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Day 8 (results, text-only results)

8-0 Ye Hakuho, O1e Terunofuji

7-1 ---

6-2 M10e Tamawashi, M11w Kotonowaka, M17e Ichiyamamoto

     8-0  Hakuho        Y    ---
     8-0  Terunofuji    O1   Takakeisho   1-2-5
     4-4  Shodai        O2   Asanoyama    susp. (x)
    4-2-2 Takayasu      S    Mitakeumi     5-3
     3-5  Wakatakakage  K    Meisei        4-4

(x) 1-4-3 Endo          M1   Daieisho      1-7
     4-4  Takanosho     M2   Ichinojo      5-3
     4-4  Hokutofuji    M3   Tobizaru      3-5
     2-6  Kotoeko       M4   Chiyotairyu   2-6
     5-3  Okinoumi      M5   Hoshoryu      5-3
     2-6  Onosho        M6   Kiribayama    5-3
                        M7   Chiyoshoma    4-4
     5-3  Takarafuji    M8   Aoiyama       4-4
     4-4  Hidenoumi     M9   Shimanoumi    5-3
     6-2  Tamawashi     M10
                        M11  Kotonowaka    6-2

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(2)  1-7  Myogiryu      M7
                        ...
                        M10  Terutsuyoshi  3-5  (2)
(2)  3-5  Kaisei        M11
(2)  3-5  Tochinoshin   M12  Kagayaki      4-4  (2)
(3)  3-5  Chiyomaru     M13  Ura           4-4  (2)
(4)  2-6  Daiamami      M14  Chiyonoo      3-5  (4)
(2)  5-3  Tsurugisho    M15  Tokushoryu    3-5  (4)
(2)  5-3  Chiyonokuni   M16  Ishiura       5-3  (3)
(2)  6-2  Ichiyamamoto  M17  ---

(1)  7-1  Yutakayama    J1   Shohozan      2-6  (6)
(5)  4-4  Kyokutaisei   J2   Akua          5-3  (4)
(4)  5-3  Wakamotoharu  J3   Hakuyozan    5-2-1 (x)
(~)  2-6  Tohakuryu     J4   Takakento     3-5  (7)
(~)  2-6  Enho          J5   Kotoshoho     2-6  (~)
(7)  4-4  Takagenji     J6   Mitoryu       6-2  (5)
                        J7   Azumaryu      5-3  (6)
(~)  4-4  Bushozan      J8   Sadanoumi     5-3  (7)
                        ...
(7)  7-1  Kaisho        J13
(~)  7-1  Abi           J14

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(1)  2-6  Tohakuryu     J4
(1)  2-6  Enho          J5   Kotoshoho     2-6  (1)
                        J6
(x) kyujo Akiseyama     J7
(1)  4-4  Bushozan      J8
(x) susp. Ryuden        J9   Midorifuji    2-6  (3)
(3)  3-5  Nishikigi     J10  Kyokushuho    3-5  (3)
(3)  3-5  Nishikifuji   J11  Daishomaru    3-5  (3)
(4)  3-5  Daishoho      J12  Oho           5-3  (2)
                        J13  Kotokuzan     2-6  (5)
(1)  7-1  Abi           J14  Yago          4-4  (4)

     1-3  Jokoryu       Ms1  Tochimaru     1-3
     3-1  Shiba         Ms2  Hokuseiho     4-0
    kyujo Chiyonoumi    Ms3  Churanoumi    2-2
     1-3  Chiyoarashi   Ms4  Hiradoumi     2-2
     3-1  Murata        Ms5  Shimazuumi    0-4  (x)
     3-1  Tokisakae     Ms6  Terasawa      3-1

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Explanation of symbols used:

numbers = wins needed until favourable outcome (getting promoted / not getting demoted)
o = favourable outcome achieved
x = favourable outcome definitely missed
~ = favourable outcome missed "by the numbers", but still achievable through banzuke luck

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Juryo yusho race through Day 8:

7-1 J1e Yutakayama, J13e Kaisho, J14e Abi

6-2 J6w Mitoryu

5-3 J2w Akua, J3e Wakamotoharu, J3w Hakuyozan (5-2-1), J7w Azumaryu, J8w Sadanoumi, J12w Oho


Lower division yusho races (Day 7-8 results with individual video links, or as a playlist):

4-0 Ms2w Hokuseiho (Miyagino)
4-0 Ms16e Tsurubayashi (Kise)
4-0 Ms21e Kitanowaka (Hakkaku)
4-0 Ms28e Tsushimanada (Sakaigawa)
4-0 Ms34e Sakigake (Shibatayama)
4-0 Ms47w Mineyaiba (Shikoroyama)
4-0 Ms56w Ishizaki (Takasago)

4-0 Sd1w Onojo (Takadagawa)
4-0 Sd16w Hatooka (Kise)
4-0 Sd24e Hinataryu (Musashigawa)
4-0 Sd29e Asonoyama (Sakaigawa)
4-0 Sd38w Obara (Asakayama)
4-0 Sd50w Tatsukaze (Oguruma)
4-0 Sd55w Tomokaze (Oguruma)
4-0 Sd66w Daishoki (Oitekaze)
4-0 Sd77e Sagatsukasa (Irumagawa)
4-0 Sd79w Mitozakura (Hakkaku)
4-0 Sd95w Denzan (Otake)

4-0 Jd1w Shinyashiki (Otake)
4-0 Jd11w Tatsunoumi (Yamahibiki)
4-0 Jd15e Fujiseiun (Fujishima)
4-0 Jd24e Kamitani (Michinoku)
4-0 Jd35w Kitanomine (Hakkaku)
4-0 Jd45w Biganzan (Yamahibiki)
4-0 Jd52e Osanai (Takasago)
4-0 Jd52w Asaobora (Takasago)
4-0 Jd69e Kototaiki (Sadogatake)
4-0 Jd79w Tochigidake (Kasugano)
4-0 Jd89e Asakiryu (Takasago)
4-0 Jd93w Tanimoto (Yamahibiki)
4-0 Jd105w Iwata (Naruto)

4-0 Jk4w Mogamizakura (Shikihide)
4-0 Jk23w Shunrai (Tatsunami)
4-0 Jk24e Kiryuko (Tatsunami)


Some potential for same-stable playoffs at this point with the Oguruma pair in sandanme, trios from both Takasago and Yamahibiki in jonidan, and of course Tatsunami's rookie brother duo in jonokuchi.

