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Heisei Hopefuls

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As you may know there has yet to be a sekitori who was born in the Heisei era, i.e. since January 8, 1989, so I figured why not track the contenders for the honour? However, to give this thread some staying power (as it looks like the question may well be answered soon) I'm going to generalize the idea a bit and keep going afterwards - in other words, on a running basis we'll track all those rikishi who are younger than the most recently born sekitori until somebody succeeds in taking over that title, at which point the list will get pruned of all those older ones he managed to pass and we move on with a new yardstick rikishi.

The current champion is Masuraumi, born 1988/10/15, who made his juryo debut back in March. That was long overdue in a way as the baton was previously held for over three years by one Wakanoho. So if a phenom comes along the wait for the next successful candidate could be quite long, but normally there should be a fairly frequent procession.

Besides only featuring rikishi younger than Masuraumi the list below is restricted to rikishi who have at least reached makushita, although they don't currently need to be ranked in that division. (Seeing whose progress has stalled can be interesting, too, after all.) The number given in brackets after the birthdate is the rikishi's age ranking among all the rikishi that are part of the list. Only Tamadaiki is younger than Masuraumi but was still born prior to the Heisei era, so "Heisei Hopefuls" should be accurate enough.

Barring extraordinary circumstances I'm not planning to do mid-basho updates here as I do on the Persistence Watch, but if anybody else wants to do commentary (no matter if one-off or regularly), you're welcome. And general comments on these kids are welcome as well, of course, in fact they're what this thread is supposed to encourage. :-) And if there are any issues with the presentation that can be improved, let me know. So without further ado...

Heisei Hopefuls - current yardstick: Masuraumi (1988/10/15, debut 2004.03, shin-juryo 2010.03)

Rikishi

Heya

DOB (Rank)

Debut

HiRk

2009.07

2009.09

2009.11

2010.01

2010.03

2010.05

Takayasu Naruto 1990/02/28 (11) 2005.03 Ms10 Ms44e 4-3 Ms36w 5-2 Ms27e 4-3 Ms22w 4-3 Ms18w 5-2 Ms10w 4-3
Chiyonokuni Kokonoe 1990/07/10 (8) 2006.05 Ms24 Sd41e 6-1 Ms54e 2-5 Sd18e 4-3 Sd8e 4-3 Ms58e 6-1 Ms24e 4-3
Tamadaiki Kataonami 1988/11/02 (21) 2007.03 Ms24 Ms30e 3-4 Ms37e 4-3 Ms31w 4-3 Ms25e 3-4 Ms32e 4-3 Ms24w 3-4
Masunoyama Chiganoura 1990/11/01 (6) 2006.07 Ms25 Ms25e 2-5 Ms39e 4-3 Ms32w 3-4 Ms38e 4-3 Ms32w 4-3 Ms25e 6-1
Takanoiwa Takanohana 1990/02/26 (12) 2008.11 Ms13 Sd85e 6-1 Sd27w 4-3 Sd14w 7-0 Y Ms13w 3-4 Ms19e 3-4 Ms26e 2-5
Ryuden Takadagawa 1990/11/10 (5) 2006.03 Ms9 Ms46w 6-1 D Ms19w 4-3 Ms15e 5-2 Ms9w 3-4 Ms15e 2-5 Ms29e 4-3
Tokizakura Nakamura 1989/07/10 (17) 2005.03 Ms35 Sd9e 3-4 Sd27e 4-3 Sd14e 4-3 Sd5e 4-3 Ms56e 5-2 Ms38e 3-4
Kotoyuki Sadogatake 1991/04/02 (3) 2008.03 Ms26 Sd3e 5-2 Ms43w 3-4 Ms51w 5-2 Ms37w 5-1-1 Ms26w 2-5 Ms40w 3-4
Tochiyashiki Kasugano 1989/07/07 (18) 2008.03 Ms30 Ms56e 5-2 Ms41e 5-2 Ms30e 0-0-7 Sd10w 4-3 Ms60e 5-2 Ms43e 3-4
Bugendai Musashigawa 1989/01/21 (20) 2004.05 Ms43 Sd21e 5-2 Ms57e 4-3 Ms47w 2-5 Sd10e 5-2 Ms52w 4-3 Ms43w 3-4
Hishofuji Nakamura 1989/07/14 (16) 2005.03 Ms29 Ms39w 5-2 Ms29w 1-6 Ms59e 4-3 Ms52w 5-2 Ms39w 3-4 Ms47w 4-3
Kairyu Tagonoura 1990/03/01 (10) 2005.03 Ms29 Sd46e 4-3 Sd31e 5-2 Sd6e 4-3 Ms59e 6-1 Ms29e 1-6 Ms53w 3-4
Takageppo Takanohana 1990/04/19 (9) 2009.01 Ms59 Jd50w 6-1 Sd84w 5-2 Sd48w 4-3 Sd34w 4-3 Sd20w 5-2 Ms59e 2-5
Mankajo Kasugayama 1990/02/10 (13) 2005.03 Ms43 Ms53w 4-3 Ms44w 3-4 Ms52w 3-4 Sd4w 2-5 Sd27e 5-2 Sd2w 4-3
Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 1991/07/12 (1) 2007.03 Ms50 Ms56w 2-5 Sd20e 5-2 Ms57w 4-3 Ms50w 0-7 Sd25w 4-3 Sd13w 6-1
Kawanari Oguruma 1991/07/07 (2) 2007.03 Ms38 Ms47w 4-3 Ms38e 2-5 Ms54e 4-3 Ms47w 3-4 Ms54e 2-5 Sd16w 4-3
Kumagai Isenoumi 1990/08/25 (7) 2006.03 Ms50 Sd16w 3-4 Sd34e 4-3 Sd19e 5-2 Ms58e 4-3 Ms50e 1-6 Sd21e 4-3
Higoarashi Kise 1989/08/20 (14) 2006.05 Ms53 Ms59e 3-4 Sd15e 2-5 Sd39w 4-3 Sd24w 4-3 Sd11w 3-4 Sd26e 4-3
Dewahayate Dewanoumi 1989/01/31 (19) 2004.03 Ms50 Sd26e 4-3 Sd13w 3-4 Sd26w 4-3 Sd15w 4-3 Sd5w 2-5 Sd29e 4-3
Asahisho Oshima 1989/07/21 (15) 2005.03 Ms45 Ms45e 3-4 Ms56w 2-5 Sd22e 4-3 Sd11e 3-4 Sd23e 3-4 Sd39e 6-1
Kotokensei Sadogatake 1991/01/06 (4) 2006.03 Ms50 Sd14e 4-3 Sd3e 3-4 Sd13w 3-4 Sd26e 3-4 Sd41w 3-4 Sd55w 2-5

Three rikishi will be joining the list for Nagoya:

Rikishi

Heya

DOB

Debut

HiRk

2009.07

2009.09

2009.11

2010.01

2010.03

2010.05

Tochinohama Kasugano 1989/01/29 2007.03 Sd5 Jd14w 5-2 Sd82e 4-3 Sd62w 2-4-1 Sd91e 5-2 Sd58e 6-1 Sd5w 4-3
Byakko Nakamura 1989/07/11 2005.03 Sd11 Sd37w 4-3 Sd23w 3-4 Sd36w 4-3 Sd22e 3-4 Sd36w 5-2 Sd13e 5-2
Kei Onomatsu 1990/03/10 2008.01 Sd16 Sd59w 4-3 Sd43w 4-3 Sd27e 4-3 Sd16w 3-4 Sd30e 3-4 Sd46e 6-1
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Great work, as per usual. :-)

If I may suggest a slight change in presentation: how about displaying KK in a bold font, and leave the color code for highest rank achieved until then? This would be more in line with the revered REFERENCE.

