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Welcome all, to The Wall! This is where we track rikishi who have never fallen to makekoshi in their career. When a rising star finally does fall afoul of a demotable record, it is said he hit 'The Wall'
From now on I will keep all Wall posts here instead of making a new thread each year.

Starting with Hatsu - 2018!

Hatsu 2018 Start
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 5 Makushita 21e 1 29 6 0.833 4-3 0-0
Ryuko Onoe 19 2017.03 5 Makushita 30w 0 28 7 0.794 5-2 0-0
Enho Miyagino 22 2017.05 4 Makushita 6e 3 26 2 0.929 5-2 0-0
Fukuyama Fujishima 22 2017.05 4 Sandame 2w 0 22 6 0.786 4-3 0-0
Tanabe Kise 23 2017.05 4 Makushita 55e 0 23 5 0.821 5-2 0-0
Seigo Shikoroyama 18 2017.05 4 Sandanme 66w 0 19 9 0.679 4-3 0-0
Tochikodai Kasugano 18 2017.05 4 Sandanme 71w 0 19 9 0.679 4-3 0-0
Kamito Tatsunami 23 2017.05 4 Jonidan 91e 0 17 11 0.607 4-3 0-0
Fujikawa Oguruma 16 2017.05 4 Sandanme 64e 0 19 9 0.679 5-2 0-0
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 3 Makushita 31e 2 20 1 0.947 7-0 Y 0-0
Shoji Musashigawa 23 2017.09 2 Sandanme 21e 2 14 0 1.000 7-0 Y 0-0
Torakio Naruto 20 2017.09 2 Sandanme 83e 0 12 2 0.857 6-1 0-0
Sumidagawa Naruto 19 2017.09 2 Jonidan 25w 0 10 4 0.714 4-3 0-0

After a very long run of several rikishi making very deep KK runs we're left with no senior Dai-Wall rikishi. Enho has shot up to the top of Makushita without getting bogged down anywhere yet, but other than that there isn't any really obvious sekitori rikishi right now. However, we might not have to wait too long if the press hype for Hatsu's maezumo group can be believed (or any other TD guys ;-))

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Entering Hatsu: Tomokaze was 20-1. Ryuko was 28-7. Ichiyamamoto was 29-6.

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Hatsu 2018 Nakabi
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 5 Makushita 21e 1 32 7 0.821 4-3 3-1
Ryuko Onoe 19 2017.03 5 Makushita 30w 0 31 8 0.795 5-2 3-1
Enho Miyagino 22 2017.05 4 Makushita 6e 3 28 4 0.875 5-2 2-2
Fukuyama Fujishima 22 2017.05 4 Sandame 2w 0 24 8 0.750 4-3 2-2
Tanabe Kise 23 2017.05 4 Makushita 55e 0 25 7 0.781 5-2 2-2
Seigo Shikoroyama 18 2017.05 4 Sandanme 66w 0 21 11 0.656 4-3 2-2
Tochikodai Kasugano 18 2017.05 5 Sandanme 71w 0 23 9 0.719 4-3 4-0
Kamito Tatsunami 23 2017.05 5 Jonidan 91e 0 21 11 0.656 4-3 4-0
Fujikawa Oguruma 16 2017.05 4 Sandanme 64e 0 19 10 0.655 5-2 0-1-3
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 3 Makushita 31e 2 23 2 0.920 7-0 Y 3-1
Shoji Musashigawa 23 2017.09 2 Sandanme 21e 2 15 3 0.833 7-0 Y 1-3
Torakio Naruto 20 2017.09 2 Sandanme 83e 0 14 4 0.778 6-1 2-2
Sumidagawa Naruto 19 2017.09 2 Jonidan 25w 0 12 6 0.667 4-3 2-2

So far, both Tochikodai and Kamito off to surprisingly quick starts, while Fujikawa is out and Shoji seems to have found The Wall.

