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Aki 2016 Post Nakabi Drink Party
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Iwasaki Oitekaze 24 2015.01 10 Makushita 7w 0 49 19 0.721 4-3 4-1
Ura Kise 24 2015.03 8 Juryo 1e 1 62 19 0.765 11-4 3-6
Daiki Hakkaku 24 2015.03 8 Juryo 6w 2 56 17 0.767 10-5 7-2
Sakamoto Oitekaze 23 2016.01 5 Makushita 3w 0 20 13 0.606 4-3 4-1
Kotokamatani Sadogatake 18 2015.11 5 Makushita 59w 1 27 6 0.818 5-2 4-1
Oyanagi Tokitsukaze 22 2016.03 3 Makushita 1e 2 22 4 0.846 6-1 2-3
Ishibashi Takasago 22 2016.03 4 Makushita 36w 0 21 5 0.808 6-1 4-1
Tamaki Takasago 23 2016.01 4 Makushita 41e 2 25 1 0.962 6-1 5-0
Ichiki Tamanoi 22 2016.01 4 Sandanme 14e 0 22 4 0.846 6-1 4-1
Kaizen Asakayama 23 2016.01 3 Sandanme 36w 0 19 7 0.731 6-1 2-3
Wayama Musashigawa 18 2016.01 3 Sandanme 65e 0 17 9 0.654 5-2 2-3
Uchida Sakaigawa 18 2016.01 3 Sandanme 76w 0 16 10 0.615 6-1 2-3
Izumigawa Minezaki 19 2016.01 3 Jonidan 8w 0 14 11 0.560 4-3 1-3
Ikegawa Hakkaku 23 2016.03 2 Sandanme 19w 1 17 1 0.944 7-0 D 3-1
Kizaki Kise 23 2016.03 3 Sandanme 39w 1 18 1 0.947 7-0 Y 5-0
Hatooka Kise 22 2016.03 3 Sandanme 70w 0 17 2 0.895 6-1 5-0
Takemasa Onomatsu 22 2016.03 2 Sandanme 92e 0 14 4 0.778 6-1 3-1
Kotohayashi Sadogatake 19 2016.03 2 Jonidan 16w 0 12 6 0.667 5-2 2-2
Kotoinagaki Sadogatake 22 2016.03 3 Jonidan 23w 0 13 6 0.684 5-2 4-1
Satoyama Hakkaku 16 2016.03 2 Jonidan 24w 0 12 6 0.667 5-2 3-1
Yoshizaki Sakaigawa 18 2016.03 2 Jonidan 46w 0 9 10 0.474 4-3 1-4
Kodera Hakkaku 16 2016.03 2 Jonidan 50w 0 10 8 0.556 4-3 2-2

 

A few surprises... I shouldn't be doing any predicting.

Iwasaki has claimed his 10th consecutive KK, and has done so early enough that he could make a yell for makushita-joi before its all over. His latest win was against Ryuden spoiling the laters' 2nd chance at a KK and possible Juryo promotion. In the same neighborhood, Sakamoto has another early KK, however his chances of promotion to Juryo are still very unclear with only two 'obvious' demotions and a high likelyhood of two rikishi in front of him pulling KK (with Yamaguchi already 5-0). Oyanagi surprised by dropping his first three matches, and has only beaten a hapless Akiseyama and Sakigake.

Up in Juryo, Ura looks to be hitting the wall needing at least a 5-1 or better in the home stretch to survive, while Daiki is the opposite, a 1-5 enough to secure another basho on the wall. Daiki is behind a lot of 6-3 records so promotion to Makuuchi is still unclear. Ura goes up to Makuuchi in an exchange bout next.

Back to Makushita, Tamaki is one of four undefeated leaders, however Yamaguchi provides a large barrier to any yusho aspirations. Kotokamatani continues to impress at 18 years old.

In Sandanme, heya-mates Kizaki and Hatooka are two of the six undefeated rikishi there. However, this basho's Sandanme yusho race is hotly contested as they will need to go up against Kiribayama and Chiyonoumi who are both returning from injury and both recent debutantes with Sandanme yusho to their name. Kiribayama already bumped Ikegawa out of the race, handing him his first oosumo loss.

