4 Shodai O Takakeisho 10-1 9-2 Mitakeumi S Meisei 5-6 4-7 Ichinojo K Kiribayama 4-7 4-7 Daieisho M1 Wakatakakage 4-7 4-7 Onosho M2 Takanosho 7-4 4-7 Okinoumi M3 (x) 4-7 Takarafuji M4 Endo 5-6 5-6 Takayasu M5 Hoshoryu 5-6 (x) 5-6 Shimanoumi M6 Tamawashi 9-2 8-3 Ura M7 Chiyoshoma 6-5 M8 M9 Hidenoumi 6-5 (x) ... M12 Hokutofuji 9-2 ... M15 Abi 10-1 __________________________________________________________________ We've got two slots to fill in makuuchi for January with retired Hakuho's and suspended Asanoyama's both up for grabs, and the first one was almost certainly claimed today by Wakamotoharu, his kachikoshi making a case for him to join younger brother Wakatakakage among the sumo elite. Ichiyamamoto looks to be promotee #2 as he is en route to his third straight double-digit record in juryo (punctuated by his recent 8-7, 4-11 spell in makuuchi of course), but after that it's going to get a lot more murky. Youngster Oho may be having a breakout basho but for promotion he'll need to get back to the winning track after two straight losses, given his relatively low rank. The more likely scenarios may be seeing a bunch of lucky non-demotions among the maegashira, especially if the lower sanyaku shake out such that we'll be getting an M18e spot for Hatsu. Although even that may not be helping Shohozan who is already makekoshi at the current lowest rank and will probably go back to juryo with a 9th loss. He did avoid that fate today with a strong win over struggling middle-ranker Kotoeko. Other maegashira making a strong case for requiring banzuke luck are Kagayaki (clinched his 7th straight MK today) and Kaisei, both of whom need to win more than half their remaining bouts to be safe the old-fashioned way. Former ozeki Tochinoshin, handicapped by a four-day delayed start to the basho, is looking far from great but seems to have enough left in the tank to amass the wins for at least one more top division appearance. Other than hapless Kotoeko and overmatched Shohozan, the lower maegashira rikishi who has been looking the worst might actually be Yutakayama; we'll have to wait and see if today's turnaround win against Shimanoumi is going to spark a good finish. On the upside for him, even just one more victory may already be enough to retain his top division presence. (1) 2-9 Kotoeko M8 (1) 3-8 Aoiyama M9 M10 Asanoyama susp. (x) (1) 4-7 Kotonowaka M11 Terutsuyoshi 5-6 (o) M12 (2) 4-7 Yutakayama M13 Tochinoshin 4-4-3 (2) (3) 3-8 Kagayaki M14 Chiyonokuni 6-5 (o) (2) 5-6 Chiyomaru M15 (1) 6-5 Akua M16 Sadanoumi 7-4 (o) (3) 5-6 Kaisei M17 Shohozan 3-8 (~) (3) 5-6 Tsurugisho J1 Wakamotoharu 8-3 (o) (~) 4-7 Daiamami J2 Kaisho 3-8 (x) (~) 4-7 Daishomaru J3 Bushozan 5-6 (4) (x) 4-7 Nishikifuji J4 Ichiyamamoto 9-2 (1) J5 Nishikigi 5-6 (~) (4) 7-4 Kotoshoho J6 (2) 9-2 Oho J7 Daishoho 5-6 (x) ... J14 Kotokuzan 9-2 (x) __________________________________________________________________ The juryo division, too, has two spots available for sure, in this case thanks to Hakuho again as well as rookie Hokuseiho's early departure with injury. Big danger looms also for Tomozuna duo Kyokutaisei and Kyokushuho, the latter attempting to avoid his 5th consecutive makekoshi and the potential end to what's currently the longest uninterrupted juryo tenure (at 27 tournaments). Meanwhile, this basho's pair of juryo newcomers are acquitting themselves very well with Hiradoumi just one win away from safety and two from KK, while Asanowaka clinched his winning record already today and even plays a role in the yusho race. Over in makushita there's no shortage of promotion contenders this basho. Lead-ranked Jokoryu had an early sixth match yesterday and kept his KK