Narutobeya Kyushu 2023 results and comments
Format: Rikishi, Rank 11/2023, match record, predicted rank 1/2024 (career high in italics), comments
Oshoma, J3w, 6-9, J6
He came back in the last two days to cushion the fall. You might say that he can bounce back at this lower rank, but it's the lower rankers that he has trouble with.
Oshoumi, Ms2w, 4-3, J14
A real highlight; he seems like such a humble and nice guy. Now the heya has its second sekitori.
Oshoryu, Ms30w, 5-2, Ms18
Oshoryu climbs back toward his career high Ms7. If he can do this again, he'll be there.
Hoshuzan, Ms34w, 2-5, Ms50
Hits the wall at his career high rank; the next basho will tell the tale about his chances for advancement.
Marusho, Ms50e, 5-2, Ms35
He'll be near his CH Ms31.
Murayama, Sd2w, 3-4, Sd16
Hits the wall at his CH. He lost his first two matches to Sd1 and Sd3, but won his last two against Sd2 and Sd9; he may be over his nerves and ready to advance to Makushita.
Oyamada, Sd23e, 5-2, Ms58
Another highlight performance; the skinny fellow who entered the heya at 23 has had only one MK in 8 baso. Now it gets serious.
Kanazawa, Sd46e, 3-4, Sd58
Down slightly from his CH is Sd20, so he could match that. In 10 basho he's 39-28 with 6 KK's, so let's see if he's got more in the tank.
Kawamura, Sd46w, 5-2, Sd19
His CH Sd20 was in September. Kyujo for 3 basho in 2021, he's been slowly climbing ever since.
Honma, Sd64w, 1-6, Jd7
Veteran Honma has a bad basho (injured?). He was out all of 2020 with a gruesome foot injury, but has been in lower Sandanme for 11 of the last 12 tournaments.
Mukaida, Sd67w, 3-4, Sd82
He's been in Sandanme 23 of his 33 basho; looking like a regular.
Mishima, Sd75w, 0-0-7, Jd40
No word on his injury (of course); CH Ms38.
Oshozan, Jd33e, 5-2, Sd86
The first of Naruto's deshi gets back to Sandanme for the fourth time.
Yamane, Jk15w, 5-2, Jd71
The 20-year-old, who still looks like a character from "Ponyo", steadily worked up to Jd8, then was kyujo for 10 basho. This is his first comeback basho.
He's still active on the website; has never had a bout.
Very good news from Makushita with Oshoumi, Oshoryu and Marusho. Oyamada continues to impress beyond expectations, and Kawamura shows steady improvement.
The heya W/L record is concerning. Usually the rikishi start slow, but then they accelerate around day 8 and finish near the top in W/L percentage. That did not happen this time [their burst came with a 7-2 mark on day 15], and they end up only 17th out of 44 heya. KK/MK is 7/6 (not counting kyujo).