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If I may suggest a slight change in presentation: how about displaying KK in a bold font, and leave the color code for highest rank achieved until then? This would be more in line with the revered REFERENCE.

The problem is that the standard forum font (at least on my system) gets wider, not merely bolder, so IMHO the table data gets very hard to read as it lines up even less than it already does, e.g.

Ms20w 4-3

Ms15e 3-4

Ms22e 5-2

Ms11w 2-5

BTW, it is patterned after S-Ref, but the queries, not the career profiles. :-)

Edit: What I could do is highlight the "HiRk" field in a different colour if the rikishi is on a new high rank for the current basho. Would that work?

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If anyone's interested, here are the record holders since (appropriately enough) the start of the Heisei era. Haru 1995 was special in that three shin-juryo renewed the old record at once, so I'm listing all of them. Data given are birthdate, sekitori debut basho and eventual career-high rank (still open to revision for several newer arrivals, of course). More gaps of longer than two years than I expected...

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Interesting subject. And I think Miyabiyama might be really special in that list, or?

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Here is some additional information on the club members:

Takayasu:

Large and light allrounder with a slight penchant for nage techniques and hatakikomi. In Natsu, he only lost against Tochinowaka, Nakanokuni, and Shironoryu. Not only did two of these aite finished with 6-1, they also are somewhat better according to my strength ratings. Actually, his four wins were also against rikishi with slightly better ratings, so it was quite a good basho. Two of his four wins came through hatakikomi, however, so maybe he's a little henka-ish?

Pre-Natsu predicted career high: Maegashira 3

Chiyonokuni:

Similar build like Takayasu. Does a lot of hatakikomi/hikiotoshi stuff. In Natsu, I had him as the outsider in all his bouts except the one against Takanoiwa, so his 4-3 was surprisingly good. In terms of strength ratings, his best wins were against veteran Kaonishiki and ex-talent Minami.

Pre-Natsu predicted career high: Komusubi

Tamadaiki:

And another lightweight, but in contrast to Takayasu and Chiyonokuni he hardly ever employs evasive sumo. In Natsu he did exactly as well as strength ratings would have predicted, viz. 3-4. Good wins against experienced Makushitans Shoketsu and Kitazono, but no so good losses against Heisei hopefuls Masunoyama and Takanoiwa.

Pre-Natsu predicted career high: Maegashira 7

Masunoyama:

Wasn't he the guy with a Filipino ancestry? In any case, he is on talent watches for quite some time now. Not the tallest, but already very heavy at 162 kg. Loves straight sumo (almost no nage, almost no shifty stuff). 6-1 from a career high looks very promising indeed, particularly as strength ratings would have predicted a 1-6 record against the same opposition! Nonetheless, he did not have any opponents from the upper third of Makushita, and promptly none of his opponents had more than 1700 Elo points (which would be the typical level in the upper third of Makushita). That being said, he will probably face serious problems in Nagoya.

Pre-Natsu predicted career high: Komusubi

Takanoiwa:

Leightweight Mongolian with a very fast rise through the banzuke. Specializes on (surprise surprise) nage waza. After winning the Sandanme yusho he received his third MK in a row, and it is slightly worrying that the records went from 3-4 to 2-5 the lower he was ranked. But then again, I did not see him as a favorite in any of his Natsu bouts.

Pre-Natsu predicted career high: Maegashira 1

Ryuden:

Very tall, lanky guy, and still one of the youngest in Asashosakari's club. Wins more than 60% of his bouts with yorikiri/yoritaoshi, so he will be loved by classicists. Should have gone 3-4, but finished 4-3, so that

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If I may suggest a slight change in presentation: how about displaying KK in a bold font, and leave the color code for highest rank achieved until then? This would be more in line with the revered REFERENCE.

What I could do is highlight the "HiRk" field in a different colour if the rikishi is on a new high rank for the current basho. Would that work?

I would have been interested more in visual salience of the frequency of career high occurrences rather than the current status (or the frequency of KK occurrences). But all this is a matter of taste, and as I am in possession of a certified attestation of tastelessness, you better keep the stuff the way it is.

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I would have been interested more in visual salience of the frequency of career high occurrences rather than the current status (or the frequency of KK occurrences). But all this is a matter of taste, and as I am in possession of a certified attestation of tastelessness, you better keep the stuff the way it is.

Well, what's also possible is to have a different colour-coding for the pre-basho version of the table. I was already thinking of customizing that a bit with a "positions gained/lost" column (among list members, that is, not in absolute banzuke terms), so perhaps having that edition as a "career focus" and the post-basho ones as a "results focus" might work. Or too confusing? At a minimum I'd have to use a different colour, I guess...

Many thanks for the lengthy basho summary. :-)

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On another note, I just backtracked a bit to Masuraumi's takeover of the torch baton from Wakanoho - he would have been the third-oldest on the list at the time. The two rikishi eliminated by his ascension to juryo? Kyokushuho and Seiro.

(And as a reminder of just how awesome Wakanoho's rise was, when he reached juryo in 2007.01 nobody younger than him had even reached makushita.)

Edit: Oops, Masuraumi was the fourth-oldest. Karatsuumi also falls in between him and Wakanoho age-wise. (Missed him because I didn't think to check below sandanme...)

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Many thanks to both of you for this, great as always! :-)

Takayasu:

Large and light allrounder with a slight penchant for nage techniques and hatakikomi. In Natsu, he only lost against Tochinowaka, Nakanokuni, and Shironoryu. Not only did two of these aite finished with 6-1, they also are somewhat better according to my strength ratings. Actually, his four wins were also against rikishi with slightly better ratings, so it was quite a good basho. Two of his four wins came through hatakikomi, however, so maybe he's a little henka-ish?