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Kamito was one that surprised me. He seemed like a regular guy coming out of the enormous March recruiting class with 4-3s and 5-2s. I saw him maxing out as a mid-Makushita now he's 5-0 in his Sandanme debut. Good for him!

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Hatsu 2018 Final
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 6 Makushita 21e 1 34 8 0.810 4-3 5-2
Ryuko Onoe 19 2017.03 6 Makushita 30w 0 33 9 0.786 5-2 5-2
Enho Miyagino 22 2017.05 5 Makushita 6e 3 30 5 0.857 5-2 4-3
Fukuyama Fujishima 22 2017.05 5 Sandame 2w 0 26 9 0.743 4-3 4-3
Tanabe Kise 23 2017.05 4 Makushita 55e 0 25 10 0.714 5-2 2-5
Seigo Shikoroyama 18 2017.05 4 Sandanme 66w 0 22 13 0.629 4-3 3-4
Tochikodai Kasugano 18 2017.05 5 Sandanme 71w 0 26 9 0.743 4-3 7-0 D
Kamito Tatsunami 23 2017.05 5 Sandanme 91e 0 23 12 0.657 4-3 6-1
Fujikawa Oguruma 16 2017.05 4 Sandanme 64e 0 19 10 0.655 5-2 0-1-6
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 4 Makushita 31e 2 25 3 0.893 7-0 Y 5-2
Shoji Musashigawa 23 2017.09 2 Sandanme 21e 2 17 4 0.810 7-0 Y 3-4
Torakio Naruto 20 2017.09 2 Sandanme 83e 0 14 6 0.700 6-1 2-4
Sumidagawa Naruto 19 2017.09 2 Jonidan 25w 0 13 8 0.619 4-3 3-4
Hayashi Fujishima 19 2017.11 2 Jonidan 42e 0 11 3 0.786 6-1 5-2

As usual, the second I declare something won't be happening, it immediately does. Enho got a 4-3 which was not an unexpected score, but with the completely unexpected situation in Juryo he still gets the nod all the way from Makushita 6 up to sekitori-hood. Nobody seems really optimistic of his chances there so it'll be a dark horse storyline going into Haru.

Meanwhile Ichiyamamoto and Ryuko quietly match each other's performance and will be somewhat closer again to makushita-joi. Despite the 5 year age difference their sumo this basho seemed eerily similar too.

Fukuyama will get at least to Makushita without makekoshi but some of winning techniques aren't going to fly much longer, like his match against Saidaiji.

Tochikodai and Kamito had a bit of a resurgence this basho, defeating all 12 opponents faced in the regulation basho. Kamito took his only loss from Tochikodai himself. Why this resurgence? I thought maybe all of the hottest prospects were promoted beyond them, but they defeated some promising young rikishi this basho.

Tomokaze continues his streak and will follow Ryuko up the ladder.

Tanabe, the Kise prospect couldn't handle Makushita. Fujikawa did not even enter.

The big chunk came when all of our newest additions to the wall all tripped up on their first basho here. Torakio looked to sustain a major shoulder injury and soldiered through 4 losses to try and keep his streak going. On top of that all of the kimarite he suffered involved major shoulder rotations and looked dreadful. Sumidagawa had the chance to save it for two matches but lost out to 3-4. Shoji looked like he simply ran out of technique after two consecutive zensho yusho.

Finally, out of the 3 hopefuls this basho only Michael 'Jordan' Hayashi was able to pull it together. Already going through rehab due to an ACL injury before entering sumo he has a tough road ahead. If he holds it together all the way, he could be the first Fukui-born sansho recipient.

