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Tokisakae had a nice run. Having followed his amateur career, where he was successful but a good level or 2 below the top university competitors, I expected him to get overpowered and take a MK earlier. He is a skillful and technically sound belt rikishi, and I hope to see him build his body and strength more...

Suzuki sputtered into makushita with 4-3s, but he seems to have hit a stride in the last 2 tournaments (now watch him lose the last and go 4-3 again lol). His goal was to make sekitori in 4 years and he's on the right path to meet or beat that...I think he will at least get to the paid ranks eventually. He moves his hands powerfully but could use some refinement.

Speaking of 4-3s, Amakaze looks a good bet to get his 5th in a row. His return to sekitorihood seems questionable to me, though maybe he can pull off a Daiamami.

Yoshii being seriously impressive for his age, and Kitanowaka IMO the best of all the names on the list; I think only injury or illness will stop him from reaching juryo next year.

Takeoka and Kirameki...I can't see them being on the list much longer.

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Your update on never-makekoshi rikishi after day 14:  While there are still a few bouts remaining on day 15, the fate of all has been determined.

Ms7e Tokisakae: 2-5 (7 KK, 40-16 career)

Ms14w Kitanowaka: 4-2 (8 KK, 41-14)       

Ms21e Suzuki: 5-1 (9 KK, 44-18)

Ms41w Fukai: 5-2 (3 KK, 17-4)

Ms44w Yoshii: 4-3 (8 KK, 38-18)

Ms55e Mudoho: 4-2 (4 KK, 23-4)

Sd26e Dewanoryu: 4-3 (4 KK, 22-6)

Sd78e Takeoka: 3-4 (2 KK, 14-7)

Sd80w Hayatefuji: 5-1 (3 KK, 17-3)

Sd81e Shinohara: 4-2 (3 KK, 16-4)

Jd4w Nabetame: 6-1 (3 KK, 17-4)

Jd8w Taiyo: 4-2 (3 KK, 15-5)

Jd48w Kirameki: 5-2 (3 KK, 14-7)

Honorable mention:

M12e Kotoshoho: 9-5; only one career MK, current streak 10 KK, 101-50 career

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What happened to Oshoryu? He was coming up fast but seems to be slowing down. His results aren’t particularly bad, but after starting 21-0 he is now 14-14 over the last 4 basho. 

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11 minutes ago, Katsunorifuji said:

What happened to Oshoryu? He was coming up fast but seems to be slowing down. His results aren’t particularly bad, but after starting 21-0 he is now 14-14 over the last 4 basho. 

He seems to be hitting that upper Makushita wall.  No one at Narutobeya (including his co-winners in the Jk yusho) are much of a challenge.  He needs some work with his peers from other heya, I think, maybe some before next basho.

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Never-makekoshi rikishi (records updated for Day 8):

We have a very long list for November, and it's a bit troubling because all of the Makushita wallees currently have losing records as of day 7.  In fact Kitanowaka, Suzuki and Yoshii with three losses each must win out to earn kachikoshi.  It is less surprising that six of the bottom seven on the list also have losing records.  New addition Hokuseiho boasts an undefeated career record through day 7 while Chiyotaisei, thanks to an 0-3 record this basho, actually has a losing career record thus far.  Our honorable mention Kotoshoho is now part of the joi due to the absence of both yokozunae and two of three ozekis gone kyujo now also.  With a 3-4 record and expecting to face off against the top of the division, he is likely to finally see only his second career makekoshi, which would put him on par with Hoshoryu (4-3 at M13e) in that respect.  Hokutenkai (3-1 at Ms15e) is the next highest ranked rikishi with only one makekoshi.  While laudable, he has a long way to go to earn an honorable mention IMO.

Ms9w Kitanowaka: 1-3 (8 KK, 42-18)                                 

Ms11w Suzuki: 1-3 (9 KK, 45-22)

Ms25e Fukai: 1-3 (3 KK, 18-7)

Ms32e Mudoho: 2-2 (4 KK, 26-6)

Ms33w Yoshii: 1-3 (8 KK, 39-21)

Sd10e Dewanoryu: 2-2 (4 KK, 24-8)

Sd21e Hokuseiho: 4-0 (2 KK, 17-0)

Sd22e Hayatefuji: 3-1 (3 KK, 21-4)

Sd44w Nabetame: 2-2 (3 KK, 19-6)

Sd61w Shinohara: 2-2 (3 KK, 18-7)

Sd72w Taiyo: 4-0 (3 KK, 20-5)

Sd81w Shishi: 3-1 (2 KK, 15-3)

