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Day 14 results and day 15 pairings, Makuuchi and Juryo

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Kakuryu beat the fourth ozeki this basho, throwing Bulgarian Kotooshu down with a nice shitatenage. After that he has four chances to get the yusho, but Hakuho easily beat Harumafuji. Now Kakuryu still can win his own bout against Goeido tomorrow, wait for a Hakuho loss against Baruto or win a yusho playoff, so the odds are still good for the first sekiwake yusho in more than twelve years (Musoyama in Hatsu 2000) - the last maegashira yusho also has been long ago (Kotomitsuki in Aki 2001).

The sanyaku candidates all won today, including Aran against ozeki Kotoshogiku and Aminishiki who is make-koshi but should drop to komusubi only if he beats Aran tomorrow. Toyonoshima and Homasho seem to be the best candidates for the open sekiwake slots as Goeido drew the short stick in the torikumi tomorrow, facing Kakuryu.

Ikioi likely sealed his demotion with the loss today, following Takanoyama and Hochiyama. Asasekiryu and Fujiazuma are riding losing streaks and must win tomorrow to stay with Fujiazuma drawing a tough opponent with Tochinoshin. Sagatsukasa and Kotoyuki lost and are make-koshi, so possible promotions to makuuchi are Chiyotairyu, Kimikaze, Asahisho and Kaisei (debut for all but Kaisei).

Kimikaze was successful with a flying henka against Kaisei, not quite Air Hayateumi style but still. Oiwato's career looked finished last year has he had a 3-12 in his lucky juryo promotion basho, but after that he changed his shikona and is showing much improved sumo, earning himself his first double digit record in his career. This is pretty much the first time he is mentioned in the same sentence with "yusho" all career, but he really can enforce a yusho kettei-sen tomorrow as he is facing leader Kimikaze. Chiyotairyu could possibly join such a playoff as he is the other rikishi at 10-4, easily beating Masunoyama today.

Day 14

Juryo

Ms3w    Homarefuji (4-3)        sukuinage       J14w    Arawashi (7-7)
Ms2w    Tokushoryu (4-3)        yorikiri        J12e    Hokutokuni (5-9)
J11e    Chiyootori (8-6)        yorikiri        J13e    Satoyama (7-7)
J10e    Tokushinho (7-7)        oshidashi       J13w    Masuraumi (7-7)
J8e     Takamisakari (8-6)      uwatedashinage  J9w     Kyokushuho (8-6)
J6w     Tamaasuka (9-5)         oshidashi       J10w    Kitaharima (5-9)
J9e     Bushuyama (8-6)         tsukiotoshi     J5w     Kokkai (4-10)
J12w    Oiwato (10-4)           oshitaoshi      J4e     Asahisho (9-5)
J7w     Kimikaze (11-3)         hatakikomi      J4w     Kaisei (9-5)
J3w     Sotairyu (5-9)          tsukiotoshi     J5e     Nionoumi (5-9)
J11w    Kimurayama (7-7)        hikiotoshi      J2e     Sagatsukasa (6-8)
J1e     Chiyotairyu (10-4)      okuridashi      J7e     Masunoyama (9-5)
J6e     Yoshiazuma (8-6)        hatakikomi      J1w     Kotoyuki (6-8)

Makuuchi

M15w    Hochiyama (4-10)        oshidashi       M12w    Fujiazuma (5-9)
M13e    Kitataiki (9-5)         yorikiri        M11e    Asasekiryu (4-10)
M14e    Takarafuji (6-8)        uwatenage       M11w    Tenkaiho (6-8)
M12e    Daido (6-8)             yorikiri        M10w    Aoiyama (7-7)
M9w     Miyabiyama (8-6)        oshidashi       M16w    Takanoyama (4-10)
M8w     Takekaze (8-6)          oshidashi       M13w    Wakanosato (8-6)
M7e     Takayasu (9-5)          tsukiotoshi     M14w    Ikioi (5-9)
M7w     Toyohibiki (8-6)        oshidashi       M15e    Tamawashi (7-7)
M6w     Goeido (11-3)           yorikiri        M9e     Okinoumi (7-7)
M4e     Toyonoshima (10-4)      yorikiri        M16e    Shotenro (9-5)

M3w     Tochinoshin (4-10)      yorikiri        M10e    Sadanofuji (5-9)
M1e     Myogiryu (6-8)          hatakikomi      M6e     Shohozan (6-8)
M1w     Tochinowaka (5-9)       oshidashi       M2e     Tokitenku (3-11)
M5w     Homasho (10-4)          shitatedashinageK1e     Gagamaru (5-9)
M3e     Kyokutenho (5-9)        katasukashi     K1w     Tochiozan (5-9)
S1w     Aminishiki (6-8)        oshidashi       M5e     Wakakoyu (6-8)
O2e     Kisenosato (9-5)        yorikiri        O1e     Baruto (10-4)
M4w     Aran (9-5)              yorikiri        O3w     Kotoshogiku (8-6)
S1e     Kakuryu (13-1)          shitatenage     O2w     Kotooshu (8-6)
Y1e     Hakuho (12-2)           hatakikomi      O1w     Harumafuji (10-4)