 

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Haru 2018 Beginning
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 6 Makushita 11e 1 34 8 0.810 5-2 0-0
Ryuko Onoe 19 2017.03 6 Makushita 17w 0 33 9 0.786 5-2 0-0
Enho Miyagino 22 2017.05 5 Juryo 14w 3 30 5 0.857 4-3 0-0
Tochikodai Kasugano 18 2017.05 5 Makushita 46e 0 26 9 0.743 7-0 D 0-0
Fukuyama Fujishima 22 2017.05 5 Makushita 56e 0 26 9 0.743 4-3 0-0
Kamito Tatsunami 23 2017.05 5 Sandanme 32w 0 23 12 0.657 6-1 0-0
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 4 Makushita 18e 2 25 3 0.893 5-2 0-0
Hayashi Fujishima 19 2017.11 2 Jonidan 5e 0 11 3 0.786 5-2 0-0

The list is a bit shorter now, and the possibility is great that it will be compressed further in Haru. Now only 8 rikishi remain after a high around Aki last year with 21 guys on The Wall.

First, with some bad news is that Tochikodai has pulled out from Day 1. I couldn't find any news after a quick search of twitter and facebook, so it's unknown if there's any possibility of return.

Enho, as expected, occupies the very last sekitori spot.  Ichiyamamoto has a very outside shot for Juryo in May. 

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Day off, so time to catch up on this. There will be little commentary for most of these.

Half of the rikishi on the wall were eliminated in Haru 2018, down to 4.

Haru 2018 Final
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 7 Makushita 11e 1 39 10 0.796 5-2 5-2
Ryuko Onoe 19 2017.03 6 Makushita 17w 0 36 13 0.735 5-2 3-4
Enho Miyagino 22 2017.05 5 Juryo 14w 3 34 16 0.680 4-3 4-11
Tochikodai Kasugano 18 2017.05 5 Makushita 46e 0 26 13 0.667 7-0 D 0-4-3
Fukuyama Fujishima 22 2017.05 5 Makushita 56e 0 27 15 0.643 4-3 1-6
Kamito Tatsunami 23 2017.05 6 Sandanme 32w 0 27 15 0.643 6-1 4-3
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 5 Makushita 18e 2 29 6 0.829 5-2 4-3
Hayashi Fujishima 19 2017.11 3 Jonidan 5e 0 15 6 0.714 5-2 4-3
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Added 6 for Natsu 2018, most high profile is Tsukahara and Kototebakari

Natsu 2018 Start
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 7 Makushita 5e 1 39 10 0.796 5-2 0-0
Kamito Tatsunami 23 2017.05 6 Sandanme 17e 0 27 15 0.643 4-3 0-0
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 5 Makushita 13e 2 29 6 0.829 4-3 0-0
Hayashi Fujishima 19 2017.11 3 Sandanme 89e 0 15 6 0.714 4-3 0-0
Tsukahara Kasugano 18 2018.01 2 Sandanme 42w 2 13 1 0.929 7-0 Y 0-0
Kototebakari Sadogatake 18 2018.01 2 Sandanme 77w 0 12 2 0.857 6-1 0-0
Yoshoyama Takitsukaze 19 2018.01 2 Jonidan 6w 0 10 4 0.714 6-1 0-0
Mitsumune Onomatsu 18 2018.01 2 Jonidan 30e 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0
Watanabe Oguruma 20 2018.01 2 Jonidan 34e 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0
Kiminofuji Isegahama 18 2018.01 2 Jonidan 36w 0 9 5 0.643 5-2 0-0
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Ichiyamamoto and Tomokaze continue grinding it out in upper Makushita, can they keep going? How could anyone know?