Pre-Natsu predicted career high: Maegashira 3

I don't think he's that light anymore, he looks more like around 140 kg, which I would call mid-weight to ozumo standards. The last official weight we have for him (cf. Sumo Reference) is 130 kg in March 2009. Here is

, he looks a bit lighter than he does in his recent bouts (see below). An increase in weight of about 10 kg in the past 14 months would be in line with his 7 kg increase over the previous 12.

Regarding a possible henka-habit, after watching his available bouts with some attention (on babyfaths's youtube channel, linked by Raishu in another thread) I haven't noticed anything that would confirm that. His wins this basho

and
were both very well executed hatakikomi after spirited, forward-aiming sumo. The only bout I recall that looks like a henka (without being one technically speaking) is
, some time ago.

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If I may suggest a slight change in presentation: how about displaying KK in a bold font, and leave the color code for highest rank achieved until then? This would be more in line with the revered REFERENCE.

The problem is that the standard forum font (at least on my system) gets wider, not merely bolder, so IMHO the table data gets very hard to read as it lines up even less than it already does, e.g.

Alas, that is always how proportional fonts get bolder.

You could use Underline, but that'll make it look pretty messy too.

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ASASHOSAKARI IS A MITH!

Then who has been sending all of these posts to the Forum?

Seriously, @Asashosakari, great work on this data. I'm particularly happy to see Chiyonokuni doing so well, since I've been cheering him on almost from the start of his career.

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great work in this thread by both Asashosakari and Raondomitsuki.

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I'm surprised I don't see Chiyootori on that list of yours. With this basho's performance he should reach makushita, I think. And he's still only 17 and a half.

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I'm surprised I don't see Chiyootori on that list of yours. With this basho's performance he should reach makushita, I think. And he's still only 17 and a half.
The criterion for inclusion in the club is a career high in Makushita, something that Chiyootori hasn't achieved yet. While I don't think he will become a club member in Nagoya, he's expected to join the list during this year.

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Actually, you're right. I wrongfully assumed he'd make makushita from sd32 with 5-2. Turns out the odds are stacked against it - not one 5-2 from sd32 made it since 1961, and there were plenty. Thanks for the clarification. As for Chiyootori, I think he'll develop into a fine pusher/thruster if Sanoyama provides him with proper guidance. He even looks kinda bad-ass in the few pictures I've seen of him.

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Actually, you're right. I wrongfully assumed he'd make makushita from sd32 with 5-2. Turns out the odds are stacked against it - not one 5-2 from sd32 made it since 1961, and there were plenty.

The in/out lines for promotion are pretty fixed, currently at Sd11 for a 4-3, Sd25 for a 5-2 and Sd50 for a 6-1, and you're practically guaranteed to be promoted to makushita if you have at least those ranks/wins. Occasionally somebody from one or two ranks lower will make it, but that requires a large number of intais or 0-0-7's in the divisions above; normally there are "too many" mandatory promotion candidates as is and they have to over-demote some makushita makekoshi just to make room for them all.

For comparison: 4-3 at Sd11 / Sd12 / Sd13, 5-2 at Sd25 / Sd26-Sd28, 6-1 at Sd46-Sd50 / Sd51-Sd55. At the bottom of the Sd46-Sd50 query you can spot one "exception" (Sd48e -> Sd3w) from the year 2000 - which isn't really one, it just an artifact of a change in handling around that time. The 6-1 corridor used to extend only to Sd45 until 10 years ago. In other words, after a KK lower-division rikishi will usually know pretty well which division they're going to be ranked in the next time (or at least their oyakata will).

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This is fascinating stuff. I had no idea things were so strict down there.

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This is a great thread. One way to limit it would be to exclude university and high school graduates, and to keep it to Japanese heisei born rikishi.

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A lot of juryo spots will be at stake in Nagoya basho, and leader Takayasu might well have a shot at sneaking in even from Ms6e. New high ranks are achieved by the leading trio, the three newcomers, and Chiyoarashi who achieved his first 6-1 above jonidan in May.

Heisei Hopefuls for Nagoya 2010 - current yardstick: Masuraumi (1988/10/15, debut 2004.03, shin-juryo 2010.03)

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Rikishi

Heya

DOB (Rank)