Already 3 rikishi have posted good enough records to be added to the wall with another 2 one win away. 

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Aki 2016 Final Standings
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Iwasaki Oitekaze 24 2015.01 10 Makushita 7w 0 50 20 0.714 4-3 5-2
Ura Kise 24 2015.03 8 Juryo 1e 1 65 22 0.747 11-4 6-9
Daiki Hakkaku 24 2015.03 9 Juryo 6w 3 61 18 0.772 10-5 12-3 Y
Sakamoto Oitekaze 23 2016.01 5 Makushita 3w 0 20 15 0.571 4-3 4-3
Kotokamatani Sadogatake 18 2015.11 5 Makushita 59w 1 28 7 0.800 5-2 5-2
Oyanagi Tokitsukaze 22 2016.03 4 Makushita 1e 2 22 4 0.846 6-1 4-3
Ishibashi Takasago 22 2016.03 4 Makushita 36w 0 23 5 0.821 6-1 6-1
Tamaki Takasago 23 2016.01 4 Makushita 41e 2 26 2 0.929 6-1 6-1
Ichiki Tamanoi 22 2016.01 4 Sandanme 14e 0 23 5 0.821 6-1 5-2
Kaizen Asakayama 23 2016.01 3 Sandanme 36w 0 19 9 0.679 6-1 2-5
Wayama Musashigawa 18 2016.01 3 Sandanme 65e 0 17 11 0.607 5-2 2-5
Uchida Sakaigawa 18 2016.01 3 Sandanme 76w 0 17 11 0.607 6-1 3-4
Izumigawa Minezaki 19 2016.01 3 Jonidan 8w 0 15 13 0.536 4-3 2-5
Ikegawa Hakkaku 23 2016.03 3 Sandanme 19w 1 20 1 0.952 7-0 D 6-1
Kizaki Kise 23 2016.03 3 Sandanme 39w 2 20 1 0.952 7-0 Y 7-0 Y
Hatooka Kise 22 2016.03 3 Sandanme 70w 0 18 3 0.857 6-1 6-1
Takemasa Onomatsu 22 2016.03 3 Sandanme 92e 0 17 4 0.810 6-1 6-1
Kotohayashi Sadogatake 19 2016.03 2 Jonidan 16w 0 13 8 0.619 5-2 3-4
Kotoinagaki Sadogatake 22 2016.03 3 Jonidan 23w 0 14 7 0.667 5-2 5-2
Satoyama Hakkaku 16 2016.03 3 Jonidan 24w 0 14 7 0.667 5-2 5-2
Yoshizaki Sakaigawa 18 2016.03 2 Jonidan 46w 0 11 10 0.524 4-3 3-4
Kodera Hakkaku 16 2016.03 2 Jonidan 50w 0 10 11 0.476 4-3 2-5
Asahiryu Asahiyama 21 2016.05 2 Jonidan 45e 0 12 2 0.857 6-1 6-1
Kurahashi Asakayama 19 2016.05 2 Jonidan 81e 0 11 3 0.786 4-3 7-0 D
Tsunetsugu Oguruma 23 2016.05 2 Jonidan 66e 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 5-2
Fujisato Fujishima 21 2016.05 2 Jonidan 81w 0 10 4 0.714 4-3 6-1
Sugano Asakayama 16 2016.05 2 Jonidan 82e 0 8 6 0.571 4-3 4-3

The very very large table is at it's peak for this year.

At the top there was a good chance that we would have 3 sekitori rikishi for the kyushu basho after Daiki confirmed his kachikoshi. Ura and Oyanagi needed a kachikoshi, and Sakamoto needed a 5-2 basho. However with Ura buddy taping his thumb on the left hand that became difficult, and Sakamoto dropped his last two to fall to 4-3. Probably the most unlikely situation of Oyanagi turning around a 0-3 start to go 4-3 and into Juryo actually happened.

Iwasaki managed his first 5+ win basho in nearly a year to become a dai-wall-avoider. Both he and Sakamoto will be up in the makushita-joi to take a realistic jab at Juryo.