chances alive against Kyokushuho, everybody else was in action today. Former Kokutai freestyle wrestling champion Kotoyusho took a big step towards juryo with his KK-securing win over veteran Asabenkei, and although his promotion isn't assured yet he's most likely guaranteed to be at least third in line, possibly even second. He was joined at 4-2 via victory by upper makushita mainstay Chiyoarashi who attempts to overcome last basho's unfortunate near-miss in the promotion sweepstakes. Also 4-2 but with losses today are Shiba, another one who has had a bunch of close calls for promotion before, and highly regarded Kitanowaka who is still only in his third professional year. After his first-ever juryo appearance went well against Tohakuryu back on Day 8, today's outing against Hiradoumi wasn't quite so successful. Meanwhile, the last zensho contender among the top 15 ranks, Roga, was defeated today and will not figure into Kyushu's promotion race any longer. J8 Churanoumi 4-7 (1) (o) 5-6 Mitoryu J9 Kyokutaisei 2-9 (3) (2) 4-7 Yago J10 J11 Hakuyozan 6-5 (o) (1) 6-5 Tohakuryu J12 Hokuseiho 0-2-9 (x) J13 Hiradoumi 6-5 (1) (3) 5-6 Kyokushuho J14 3-3 Jokoryu Ms1 Kotoyusho 4-2 Ms2 Shiba 4-2 4-2 Kitanowaka Ms3 4-2 Chiyoarashi Ms4 Fukai 3-3 (x) 2-4 Shonannoumi Ms5 Asabenkei 3-3 ... (x) 5-1 Roga Ms13 It's another early bout for Jokoryu tomorrow as his kachikoshi will be on the line against Tohakuryu.
  16. 5 points
    Day 10 (results, text-only results) 10-0 Ye Terunofuji 9-1 Ow Takakeisho, M15w Abi 8-2 Se Mitakeumi, M6w Tamawashi, M7e Ura, M12w Hokutofuji 10-0 Terunofuji Y --- 6-4 Shodai O Takakeisho 9-1 8-2 Mitakeumi S Meisei 5-5 4-6 Ichinojo K Kiribayama 3-7 3-7 Daieisho M1 Wakatakakage 3-7 4-6 Onosho M2 Takanosho 6-4 4-6 Okinoumi M3 Myogiryu 2-8 (x) 4-6 Takarafuji M4 Endo 5-5 5-5 Takayasu M5 Hoshoryu 4-6 5-5 Shimanoumi M6 Tamawashi 8-2 8-2 Ura M7 Chiyoshoma 6-4 M8 Tobizaru 5-5 (x) M9 Hidenoumi 6-4 ... M12 Hokutofuji 8-2 ... M15 Abi 9-1 __________________________________________________________________ (1) 2-8 Kotoeko M8 (1) 3-7 Aoiyama M9 M10 Asanoyama susp. (2) 3-7 Kotonowaka M11 Terutsuyoshi 4-6 (1) (o) 5-5 Ishiura M12 (3) 3-7 Yutakayama M13 Tochinoshin 3-4-3 (3) (3) 3-7 Kagayaki M14 Chiyonokuni 5-5 (1) (2) 5-5 Chiyomaru M15 (1) 6-4 Akua M16 Sadanoumi 6-4 (1) (4) 4-6 Kaisei M17 Shohozan 2-8 (~) (3) 5-5 Tsurugisho J1 Wakamotoharu 7-3 (1) (~) 3-7 Daiamami J2 Kaisho 3-7 (~) (5) 4-6 Daishomaru J3 Bushozan 4-6 (5) (~) 4-6 Nishikifuji J4 Ichiyamamoto 8-2 (2) J5 Nishikigi 5-5 (5) (4) 7-3 Kotoshoho J6 Tokushoryu 4-6 (x) (2) 9-1 Oho J7 Daishoho 5-5 (~) ... J10 Azumaryu 6-4 (x) ... J14 Kotokuzan 9-1 (~) __________________________________________________________________ (o) 3-7 Chiyonoo J5 ... (o) 5-5 Midorifuji J8 Churanoumi 4-6 (1) (1) 4-6 Mitoryu J9 Kyokutaisei 2-8 (3) (3) 3-7 Yago J10 (o) 6-4 Enho J11 Hakuyozan 5-5 (1) (2) 5-5 Tohakuryu J12 Hokuseiho 0-2-8 (x) (o) 7-3 Asanowaka J13 Hiradoumi 5-5 (2) (4) 4-6 Kyokushuho J14 3-3 Jokoryu Ms1 Kotoyusho 3-2 Ms2 Shiba 4-1 4-1 Kitanowaka Ms3 3-2 Chiyoarashi Ms4 Fukai 2-3 2-3 Shonannoumi Ms5 Asabenkei 3-2 ... 5-0 Roga Ms13 __________________________________________________________________ Juryo yusho race through Day 10: 9-1 J7e Oho, J14w Kotokuzan 8-2 J4w Ichiyamamoto 7-3 J1w Wakamotoharu, J6e Kotoshoho, J13e Asanowaka
  17. 4 points
    Chiyootori retired https://sumo.or.jp/IrohaKyokaiInformation/detail?id=519 http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=6928
  18. 4 points