Debut

HiRk

2009.09

2009.11

2010.01

2010.03

2010.05

2010.07

0 Takayasu Naruto 1990/02/28 (12) 2005.03 Ms6 Ms36w 5-2 Ms27e 4-3 Ms22w 4-3 Ms18w 5-2 Ms10w 4-3 Ms6e
2 Masunoyama Chiganoura 1990/11/01 (6) 2006.07 Ms9 Ms39e 4-3 Ms32w 3-4 Ms38e 4-3 Ms32w 4-3 Ms25e 6-1 Ms9e
1 Chiyonokuni Kokonoe 1990/07/10 (8) 2006.05 Ms20 Ms54e 2-5 Sd18e 4-3 Sd8e 4-3 Ms58e 6-1 Ms24e 4-3 Ms20w
2 Ryuden Takadagawa 1990/11/10 (5) 2006.03 Ms9 Ms19w 4-3 Ms15e 5-2 Ms9w 3-4 Ms15e 2-5 Ms29e 4-3 Ms24w
2 Tamadaiki Kataonami 1988/11/02 (24) 2007.03 Ms24 Ms37e 4-3 Ms31w 4-3 Ms25e 3-4 Ms32e 4-3 Ms24w 3-4 Ms33e
9 Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 1991/07/12 (1) 2007.03 Ms37 Sd20e 5-2 Ms57w 4-3 Ms50w 0-7 Sd25w 4-3 Sd13w 6-1 Ms37e
4 Hishofuji Nakamura 1989/07/14 (17) 2005.03 Ms29 Ms29w 1-6 Ms59e 4-3 Ms52w 5-2 Ms39w 3-4 Ms47w 4-3 Ms40e
3 Takanoiwa Takanohana 1990/02/26 (13) 2008.11 Ms13 Sd27w 4-3 Sd14w 7-0 Y Ms13w 3-4 Ms19e 3-4 Ms26e 2-5 Ms45e
2 Tokizakura Nakamura 1989/07/10 (19) 2005.03 Ms35 Sd27e 4-3 Sd14e 4-3 Sd5e 4-3 Ms56e 5-2 Ms38e 3-4 Ms47e
2 Kotoyuki Sadogatake 1991/04/02 (3) 2008.03 Ms26 Ms43w 3-4 Ms51w 5-2 Ms37w 5-1-1 Ms26w 2-5 Ms40w 3-4 Ms51e
9 Asahisho Oshima 1989/07/21 (16) 2005.03 Ms45 Ms56w 2-5 Sd22e 4-3 Sd11e 3-4 Sd23e 3-4 Sd39e 6-1 Ms52e
3 Tochiyashiki Kasugano 1989/07/07 (20) 2008.03 Ms30 Ms41e 5-2 Ms30e 0-0-7 Sd10w 4-3 Ms60e 5-2 Ms43e 3-4 Ms52w
3 Bugendai Musashigawa 1989/01/21 (23) 2004.05 Ms43 Ms57e 4-3 Ms47w 2-5 Sd10e 5-2 Ms52w 4-3 Ms43w 3-4 Ms53e
New Byakko Nakamura 1989/07/11 (18) 2005.03 Ms53 Sd23w 3-4 Sd36w 4-3 Sd22e 3-4 Sd36w 5-2 Sd13e 5-2 Ms53w
1 Mankajo Kasugayama 1990/02/10 (14) 2005.03 Ms43 Ms44w 3-4 Ms52w 3-4 Sd4w 2-5 Sd27e 5-2 Sd2w 4-3 Ms54e
New Tochinohama Kasugano 1989/01/29 (22) 2007.03 Ms56 Sd82e 4-3 Sd62w 2-4-1 Sd91e 5-2 Sd58e 6-1 Sd5w 4-3 Ms56w
New Kei Onomatsu 1990/03/10 (10) 2008.01 Ms58 Sd43w 4-3 Sd27e 4-3 Sd16w 3-4 Sd30e 3-4 Sd46e 6-1 Ms58e
2 Kawanari Oguruma 1991/07/07 (2) 2007.03 Ms38 Ms38e 2-5 Ms54e 4-3 Ms47w 3-4 Ms54e 2-5 Sd16w 4-3 Sd3w
7 Kairyu Tagonoura 1990/03/01 (11) 2005.03 Ms29 Sd31e 5-2 Sd6e 4-3 Ms59e 6-1 Ms29e 1-6 Ms53w 3-4 Sd5w
3 Kumagai Isenoumi 1990/08/25 (7) 2006.03 Ms50 Sd34e 4-3 Sd19e 5-2 Ms58e 4-3 Ms50e 1-6 Sd21e 4-3 Sd7w
3 Higoarashi Kise 1989/08/20 (15) 2006.05 Ms53 Sd15e 2-5 Sd39w 4-3 Sd24w 4-3 Sd11w 3-4 Sd26e 4-3 Sd14e
3 Dewahayate Dewanoumi 1989/01/31 (21) 2004.03 Ms50 Sd13w 3-4 Sd26w 4-3 Sd15w 4-3 Sd5w 2-5 Sd29e 4-3 Sd16w
10 Takageppo Takanohana 1990/04/19 (9) 2009.01 Ms59 Sd84w 5-2 Sd48w 4-3 Sd34w 4-3 Sd20w 5-2 Ms59e 2-5 Sd23w
3 Kotokensei Sadogatake 1991/01/06 (4) 2006.03 Ms50 Sd3e 3-4 Sd13w 3-4 Sd26e 3-4 Sd41w 3-4 Sd55w 2-5 Sd83w

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Not a lot of good news for the higher-ranked hopefuls...notable exceptions from the makekoshi festival above Ms50 were only Masunoyama with an impressive 4-3 at his career-high rank, and Takanoiwa's bounceback basho from the steady descent following his sandanme yusho four basho ago. Arguably also positive is Chiyoarashi's 3-4 at a new career high, considering he'd made a big 6-1 jump into it, but then again one of his wins this basho came by fusen and he was makekoshi even before the final bout. The guys in lowest makushita and high sandanme did better, so the positional rankings will be jumbled quite a bit for Aki. The top spot will be claimed by Masunoyama, second place is up for grabs between Takayasu and Takanoiwa.

Heisei Hopefuls for Nagoya 2010 - current yardstick: Masuraumi (1988/10/15, debut 2004.03, shin-juryo 2010.03)

Rikishi

Heya

DOB (Rank)

Debut

HiRk

2009.09

2009.11

2010.01

2010.03

2010.05

2010.07

Takayasu Naruto 1990/02/28 (12) 2005.03 Ms6 Ms36w 5-2 Ms27e 4-3 Ms22w 4-3 Ms18w 5-2 Ms10w 4-3 Ms6e 2-5
Masunoyama Chiganoura 1990/11/01 (6) 2006.07 Ms9 Ms39e 4-3 Ms32w 3-4 Ms38e 4-3 Ms32w 4-3 Ms25e 6-1 Ms9e 4-3
Chiyonokuni Kokonoe 1990/07/10 (8) 2006.05 Ms20 Ms54e 2-5 Sd18e 4-3 Sd8e 4-3 Ms58e 6-1 Ms24e 4-3 Ms20w 2-5
Ryuden Takadagawa 1990/11/10 (5) 2006.03 Ms9 Ms19w 4-3 Ms15e 5-2 Ms9w 3-4 Ms15e 2-5 Ms29e 4-3 Ms24w 2-5
Tamadaiki Kataonami 1988/11/02 (24) 2007.03 Ms24 Ms37e 4-3 Ms31w 4-3 Ms25e 3-4 Ms32e 4-3 Ms24w 3-4 Ms33e 2-5
Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 1991/07/12 (1) 2007.03 Ms37 Sd20e 5-2 Ms57w 4-3 Ms50w 0-7 Sd25w 4-3 Sd13w 6-1 Ms37e 3-4
Hishofuji Nakamura 1989/07/14 (17) 2005.03 Ms29 Ms29w 1-6 Ms59e 4-3 Ms52w 5-2 Ms39w 3-4 Ms47w 4-3 Ms40e 2-5
Takanoiwa Takanohana 1990/02/26 (13) 2008.11 Ms13 Sd27w 4-3 Sd14w 7-0 Y Ms13w 3-4 Ms19e 3-4 Ms26e 2-5 Ms45e 6-1
Tokizakura Nakamura 1989/07/10 (19) 2005.03 Ms35 Sd27e 4-3 Sd14e 4-3 Sd5e 4-3 Ms56e 5-2 Ms38e 3-4 Ms47e 3-4
Kotoyuki Sadogatake 1991/04/02 (3) 2008.03 Ms26 Ms43w 3-4 Ms51w 5-2 Ms37w 5-1-1 Ms26w 2-5 Ms40w 3-4 Ms51e 3-4
Asahisho Oshima 1989/07/21 (16) 2005.03 Ms45 Ms56w 2-5 Sd22e 4-3 Sd11e 3-4 Sd23e 3-4 Sd39e 6-1 Ms52e 5-2
Tochiyashiki Kasugano 1989/07/07 (20) 2008.03 Ms30 Ms41e 5-2 Ms30e 0-0-7 Sd10w 4-3 Ms60e 5-2 Ms43e 3-4 Ms52w 5-2
Bugendai Musashigawa 1989/01/21 (23) 2004.05 Ms43 Ms57e 4-3 Ms47w 2-5 Sd10e 5-2 Ms52w 4-3 Ms43w 3-4 Ms53e 5-2
Byakko Nakamura 1989/07/11 (18) 2005.03 Ms53 Sd23w 3-4 Sd36w 4-3 Sd22e 3-4 Sd36w 5-2 Sd13e 5-2 Ms53w 3-4
Mankajo Kasugayama 1990/02/10 (14) 2005.03 Ms43 Ms44w 3-4 Ms52w 3-4 Sd4w 2-5 Sd27e 5-2 Sd2w 4-3 Ms54e 5-2
Tochinohama Kasugano 1989/01/29 (22) 2007.03 Ms56 Sd82e 4-3 Sd62w 2-4-1 Sd91e 5-2 Sd58e 6-1 Sd5w 4-3 Ms56w 4-3
Kei Onomatsu 1990/03/10 (10) 2008.01 Ms58 Sd43w 4-3 Sd27e 4-3 Sd16w 3-4 Sd30e 3-4 Sd46e 6-1 Ms58e 3-4
Kawanari Oguruma 1991/07/07 (2) 2007.03 Ms38 Ms38e 2-5 Ms54e 4-3 Ms47w 3-4 Ms54e 2-5 Sd16w 4-3 Sd3w 4-3
Kairyu Tagonoura 1990/03/01 (11) 2005.03 Ms29 Sd31e 5-2 Sd6e 4-3 Ms59e 6-1 Ms29e 1-6 Ms53w 3-4 Sd5w 3-4
Kumagai Isenoumi 1990/08/25 (7) 2006.03 Ms50 Sd34e 4-3 Sd19e 5-2 Ms58e 4-3 Ms50e 1-6 Sd21e 4-3 Sd7w 6-1
Higoarashi Kise 1989/08/20 (15) 2006.05 Ms53 Sd15e 2-5 Sd39w 4-3 Sd24w 4-3 Sd11w 3-4 Sd26e 4-3 Sd14e 3-4
Dewahayate Dewanoumi 1989/01/31 (21) 2004.03 Ms50 Sd13w 3-4 Sd26w 4-3 Sd15w 4-3 Sd5w 2-5 Sd29e 4-3 Sd16w 5-2
Takageppo Takanohana 1990/04/19 (9) 2009.01 Ms59 Sd84w 5-2 Sd48w 4-3 Sd34w 4-3 Sd20w 5-2 Ms59e 2-5 Sd23w 5-2
Kotokensei Sadogatake 1991/01/06 (4) 2006.03 Ms50 Sd3e 3-4 Sd13w 3-4 Sd26e 3-4 Sd41w 3-4 Sd55w 2-5 Sd83w 6-1