Natsu 2018 Final
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 8 Makushita 5e 1 43 13 0.768 5-2 4-3
Kamito Tatsunami 23 2017.05 6 Sandanme 17e 0 30 19 0.612 4-3 3-4
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 6 Makushita 13e 2 33 9 0.786 4-3 4-3
Hayashi Fujishima 19 2017.11 4 Sandanme 89e 0 20 8 0.714 4-3 5-2
Tsukahara Kasugano 18 2018.01 3 Sandanme 42w 2 17 4 0.810 7-0 Y 4-3
Kototebakari Sadogatake 18 2018.01 3 Sandanme 77w 0 17 4 0.810 6-1 5-2
Yoshoyama Takitsukaze 19 2018.01 3 Jonidan 6w 0 14 7 0.667 6-1 4-3
Mitsumune Onomatsu 18 2018.01 3 Jonidan 30e 0 15 6 0.714 5-2 5-2
Watanabe Oguruma 20 2018.01 2 Jonidan 34e 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0-7
Kiminofuji Isegahama 18 2018.01 3 Jonidan 36w 0 13 8 0.619 5-2 4-3
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Added 6 more including the mysterious Naya whom not much has been written about. Hayashi changed to his first name Michael.

Nagoya 2018 Start
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 8 Makushita 3e 1 43 13 0.768 4-3 0-0
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 6 Makushita 10e 2 33 9 0.786 4-3 0-0
Maikeru Fujishima 19 2017.11 4 Sandanme 53w 0 20 8 0.714 5-2 0-0
Tsukahara Kasugano 18 2018.01 3 Sandanme 27w 2 17 4 0.810 4-3 0-0
Kototebakari Sadogatake 18 2018.01 3 Sandanme 47w 0 17 4 0.810 5-2 0-0
Yoshoyama Takitsukaze 19 2018.01 3 Sandanme 86w 0 14 7 0.667 4-3 0-0
Mitsumune Onomatsu 18 2018.01 3 Sandanme 95w 0 15 6 0.714 5-2 0-0
Kiminofuji Isegahama 18 2018.01 3 Jonidan 13w 0 13 8 0.619 4-3 0-0
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 2 Sandanme 42e 1 13 1 0.929 7-0 Y 0-0
Naya Otake 18 2018.03 2 Sandanme 50w 1 13 1 0.929 6-1 0-0
Nakanishi Sakaigawa 18 2018.03 2 Sandanme 75w 0 12 2 0.857 6-1 0-0
Sakabayashi Onoe 18 2018.03 2 Jonidan 36e 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0
Tanahashi Musashigawa 18 2018.03 2 Jonidan 38e 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0
Kotokonno Sadogatake 18 2018.03 2 Jonidan 54w 0 8 6 0.571 4-3 0-0
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A lot of rikishi ending on 3-4 halves the number of guys on the wall including Ichiyamamoto who hasn't fully recovered from this as we know now.

Nagoya 2018 Final
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Ichiyamamoto Nishonoseki 24 2017.03 8 Makushita 3e 1 46 17 0.730 4-3 3-4
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 7 Makushita 10e 2 38 11 0.776 4-3 5-2
Maikeru Fujishima 19 2017.11 5 Sandanme 53w 0 25 10 0.714 5-2 5-2
Tsukahara Kasugano 18 2018.01 3 Sandanme 27w 2 20 8 0.714 4-3 3-4
Kototebakari Sadogatake 18 2018.01 4 Sandanme 47w 0 23 5 0.821 5-2 6-1
Yoshoyama Takitsukaze 19 2018.01 3 Sandanme 86w 0 17 11 0.607 4-3 3-4
Mitsumune Onomatsu 18 2018.01 3 Sandanme 95w 0 18 10 0.643 5-2 3-4
Kiminofuji Isegahama 18 2018.01 3 Jonidan 13w 0 13 8 0.619 4-3 0-0-7
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 3 Sandanme 42e 1 19 2 0.905 7-0 Y 6-1
Naya Otake 18 2018.03 3 Sandanme 50w 1 19 2 0.905 6-1 6-1
Nakanishi Sakaigawa 18 2018.03 2 Sandanme 75w 0 15 6 0.714 6-1 3-4
Sakabayashi Onoe 18 2018.03 3 Jonidan 36e 0 14 7 0.667 5-2 4-3
Tanahashi Musashigawa 18 2018.03 3 Jonidan 38e 0 15 6 0.714 5-2 5-2
Kotokonno Sadogatake 18 2018.03 2 Jonidan 54w 0 11 10 0.524 4-3 3-4
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Added 14 more from Haru intake.