Sd84w Hozan: 2-2 (2 KK, 14-4)

Jd6w Ofukasawa: 4-0 (2 KK, 15-3)

Jd8w Hagiwara: 4-0 (2 KK, 15-3)

Jd9w Kirameki: 2-2 (3 KK, 16-9)

Jd15w Shori: 0-0-4 (2 KK, 10-4-4)

Jd42e Kotetsu: 1-3 (2 KK, 11-7)

Jd47e Setonoumi: 2-2 (2 KK, 11-7)

Jd48e Nishida: 2-2 (2 KK, 11-7)

Jd60e Suzaki: 1-3 (2 KK, 9-9)

Jd64w Makio: 3-1 (2 KK, 11-7)

Jd65w Chiyotaisei: 1-3 (2 KK, 9-9)

Honorable mention:

M5w Kotoshoho: 3-4; only one career MK, current streak 11 KK, 105-54 career

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Never-makekoshi rikishi (records updated for Day 10):

One of our Makushita wallees has fallen and the others stand on the edge of the tawara hoping to pull off the miracle of winning out.  Hokuseiho has extended his undefeated streak to 19 bouts.  Kotoshoho has now won 3 straight and 5 of the last 6 bouts to overcome a shaky start.

Ms9w Kitanowaka: 2-3 (8 KK, 43-18)                                 

Ms11w Suzuki: 2-3 (9 KK, 46-22)

Ms25e Fukai: 1-4 (3 KK, 18-8)

Ms32e Mudoho: 2-3 (4 KK, 26-7)

Ms33w Yoshii: 2-3 (8 KK, 40-21)

Sd10e Dewanoryu: 2-3 (4 KK, 24-9)

Sd21e Hokuseiho: 5-0 (2 KK, 19-0)

Sd22e Hayatefuji: 3-2 (3 KK, 21-5)

Sd44w Nabetame: 3-2 (3 KK, 20-6)

Sd61w Shinohara: 3-2 (3 KK, 19-7)

Sd72w Taiyo: 5-0 (3 KK, 21-5)

Sd81w Shishi: 4-1 (2 KK, 16-3)

Sd84w Hozan: 2-3 (2 KK, 14-5)

Jd6w Ofukasawa: 5-0 (2 KK, 16-3)

Jd8w Hagiwara: 5-0 (2 KK, 16-3)

Jd9w Kirameki: 2-3 (3 KK, 16-10)

Jd15w Shori: 0-0-5 (2 KK, 10-4-5)

Jd42e Kotetsu: 1-4 (2 KK, 11-8)

Jd47e Setonoumi: 3-2 (2 KK, 12-7)

Jd48e Nishida: 2-3 (2 KK, 11-8)

Jd60e Suzaki: 2-3 (2 KK, 10-9)

Jd64w Makio: 3-2 (2 KK, 11-8)

Jd65w Chiyotaisei: 2-3 (2 KK, 10-9)

Honorable mention:

M5w Kotoshoho: 6-4; only one career MK, current streak 11 KK, 108-54 career

 

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Never-makekoshi rikishi (records updated for Day 14):

 

Ms9w Kitanowaka: 2-4 (8 KK, 43-19)                                 

Ms11w Suzuki: 2-4 (9 KK, 46-23)

Ms25e Fukai: 2-4 (3 KK, 19-8)

Ms32e Mudoho: 3-4 (4 KK, 27-8)

Ms33w Yoshii: 4-3 (9 KK, 42-21)

Sd10e Dewanoryu: 4-3 (5 KK, 26-9)

Sd21e Hokuseiho: 7-0 Y (3 KK, 21-0)

Sd22e Hayatefuji: 4-3 (4 KK, 22-6)

Sd44w Nabetame: 5-2 (4 KK, 22-6)

Sd61w Shinohara: 5-2 (4 KK, 21-7)

Sd72w Taiyo: 6-1 (4 KK, 22-6)

Sd81w Shishi: 6-1 (3 KK, 18-3)

Sd84w Hozan: 3-3 (2 KK, 15-5)

Jd6w Ofukasawa: 7-0 (3 KK, 18-3)

Jd8w Hagiwara: 6-1 (3 KK, 17-4)

Jd9w Kirameki: 4-3 (4 KK, 18-10)

Jd15w Shori: 0-0-6 (2 KK, 10-4-6)

Jd42e Kotetsu: 2-4 (2 KK, 12-8)

Jd47e Setonoumi: 4-2 (3 KK, 13-7)

Jd48e Nishida: 3-3 (2 KK, 12-8)

Jd60e Suzaki: 4-3 (3 KK, 12-9)

Jd64w Makio: 4-3 (3 KK, 12-9)

Jd65w Chiyotaisei: 3-4 (2 KK, 11-10)

Honorable mention:

M5w Kotoshoho: 8-6; only one career MK, current streak 12 KK, 110-56 career

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Never-makekoshi rikishi (Nov final):

In the final day, we see Hozan go kyujo and thus MK, while Nishida ekes out a KK.  The wall claims the top 4 rikishi, leaving 17-year-old Yoshii as the leader and sole surviving makushita.  Kotoshoho improbably garnered his 12th KK with an 8-7 record against the joi, albeit weakened by yokozuna and ozeki absences. 