Two newcomers will be joining the list for Aki, both coming in from rather low in sandanme. After his twin brother Takageppo already had his first taste of makushita two basho ago, sandanme yusho winner Takatoshi will now join him, and will actually be ranked higher than his brother for the first time since they started a year and a half ago. Takageppo will also be returning to the third division. The other newbie is (my adoptee) Kyokutaisei who has a surprising 6-1 breakout performance in the mid-low sandanme area he'd been bouncing around the last few tournaments.

Rikishi

Heya

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Debut

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Takatoshi Takanohana 1990/04/19 2009.01 Sd10 Jd11w 4-3 Sd93w 6-1 Sd34e 4-3 Sd20e 4-3 Sd10e 2-5 Sd35w 7-0 Y
Kyokutaisei Oshima 1989/10/18 2008.01 Sd42 Sd78e 3-4 Sd92e 4-3 Sd74w 5-2 Sd42w 3-4 Sd57w 4-3 Sd43e 6-1

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Thanks for this update, this is definitely one of my favorites threads here! :-) Sad to see that so many of these talents struggled so much this basho (especially Takayasu and Ryuden). Another potential hopeful who had a very disappointing performance is Nogami, 1-6 as Sd23e. Very surprising for a guy who when just 18 years old was unbeaten in one of the most competitive mae-zumo of recent years (with the older Aoki, Takarafuji, Azumaryu, Naoe, and the three high-profile hopefuls Takanoiwa, Takatoshi and Takageppo)...

On the brighter side, Kotookuyama is also getting very close to the list with his 4-3 as Sd15w - this most likely won't take him to makushita yet though (there's been about 40 deshi who were not promoted with this same performance since the last one was in 1986). But he's definitely a guy to follow, as he's younger than all the guys on the list at present! And he's just had 4 kachikoshi in a row.

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Like last basho there's a glut of hopefuls in the Ms50 region, but courtesy of the mostly bad results at the top of the list and some strong records in the aforementioned Ms50 corridor another large bunch of rikishi has formed in the Ms30's for Aki. Masunoyama takes over the top spot from Takayasu (who hangs on to #2 thanks to some very lenient demotion procedures), and while I personally doubt he'll be making a push for juryo just yet, the threat of seeing the yardstick age obliterated by our 6th-youngest list member did cause me to rethink the framework for this thread a bit. More on that in a moment.

The big winner of this update is Kumagai whose 6-1 allowed him to bypass both the Ms50 and the Ms30 groups and jump all the way to #5. Takanoiwa also scored six wins and gets to take another crack at upper-high makushita after his first foray appeared to come a bit too early in his development. At the other end of the table Kotoyuki somehow managed to lose 10 spots even though he barely dropped in the banzuke. My adoptee Kyokutaisei joins the list at #19 and Ms54w, likely not high enough to survive a 3-4 with his makushita ranking intact, while Takatoshi makes his grand entrance at #4 and Ms23e following his sandanme yusho - it'll be interesting to see whether he manages to fare better up there than stablemate Takanoiwa did earlier this year.

Heisei Hopefuls for Aki 2010 - current yardstick: Masuraumi (1988/10/15, debut 2004.03, shin-juryo 2010.03)

