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Day 1 results and day 2 pairings

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The Haru basho promises to be as it used to be - stormy and filled with upsets. On day 1 not only yokozuna Asashoryu lost to Tokitenku, but the three ozeki Hakuho, Kotooshu and Chiyotaikai failed to gain from this surprise as they all lost as well, to Ama, Kisenosato and Toyonoshima. The two ailing ozeki Kaio and Tochiazuma on the other hand beat Kyokutenho and Asasekiryu.

The surprises didn't stop here as Kotoshogiku lost his sanyaku debut against Kasugao, a first-timer in the joi-jin ranks, and Homasho also lost to old Tamakasuga who got floated to a high banzuke rank with an 8-7 last basho. Kokkai beat Roho to the delight of the visiting president of Georgia.

Tochiozan won his makuuchi debut against Hakurozan, and his two opponents in the juryo yusho playoff last basho also won, with Shimotori against Tosanoumi, and playoff winner Toyohibiki against Kobo.

Toyohibiki of course still is in juryo, even in the lower half, along with Goeido and Hakuba who also won today. Ryuo and Hochiyama are two young rikishi trying to get or return to makuuchi, and both won against experienced sekitori in Takanowaka and Kaiho.

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Doitsuyama

Day 1

Juryo

Ms1e   Mokonami (1-0)	  oshidashi	  J14w   Oga (0-1)
J14e   Hokutoiwa (1-0)	 hatakikomi	 J13w   Shirononami (0-1)
J12w   Tamarikido (1-0)	oshidashi	  J13e   Takamifuji (0-1)
J11w   Kyokunankai (1-0)   tsukiotoshi	J12e   Daimanazuru (0-1)
J10w   Hakuba (1-0)		shitatenage	J11e   Koryu (0-1)
J9w	Goeido (1-0)		shitatenage	J10e   Bushuyama (0-1)
J8w	Toyohibiki (1-0)	yorikiri	   J9e	Kobo (0-1)
J7w	Ryuho (1-0)		 uwatenage	  J8e	Shunketsu (0-1)
J6w	Katayama (1-0)	  hikiotoshi	 J7e	Asofuji (0-1)
J6e	Tochisakae (1-0)	oshitaoshi	 J5w	Kitazakura (0-1)
J4w	Hokutoriki (1-0)	tsukidashi	 J5e	Toyozakura (0-1)
J4e	Satoyama (1-0)	  oshidashi	  J3w	Masatsukasa (0-1)
J3e	Ryuo (1-0)		  hatakikomi	 J2w	Takanowaka (0-1)
J1w	Hochiyama (1-0)	 hatakikomi	 J2e	Kaiho (0-1)

Makuuchi

J1e	Otsukasa (1-0)	  yorikiri	   M16w   Jumonji (0-1)
M16e   Wakanosato (1-0)	kotenage	   M15w   Tochinohana (0-1)
M15e   Shimotori (1-0)	 sukuinage	  M14w   Tosanoumi (0-1)
M14e   Tochiozan (1-0)	 yorikiri	   M13e   Hakurozan (0-1)
M12e   Ushiomaru (1-0)	 yorikiri	   M12w   Yoshikaze (0-1)
M11w   Kakuryu (1-0)	   oshidashi	  M11e   Iwakiyama (0-1)
M10w   Tokitsuumi (1-0)	hikiotoshi	 M10e   Kasuganishiki (0-1)
M9w	Tochinonada (1-0)   oshidashi	  M9e	Aminishiki (0-1)
M8e	Dejima (1-0)		oshidashi	  M8w	Tamanoshima (0-1)
M7e	Kokkai (1-0)		yorikiri	   M7w	Roho (0-1)
M6w	Kakizoe (1-0)	   oshidashi	  M6e	Takamisakari (0-1)

M5w	Tamakasuga (1-0)	hikiotoshi	 M5e	Homasho (0-1)
M4w	Takekaze (1-0)	  oshidashi	  M4e	Futeno (0-1)
M3w	Kasugao (1-0)	   shitatenage	S1w	Kotoshogiku (0-1)
S1e	Kotomitsuki (1-0)   hatakikomi	 M3e	Miyabiyama (0-1)
O3w	Tochiazuma (1-0)	oshidashi	  M2w	Asasekiryu (0-1)
O2w	Kaio (1-0)		  yorikiri	   M2e	Kyokutenho (0-1)
M1w	Toyonoshima (1-0)   shitatenage	O2e	Kotooshu (0-1)
M1e	Kisenosato (1-0)	tsukiotoshi	O1w	Hakuho (0-1)
K1e	Ama (1-0)		   yorikiri	   O1e	Chiyotaikai (0-1)
K1w	Tokitenku (1-0)	 okuritaoshi	Y1e	Asashoryu (0-1)