Aki 2018 Start
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 7 Makushita 4w 2 38 11 0.776 5-2 0-0
Maikeru Fujishima 19 2017.11 5 Sandanme 27e 0 25 10 0.714 5-2 0-0
Kototebakari Sadogatake 18 2018.01 4 Makushita 58w 0 23 5 0.821 6-1 0-0
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 3 Makushita 56e 1 19 2 0.905 6-1 0-0
Naya Otake 18 2018.03 3 Makushita 60e 1 19 2 0.905 6-1 0-0
Sakabayashi Onoe 18 2018.03 3 Jonidan 15e 0 14 7 0.667 4-3 0-0
Tanahashi Musashigawa 18 2018.03 3 Jonidan 2w 0 15 6 0.714 5-2 0-0
Kawamoto Kasugano 23 2018.05 2 Sandanme 80w 0 12 2 0.857 6-1 0-0
Daishosei Oitekaze 18 2018.05 2 Jonidan 2e 0 11 3 0.786 6-1 0-0
Kotoito Sadogatake 16 2018.05 2 Jonidan 9e 0 11 3 0.786 5-2 0-0
Kotokume Sadogatake 15 2018.05 2 Jonidan 9w 0 11 3 0.786 5-2 0-0
Aketa Irumagawa 18 2018.05 2 Jonidan 26e 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0
Fukazawa Yamahibiki 18 2018.05 2 Jonidan 28w 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0
Daiyusho Oitekaze 18 2018.05 2 Jonidan 33w 0 10 4 0.714 5-2 0-0
Kotakiyama Futagoyama 15 2018.05 2 Jonidan 37e 0 9 5 0.643 5-2 0-0
Mimori Irumagawa 18 2018.05 2 Jonidan 37w 0 9 6 0.600 5-2 0-0
Anzai Naruto 16 2018.05 2 Jonidan 40e 0 9 5 0.643 5-2 0-0
Wakanakatani Nishiiwa 18 2018.05 2 Jonidan 41e 0 9 5 0.643 5-2 0-0
Kojikara Tagonoura 16 2018.05 2 Jonidan 46w 0 9 5 0.643 4-3 0-0
Kamitani Michinoku 16 2018.05 2 Jonidan 51w 0 9 5 0.643 4-3 0-0
Chiyooga Kokonoe 18 2018.05 2 Jonidan 58w 0 8 6 0.571 4-3 0-0
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2/3rds of the Makushita debutantes struggle but could Tomokaze really...?

 

Aki 2018 Final
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 8 Makushita 4w 2 43 13 0.768 5-2 5-2
Maikeru Fujishima 19 2017.11 6 Sandanme 27e 0 30 12 0.714 5-2 5-2
Kototebakari Sadogatake 18 2018.01 4 Makushita 58w 0 26 9 0.743 6-1 3-4
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 4 Makushita 56e 1 23 5 0.821 6-1 4-3
Naya Otake 18 2018.03 3 Makushita 60e 1 22 6 0.786 6-1 3-4
Sakabayashi Onoe 18 2018.03 4 Jonidan 15e 0 18 10 0.643 4-3 4-3
Tanahashi Musashigawa 18 2018.03 4 Jonidan 2w 0 19 9 0.679 5-2 4-3
Kawamoto Kasugano 23 2018.05 3 Sandanme 80w 0 16 5 0.762 6-1 4-3
Daishosei Oitekaze 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 2e 0 16 5 0.762 6-1 5-2
Kotoito Sadogatake 16 2018.05 2 Jonidan 9e 0 13 8 0.619 5-2 2-5
Kotokume Sadogatake 15 2018.05 2 Jonidan 9w 0 13 8 0.619 5-2 2-5
Aketa Irumagawa 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 26e 0 15 6 0.714 5-2 5-2
Fukazawa Yamahibiki 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 28w 0 16 5 0.762 5-2 6-1
Daiyusho Oitekaze 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 33w 0 14 7 0.667 5-2 4-3
Kotakiyama Futagoyama 15 2018.05 3 Jonidan 37e 0 15 6 0.714 5-2 6-1
Mimori Irumagawa 18 2018.05 2 Jonidan 37w 0 12 10 0.545 5-2 3-4
Anzai Naruto 16 2018.05 3 Jonidan 40e 0 13 8 0.619 5-2 4-3
Wakanakatani Nishiiwa 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 41e 0 13 8 0.619 5-2 4-3
Kojikara Tagonoura 16 2018.05 2 Jonidan 46w 0 9 5 0.643 4-3 0-0-7
Kamitani Michinoku 16 2018.05 2 Jonidan 51w 0 12 9 0.571 4-3 3-4
Chiyooga Kokonoe 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 58w 0 14 7 0.667 4-3 6-1
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Aketa changes his name to Taketsukasa (take two umbrellas?) and three more join for November