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1 Masunoyama Chiganoura 1990/11/01 (6) 2006.07 Ms3 Ms32w 3-4 Ms38e 4-3 Ms32w 4-3 Ms25e 6-1 Ms9e 4-3 Ms3e
1 Takayasu Naruto 1990/02/28 (13) 2005.03 Ms6 Ms27e 4-3 Ms22w 4-3 Ms18w 5-2 Ms10w 4-3 Ms6e 2-5 Ms13w
5 Takanoiwa Takanohana 1990/02/26 (14) 2008.11 Ms13 Sd14w 7-0 Y Ms13w 3-4 Ms19e 3-4 Ms26e 2-5 Ms45e 6-1 Ms19e
New Takatoshi Takanohana 1990/04/19 (9) 2009.01 Ms23 Sd93w 6-1 Sd34e 4-3 Sd20e 4-3 Sd10e 2-5 Sd35w 7-0 Y Ms23e
15 Kumagai Isenoumi 1990/08/25 (7) 2006.03 Ms31 Sd19e 5-2 Ms58e 4-3 Ms50e 1-6 Sd21e 4-3 Sd7w 6-1 Ms31w
5 Asahisho Oshima 1989/07/21 (18) 2005.03 Ms32 Sd22e 4-3 Sd11e 3-4 Sd23e 3-4 Sd39e 6-1 Ms52e 5-2 Ms32e
5 Tochiyashiki Kasugano 1989/07/07 (22) 2008.03 Ms30 Ms30e 0-0-7 Sd10w 4-3 Ms60e 5-2 Ms43e 3-4 Ms52w 5-2 Ms32w
5 Bugendai Musashigawa 1989/01/21 (25) 2004.05 Ms35 Ms47w 2-5 Sd10e 5-2 Ms52w 4-3 Ms43w 3-4 Ms53e 5-2 Ms35w
6 Chiyonokuni Kokonoe 1990/07/10 (8) 2006.05 Ms20 Sd18e 4-3 Sd8e 4-3 Ms58e 6-1 Ms24e 4-3 Ms20w 2-5 Ms36e
5 Mankajo Kasugayama 1990/02/10 (15) 2005.03 Ms37 Ms52w 3-4 Sd4w 2-5 Sd27e 5-2 Sd2w 4-3 Ms54e 5-2 Ms37e
7 Ryuden Takadagawa 1990/11/10 (5) 2006.03 Ms9 Ms15e 5-2 Ms9w 3-4 Ms15e 2-5 Ms29e 4-3 Ms24w 2-5 Ms39e
6 Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 1991/07/12 (1) 2007.03 Ms37 Ms57w 4-3 Ms50w 0-7 Sd25w 4-3 Sd13w 6-1 Ms37e 3-4 Ms44w
3 Tochinohama Kasugano 1989/01/29 (24) 2007.03 Ms47 Sd62w 2-4-1 Sd91e 5-2 Sd58e 6-1 Sd5w 4-3 Ms56w 4-3 Ms47w
9 Tamadaiki Kataonami 1988/11/02 (26) 2007.03 Ms24 Ms31w 4-3 Ms25e 3-4 Ms32e 4-3 Ms24w 3-4 Ms33e 2-5 Ms48e
7 Dewahayate Dewanoumi 1989/01/31 (23) 2004.03 Ms50 Sd26w 4-3 Sd15w 4-3 Sd5w 2-5 Sd29e 4-3 Sd16w 5-2 Ms50w
2 Kawanari Oguruma 1991/07/07 (2) 2007.03 Ms38 Ms54e 4-3 Ms47w 3-4 Ms54e 2-5 Sd16w 4-3 Sd3w 4-3 Ms51e
8 Tokizakura Nakamura 1989/07/10 (21) 2005.03 Ms35 Sd14e 4-3 Sd5e 4-3 Ms56e 5-2 Ms38e 3-4 Ms47e 3-4 Ms51w
11 Hishofuji Nakamura 1989/07/14 (19) 2005.03 Ms29 Ms59e 4-3 Ms52w 5-2 Ms39w 3-4 Ms47w 4-3 Ms40e 2-5 Ms54e
New Kyokutaisei Oshima 1989/10/18 (16) 2008.01 Ms54 Sd92e 4-3 Sd74w 5-2 Sd42w 3-4 Sd57w 4-3 Sd43e 6-1 Ms54w
10 Kotoyuki Sadogatake 1991/04/02 (3) 2008.03 Ms26 Ms51w 5-2 Ms37w 5-1-1 Ms26w 2-5 Ms40w 3-4 Ms51e 3-4 Ms56w
2 Takageppo Takanohana 1990/04/19 (9) 2009.01 Ms58 Sd48w 4-3 Sd34w 4-3 Sd20w 5-2 Ms59e 2-5 Sd23w 5-2 Ms58e
8 Byakko Nakamura 1989/07/11 (20) 2005.03 Ms53 Sd36w 4-3 Sd22e 3-4 Sd36w 5-2 Sd13e 5-2 Ms53w 3-4 Ms59e
6 Kei Onomatsu 1990/03/10 (11) 2008.01 Ms58 Sd27e 4-3 Sd16w 3-4 Sd30e 3-4 Sd46e 6-1 Ms58e 3-4 Sd5e
5 Kairyu Tagonoura 1990/03/01 (12) 2005.03 Ms29 Sd6e 4-3 Ms59e 6-1 Ms29e 1-6 Ms53w 3-4 Sd5w 3-4 Sd15e
1 Kotokensei Sadogatake 1991/01/06 (4) 2006.03 Ms50 Sd13w 3-4 Sd26e 3-4 Sd41w 3-4 Sd55w 2-5 Sd83w 6-1 Sd26e
5 Higoarashi Kise 1989/08/20 (17) 2006.05 Ms53 Sd39w 4-3 Sd24w 4-3 Sd11w 3-4 Sd26e 4-3 Sd14e 3-4 Sd29w

And now for another addition, for which I'm still soliciting names: Originally I was just going to say "oh well!" if a very young rikishi was going to reach juryo and re-set the yardstick, but since the thread will become kind of boring in case Masunoyama actually reaches juryo in four weeks and truncates the list to just five names, I'll be adding an "overflow" table of sorts. Same inclusion rule as before, the rikishi must have reached makushita at some point, but the age limit won't be the yardstick rikishi's birthdate, but "23 and under". In other words, this list will be cleaned up of its oldest members after each basho. This list will be quite a hodge-podge of strong prospects who have aged a bit, semi-prospects who may or may not turn into something, some guys who aren't really noteworthy and will have only a short stay on the list (i.e. because they made their makushita debut barely before turning 24), and even the occasional collegiate star who manages to make a mark in the short time he has between his sumo debut and turning 24 (Ryuonami and Chiyozakura may do that soon). All in all the two lists will combine to about 50 names, which should still be possible to handle without making the thread too messy. Just consider the first table "guys to watch" and the second "guys to keep an eye on". :-)