Day 2

Juryo

J14e   Hokutoiwa (1-0)					Ms1w   Chiyohakuho (0-1)
J14w   Oga (0-1)						  J13w   Shirononami (0-1)
J12e   Daimanazuru (0-1)				  J13e   Takamifuji (0-1)
J12w   Tamarikido (1-0)				   J11w   Kyokunankai (1-0)
J10e   Bushuyama (0-1)					J11e   Koryu (0-1)
J9e	Kobo (0-1)						 J9w	Goeido (1-0)
J10w   Hakuba (1-0)					   J8w	Toyohibiki (1-0)
J7e	Asofuji (0-1)					  J8e	Shunketsu (0-1)
J7w	Ryuho (1-0)						J6w	Katayama (1-0)
J5e	Toyozakura (0-1)				   J6e	Tochisakae (1-0)
J5w	Kitazakura (0-1)				   J4w	Hokutoriki (1-0)
J3e	Ryuo (1-0)						 J4e	Satoyama (1-0)
J3w	Masatsukasa (0-1)				  J2w	Takanowaka (0-1)
J1e	Otsukasa (1-0)					 J2e	Kaiho (0-1)

Makuuchi

M16e   Wakanosato (1-0)				   J1w	Hochiyama (1-0)
M16w   Jumonji (0-1)					  M15w   Tochinohana (0-1)
M14e   Tochiozan (1-0)					M15e   Shimotori (1-0)
M12e   Ushiomaru (1-0)					M14w   Tosanoumi (0-1)
M13e   Hakurozan (0-1)					M12w   Yoshikaze (0-1)
M10e   Kasuganishiki (0-1)				M11e   Iwakiyama (0-1)
M11w   Kakuryu (1-0)					  M10w   Tokitsuumi (1-0)
M8e	Dejima (1-0)					   M9e	Aminishiki (0-1)
M9w	Tochinonada (1-0)				  M8w	Tamanoshima (0-1)
M6e	Takamisakari (0-1)				 M7e	Kokkai (1-0)
M7w	Roho (0-1)						 M6w	Kakizoe (1-0)

M1e	Kisenosato (1-0)				   M5e	Homasho (0-1)
M5w	Tamakasuga (1-0)				   M1w	Toyonoshima (1-0)
S1e	Kotomitsuki (1-0)				  M4e	Futeno (0-1)
M4w	Takekaze (1-0)					 S1w	Kotoshogiku (0-1)
O1e	Chiyotaikai (0-1)				  M2w	Asasekiryu (0-1)
M2e	Kyokutenho (0-1)				   O3w	Tochiazuma (1-0)
M3w	Kasugao (1-0)					  O2w	Kaio (1-0)
O2e	Kotooshu (0-1)					 K1e	Ama (1-0)
K1w	Tokitenku (1-0)					O1w	Hakuho (0-1)
Y1e	Asashoryu (0-1)					M3e	Miyabiyama (0-1)

Edited by Doitsuyama

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Ryuo and Hochiyama are two Mongolians

just a nitpick ... Hochiyama is not Mongolian.

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and as always also a big thank you to Doitsuyama for this and the lower divisions results (Clapping wildly...) (Applauding...)

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and as always also a big thank you to Doitsuyama for this and the lower divisions results (Clapping wildly...) (Applauding...)

Hmm, that's more than a nitpick... I guess I am beginning to think that all young prospects are Mongolian...

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ok here's my thoughts on the results and the future match-ups.

I didn't get to see any Juryo matches but the results look normal. Nothing exciting or depressing ....

Hokutoriki,Hochiyama and Tochisakae (as always) are the guys i expect to fight for the yusho and they all won. They'll typically "crash" by tomorrow ...

now .... in Makuuchi we had a few interesting results (to say the least).

Wakanosato's kotenage-pirouette didn;t convince me much about his condition. The fact that i picked him in nearly all of my games makes me a bit skeptical of my chances of success. No forward movement against a mediocre opponenet. Not good ....

Shimotori had a new dark mawashi, but Tosanoumi was the same old "Tosanoumi". I cannot even fathom how many time this guy fell on his belly .... :-)

TochiO3 had the best performance of day 1. You can argue that he was only fighting Hakurozan but he was the only one (maybe Takekaze too) who knew exactly what he was doing from the start. His forward movement was strong and left no chances whatsoever for a slap-down with such a solid base. Now that i notice him more and more he looks like an amalgamation of Kotoshogiku and Homasho. I expect more of him in the future.

the Ushiomaru - Yoshikaze bout was a disgrace. What the hell was the gyoji thinking to let Ushiomaru get away with this?

Iwakiyama was slaped around like a b#$*h by a much lighter opponent. He is in a real slumb this past months ....

Kokkai looked more athletic than in previous bashos (he lost weight hasn't he?). Roho should do no less than double digits from M7 if he wants to be considered among the "big boys".