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And the former sekitori through Day 8.

The list keeps shrinking to sizes unseen in many years, this time courtesy of Ikioi, Toyohibiki and Asahisho (who went out with a kachikoshi) all calling it quits in between tournaments. They do still feature here for now as they're all ranked for Nagoya basho. Two pairs of now ex-sekitori came down from juryo with Kise's Jokoryu and Churanoumi and Kokonoe's Chiyootori and Chiyonoumi, while Yago, Kaisho and Abi left for greener pastures after Natsu.

The rikishi who were last seen in juryo at this time of year in the past include Asabenkei last year, both Chiyoarashi and Nionoumi 8 years back, and Dairaido a whopping 15 years ago.

Recent birthdays were celebrated in June by youngsters Fukushima (now 25), Oki (also 25), and Ryuko (23). In contrast, July is more of a veterans' month with Amakaze who turned 30 on Day 4 of the basho, Chiyoarashi whose 30th birthday is on Day 9, as well as freshly retired Asahisho (32) and Kitaharima (35) who will have cake shortly after the end of the basho.

And with that out of the way, here are their first-week results:
 

Record   Rank   Shikona Heya Age Out
1-3 Ms1e Jokoryu Kise 32 1
kyujo Ms3e Chiyonoumi Kokonoe 28 1
2-2 Ms3w Churanoumi Kise 28 1
1-3 Ms4e Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 29 47
 
2-2 Ms7e Chiyootori Kokonoe 28 1
2-2 Ms8w Oki Shikoroyama 25 5
0-4 Ms9e Kitaharima Yamahibiki 34 5
2-2 Ms15w Asabenkei Takasago 32 6
 
2-2 Ms16w Asagyokusei Takasago 28 7
2-2 Ms19w Amakaze Oguruma 30 19
 
2-2 Ms32e Fujiazuma Tamanoi 34 4
0-4 Ms33e Keitenkai Onomatsu 31 52
4-0 Ms34e Sakigake Shibatayama 35 8
kyujo Ms42e Irodori Shikoroyama 29 8
kyujo Ms44w Ryuko Onoe 23 3
1-3 Ms47e Daiseido Kise 28 13
1-3 Ms50w Nionoumi Yamahibiki 34 47
3-1 Ms57w Fukushima Nishikido 25 15
 
intai Sd8w Asahisho Tomozuna 31 24
intai Sd21e Ikioi Isenoumi 34 3
2-2 Sd32e Dairaido Takadagawa 41 88
2-2 Sd35w Higonojo Kise 36 42
4-0 Sd55w Tomokaze Oguruma 26 7
3-1 Sd58e Yoshiazuma Tamanoi 44 40
4-0 Sd77e Sagatsukasa Irumagawa 39 43
 
intai Jd31w Toyohibiki Sakaigawa 36 20
 
kyujo Jk18e Kagamio Kagamiyama 33 30

 

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Day 9 (results, text-only results)

9-0 Ye Hakuho, O1e Terunofuji

8-1 ---

7-2 M11w Kotonowaka, M17e Ichiyamamoto

Much has already been written about the two frontrunners, so I won't belabour the point unless and until something interesting happens that isn't "hey, it's Day 14 and both are still unbeaten, time for the senshuraku showdown everyone's been waiting for". The rest of the sanyaku are led by sekiwake Mitakeumi who may quietly be putting together the framework for another ozeki run on the heels of last basho's 10-5 record at komusubi. Takayasu's run was scuppered early after back troubles kept him out of the first two days of action, but 10 wins from 13 was still a reasonable target to keep his chances alive for another basho. Now at 5-2-2 he'll have to defeat at least one of the two leaders to get there, though.

The ozeki corps was decimated early not just with Asanoyama having to start his suspension; Takakeisho had to leave after just two days with injury. Shodai, meanwhile, continues to do his Kotooshu impression of a thoroughly mediocre ozeki who on his good days looks like he should be capable of so much more. At least the trend seems to be pointing in the right direction based on his much improved genkiness of the last couple of days, but kachikoshi is far from assured.

As it does look very likely that both sekiwake will finish kachikoshi, we should still see a 9-man sanyaku for Aki basho even with Asanoyama coming down from ozeki. That's reasonably good news for all maegashira hopefuls, although of course they'll still need the two incumbent komusubi to clear the deck. As is quite typical of sanyaku debutants, Wakatakakage and Meisei haven't been as consistently good as they were in their promotion-clinching performances. And while 3-6 and 4-5 are ordinarily pretty decent starting records that retain a promise of kachikoshi at komusubi, it has to be said that at least Wakatakakage's schedule has been comparatively light for the rank so far - he's still got Hakuho, Takayasu and Mitakeumi left to come, so KK will be an uphill battle. Meisei only has Terunofuji remaining on his sanyaku slate.

The top two contenders for a promotion into the titled ranks are recent serial sekiwake Takanosho and seemingly resurgent Ichinojo, who has had twice as many career appearances at the third-highest rank but hasn't seen sanyaku in over two years now. Hokutofuji lurks as a dark horse candidate, as do lower-ranked Mongolian pair Hoshoryu and Kiribayama.