    He is one of those wrestlers who just does everything well without being outstanding at any particular aspect of the game. And me and Hidenoumi have history: let me explain... When I got back into sumo in late 2014 it seemed as though the newcomers to the top division like Ichinojo and Terunofuji were battering all and sundry, so I kept my eye out for the next promotees. Hidenoumi and Seiro made their maku'uchi debuts at Nagoya 2015 and I was expecting great things from them, especially Seiro as his name meant "blue wolf", which was cool, and he was Mongolian and, and, and... I was 49 years old at the time but I was a sumo teenager. Anyway, neither of them cut much ice in makuuchi, but I followed their future endeavours with interest. Hidenoumi kept popping up into the top division and dropping back again. You had to feel for him as his more charismatic little brother raced ahead and gathered up the attention. So when Hidenoumi finally established himself as a solid maegashira this year I was, as they say, well pleased. And before anyone asks, yes I do have a younger brother who is slimmer, better looking and more financially successful than me.
  19. 4 points
    Surely we only count makuuchi in this comparison, which leaves Ura and Abi at 27 and 12 wins respectively. I only count makunouchi wins on my rankings. The only ones to achieve an annual KK (46 wins) are: 76: Terunofuji 54: Mitakeumi 52: Shodai 49: Daieisho 48: Ichinojo, Meisei 47: Takanosho Takakeisho, Hoshoryu and Takayasu are on 45 and need to win on Sunday to turn "Dark Blue 1" on my little spreadsheet.
  20. 4 points
    Mitakeumi's HTH records against each of the Ozeki are effectively even. So while Takakeisho has clearly been the better of the two forever, I don't think Mitakeumi is really going to be seen by anyone to have a better chance against Shodai than Takakeisho. I suppose you might argue that Takakeisho has a tsuna run to maybe start with 13 wins, while Shodai is only fighting for Kensho and a small bonus increase, so Takakeisho has more motivation to win. I guess that might be enough for conspiracy theorists. Speaking as a conspiracy theorist (UK Tinfoil Hat Chapter 118), who thinks that Chris Sumo doesn't go nearly far enough... I think that the shadowy powers-that-be within the NSK (controlled by the Illuminati, obviously) really want a third Japanese ozeki and that Mitakeumi is the only available candidate. Remember that Hakkaku was born exactly six months before the assassination of JFK (another three letter initialisation ending in "K") and has never been able to explain his whereabouts on the day the shots were fired. And Mitakeumi was born on December 25 at Agematsu which is at exactly the same latitude at Area 51 so he is almost certainly some kind of Alien Antichrist.
  21. 4 points
    The boring thing about the pairing tomorrow is that Terunofuji will most likely be deciding the yusho on day 14 and a Y-O bout gets dropped. They could have made the basho a bit more interesting by putting Abi against Shodai instead and have Terunofuji face both ozeki.
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    Standings after Day 12: I have to keep it brief today: In the Masters, Bill (82.22) continues to lead in front of Kaito (52.01, shukun-sho, kanto-sho) and Oyama (41.00). After this trio, we have Mariohana (36.19), Joaoiyama (35.14), Norizo (35.05), Unkonoyama (31.82, gino-sho), and Gansekiiwa (30.08). Not many movements on the chart depicting the World Championship: Joaoiyama leads. Bill lost nine points (in SCS, Quad, and Toto). Pandaazuma, Konosato, and Gansekiiwa follow suit. Oskanohana remains in 6th, Kaito overtakes Andoreasu for 7th. Ganzohnesushi stays in 9th while Susanoo (great progress in Tippspiel and TTT) overtakes Kintamayama in 10th. Kitakachiyama debuts on the chart today after gaining some 9 points in UDH.
  24. 4 points
  25. 4 points