Ms9w Kitanowaka: 3-4 (8 KK, 44-19)                                 

Ms11w Suzuki: 2-5 (9 KK, 46-24)

Ms25e Fukai: 2-4-1 (3 KK, 19-8-1)

Ms32e Mudoho: 3-4 (4 KK, 27-8)

Ms33w Yoshii: 4-3 (9 KK, 42-21)

Sd10e Dewanoryu: 4-3 (5 KK, 26-9)

Sd21e Hokuseiho: 7-0 Y (3 KK, 21-0)

Sd22e Hayatefuji: 4-3 (4 KK, 22-6)

Sd44w Nabetame: 5-2 (4 KK, 22-6)

Sd61w Shinohara: 5-2 (4 KK, 21-7)

Sd72w Taiyo: 6-1 (4 KK, 22-6)

Sd81w Shishi: 6-1 (3 KK, 18-3)

Sd84w Hozan: 3-3-1 (2 KK, 15-5-1)

Jd6w Ofukasawa: 7-0 (3 KK, 18-3)

Jd8w Hagiwara: 6-1 (3 KK, 17-4)

Jd9w Kirameki: 4-3 (4 KK, 18-10)

Jd15w Shori: 0-0-7 (2 KK, 10-4-7)

Jd42e Kotetsu: 3-4 (2 KK, 13-8)

Jd47e Setonoumi: 5-2 (3 KK, 14-7)

Jd48e Nishida: 4-3 (3 KK, 13-8)

Jd60e Suzaki: 4-3 (3 KK, 12-9)

Jd64w Makio: 4-3 (3 KK, 12-9)

Jd65w Chiyotaisei: 3-4 (2 KK, 11-10)

Honorable mention:

M5w Kotoshoho: 8-7; only one career MK, current streak 12 KK, 110-57 career

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Never-makekoshi rikishi (Day 7):

After 7 days, we already have two rikishi whose fate has been decided -- in opposite directions.  Shimoyama being the fortunate one at 4-0, and Taiyo going the opposite way at 0-4.  Our honorable mention Kotoshoyo seems to be hitting the wall hard for only the second time, currently 0-7.  I'm guessing there must be an injury involved.

Ms15w Hokuseiho: quarantined (3 KK, 21-0)

Ms26e Yoshii: 1-2 (9 KK, 43-23)

Ms59w Dewanoryu: 2-2 (5 KK, 26-9)

Sd9w Hayatefuji: 3-1 (4 KK, 25-7)

Sd15e Ofukasawa: 2-2 (3 KK, 20-5)

Sd17w Taiyo: 0-4 (4 KK, 22-10)

Sd18e Nabatame: 1-1-1 (4 KK, 23-7-1)        

Sd23e Shishi: 2-0-1 (3 KK, 20-3-1)

Sd29w Shinohara: 3-0 (4 KK, 24-7)

Sd47e Hagiwara: 3-0 (3 KK, 20-4)

Sd56w Osuzuki: 1-3 (2 KK, 14-4)

Sd90e Kirameki: 1-3 (4 KK, 19-13)

Sd91w Shimoyama: 4-0 (3 KK, 16-2)

Jd13e Setonoumi: 1-3 (3 KK, 15-10)

Jd19w Akiyoshi: 2-1 (2 KK, 13-4)

Jd24w Nishida: 2-1 (3 KK, 15-9)

Jd31w Suzaki: 3-1 (3 KK, 15-10)

Jd34e Makio: 1-3 (3 KK, 13-12)

Honorable mention:

M5w Kotoshoho: 0-7; only one career MK, current streak 12 KK, 110-64 career

 

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14 hours ago, Ack! said:

Never-makekoshi rikishi (Day 7):

Kotoshoyo seems to be hitting the wall hard for only the second time, currently 0-7.  I'm guessing there must be an injury involved.

I'm guessing that it's the usual joi hangover, and that he'll do better the next time he's up in the joi.

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