     9-0  Hakuho        Y    ---
     9-0  Terunofuji    O1   Takakeisho   1-2-6
     5-4  Shodai        O2   Asanoyama    susp. (x)
    5-2-2 Takayasu      S    Mitakeumi     6-3
     3-6  Wakatakakage  K    Meisei        4-5

                        M1   Daieisho      1-8  (x)
     5-4  Takanosho     M2   Ichinojo      6-3
     4-5  Hokutofuji    M3   Tobizaru      3-6
(x)  2-7  Kotoeko       M4   Chiyotairyu   2-7  (x)
     5-4  Okinoumi      M5   Hoshoryu      6-3
     3-6  Onosho        M6   Kiribayama    6-3
                        M7   Chiyoshoma    5-4
     5-4  Takarafuji    M8   Aoiyama       4-5  (x)
(x)  4-5  Hidenoumi     M9   Shimanoumi    5-4
     6-3  Tamawashi     M10
                        M11  Kotonowaka    7-2


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Thus far this basho doesn't feature a glut of strong demotion candidates, with the most surprising omission certainly top division rookie Ichiyamamoto - off of a hugely lucky J8e 10-5 promotion he's been making the most of the opportunity and stands just one win away from kachikoshi after today. Fellow promotees Tokushoryu and Chiyonoo do find themselves among the more endangered maegashira. Tokushoryu's sumo doesn't look particularly makuuchi-worthy to me this basho so an immediate trip back to juryo wouldn't surprise, while Chiyonoo just might eke out enough wins by senshuraku. Perennial elevator duo Daiamami and Chiyomaru are the others who have a sizable amount of work left to do at this point.

There's no room for him just yet, but Yutakayama will be returning to the top flight after he clinched kachikoshi at the second division's leading rank today. The rest of the promotion race is distinctly unimpressive with everybody else requiring at least a 4-2 finish for promotable records, so chances are we won't be seeing too many exchanges for Aki. This crowd features Akua, the only one of Natsu's four demoted maegashira who is in line to make a case for an immediate repromotion; Akiseyama (still injured) and Ryuden (still suspended) are of course out altogether, while Midorifuji was demoted far into the division and is struggling mightily there, to boot.

Speaking of suspensions, Abi is back to the paid ranks having served his time. A direct promotion to makuuchi was always a long shot, and after two straight losses - a one-sided defeat by Kaisho yesterday and a narrow mono-ii call gone against him versus Sadanoumi today - we're almost certain to see him in juryo a second time in September. His early matches were still quite the eye-opener, however. I think it's fair to say that Abi is not really much ahead of the average juryo rikishi in his physical tools, but it was evident that his mobility and body control are just off the charts by second-division standards.

(1)  2-7  Myogiryu      M7
                        ...
                        M10  Terutsuyoshi  4-5  (1)
(1)  4-5  Kaisei        M11
(2)  3-6  Tochinoshin   M12  Kagayaki      4-5  (2)
(3)  3-6  Chiyomaru     M13  Ura           5-4  (1)
(4)  2-7  Daiamami      M14  Chiyonoo      4-5  (3)
(1)  6-3  Tsurugisho    M15  Tokushoryu    3-6  (4)
(2)  5-4  Chiyonokuni   M16  Ishiura       6-3  (2)
(1)  7-2  Ichiyamamoto  M17  ---

(o)  8-1  Yutakayama    J1   Shohozan      2-7  (6)
(4)  5-4  Kyokutaisei   J2   Akua          5-4  (4)
(4)  5-4  Wakamotoharu  J3
(x)  2-7  Tohakuryu     J4   Takakento     3-6  (~)
(x)  2-7  Enho          J5   Kotoshoho     3-6  (~)
(6)  5-4  Takagenji     J6   Mitoryu       7-2  (4)
                        J7   Azumaryu      5-4  (6)
(~)  5-4  Bushozan      J8   Sadanoumi     6-3  (6)
                        ...
(~)  7-2  Kaisho        J13
(x)  7-2  Abi           J14

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Yesterday's starting table featured an unusual trio of high-ranked juryo rikishi who had yet to secure their spot for next time, and even after today there are still two who need to worry. The one who got to save himself today isn't actually the one who has shown the best sumo among them - that's Tohakuryu, IMHO - but rather Kotoshoho courtesy of a victory over similarly afflicted Shohozan. Tohakuryu and Enho stay at just two wins for now after losses to Nishikifuji and Yutakayama.

In any case it's quite depressing to see what has become of recently upper makuuchi-capable Kotoshoho. Considering there's almost nothing to be seen of his former densha-michi style of putting fast pressure on his opponents, I can't help but think the taped up foot holds more of an injury than is apparent. At the risk of overdramatizing things, in Kotoshoho's sudden lack of mobility I'm eeriely reminded of Sadanoumi, who got sent down from middle juryo to middle makushita by a persistent foot problem a decade ago and didn't get back to form for two years.

Moving on to the actual demotion zone, where there's plenty of scope for lucky promotions and non-demotions this basho thanks to Akiseyama and Ryuden having to sit this one out. In Daishoho and newcomer Kotokuzan two guys freshly up from makushita are most in trouble, and I suspect both are in fact headed back. The list of at-risk rikishi doesn't end there, though. Bottom-ranked Yago sports a flabbergasting 5-4 record achieved with frankly terrible sumo on most days, and having faced nearly all MK-trending rikishi in the lower half already (just Nishikifuji remains), his schedule should now get tougher to the point that 3 more wins are far from certain. Midorifuji also needs a 3-3 finish and has arguably looked even worse than Yago, clearly either not recovered from the back troubles that kept him out of Natsu basho, or with something new picked up since then.

Everybody else should be capable of getting the wins they still need, though if I had to pick one candidate who won't, it might actually be Enho. Between getting his bell rung badly on Day 2, and more and more rikishi seemingly figuring out that they just need to keep their distance to him, it's not completely inconceivable that his current 4-day losing streak could extend quite a bit further.

Even with two spots in play there's nobody in makushita who has secured their promotion already. New phenom Hokuseiho is as close as he can possibly get, however, with only two losses for him and two wins apiece for Jokoryu and Shiba as a scenario that won't see him finish top two in the promotion queue.

With a likely 4+ exchanges on tap here we're probably going to be concerned with the opposite problem soon enough anyway, having to find enough rikishi who will be promotable at all. It could be a trio of promotions for Kise-beya in the end: Jokoryu kept himself alive by sending Ms9w Kaisho Kairyu to makekoshi today, while Churanoumi prevailed over Ms7e Chiyootori for his third win. Shiba failed to clinch his kachikoshi against Murata, but he's ranked high enough that just one more win should do it for him.

