Eikokurai

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  1. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Hope he wins the next three straight so he's not fighting for his rank at the weekend.
  2. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    This is his Sekiwake debut. He had one basho at Komusubi previously, which was a losing record, but not enough to identify any trends from. His numbers in the joi have been fine. Not spectacular, but kachikoshi.
  3. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Takakeisho wins a bout that lasts longer than five seconds.
  4. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Gah! Mitakeumi drops out of the immediate chasing pack, though with Wakatakakage facing each other tomorrow, it may not be that damaging. A WTK win would put him and Takayasu on 10-2, so if Mita beats Abi to go to 9-3, he's right back in it.
  5. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    If he finishes with 13+ this time, one more 11-win basho should do it. He got 9-6 from M1 last time out. That's a solid foundation, especially if he manages to nick the yusho here (a big if).
  6. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Wakatakakage! He goes into tomorrow's crunch match with Takayasu with the chance to make it a three-way tie for the lead (and possibly four if Mitakeumi wins today).
  7. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    And close to being tied for the lead! Takayasu hangs on though and pulls out the win against a very stubborn Hoshoryu.
  8. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Kotoeko wins today almost the same way he won yesterday, with a beautiful retreating sukinage.
  9. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Have we just seen the last ever bout between Tochinoshin and Kaisei after 27 meetings? Felt like it. The former is on the cusp of staying in Makuuchi, while the latter is heading for a slide further down into Juryo. Neither can have much time left on the dohyo. Once both retire, only Aoiyama will remain of the non-Mongolian foreign sekitori and he surely won't be that far behind. I recently noted that its 15 years this month since I first watched a full sumo basho and went along in person to see it live. I took a look at the banzuke for that tournament and there were no fewer than five Europeans* in Makuuchi: Bulgarian Kotooshu at Ozeki, the Georgian Kokkai, Russians Roho and Hakurozan, and Estonian Baruto (who went kyujo in the end). Those were very different times. There are a few guys in the lower divisions now who could yet break through, but it feels like we're nearing the end of an era. *Georgia is culturally European, being Orthodox Christian, but geographically in Asia.
  10. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Takakeisho falls but Shodai resists and turns the tables on Hoshoryu. Hope he can make it to 8!
  11. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Wakatakakage also stays in the chasing group and looks knackered as a result.
  12. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Aoiyama put up much more resistance than I was expecting there, but I think once it went over 10 seconds it was Takayasu's to lose. 9-0. Kotonowaka stays in the hunting pack and gets his KK. 8-1.
  13. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Nishikigi moves to 6-3. I'm willing him over the line. Guy hasn't had a Makuuchi kachikoshi since November 2018! On the topic of guys who can't KK in the top division, Kagayaki (4-5) just lost to a great sukuinage by Kotoeko with his back to the bails.
  14. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Everyone sucked against Hakuho, and there are guys who lost more times to him, but usually with at least one actual win. I think Aoiyama has the worst record from the highest number of bouts, if that makes sense. He was pure cannon fodder. Every time he faced Hakuho you could see in his face he was going through the motions knowing his job was to flop on the ground as quickly as possible.
  15. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Hoshoryu never knew what hit him there. Mitakeumi in total control.
  16. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Shodai seems to be waking up from his early slumber, but too late to save himself? He was expected to beat Kiribayama, but I sensed a bit more fire in him today.
  17. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Kotonowaka marches on with ease. Strange to remember he's actually fighting from a higher rank than Takayasu as I think him winning the yusho would be the bigger upset. Wakatakakage stays in the chasing pack with a win over Ura, who has the mirror record of 1-7.
  18. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Nice little tussle between Tobizaru and Hokutofuji. Torinaoshi? Yes, a redo. Only fair. Rematch wasn't bad either. Hokutofuji gets the win.
  19. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Takayasu stays perfect after what I feel was his longest bout this basho. That's one thing to note actually - he's been winning relatively quickly this tournament, whereas he usually has marathons. This should fare him well next week. Edit: Day 4 against Kotonowaka went on 53 seconds, but otherwise all others have been under 20 seconds, which is quick for Takayasu.
  20. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Do you mean one rikishi's record against everyone? i.e. the rikishi with the most losing records against other rikishi? You mentioning Giku and Hakuho reminds me of Aoiyama's record against the GOAT: 0 actual wins, 23 losses, one fusen win http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Query_bout.aspx?show_form=0&shikona1=Aoiyama&shikona2=Hakuho Repeating that matchup was almost match-fixing by the schedulers. Total waste of time. Aoiyama just turned up to lose and I don't ever remember him getting close to an upset. He knew his role.
  21. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    I can easily see it being a 12-3 given only one guy remains perfect with 8 days still to go. The airborne was clear to me which is why I first thought okuritsuridashi. It was the fact Daieisho landed on his butt and not his feet that made it an -otoshi.
  22. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    He was behind him when he picked him up, with arm reaching around. https://mobile.twitter.com/jsasumo/status/1505101062528995332
  23. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    He’s been under the radar I think because other plot lines were unfolding that got more attention. He’s also risen steadily with 8-7s and 9-6s most of the last year, with his closest thing to a breakout basho being his 10-5 at M2 at last Haru.
  24. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    He’s on one now. Second win. Made hard work of it though!
  25. Eikokurai

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Takakeisho has recovered well from his slow start and looks good for retaining his Ozeki rank at a minimum.