(Not Quite) Heisei Hopefuls for Aki 2010 - age 23 and under

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0 Fujiazuma Tamanoi 1987/04/19 (41) 2003.03 Ms2 Ms20e 5-2 Ms15w 4-3 Ms11e 3-4 Ms16w 5-2 Ms7w 4-3 Ms2w
3 Nionoumi Kitanoumi 1986/12/16 (46) 2002.03 Ms6 Ms25w 3-4 Ms33e 4-3 Ms28w 4-3 Ms22e 5-2 Ms16e 5-2 Ms6w
5 Ikioi Isenoumi 1986/10/11 (47) 2005.03 Ms14 Ms41e 4-3 Ms35e 5-2 Ms25e 3-4 Ms30w 5-2 Ms22w 4-3 Ms14w
0 Kyokushuho Oshima 1988/08/09 (28) 2007.05 Ms13 Ms26w 4-3 Ms22e 4-3 Ms18e 2-5 Ms32e 6-1 Ms13w 3-4 Ms17w
5 Azumaryu Tamanoi 1987/05/12 (39) 2008.11 Ms18 Ms52e 4-3 Ms45e 5-2 Ms33e 3-4 Ms39e 5-2 Ms26e 4-3 Ms18e
4 Tochihiryu Kasugano 1987/04/23 (40) 2006.03 Ms9 Sd7w 5-2 Ms49e 6-1 Ms23e 4-3 Ms18w 5-2 Ms9w 2-5 Ms18w
4 Kagamio Kagamiyama 1988/02/09 (32) 2003.07 Ms23 Ms30w 2-5 Ms46e 5-2 Ms34w 2-5 Ms50w 5-2 Ms33w 4-3 Ms25e
11 Hokuo Takadagawa 1986/09/18 (49) 2004.11 Ms31 Sd16e 3-4 Sd32e 6-1 Ms49e 4-3 Ms39w 1-6 Sd6w 6-1 Ms31e
13 Araumi Isenoumi 1987/01/06 (44) 2005.03 Ms33 Ms41w 3-4 Ms49w 4-3 Ms43e 4-3 Ms33e 0-7 Sd8w 6-1 Ms33e
3 Naoe Oguruma 1986/09/23 (48) 2009.01 Ms34 Sd3w 4-3 Ms57e 5-2 Ms43w 3-4 Ms51w 4-3 Ms43w 4-3 Ms34e
3 Karatsuumi Tamanoi 1988/08/03 (29) 2004.03 Ms31 Jd116w 5-2 Jd64w 7-0 Y Sd64w 6-1 Sd9e 5-2 Ms51w 4-3 Ms41w
9 Takakiho Takanohana 1987/01/14 (43) 2002.03 Ms45 Sd22w 4-3 Sd12e 2-5 Sd36e 4-3 Sd21w 4-3 Sd8e 5-2 Ms45w
2 Seiro Shikoroyama 1988/08/18 (27) 2005.07 Ms37 Ms53e 4-3 Ms46w 4-3 Ms40e 0-5-2 Sd15w 5-2 Ms56e 4-3 Ms46w
10 Fukugoriki Arashio 1988/03/02 (31) 2005.11 Ms49 Jk29w 6-1 Jd61w 6-1 Sd93w 6-1 Sd34w 5-2 Sd15e 5-2 Ms49w
5 Nankairiki Kitanoumi 1987/10/16 (36) 2003.03 Ms28 Ms57e 5-2 Ms42e 4-3 Ms37e 3-4 Ms46e 2-5 Sd7e 4-3 Ms56e
4 Tokachiumi Hakkaku 1987/04/09 (42) 2003.03 Ms42 Sd4w 4-3 Ms57w 3-4 Sd11e 5-2 Ms50e 4-3 Ms42e 1-3-3 Sd3w
1 Rendaiyama Kitanoumi 1988/01/12 (34) 2006.03 Ms46 Sd8w 2-5 Sd37e 5-2 Sd10w 3-4 Sd24w 5-2 Ms59e 3-4 Sd5w
1 Torugawa Minezaki 1987/08/26 (37) 2006.03 Ms59 Sd30w 3-4 Sd46e 4-3 Sd32e 3-4 Sd50e 6-1 Ms59w 3-4 Sd6e
1 Migikataagari Otake 1988/06/08 (30) 2004.03 Ms48 Sd34e 5-2 Sd14w 3-4 Sd28e 4-3 Sd16e 4-3 Sd3e 3-4 Sd10e
8 Wakarikido Matsugane 1986/12/23 (45) 2002.03 Ms34 Ms47e 4-3 Ms40e 0-5-2 Sd15w 3-4 Sd28w 3-4 Sd48e 5-2 Sd21e
6 Okinofuji Hakkaku 1988/01/26 (33) 2006.03 Ms51 Sd28e 4-3 Sd17w 2-5 Sd42e 4-3 Sd27e 3-4 Sd43w 4-3 Sd26w
1 Masunofuji Nakamura 1987/10/24 (35) 2005.11 Ms52 Sd78e 6-1 Sd20w 4-3 Sd8e 2-5 Sd32w 5-2 Sd9w 2-5 Sd37e
2 Ota Kitanoumi 1987/08/08 (38) 2003.03 Ms48 Sd36e 2-5 Sd62w 6-1 Sd8w 5-2 Ms48w 1-6 Sd21w 3-4 Sd39e

In case you're wondering why almost everybody moved up: The five guys who turned 24 in the last two months and left the list are a rather interesting bunch, consisting of the collegiate trio of highly regarded Aoki, not quite as highly regarded Sakaguchi, and fairly unregarded Aisaka, plus often-injured Mongolian Arawashi and lanky semi-prospect Kitaharima. All but Aisaka were ranked in the upper half of makushita. The group that exited after Natsu basho also featured a couple of interesting names among its six members, namely Aoiyama and high-makushita regular Satsumahibiki. Losing 11 rikishi in just two basho seems to have been unusual...previewing the next few basho cycles there should be only 2 or 3 rikishi on average who turn 24 and drop out.

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Aki summary: Last basho's 2-5 (following 8 straight KK) must have fired up Takayasu pretty good...nice yusho! (Neener, neener...) Not to be outdone, even younger Masunoyama also secured his promotion with a strong 5-2 record. I think Takayasu will get the higher rank in juryo next time, so he's officially the first sekitori from the Heisei era.

Further down the rankings the major bright spot was provided with a 6-1 by Tochiyashiki who appears to be fully healthy again right as he'd finally made it back toward his career-high rank. IIRC he came in with a reputation as the best high-schooler of the 2008 class, so perhaps he'll be able to continue with the breakout performances.

Heisei Hopefuls for Aki 2010 - current yardstick: Masuraumi (1988/10/15, debut 2004.03, shin-juryo 2010.03)