(1)  2-7  Tohakuryu     J4
(1)  2-7  Enho          J5   Kotoshoho     3-6  (o)
                        J6
(x) kyujo Akiseyama     J7
(o)  5-4  Bushozan      J8
(x) susp. Ryuden        J9   Midorifuji    2-7  (3)
(2)  4-5  Nishikigi     J10  Kyokushuho    4-5  (2)
(2)  4-5  Nishikifuji   J11  Daishomaru    4-5  (2)
(4)  3-6  Daishoho      J12  Oho           5-4  (2)
                        J13  Kotokuzan     2-7  (5)
(1)  7-2  Abi           J14  Yago          5-4  (3)

     2-3  Jokoryu       Ms1  Tochimaru     1-3
     3-2  Shiba         Ms2  Hokuseiho     5-0
                        Ms3  Churanoumi    3-2
     1-3  Chiyoarashi   Ms4  Hiradoumi     2-2
     4-1  Murata        Ms5
     3-1  Tokisakae     Ms6  Terasawa      3-1

Due to the possibility that the top 5 ranks won't provide sufficient promotion fodder I've deigned to include the Ms6 pair for now.

Normally I get to wax lyrical about the entire promotion zone after odd-numbered days, but in a highly unusual development no less than 3 of the top 8 rikishi will only be having their regularly scheduled fifth match on Day 10 this time. (Even if we look at the full top 10 spots it's still rare.) The loser of Tochimaru-Chiyoarashi will be makekoshi and out of the race, a rather painful pairing here between two long-suffering upper makushita mainstays that I'd really like to see in juryo at least one (more) time. Hiradoumi, meanwhile, goes against Ms7w Tochiseiryu.

A makekoshi playoff can also be found on the juryo schedule between Midorifuji and Kotokuzan; of course the latter will be rather more immediately in danger with a loss, but neither can really afford the kuroboshi here.

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Juryo yusho race through Day 9:

8-1 J1e Yutakayama

7-2 J6w Mitoryu, J13e Kaisho, J14e Abi

6-3 J8w Sadanoumi

Well, that race got uncrowded in a hurry after 4 of 5 guys (plus kyujo Hakuyozan) fell out of the three-loss group today. And of course we've got a new sole leader. Will Abi get back to the top?

Up for Day 10, a match-up of two pursuers:

J1e  Yutakayama (8-1)    -  M14w Chiyonoo (4-5)

J14e Abi (7-2)           -  J6w  Mitoryu (7-2)
J3e  Wakamotoharu (5-4)  -  J13e Kaisho (7-2)

J12w Oho (5-4)           -  J8w  Sadanoumi (6-3)
 

Lower division yusho races (Day 9 results with individual video links, or as a playlist):

5-0 Ms2w Hokuseiho (Miyagino)
4-1 Ms16e Tsurubayashi (Kise)
4-1 Ms21e Kitanowaka (Hakkaku)
5-0 Ms28e Tsushimanada (Sakaigawa)
4-1 Ms34e Sakigake (Shibatayama)
5-0 Ms47w Mineyaiba (Shikoroyama)
5-0 Ms56w Ishizaki (Takasago)

4-1 Sd1w Onojo (Takadagawa)
5-0 Sd16w Hatooka (Kise)
4-1 Sd24e Hinataryu (Musashigawa)
4-1 Sd29e Asonoyama (Sakaigawa)
5-0 Sd38w Obara (Asakayama)
4-1 Sd50w Tatsukaze (Oguruma)
4-1 Sd55w Tomokaze (Oguruma)
5-0 Sd66w Daishoki (Oitekaze)
5-0 Sd77e Sagatsukasa (Irumagawa)
5-0 Sd79w Mitozakura (Hakkaku)
4-1 Sd95w Denzan (Otake)

5-0 Jd1w Shinyashiki (Otake)
4-1 Jd11w Tatsunoumi (Yamahibiki)
5-0 Jd15e Fujiseiun (Fujishima)
4-1 Jd24e Kamitani (Michinoku)
4-1 Jd35w Kitanomine (Hakkaku)
5-0 Jd45w Biganzan (Yamahibiki)
5-0 Jd52e Osanai (Takasago)
4-1 Jd52w Asaobora (Takasago)
4-1 Jd69e Kototaiki (Sadogatake)
5-0 Jd79w Tochigidake (Kasugano)
4-1 Jd89e Asakiryu (Takasago)
5-0 Jd93w Tanimoto (Yamahibiki)
4-1 Jd105w Iwata (Naruto)

5-0 Jk4w Mogamizakura (Shikihide)
5-0 Jk23w Shunrai (Tatsunami)
4-1 Jk24e Kiryuko (Tatsunami)

These are not the same-stable playoffs you're looking for... Okay, Yamahibiki still has two in the running for jonidan, but every other possibility was promptly smashed, two rather unexpected results included on the way. The elder Sakamoto brother was defeated in jonokuchi (and I'm not sure I really agree with the tsukihiza call there), and Tomokaze was a victim of his own carelessness and/or overeagerness, collapsing at the edge just as he was about to dispatch veteran Sagatsukasa. So, again no zensho record in his third comeback tournament, and today's loss also means that makushita won't be in the cards for September just yet.

Makushita has its customary four unbeaten rikishi now after recent SdTd debutant Ishizaki unsurprisingly prevailed over his sandanme opponent Onojo, the rest of the race is currently a bit more messy with 5/6/2 contenders in the lower three divisions. As the divisional boundaries generally don't matter in round 6, it should be Shunrai who will get a one-loss opponent, not somebody from the short-handed sandanme group.

On a side note, I wouldn't be too sure yet that Hokuseiho is a lock to feature in the makushita 6-0 decider on Day 13. Tsushimanada has a sufficiently unorthodox style of sumo and a large enough bag of tricks that he might pull off the upset.

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2 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

Jokoryu kept himself alive by sending Ms9w Kairyu to makekoshi today 

Tried to message you instead, but mailbox is full. 

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3 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

Normally I get to wax lyrical about the entire promotion zone after odd-numbered days, but in a highly unusual development no less than 3 of the top 8 rikishi will only be having their regularly scheduled fifth match on Day 10 this time

I'm surprised this isn't done more often.  Yes, they need to have the guys who might go up into Juryo fight on the first day of the round, but I don't see why they need them all to. I would think the normal number arising from alternating matches would be sufficient to get at least one rikishi who can reasonably go up into Juryo if their first choice goes kyujo or happens to be the same stable as the Juryo guy they want to send down.  I suppose they might just be normally super-cautious about too many people going kyujo, but if that's the case, why do these occasions occur at all?  I'm almost reminded of that one guy in the lower divisions who for years always fought on exactly the same day every tournament, as though he had a schedule to keep for something else, and the torikumi makers are taking into account some other aspect of availability that they can afford to due to the inherent flexibility in timing of most lower division matches.