Tomokaze became a sekitori! I wonder how his first basho will go...

Kyushu 2018 Start
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 8 Juryo 14w 2 43 13 0.768 5-2 0-0
Maikeru Fujishima 19 2017.11 6 Sandanme 4w 0 30 12 0.714 5-2 0-0
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 4 Makushita 49e 1 23 5 0.821 4-3 0-0
Sakabayashi Onoe 18 2018.03 4 Sandanme 98e 0 18 10 0.643 4-3 0-0
Tanahashi Musashigawa 18 2018.03 4 Sandanme 85e 0 19 9 0.679 4-3 0-0
Fukazawa Yamahibiki 18 2018.05 3 Sandanme 64e 0 16 5 0.762 6-1 0-0
Kawamoto Kasugano 23 2018.05 3 Sandanme 66w 0 16 5 0.762 4-3 0-0
Daishosei Oitekaze 18 2018.05 3 Sandanme 70w 0 16 5 0.762 5-2 0-0
Kotakiyama Futagoyama 15 2018.05 3 Sandanme 71w 0 15 6 0.714 6-1 0-0
Chiyooga Kokonoe 18 2018.05 3 Sandanme 92w 0 14 7 0.667 6-1 0-0
Taketsukasa Irumagawa 18 2018.05 3 Sandanme 93w 0 15 6 0.714 5-2 0-0
Daiyusho Oitekaze 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 14w 0 14 7 0.667 4-3 0-0
Anzai Naruto 16 2018.05 3 Jonidan 19e 0 13 8 0.619 4-3 0-0
Wakanakatani Nishiiwa 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 21e 0 13 8 0.619 4-3 0-0
Tsushida Tokitsukaze 19 2018.07 2 Sandanme 52e 1 13 1 0.929 6-1 0-0
Tanakayama Sakaigawa 17 2018.07 2 Jonidan 16w 0 11 3 0.786 5-2 0-0
Roman Tatsunami 18 2018.07 2 Jonidan 35w 0 10 4 0.714 6-1 0-0
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Wow! Tomokaze yusho!