Ishibashi, Oyanagi's Sd100 TD start partner, was able to collect another consecutive 6-1 basho which will put him in the top quarter of Makushita. On his way he beat recent wall-graduate ex-Takagi (Takaryu, by the way what happened? He scored a 7-0Y to go into Juryo and has been sliding back down ever since)

Ishibashi's heya-mate Tamaki had a slightly more exciting journey to 6-1, losing the yusho to Yamaguchi in a straight up bout.

Rounding out a perfect basho for our Makushita rikishi, Kotokamatani continues to impress by taking a 5-2 Makushita kachikoshi at 18.

The Sandanme teenagers were much more unfortunate, all of them hitting the wall.

Ikegawa lost the first match of his career, to the somewhat incredibly named Dai-kamikaze Chikara. He however finished 6-1 and will be in Makushita next basho.

Kizaki took his second yusho in a row by toppling Mongolian Kiribayama, and has a good chance to face him again next basho. The somewhat expected playoff bout failed to materialize when Chiyonoumi either slipped or went for an ill advised leg grab in his match and lost.

Chiyonoumi, by the way, spoiled the perfect records of both Hatooka and Takemasa.

We add 5 more members after losing 8. The Mongolian Asahiryu who lost the Jonidan yusho to Shuji, Kurahashi who had a strange turn around from 4-3 to 7-0 in Jonidan, Tsunetsugu, Fujisato with a similar turn around, and Sugano.

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Kyushu 2016 Starting Standings
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Iwasaki Oitekaze 24 2015.01 10 Makushita 3e 0 50 20 0.714 5-2 0-0
Hokutofuji Hakkaku 24 2015.03 9 Maegashira 11w 3 61 18 0.772 12-3 Y 0-0
Sakamoto Oitekaze 23 2016.01 5 Makushita 1w 0 20 15 0.571 4-3 0-0
Kotokamatani Sadogatake 18 2015.11 5 Makushita 43e 1 28 7 0.800 5-2 0-0
Oyanagi Tokitsukaze 22 2016.03 4 Juryo 12w 2 22 4 0.846 4-3 0-0
Ishibashi Takasago 22 2016.03 4 Makushita 14e 0 23 5 0.821 6-1 0-0
Tamaki Takasago 23 2016.01 4 Makushita 17e 2 26 2 0.929 6-1 0-0
Ichiki Tamanoi 22 2016.01 4 Makushita 53w 0 23 5 0.821 5-2 0-0
Ikegawa Hakkaku 23 2016.03 3 Makushita 41w 1 20 1 0.952 6-1 kyujo
Kizaki Kise 23 2016.03 3 Makushita 26e 2 20 1 0.952 7-0 Y 0-0
Hatooka Kise 22 2016.03 3 Sandanme 15e 0 18 3 0.857 6-1 0-0
Takemasa Onomatsu 22 2016.03 3 Sandanme 33w 0 17 4 0.810 6-1 0-0
Kotoinagaki Sadogatake 22 2016.03 3 Sandanme 90w 0 14 7 0.667 5-2 0-0
Satoyama Hakkaku 16 2016.03 3 Sandanme 92e 0 14 7 0.667 5-2 0-0
Asahiryu Asahiyama 21 2016.05 2 Jonidan 45e 0 12 2 0.857 6-1 0-0
Kurahashi Asakayama 19 2016.05 2 Jonidan 81e 0 11 3 0.786 7-0 D 0-0
Tsunetsugu Oguruma 23 2016.05 2 Jonidan 66e 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0
Fujisato Fujishima 21 2016.05 2 Jonidan 81w 0 10 4 0.714 6-1 0-0
Sugano Asakayama 16 2016.05 2 Jonidan 82e 0 8 6 0.571 4-3 0-0

Basho overview for all members in DB (Spoilers)

Bout by bout summary with video links when available (Thanks DB contributors!)

A bit late this party now. Daiki -> Hokutofuji is pretty well known.

Ikegawa out this basho. On his twitter he said he was injured in keiko (training). He'll be back in January. A lot of girls replied with crying emoji.