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6 hours ago, Gurowake said:

I'm surprised this isn't done more often.  Yes, they need to have the guys who might go up into Juryo fight on the first day of the round, but I don't see why they need them all to. I would think the normal number arising from alternating matches would be sufficient to get at least one rikishi who can reasonably go up into Juryo if their first choice goes kyujo or happens to be the same stable as the Juryo guy they want to send down.  I suppose they might just be normally super-cautious about too many people going kyujo, but if that's the case, why do these occasions occur at all?  I'm almost reminded of that one guy in the lower divisions who for years always fought on exactly the same day every tournament, as though he had a schedule to keep for something else, and the torikumi makers are taking into account some other aspect of availability that they can afford to due to the inherent flexibility in timing of most lower division matches.

I was wondering if it might be about giving Tochimaru an extra day to recover from whatever it was that caused him to miss his match on Day 6.

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Day 10 (results, text-only results)

10-0 Ye Hakuho, O1e Terunofuji

9-1 ---

8-2 M11w Kotonowaka

Our intrepid pair of leaders marched on to unbeaten double-digit records in the final two bouts of the day; Chiyotairyu and Okinoumi were also there. The two remaining, erm, pursuers were matched up in the maegashira ranks with kachikoshi on the line: Kotonowaka came through against Ichiyamamoto in convincing fashion and has collected an early winning record. Chances are that he'll now get to test himself against some joi-jin rikishi starting on Day 12.

On Day 10 we have finally reached the part of the tournament in which we get to witness more than one intra-sanyaku matchup each day. Things got started off with sekiwake Takayasu winning a wild one against rookie komusubi Wakatakakage, who was unable to capitalize on getting superior position on his aite several times throughout the match. Shodai and Mitakeumi squared up next, with Mitakeumi having a rather Shodai-like tachiai en route to a quick loss. A fairly crucial win for the ozeki who still has at least three tough matches to come (the customary top 4 roundrobin).

Ichinojo has become the clear frontrunner for an ascent into sanyaku after he weathered Daieisho's frantic attack long enough to come through with the pushdown. Mirroring his 7-3 record is incumbent Wakatakakage, who will find it hard to avoid makekoshi from 3-7. The other komusubi Meisei posted an important victory over promotion hopeful Takanosho, and KK is well in sight for him at 5-5.

    10-0  Hakuho        Y    ---
    10-0  Terunofuji    O1   Takakeisho   1-2-7
     6-4  Shodai        O2   Asanoyama    susp. (x)
    6-2-2 Takayasu      S    Mitakeumi     6-4
     3-7  Wakatakakage  K    Meisei        5-5

                        M1
     5-5  Takanosho     M2   Ichinojo      7-3
     5-5  Hokutofuji    M3   Tobizaru      3-7
                        M4
     5-5  Okinoumi      M5   Hoshoryu      7-3
(x)  3-7  Onosho        M6   Kiribayama    7-3
                        M7   Chiyoshoma    6-4
     6-4  Takarafuji    M8
                        M9   Shimanoumi    5-5  (x)
     7-3  Tamawashi     M10
                        M11  Kotonowaka    8-2

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A trio of low maegashira have secured their top division spots for Aki basho. Terutsuyoshi has successfully turned around his 1-5 basho start to find himself with equal wins and losses, Kaisei one spot down is 5-5 as well, and returnee Ura's 6-4 record further down is also good enough to avoid demotion for sure. Other victorious rikishi on the day were Ishiura and Chiyomaru, but these two aren't quite home yet.

Things are a lot more troublesome for the two most endangered maegashira Daiamami and Tokushoryu with losing streaks of four and six days respectively, both now left needing to win 4 out of 5 on the basho homestretch.

Four juryo rikishi entered the day seeking "only" a 4-2 finish in order to join Yutakayama on the way up. Half of them took the correct first step, so Kyokutaisei and Mitoryu - both with hikiotoshi wins over Takagenji and Abi - can dream of makuuchi a little more intensely now. Akua and Wakamotoharu failed to come through today and their chances are rather in longshot territory now.

(1)  2-8  Myogiryu      M7
                        ...
                        M10  Terutsuyoshi  5-5  (o)
(o)  5-5  Kaisei        M11
(2)  3-7  Tochinoshin   M12  Kagayaki      4-6  (2)
(2)  4-6  Chiyomaru     M13  Ura           6-4  (o)
(4)  2-8  Daiamami      M14  Chiyonoo      4-6  (3)
(1)  6-4  Tsurugisho    M15  Tokushoryu    3-7  (4)
(2)  5-5  Chiyonokuni   M16  Ishiura       7-3  (1)
(1)  7-3  Ichiyamamoto  M17  ---

(o)  9-1  Yutakayama    J1   Shohozan      3-7  (5)
(3)  6-4  Kyokutaisei   J2   Akua          5-5  (4)
(4)  5-5  Wakamotoharu  J3
                        J4   Takakento     3-7  (x)
                        J5   Kotoshoho     4-6  (~)
(~)  5-5  Takagenji     J6   Mitoryu       8-2  (3)
                        J7   Azumaryu      5-5  (~)
(x)  5-5  Bushozan      J8   Sadanoumi     6-4  (~)
                        ...
(~)  8-2  Kaisho        J13


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Enho's crisis continues after even struggling Shohozan managed to execute the winning strategy of keeping him out of range in the day's final juryo match. Fellow at-risk high ranker Tohakuryu proved more adept against Kyokushuho with the second of two katasukashi today, so he now has enough wins to plan ahead for September. Nobody else was in line to save themselves today.

The first katasukashi came, of course, courtesy of specialist Midorifuji. He has given himself a little bit more breathing room in the demotion race with that, while defeated aite Kotokuzan joined Enho with an early makekoshi. Ranked at J13 the newcomer will now need to run the table for five straight wins if he wants to avoid an immediate return to makushita.