Kyushu 2018 Final
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 9 Juryo 14w 3 55 16 0.775 5-2 12-3 Y
Maikeru Fujishima 19 2017.11 6 Sandanme 4w 0 33 15 0.688 5-2 3-4
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 5 Makushita 49e 1 29 6 0.829 4-3 6-1
Sakabayashi Onoe 18 2018.03 5 Sandanme 98e 0 23 12 0.657 4-3 5-2
Tanahashi Musashigawa 18 2018.03 4 Sandanme 85e 0 22 13 0.629 4-3 3-4
Fukazawa Yamahibiki 18 2018.05 4 Sandanme 64e 0 21 7 0.750 6-1 5-2
Kawamoto Kasugano 23 2018.05 4 Sandanme 66w 0 22 6 0.786 4-3 6-1
Daishosei Oitekaze 18 2018.05 3 Sandanme 70w 0 19 9 0.679 5-2 3-4
Kotakiyama Futagoyama 15 2018.05 3 Sandanme 71w 0 18 10 0.643 6-1 3-4
Chiyooga Kokonoe 18 2018.05 3 Sandanme 92w 0 16 12 0.571 6-1 2-5
Taketsukasa Irumagawa 18 2018.05 3 Sandanme 93w 0 18 10 0.643 5-2 3-4
Daiyusho Oitekaze 18 2018.05 3 Jonidan 14w 0 17 11 0.607 4-3 3-4
Anzai Naruto 16 2018.05 4 Jonidan 19e 0 17 11 0.607 4-3 4-3
Wakanakatani Nishiiwa 18 2018.05 4 Jonidan 21e 0 17 11 0.607 4-3 4-3
Tsushida Tokitsukaze 19 2018.07 3 Sandanme 52e 1 17 4 0.810 6-1 4-3
Tanakayama Sakaigawa 17 2018.07 3 Jonidan 16w 0 16 5 0.762 5-2 5-2
Roman Tatsunami 18 2018.07 2 Jonidan 35w 0 13 8 0.619 6-1 3-4
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Nobody new for Hatsu 2019, unlike the year. If nobody joins, then nobody can be newly undefeated!

Hatsu 2019 Start
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 9 Juryo 4w 3 55 16 0.775 12-3 Y 0-0
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 5 Makushita 21w 1 29 6 0.829 6-1 0-0
Sakabayashi Onoe 18 2018.03 5 Sandanme 62w 0 23 12 0.657 5-2 0-0
Fukazawa Yamahibiki 18 2018.05 4 Sandame 40e 0 21 7 0.750 5-2 0-0
Kawamoto Kasugano 23 2018.05 4 Sandame 11e 0 22 6 0.786 6-1 0-0
Anzai Naruto 16 2018.05 4 Sandanme 100w 0 17 11 0.607 4-3 0-0
Wakanakatani Nishiiwa 18 2018.05 4 Jonidan 4e 0 17 11 0.607 4-3 0-0
Tsushida Tokitsukaze 19 2018.07 3 Sandame 37w 1 17 4 0.810 4-3 0-0
Tanakayama Sakaigawa 17 2018.07 3 Sandame 83e 0 16 5 0.762 5-2 0-0
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Tomokaze keeps posting impressive results and rightfully earned his makuuchi debut.

Wakanakatani is the only survivor from the Haru intake last year, which he achieved by climbing the banzuke as slowly as possible.

Nobody new for March again, as the only candidate Sawada had a nightmare introduction to Jonidan.

Hatsu 2019 Final
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 10 Juryo 4w 3 65 21 0.756 12-3 Y 10-5
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 6 Makushita 21w 1 34 8 0.810 6-1 5-2
Sakabayashi Onoe 18 2018.03 5 Sandanme 62w 0 23 12 0.657 5-2 1-6
Fukazawa Yamahibiki 18 2018.05 4 Sandame 40e 0 21 7 0.750 5-2 2-5
Kawamoto Kasugano 23 2018.05 4 Sandame 11e 0 22 6 0.786 6-1 2-5
Anzai Naruto 16 2018.05 4 Sandanme 100w 0 17 11 0.607 4-3 3-4
Wakanakatani Nishiiwa 18 2018.05 5 Jonidan 4e 0 21 14 0.600 4-3 4-3
Tsushida Tokitsukaze 19 2018.07 4 Sandame 37w 1 21 7 0.750 4-3 4-3
Tanakayama Sakaigawa 17 2018.07 4 Sandame 83e 0 20 8 0.714 5-2 4-3
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For context, which wrestler holds the record for the most KKs before hitting the wall?  Jokoryu had 8 before he hit the wall, and that wall was his first tournament in Makuuchi. Despite having 10 KKs to his name, Tomokaze has yet to reach the Top Division, but maybe he will get there in March of this year, and then the question will be whether he hits or smashes the wall.