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Kyushu 2016 Final Standings
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Iwasaki Oitekaze 24 2015.01 10 Makushita 3e 0 52 25 0.675 5-2 2-5
Hokutofuji Hakkaku 24 2015.03 10 Maegashira 11w 3 70 24 0.745 12-3 Y 9-6
Sakamoto Oitekaze 23 2016.01 6 Makushita 1w 0 24 18 0.571 4-3 4-3
Kotokamatani Sadogatake 18 2016.01 5 Makushita 43e 1 31 11 0.738 5-2 3-4
Oyanagi Tokitsukaze 22 2016.03 5 Juryo 12w 2 33 8 0.805 4-3 11-4
Ishibashi Takasago 22 2016.03 5 Makushita 14e 0 28 7 0.800 6-1 5-2
Tamaki Takasago 23 2016.03 5 Makushita 17e 2 26 2 0.929 6-1 4-3
Ichiki Tamanoi 22 2016.03 5 Makushita 53w 0 29 6 0.829 5-2 6-1
Ikegawa Hakkaku 23 2016.05 3 Makushita 41w 1 20 1 0.952 6-1 kyujo
Kizaki Kise 23 2016.05 4 Makushita 26e 2 24 4 0.857 7-0 Y 4-3
Hatooka Kise 22 2016.05 4 Sandanme 15e 0 23 5 0.821 6-1 5-2
Takemasa Onomatsu 22 2016.05 4 Sandanme 33w 0 21 7 0.750 6-1 4-3
Kotoinagaki Sadogatake 22 2016.05 4 Sandanme 90w 0 19 9 0.679 5-2 5-2
Satoyama Hakkaku 16 2016.05 3 Sandanme 92e 0 16 12 0.571 5-2 2-5
Kurahashi Asakayama 19 2016.07 3 Sandanme 76w 0 15 6 0.714 7-0 D 4-3
Asahiryu Asahiyama 21 2016.07 3 Sandanme 79w 0 19 2 0.905 6-1 7-0 D
Fujisato Fujishima 21 2016.07 3 Jonidan 7w 0 14 7 0.667 6-1 4-3
Tsunetsugu Oguruma 23 2016.07 3 Jonidan 20e 0 16 5 0.762 5-2 6-1
Sugano Asakayama 16 2016.07 2 Jonidan 50w 0 11 10 0.524 4-3 3-4
Umeno Sakaigawa 23 2016.09 2 Jonidan 45w 0 12 2 0.857 6-1 6-1

We'll have to say goodbye to the long time top spot Iwasaki, as he finally hit the wall in Makushita-joi. With double digit kachikoshi though he stayed on longer than most, however couldn't follow Onosho into Juryo who had a similar chain of results. Kotokamatani also hit the wall in spectacular fashion starting 1-4, so most of his wins were against others who were struggling. He'll get to try again next basho from Makushita.

Sakamoto (now Daiamami) once again barely just reached a 4-3 kachikoshi and with that finally enters sekitori-hood after a somewhat more dramatic than he'd like climb from a Ms15TD start. With comfortable kachikoshi from Hokutofuji and Oyanagi we'll have 3 sekitori for next basho. With the other top guys hitting the wall, all 3 will be in the top 3 positions. Consequently this leaves upper makushita fairly empty for the first time in a while. Ishibashi who scored 5-2 from Ms14e will be nearby.

Kizaki, after his 7-0 yusho in Sandanme last time, found it somewhat difficult in Makushita but managed to avoid the wall - for now. As mentioned before, Ikegawa leaves the wall after going kyujo with a 0.952 win percentage, and he'll be in the hunt for Sandanme yusho again in January. Hakkaku stablemate Satoyama makekochi'd as well, finding Sandanme a bit too tough. Way down in Jonidan Sugano also leaves us as soon as he joined, and betwen Kotokamatani, Satoyama, and Sugano we no longer have a high school aged rikishi on the wall.

Asahiryu in his 3rd basho finally put together a spotless record but came up short in the playoff against returning-from-injury ex-Komusubi Jokoryu. However, Asahiryu represented himself well, and has a lot of room to put on some weight, so let's see what he can do in Makushita. 

Our only new join for the new year is Umeno, a collegiate rikishi in Sakaigawa-beya.

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Sorry to see Iwasaki's run end.   This time, the walls (bigger opponents) didn't budge.  He huffed, puffed, and blew but they pushed him back and threw him down.   I'd love to see what he does in 2017.   Hopefully, he will make it to juryo.

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