Day 10 was pretty good news for several others in this section, however, with shiroboshi for Daishomaru, Nishikifuji, Oho, Daishoho, and - with arguably his best sumo of the basho - Yago. Only Daishomaru had to defeat another demotion candidate for it with Nishikigi, the rest were all successful against upper-middle rankers.

Makushita is predictably short one promotion contender after the schedule featured a matchup of 1-3 rikishi today. Tochimaru was the unfortunate loser of that, hard luck after he failed to get promoted by three consecutive 4-3's starting from Ms5e. He'll need to win both remaining matches to cushion his fall within the promotion zone and hopefully get another shot straight away in September. Aite Chiyoarashi improved his record to 2-3 keeping himself in the promotion race, but even if a large-ish amount of slots becomes available he'll probably need some loss assistance among his fellow contenders, to say nothing of two more wins of his own. Hiradoumi on the other side of the Ms4 rank was also in action today, and successfully so.

No change in the overall make-up of the race, still no certain demotions besides kyujo pair Akiseyama and Ryuden, and no guaranteed promotions yet. That should change one way or another tomorrow.

(o)  3-7  Tohakuryu     J4
(1)  2-8  Enho          J5
                        J6
(x) kyujo Akiseyama     J7
                        J8
(x) susp. Ryuden        J9   Midorifuji    3-7  (2)
(2)  4-6  Nishikigi     J10  Kyokushuho    4-6  (2)
(1)  5-5  Nishikifuji   J11  Daishomaru    5-5  (1)
(3)  4-6  Daishoho      J12  Oho           6-4  (1)
                        J13  Kotokuzan     2-8  (5)
(1)  7-3  Abi           J14  Yago          6-4  (2)

     2-3  Jokoryu       Ms1  Tochimaru     1-4  (x)
     3-2  Shiba         Ms2  Hokuseiho     5-0
                        Ms3  Churanoumi    3-2
     2-3  Chiyoarashi   Ms4  Hiradoumi     3-2
     4-1  Murata        Ms5
     3-2  Tokisakae     Ms6  Terasawa      4-1

Two pairings among demotion candidates have been set for Day 11 with Nishikifuji-Kotokuzan and Nishikigi-Daishoho. The first match of those will decide two fates in one go, should Nishikifuji be the winner.

Only two matchups within the Ms1-5 zone have come out of the matchmaking algorithm this time. Shiba and Hiradoumi will face off with kachikoshi on the line, while Tochimaru-Shimazuumi is a meeting of already-MK rikishi. After the Day 9/10 aberration we do have all top 5'ers in action straight away in this round. The two former komusubi Jokoryu and Chiyootori (Ms7e) will do battle for the 13th time, a rather rare H2H history for a makushita torikumi, the stakes all the higher as the loser will go makekoshi. The same is true for Chiyoarashi's match against Ms7w Tochiseiryu, while Churanoumi meets Tokisakae for KK. Murata will go against Ms10w Roga and last not least there's of course also Hokuseiho's next zensho matchup in the yusho race, this time with Ms28e Tsushimanada.

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Juryo yusho race through Day 10:

9-1 J1e Yutakayama

8-2 J6w Mitoryu, J13e Kaisho

7-3 J14e Abi

Another day, another name removed from the arasoi. Sadanoumi gave up morozashi to opponent Oho and got muscled across the tawara in quick fashion, so he's now three wins off the lead. Abi lost the matchup of pursuers against Mitoryu and finds himself constituting the new two-wins-off group by himself. Kaisho had another strong outing, this time against Wakamotoharu. Both he and Mitoryu clinched their KKs, of course, but the yusho lead evaded them for now as Yutakayama was also successful up in a makuuchi visit against Chiyonoo.

Up for Day 11, pursuers squaring off again:

J1e  Yutakayama (9-1)    -  J8w  Sadanoumi (6-4)

J13e Kaisho (8-2)        -  J6w  Mitoryu (8-2)

J3e  Wakamotoharu (5-5)  -  J14e Abi (7-3)

As something clearly isn't right with Abi anymore, this is probably a three-horse race now. Yutakayama has yet to meet either Mitoryu or Kaisho.


Lower division yusho races:

5-0 Ms2w Hokuseiho (Miyagino)
5-0 Ms28e Tsushimanada (Sakaigawa)
5-0 Ms47w Mineyaiba (Shikoroyama)
5-0 Ms56w Ishizaki (Takasago)

5-0 Sd16w Hatooka (Kise)
5-0 Sd38w Obara (Asakayama)
5-0 Sd66w Daishoki (Oitekaze)
5-0 Sd77e Sagatsukasa (Irumagawa)
5-0 Sd79w Mitozakura (Hakkaku)

5-0 Jd1w Shinyashiki (Otake)
5-0 Jd15e Fujiseiun (Fujishima)
5-0 Jd45w Biganzan (Yamahibiki)
5-0 Jd52e Osanai (Takasago)
5-0 Jd79w Tochigidake (Kasugano)
5-0 Jd93w Tanimoto (Yamahibiki)

5-0 Jk4w Mogamizakura (Shikihide)
5-0 Jk23w Shunrai (Tatsunami)

No surprises with the Day 11 scheduling, which puts the numerical focus on the jonidan division where we could have anywhere between two and four leaders tomorrow. The Sd-Jd cross-divisional match presumably favours Mitozakura who was in low makushita as little as six months ago, while Shinyashiki has yet to KK at a higher rank than Sd91. The other one  between Tanimoto and Mogamizakura seems much less clear.

Former collegiate rikishi are at the forefront of the races in all divisions but jonokuchi. Hokuseiho will have to battle through two of them in makushita if he wants to complete the lower-division yusho set, while Hatooka in sandanme and Fujiseiun and Osanai in jonidan are those divisions' likely favourites.

Shunrai, the odd man out among these 17 contenders, will face a 4-1 opponent in Jk7w Takashoki.