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9 hours ago, Amamaniac said:

For context, which wrestler holds the record for the most KKs before hitting the wall?

If you are talking about in sumo history then Akebono had 18 from sumo entry. The previous record holder was Takanohana 1 with 17 if I remember correctly. Takanohana 1's streak ended in Juryo. Akebono's ended at Sekiwake. 

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Ichinojo's streak of KKs from debut included a KK at Sekiwake, although there weren't nearly as many.  I think the highest rank KK is achieved at on the initial run of KKs is more interesting than the number of them, as I estimate that you could have around 20 4-3s in the lower divisions before making sekitori.

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Putting these lists together, it's pretty hard to determine results based on initial KK or highest rank when the wall comes for the rikishi. Sure, chance of success is higher but there's no guarantee at all.

A lot of guys hit the wall at Sd or Ms, then suddenly returned to good performances. I checked a lot of weight ins and it seems this is almost always down to a sudden bulk up of 20~30kg after the MK. Takakeisho is one example. So, again, the max rank might not be the best indicator. Guys who already weigh 150kg+ when hitting the wall below sekitori ranks seem to have trouble.

However, rikishi unable to put together a 3KK streak from jonokuchi are basically in major trouble with their sekitori prospects. Hakuho is of course a major exception here but he was tiny at the time too.

So, in short I would caution any judgement on career prospects of rikishi who get 4+ KK to "hey, he might have a chance". And if your favorite maezumo guys don't make the list, it might be time to start offering some moral support.

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An inexperienced rikishi learns more from his defeats than from his victories. So when a talented rikishi rockets upwards through the ranks, he isn't necessarily learning much. He may remain one-dimensional until reaching a level where his opponents know how to successfully counter what had hitherto been winning moves. Every loss is a valuable lesson, he either learns from it and enriches his sumo, or he will hit the Wall.

Having hit the Wall doesn't mean he can't break through later, though. If he can absorb the lesson, the next basho may bring new success. These young guys hardly know what they are going to be capable of. They follow the training regimen, lean from their Oyakata, their  heya mates and every opponent they meet on the dohyo, and maybe develop a style from it that will bring success and confidence. All this while their bodies are changing and growing too... but the Wall is there specifically to be experienced and broken, time and again.

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7 hours ago, Tsuchinoninjin said:

However, rikishi unable to put together a 3KK streak from jonokuchi are basically in major trouble with their sekitori prospects. Hakuho is of course a major exception here but he was tiny at the time too.

Kaio also started with an MK.  He even had another as Jd100+ (which is often *easier* than Jk) whereas Hakuho's next MK was in Sd.  It's really hard to tell someone's long-term prospects from when they enter at 15 and have no experience.  But Kaio did make the joi before he turned 23 (before he even was 22 in his case), which is very highly predictive of becoming an Ozeki.  How someone does once puberty has finished and they've had the chance to acclimatize themselves to the sport is a lot more telling.

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Here we go, only 5 guys left. Wakanakatani -> Yamenosato

Haru 2019 Start
Rikishi Heya Age Debut KK Rank Yusho W L Last Current
Tomokaze Oguruma 22 2017.07 10 Maegashira 13e 3 65 21 0.756 10-5 0-0
Hoshoryu Tatsunami 19 2018.03 6 Makushita 7w 1 34 8 0.810 5-2 0-0
Yamenosato Nishiiwa 18 2018.05 5 Sandanme 85e 0 21 14 0.600 4-3 0-0
Tsushida Tokitsukaze 19 2018.07 4 Sandanme 23e 1 21 7 0.750 4-3 0-0
Tanakayama Sakaigawa 17 2018.07 4 Sandanme 64e 0 20 8 0.714 4-3 0-0
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