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Asashosakari    8,529

Aki 2017 was the 400th 15-day tournament in sumo history.

We'll have to wait 10 more basho for the 400th tournament of the "15-day era" though, as the current anniversary count includes the 10 earlier 15-day tournaments staged from Natsu 1939 to Haru 1944.

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Gurowake    1,393
20 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

Keep in mind that many of today's younger stars have turned professional with anywhere between 5 and 15 years of amateur experience, often in high quality programs. A lot of them join already knowing what works for them, or at least thinking they know, to the consternation of their professional coaches.

Aoiyama is *still* listed as a yotsu wrestler on the Kyokai website, as that's presumably what he was as an amateur and what he started out as a pro.  His wikipedia page shows him on his debut tournament, and he was a *lot* skinnier.  Apparently as he put on weight he was no longer able to do yotsu very well and is now known as being almost exclusively an oshi specialist.  So clearly they can change based on circumstances.

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ryafuji    181

I'm guessing Takekaze's yorikiri percentage is extremely low as well for a rikishi with such a long career. I think the last time he used it to win a bout was in 2014. 

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Gurowake    1,393
2 hours ago, ryafuji said:

I'm guessing Takekaze's yorikiri percentage is extremely low as well for a rikishi with such a long career. I think the last time he used it to win a bout was in 2014. 

Not that hard to look up: http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi_kim.aspx?r=1284 - around 4%.  He did have a yorikiri in Nagoya this year though.

Another interesting bit I noticed while looking at his yorikri list: his very first Ozumo match was against Ama (Harumafuji), and it was a win by yorikiri.  Ama had won the Sd Yusho the basho before and was in his first Makushita basho at Ms15 such as to be Takekaze's first opponent.  Takekaze went on to reach Juryo in 2 basho from debut, while it would take Ama a few more years.  Not too surprising given that Takekaze is 5 years older.

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Naganoyama    1,921

Both makuuchi and juryo were won by rikishi who were one loss behind on the final day,  beat the rikishi who was in the lead to force a play-off and then won the play-off.

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Yamanashi    5
17 hours ago, ryafuji said:

I'm guessing Takekaze's yorikiri percentage is extremely low as well for a rikishi with such a long career. I think the last time he used it to win a bout was in 2014. 

I've been looking at the percentages for all of the makuuchi for Aki; here's what I have so far:

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Takakaze is the second lowest; Takakeisho is the lowest by far (1 actual bout out of 131).

 

 

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