Homasho was absent-minded today. His potential injury doesn't reason a slap-down loss to Tamakasuga

Takekaze did today what he is known for. He "owns" Futeno as it looks like ...

Hakuho was over-anxious in his Sumo once again. He didn't dominate the bout or something but he shouldn't lose like that. I am really disappointed .... :-(

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Hakuho was over-anxious in his Sumo once again. He didn't dominate the bout or something but he shouldn't lose like that. I am really disappointed ...

Well I think this was yet another very predictable Kisenosato-Hakuho bout. All elements speculated were there. Kisenosato won the tachi-ai fully and forced Hakuho in hidari-yotsu, Hakuho did his left hand inside twists and turns in order to shake free. Kisenosato certainly had the initiative but then the grip change did work and Hakuho once again got into that morozashi against Kise but Kisenosato's tsukiotoshi was very powerful and well performed. Very efficient way to convert from full frontal attack to all-out yanking move when opponent got an opening. Great sumo by Kise, not bad by Hakuho either. Both appear to be genki.

Kotooshu-Toyonoshima was reminiscent of old times when they had their bouts at lower rank against each other. Perfect tactics by Toyo getting in and having the leverage to flip Osh over. This was 100% the kind of Toyonoshima sumo he has to get in at joijin.

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M14e Tochiozan (1-0) M15e Shimotori (1-0)

M6e Takamisakari (0-1) M7e Kokkai (1-0)

M7w Roho (0-1) M6w Kakizoe (1-0)

M1e Kisenosato (1-0) M5e Homasho (0-1)

O1e Chiyotaikai (0-1) M2w Asasekiryu (0-1)

M3w Kasugao (1-0) O2w Kaio (1-0)

O2e Kotooshu (0-1) K1e Ama (1-0)

K1w Tokitenku (1-0) O1w Hakuho (0-1)

Y1e Asashoryu (0-1) M3e Miyabiyama (0-1)[/code]

Tochiozan-Shimotori is a replay of last basho. They faced each other twice in Hatsu basho and this is obviously migi-yotsu bout since both favour that. Both looked good on shonichi defeating mediocre foes with style. Should be Tochiozan's bout this one though. He certainly needs to win these bouts if he wants double digits in his makuuchi debut.

Kokkai was all fired up yesterday and managed to keep Roho off the belt well. President present and all. President isn't there tomorrow but Sakke is a good foe to get one's spirits up. especially considering the "violent" nature of bouts between Sakke and Kokkai. Kokkai always looks like he is trying to decapitate Sakke and at least make sure Sakke gets manhandled while Sakke absorbs the beard fury and it should be exciting again.

Roho vs Kakizoe is always cool beforehand.

Kisenosato started with a fine win while Homasho complained that his feet didn't move in a bout against Tamakasuga. Homasho needs his tenacity when facing charging Kisenosato for the first time ever. Intriguing first time meeting for sure.

Taikai's tachi-ai was way off today while Ama was happy about tachi-ai success. Tomorrow Taikai faces Asasekiryu who can become difficult to him if not blasted away fast. Often quite intense bouts between Taikai and Sekiryu but if Taikai gets his assault going the bout is brief.

Kasugao-KaioU is another first time meeting. Kenka-yotsu and it is quite difficult to see how KaioU would fail to win the grip duel. The kotenage experts meet for the first time but highly unlikely outcome would be kotenage in this bout I think. Kasugao is convenient for for modern KaioU.

Kotooshu was totally beaten by perfect ippon throw by Toyonoshima and now faces another dangerous small rikishi. Ama destroyed Taikai on shonichi so has excellent chance to make it two ozeki in a row. On the other hand, Osh declared yusho as his goal and did strong pre-basho keiko so 0-2 start would be dismal. Kotooshu has 4-2 edge in face to face encounters.

Tokitenku vs Hakuho: Tokitenku likes to take his prestigious Mongolian compatriots from behind in non-sexual way. In Hatsu basho he embraced Hakuho from behind and defeated him. Actually, Hakuho was even able to pirouette around from that embrace but was of course dead already. Yesterday Tokitenku cautiously escorted Shoryu out from behind. Same as Kotooshu, Hakuho sure needs a win today to stay confidently in the yusho race while Tokitenku can surely make a perfect start by winning both favourites of the basho on days 1 and 2.

Asashoryu vs Miyabiyama has morozashi features. I lack faith in Miyabiyama's recovery to excel in sumo anymore.

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Kisenosato started with a fine win

Since this is the second time you've made this accusation I really have to take issue. Kisenosato was very lucky to get that win. Hakuho had both hands inside and was heading for the tawara when his feet suddenly and mysteriously seemed to stop moving. Kise's push just made sure an off balance ozeki went down. The push itself was not the reason for the win. Hakuho threw it away.