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Masunoyama Chiganoura 1990/11/01 (6) 2006.07 Ms3 Ms32w 3-4 Ms38e 4-3 Ms32w 4-3 Ms25e 6-1 Ms9e 4-3 Ms3e 5-2
Takayasu Naruto 1990/02/28 (13) 2005.03 Ms6 Ms27e 4-3 Ms22w 4-3 Ms18w 5-2 Ms10w 4-3 Ms6e 2-5 Ms13w 7-0 Y
Takanoiwa Takanohana 1990/02/26 (14) 2008.11 Ms13 Sd14w 7-0 Y Ms13w 3-4 Ms19e 3-4 Ms26e 2-5 Ms45e 6-1 Ms19e 3-4
Takatoshi Takanohana 1990/04/19 (9) 2009.01 Ms23 Sd93w 6-1 Sd34e 4-3 Sd20e 4-3 Sd10e 2-5 Sd35w 7-0 Y Ms23e 2-5
Kumagai Isenoumi 1990/08/25 (7) 2006.03 Ms31 Sd19e 5-2 Ms58e 4-3 Ms50e 1-6 Sd21e 4-3 Sd7w 6-1 Ms31w 3-4
Asahisho Oshima 1989/07/21 (18) 2005.03 Ms32 Sd22e 4-3 Sd11e 3-4 Sd23e 3-4 Sd39e 6-1 Ms52e 5-2 Ms32e 3-4
Tochiyashiki Kasugano 1989/07/07 (22) 2008.03 Ms30 Ms30e 0-0-7 Sd10w 4-3 Ms60e 5-2 Ms43e 3-4 Ms52w 5-2 Ms32w 6-1
Bugendai Musashigawa 1989/01/21 (25) 2004.05 Ms35 Ms47w 2-5 Sd10e 5-2 Ms52w 4-3 Ms43w 3-4 Ms53e 5-2 Ms35w 2-5
Chiyonokuni Kokonoe 1990/07/10 (8) 2006.05 Ms20 Sd18e 4-3 Sd8e 4-3 Ms58e 6-1 Ms24e 4-3 Ms20w 2-5 Ms36e 3-4
Mankajo Kasugayama 1990/02/10 (15) 2005.03 Ms37 Ms52w 3-4 Sd4w 2-5 Sd27e 5-2 Sd2w 4-3 Ms54e 5-2 Ms37e 1-6
Ryuden Takadagawa 1990/11/10 (5) 2006.03 Ms9 Ms15e 5-2 Ms9w 3-4 Ms15e 2-5 Ms29e 4-3 Ms24w 2-5 Ms39e 3-4
Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 1991/07/12 (1) 2007.03 Ms37 Ms57w 4-3 Ms50w 0-7 Sd25w 4-3 Sd13w 6-1 Ms37e 3-4 Ms44w 4-3
Tochinohama Kasugano 1989/01/29 (24) 2007.03 Ms47 Sd62w 2-4-1 Sd91e 5-2 Sd58e 6-1 Sd5w 4-3 Ms56w 4-3 Ms47w 4-3
Tamadaiki Kataonami 1988/11/02 (26) 2007.03 Ms24 Ms31w 4-3 Ms25e 3-4 Ms32e 4-3 Ms24w 3-4 Ms33e 2-5 Ms48e 2-5
Dewahayate Dewanoumi 1989/01/31 (23) 2004.03 Ms50 Sd26w 4-3 Sd15w 4-3 Sd5w 2-5 Sd29e 4-3 Sd16w 5-2 Ms50w 3-4
Kawanari Oguruma 1991/07/07 (2) 2007.03 Ms38 Ms54e 4-3 Ms47w 3-4 Ms54e 2-5 Sd16w 4-3 Sd3w 4-3 Ms51e 4-3
Tokizakura Nakamura 1989/07/10 (21) 2005.03 Ms35 Sd14e 4-3 Sd5e 4-3 Ms56e 5-2 Ms38e 3-4 Ms47e 3-4 Ms51w 3-4
Hishofuji Nakamura 1989/07/14 (19) 2005.03 Ms29 Ms59e 4-3 Ms52w 5-2 Ms39w 3-4 Ms47w 4-3 Ms40e 2-5 Ms54e 5-2
Kyokutaisei Oshima 1989/10/18 (16) 2008.01 Ms54 Sd92e 4-3 Sd74w 5-2 Sd42w 3-4 Sd57w 4-3 Sd43e 6-1 Ms54w 1-6
Kotoyuki Sadogatake 1991/04/02 (3) 2008.03 Ms26 Ms51w 5-2 Ms37w 5-1-1 Ms26w 2-5 Ms40w 3-4 Ms51e 3-4 Ms56w 5-2
Takageppo Takanohana 1990/04/19 (9) 2009.01 Ms58 Sd48w 4-3 Sd34w 4-3 Sd20w 5-2 Ms59e 2-5 Sd23w 5-2 Ms58e 3-4
Byakko Nakamura 1989/07/11 (20) 2005.03 Ms53 Sd36w 4-3 Sd22e 3-4 Sd36w 5-2 Sd13e 5-2 Ms53w 3-4 Ms59e 4-3
Kei Onomatsu 1990/03/10 (11) 2008.01 Ms58 Sd27e 4-3 Sd16w 3-4 Sd30e 3-4 Sd46e 6-1 Ms58e 3-4 Sd5e 5-2
Kairyu Tagonoura 1990/03/01 (12) 2005.03 Ms29 Sd6e 4-3 Ms59e 6-1 Ms29e 1-6 Ms53w 3-4 Sd5w 3-4 Sd15e 5-2
Kotokensei Sadogatake 1991/01/06 (4) 2006.03 Ms50 Sd13w 3-4 Sd26e 3-4 Sd41w 3-4 Sd55w 2-5 Sd83w 6-1 Sd26e 3-4
Higoarashi Kise 1989/08/20 (17) 2006.05 Ms53 Sd39w 4-3 Sd24w 4-3 Sd11w 3-4 Sd26e 4-3 Sd14e 3-4 Sd29w 4-3

No less than five prospects will be making their makushita debuts thanks to a slew of 6-1 records:

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Sasakiyama Kitanoumi 1991/06/12 2010.01 Sd11   Mz 3-0 Jk20w 7-0 Y Jd20e 7-0 D Sd25e 4-3 Sd11w 4-3
Chiyomaru Kokonoe 1991/04/17 2007.05 Sd14 Sd26e 2-5 Sd54e 5-2 Sd26e 4-3 Sd14w 3-4 Sd30w 4-3 Sd15w 5-2
Asabenkei Takasago 1989/02/12 2007.03 Sd20 Sd54e 4-3 Sd39w 3-4 Sd53w 3-4 Sd66e 5-2 Sd39w 4-3 Sd21w 6-1
Saishin Chiganoura 1991/11/12 2010.01 Sd34   Mz 3-0 Jk21e 6-1 Jd49w 7-0 Y Sd49w 4-3 Sd34e 6-1
Amatsu Onomatsu 1990/04/03 2009.01 Sd24 Sd63w 4-3 Sd45e 4-3 Sd30w 3-4 Sd48e 5-2 Sd24w 3-4 Sd42e 6-1

Of course, all of this is before taking into account that Takayasu and Masunoyama will be resetting the yardstick in a big way for Kyushu, so Asabenkei and Amatsu will be making the move to the overflow list along with nearly everyone from the table above. As Masunoyama was the 5th-youngest rikishi on watch, the new main list will only consist of: Saishin (new youngest rikishi!), Chiyoarashi, Kawanari, Sasakiyama, Chiyomaru, Kotoyuki, Kotokensei and Ryuden.

Edited by Asashosakari

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