Day 15

Juryo

J13e    Satoyama (7-7)                          J14w    Arawashi (7-7)
J10e    Tokushinho (7-7)                        J12e    Hokutokuni (5-9)
J12w    Oiwato (10-4)                           J7w     Kimikaze (11-3)
J7e     Masunoyama (9-5)                        J9e     Bushuyama (8-6)
J6e     Yoshiazuma (8-6)                        J9w     Kyokushuho (8-6)
J5e     Nionoumi (5-9)                          J5w     Kokkai (4-10)
J10w    Kitaharima (5-9)                        J4w     Kaisei (9-5)
J4e     Asahisho (9-5)                          J13w    Masuraumi (7-7)
J8e     Takamisakari (8-6)                      J3w     Sotairyu (5-9)
J2e     Sagatsukasa (6-8)                       J11e    Chiyootori (8-6)
J11w    Kimurayama (7-7)                        J1w     Kotoyuki (6-8)
J1e     Chiyotairyu (10-4)                      J6w     Tamaasuka (9-5)

Makuuchi

M12e    Daido (6-8)                             M14w    Ikioi (5-9)
M11e    Asasekiryu (4-10)                       M15e    Tamawashi (7-7)
M15w    Hochiyama (4-10)                        M10w    Aoiyama (7-7)
M10e    Sadanofuji (5-9)                        M13w    Wakanosato (8-6)
M9e     Okinoumi (7-7)                          M16w    Takanoyama (4-10)
M11w    Tenkaiho (6-8)                          M8w     Takekaze (8-6)
M14e    Takarafuji (6-8)                        M7w     Toyohibiki (8-6)
M7e     Takayasu (9-5)                          M16e    Shotenro (9-5)
M9w     Miyabiyama (8-6)                        M5w     Homasho (10-4)
M4e     Toyonoshima (10-4)                      M13e    Kitataiki (9-5)

M12w    Fujiazuma (5-9)                         M3w     Tochinoshin (4-10)
M6e     Shohozan (6-8)                          M1w     Tochinowaka (5-9)
M1e     Myogiryu (6-8)                          M2e     Tokitenku (3-11)
M5e     Wakakoyu (6-8)                          K1w     Tochiozan (5-9)
K1e     Gagamaru (5-9)                          M3e     Kyokutenho (5-9)
M4w     Aran (9-5)                              S1w     Aminishiki (6-8)
S1e     Kakuryu (13-1)                          M6w     Goeido (11-3)
O2e     Kisenosato (9-5)                        O3w     Kotoshogiku (8-6)
O2w     Kotooshu (8-6)                          O1w     Harumafuji (10-4)
Y1e     Hakuho (12-2)                           O1e     Baruto (10-4)

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Holy cow, a non-henka/hatakikomi win by Aran, against a quality opponent? I am both amazed and sickened at the same time. Amazed that it happened, sickened that we may be seeing an Aran Ozeki run in the future.(not near future, but still)

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Amazed that it happened, sickened that we may be seeing an Aran Ozeki run in the future.(not near future, but still)

Considering that Aran is 28 now (actually older than all the Ozeki/Yokozuna except Kotooshu), when would that be? He only had one good basho against top opposition which was nearly two years ago - this basho he faced only three of the Ozeki with the win today surely being impressive but that's it. No way we will ever see anything close as an Ozeki run by him.

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... possible promotions to makuuchi are Chiyotairyu, Kimikaze, Asahisho and Kaisei (debut for all but Kaisei).

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Chiyotairyu could possibly join such a playoff as he is the other rikishi at 10-4, easily beating Masunoyama today.

And he's facing Tamaasuka who with a win would be J6w 10-5, conceivably enough to sneak a promotion with all those makuuchi guys who might still fall over the edge (including Chiyonokuni). So that's a very nice matchup, too, although its attractiveness depends on Oiwato beating Kimikaze first, of course.

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Holy cow, a non-henka/hatakikomi win by Aran, against a quality opponent? I am both amazed and sickened at the same time. Amazed that it happened, sickened that we may be seeing an Aran Ozeki run in the future.(not near future, but still)

Silly enough people start talking about a tsuna as almost a given after an ozeki wins a single yusho -- now a single quality victory from an otherwise unimpressive rikishi is enough to start an ozeki run?

We do have a way of getting ahead of ourselves, don't we?

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Kisenosato has a long way to go to become as credible an ozeki candidate as Aran.

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