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The ex-sekitori through Day 10.

new KK: -

new MK: Daiseido
 

Record   Rank   Shikona Heya Age Out
2-3 Ms1e Jokoryu Kise 32 1
kyujo Ms3e Chiyonoumi Kokonoe 28 1
3-2 Ms3w Churanoumi Kise 28 1
2-3 Ms4e Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 30 47
 
2-3 Ms7e Chiyootori Kokonoe 28 1
3-2 Ms8w Oki Shikoroyama 25 5
0-5 Ms9e Kitaharima Yamahibiki 34 5
3-2 Ms15w Asabenkei Takasago 32 6
 
3-2 Ms16w Asagyokusei Takasago 28 7
2-3 Ms19w Amakaze Oguruma 30 19
 
2-3 Ms32e Fujiazuma Tamanoi 34 4
1-4 Ms33e Keitenkai Onomatsu 31 52
4-1 Ms34e Sakigake Shibatayama 35 8
kyujo Ms42e Irodori Shikoroyama 29 8
kyujo Ms44w Ryuko Onoe 23 3
1-4 Ms47e Daiseido Kise 28 13
2-3 Ms50w Nionoumi Yamahibiki 34 47
3-2 Ms57w Fukushima Nishikido 25 15
 
intai Sd8w Asahisho Tomozuna 31 24
intai Sd21e Ikioi Isenoumi 34 3
3-2 Sd32e Dairaido Takadagawa 41 88
3-2 Sd35w Higonojo Kise 36 42
4-1 Sd55w Tomokaze Oguruma 26 7
3-2 Sd58e Yoshiazuma Tamanoi 44 40
5-0 Sd77e Sagatsukasa Irumagawa 39 43
 
intai Jd31w Toyohibiki Sakaigawa 36 20
 
kyujo Jk18e Kagamio Kagamiyama 33 30

 

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2 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

The ex-sekitori through Day 10.

new KK: -

new MK: Daiseido
 

Record   Rank   Shikona Heya Age Out
2-3 Ms1e Jokoryu Kise 32 1
kyujo Ms3e Chiyonoumi Kokonoe 28 1
3-2 Ms3w Churanoumi Kise 28 1
2-3 Ms4e Chiyoarashi Kokonoe 30 47
 
2-3 Ms7e Chiyootori Kokonoe 28 1
3-2 Ms8w Oki Shikoroyama 25 5
0-5 Ms9e Kitaharima Yamahibiki 34 5
3-2 Ms15w Asabenkei Takasago 32 6
 
3-2 Ms16w Asagyokusei Takasago 28 7
2-3 Ms19w Amakaze Oguruma 30 19
 
2-3 Ms32e Fujiazuma Tamanoi 34 4
1-4 Ms33e Keitenkai Onomatsu 31 52
4-1 Ms34e Sakigake Shibatayama 35 8
kyujo Ms42e Irodori Shikoroyama 29 8
kyujo Ms44w Ryuko Onoe 23 3
1-4 Ms47e Daiseido Kise 28 13
2-3 Ms50w Nionoumi Yamahibiki 34 47
3-2 Ms57w Fukushima Nishikido 25 15
 
intai Sd8w Asahisho Tomozuna 31 24
intai Sd21e Ikioi Isenoumi 34 3
3-2 Sd32e Dairaido Takadagawa 41 88
3-2 Sd35w Higonojo Kise 36 42
4-1 Sd55w Tomokaze Oguruma 26 7
3-2 Sd58e Yoshiazuma Tamanoi 44 40
5-0 Sd77e Sagatsukasa Irumagawa 39 43
 
intai Jd31w Toyohibiki Sakaigawa 36 20
 
kyujo Jk18e Kagamio Kagamiyama 33 30

 

Sagatsukasa:  It's not often I read a name so far down the ex-sekitori list that's also in the Sandanme Yusho race.

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15 minutes ago, Yamanashi said:

Sagatsukasa

I was expecting him to maybe be one of the guys who was going to get the kabu of the consultants who were retiring this year.  But I don't really follow what's likely to happen with those - I just notice ex-sekitori that are eligible that are clearly not going to make it back, but still persist in the lower divisions.

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9 minutes ago, Gurowake said:
29 minutes ago, Yamanashi said:

Sagatsukasa

I was expecting him to maybe be one of the guys who was going to get the kabu of the consultants who were retiring this year.  But I don't really follow what's likely to happen with those - I just notice ex-sekitori that are eligible that are clearly not going to make it back, but still persist in the lower divisions.

I'm not sure Sagatsukasa is qualified. He has been listed on the banzuke 28 times as sekitori but one of those was the cancelled basho in March 2011. I will certainly be cheering for the little old man tomorrow.

EDIT: The qualfication rules for "consultants" are different aren't they?

Edited by Tigerboy1966
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9 minutes ago, Gurowake said:

I was expecting him to maybe be one of the guys who was going to get the kabu of the consultants who were retiring this year.  But I don't really follow what's likely to happen with those - I just notice ex-sekitori that are eligible that are clearly not going to make it back, but still persist in the lower divisions.

Does he even meet the requirements to stay as an elder? 22 juryo tournaments and 6 makuuchi.

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I thought it was 25 sekitori tournaments.  Am I wrong?

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3 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

No change in the overall make-up of the race, still no certain demotions besides kyujo pair Akiseyama and Ryuden, and no guaranteed promotions yet.

Hokuseiho? I would have thought that 5 wins at ms2 was good enough, but you know a lot more about this topic than I do.

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1 minute ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

Hokuseiho? I would have thought that 5 wins at ms2 was good enough, but you know a lot more about this topic than I do. 

He's still potentially behind Jokoryu and Shiba, and there's only 2 for-sure open slots.  A ton would have to go wrong for him to not get promoted, but it's at least possible for now.

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4 minutes ago, Gurowake said:

I thought it was 25 sekitori tournaments.  Am I wrong?

My understanding is that 30 is needed,  except that since 2013 if you can get your shisho, the former holder and another active oyakata to act as guarantors then it is lowered to 28. (Sometimes known as the "Hochiyama rule." )

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8 minutes ago, Gurowake said:
11 minutes ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

Hokuseiho? I would have thought that 5 wins at ms2 was good enough, but you know a lot more about this topic than I do. 

He's still potentially behind Jokoryu and Shiba, and there's only 2 for-sure open slots.  A ton would have to go wrong for him to not get promoted, but it's at least possible for now.