I have seen the bout in normal speed and in slow motion and can confirm that Hakuho's feet stopped because Kisenosato had a nice stand all of a sudden which let Hakuho crash. The pushdown was indeed a formality after that stop.

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Still overrated by Kaikitsune though

I agree here. Although he has a big plus for his youth but you never know what the future has in store.

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Still overrated by Kaikitsune though

I agree here. Although he has a big plus for his youth but you never know what the future has in store.

Just another humble opinion, but I don't see yokozuna in his future until he toughens up that way too soft tachiai. It doesn't allow him to take charge of matches from the outset, and he'll lose some of those because of it - a perfect example today - although he eventually moved forward, he was never in charge.

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I can so easily see both sides of the Kise-Haku debate, but I would have to side with Kisenosato's merits over Hakuho's mistake in the end. Hakuho obviously has a problem with getting flustered, winning advantageous position, overcommitting his upper body, and getting thrust down at the edge. This is at least his second loss this way to Kisenosato (does he always lose that way against him?). He also lost the same way to Miyabiyama 1 year ago, which forced the basho to a playoff in the end.

But if you compare this and the last time Kisenosato won with this technique, it certainly looked a lot more deliberate yesterday. He had a lot more room at the edge and he wasn't airborne when he executed the move, but firmly planted as Kaikitsune mentioned. This time I'd have to say Hakuho didn't really lose the match, but rather Kissy won it. The reason Hakuho's feet mysteriously stopped moving was a wicked kubinage-like maneuver (almost tokkurinage) leading into the tsukiotoshi.

I thought Hakuho would win, but I wasn't at all disappointed by the unexpected outcome!

Edited by kaiguma

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I can so easily see both sides of the Kise-Haku debate, but I would have to side with Kisenosato's merits over Hakuho's mistake in the end. Hakuho obviously has a problem with getting flustered, winning advantageous position, overcommitting his upper body, and getting thrust down at the edge. This is at least his second loss this way to Kisenosato (does he always lose that way against him?). He also lost the same way to Miyabiyama 1 year ago, which forced the basho to a playoff in the end.

But if you compare this and the last time Kisenosato won with this technique, it certainly looked a lot more deliberate yesterday. He had a lot more room at the edge and he wasn't airborne when he executed the move, but firmly planted as Kaikitsune mentioned. This time I'd have to say Hakuho didn't really lose the match, but rather Kissy won it. The reason Hakuho's feet mysteriously stopped moving was a wicked kubinage-like maneuver (almost tokkurinage) leading into the tsukiotoshi.

I thought Hakuho would win, but I wasn't at all disappointed by the unexpected outcome!

I almost was shouting damn you Hakuho.....his carelessness is getting a bit too much...his taichai is too soft ...his mawashi grip is too soft......

Actually, the carelessness is not the right word. He is caring too much and making mistakes.

I often see the same thing from sons of famous wrestler fathers, who drilled their sons to such extend that they become half hearted and soft....and always afraid of mistakes.What a waste.

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Personally I feel the reason Hakuho failed to win on his 22nd birthday was his reluctance to step hard with his left foot out of tachiai. He injured his left big toe and I think since then he tends to get more passive. To get into his favorite left mawashi, he needs to step hard with it but he hasn't done it well so he has hard time grabbing the left mawashi.

He seems to be well rested (apparently he had a seven hour nap the day on the Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM) and according to Kumagatani oyakata he has not been going out in evening prowling around Osaka streets so it is just a matter of straightening out his mechanics,

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Kisenosato started with a fine win

Since this is the second time you've made this accusation I really have to take issue. Kisenosato was very lucky to get that win. Hakuho had both hands inside and was heading for the tawara when his feet suddenly and mysteriously seemed to stop moving. Kise's push just made sure an off balance ozeki went down. The push itself was not the reason for the win. Hakuho threw it away.

Kisenosato needs to keep his yotsu package tighter against Hakuho. Again he let Hakuho use his admittedly high level left hand inside twist while grasping for morozashi with the right-technique. I think the main weakness of Kisenosato against Hakuho is just that problem against the grip change. In this bout Hakuho lost the tachi-ai and needed to work hard to get back into the bout and eventually didn't succeed in defending against Kise's strong tsukiotoshi. Would be easier to win the bout at the tachi-ai and not let a strong hidari-yotsu rikishi take initiative. Of course losing from morozashi is never good but ending up needing a grip change that gave him that morozashi was not that good either.

I don't overrate Kisenosato. I objectively analyze the various parts of his sumo and progress and deduce from that like a true objective person as Kintamayama would call me! Haven't seen how he lost to Homasho today. About his tachi-ai. It is actually strong tachi-ai and he has overwhelmed many rikishi with that tachi-ai of his. He also handles Kokkai well and rarely loses the bout by having a weak tachi-ai.

And now Kasugao-U did have kotenage finish hehehe..

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