He would have to lose out, Jokoryu and Shiba need to win out, and Kotokuzan and every juryo rikishi in the demotion zone has to KK or win out to ensure only two slots are open in juryo. If any of these don't happen he gets promoted, so just one of these four happening probably seals the deal: he wins, or any of the other three named rikishi in this post loses later today. 

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50 minutes ago, Gurowake said:

He's still potentially behind Jokoryu and Shiba, and there's only 2 for-sure open slots.  A ton would have to go wrong for him to not get promoted, but it's at least possible for now.

I've been having this conversation with @Seiyashi over on the Hokuseiho thread:

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And the happy news is that a ton didn't go wrong: Hokuseiho won over Tsushimanada in fairly dominating fashion to go 6-0 and guarantee his promotion no matter what happens. Now he's up against the only other 6-0, Ishizaki (the Sd100TD), who's going to be his toughest challenge pre-sekitori yet.

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Day 11 (results, text-only results)

11-0 Ye Hakuho, O1e Terunofuji

10-1 ---

9-2 ---

8-3 M2w Ichinojo, M5w Hoshoryu, M10e Tamawashi, M11w Kotonowaka

And there it is, a three-win gap between the two leaders and everybody else with just four days to go. As on most days the opponents that were put in their way today didn't prove to be much of an obstacle, with sekiwake Mitakeumi getting run over by Terunofuji in short order, and komusubi Wakatakakage being briefly allowed to tussle with the yokozuna in yotsu before that was over, too.

Ozeki Shodai's road to kachikoshi became quite a bit harder again courtesy of a loss to upstart Hoshoryu for the second straight basho. Tomorrow's matchup with Okinoumi is more or less must-win as it's almost inconceivable to see him go 2-1 against Hakuho, Terunofuji and Takayasu this basho. Takayasu picked up his fourth win in a row, but like many others this month it required a lot of work against newly makekoshi Tobizaru. It's another maegashira aite in Kiribayama for him tomorrow, as well, with the top four roundrobin awaiting him from Day 13.

Komusubi Meisei took a big step towards kachikoshi with a quick defeat of designated joi victim Kotoeko. His last hard matchup will come against Terunofuji tomorrow, then it's just maegashira. The quest for another sanyaku appearance is over for Wakatakakage, however, now makekoshi after his loss in the day's musubi-no-ichiban. His spot is tentatively spoken for Ichinojo with the Mongolian behemoth clinching his kachikoshi against fellow promotion candidate Takanosho, but it's not quite a done deal yet. Another slot opening up appears to be unlikely, so it's Ichinojo versus everyone here now. He'll need to start losing a lot for somebody else to get back in front of him, though. Young Hoshoryu also has an early KK in hand and after just bits and pieces of a joi-jin schedule this time he should be in for the whole thing in September.

    11-0  Hakuho        Y    ---
    11-0  Terunofuji    O1   Takakeisho   1-2-8
     6-5  Shodai        O2   Asanoyama    susp. (x)
    7-2-2 Takayasu      S    Mitakeumi     6-5
(x)  3-8  Wakatakakage  K    Meisei        6-5

                        M1
     5-6  Takanosho     M2   Ichinojo      8-3
     6-5  Hokutofuji    M3   Tobizaru      3-8  (x)
                        M4
     5-6  Okinoumi      M5   Hoshoryu      8-3
                        M6   Kiribayama    7-4
                        M7   Chiyoshoma    7-4
     7-4  Takarafuji    M8
                        M9
     8-3  Tamawashi     M10
                        M11  Kotonowaka    8-3

Tomorrow's pair of sanyaku matchups will feature Hakuho against Mitakeumi and as mentioned Terunofuji against Meisei.

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Four lower maegashira were in line to save themselves today, but only Tsurugisho succeeded with a dominant yorikiri victory over fellow big man Kaisei. Ichiyamamoto lost a KK playoff against Tamawashi, Ishiura was flung around by Terutsuyoshi, and Myogiryu of course was on the receiving end of Chiyonoo's textbook utchari. These three are joined on the bubble by Tochinoshin and Chiyonokuni now.

Freshly returned to makuuchi this basho, it's increasingly likely that it'll be curtains again for Tokushoryu. A seventh straight defeat, today to Tochinoshin, leaves him just one loss away from a demotable record. Daiamami avoided that fate for now, but visitor Shohozan turned out to be a much tougher customer than a 3-7 juryo rikishi has any right to be for a maegashira that wants to avoid a trip to juryo himself.

Stalwart of the second division Mitoryu is putting together an unlikely promotion run, and after a decisive kotenage victory over yusho co-contender Kaisho he is now the main candidate behind certain promotee Yutakayama. Kyokutaisei failed to keep the pace and dropped to 6-5 against Kotoshoho who had one of his better days of the basho. With a probably fairly limited number of top division spots set to become available, Kyokutaisei likely needs the full three wins that the by-the-numbers approach calls for. Fellow J2 Akua is in the same situation after he actually survived Enho getting to his mawashi today. Wakamotoharu is on a three-day losing run, today against Abi, which has just about eliminated him from the promotion race.

(1)  2-9  Myogiryu      M7
                        ...
(1)  4-7  Tochinoshin   M12  Kagayaki      4-7  (2)
(2)  4-7  Chiyomaru     M13
(3)  3-8  Daiamami      M14  Chiyonoo      5-6  (2)
(o)  7-4  Tsurugisho    M15  Tokushoryu    3-8  (4)
(1)  6-5  Chiyonokuni   M16  Ishiura       7-4  (1)
(1)  7-4  Ichiyamamoto  M17  ---

(o)  9-2  Yutakayama    J1   Shohozan      3-8  (x)
(3)  6-5  Kyokutaisei   J2   Akua          6-5  (3)
(4)  5-6  Wakamotoharu  J3
                        J4
                        J5   Kotoshoho     5-6  (~)
(x)  5-6  Takagenji     J6   Mitoryu       9-2  (2)
                        J7   Azumaryu      6-5  (~)
                        J8   Sadanoumi     7-4  (~)
                        ...
(x)  8-3  Kaisho        J13

Akua gets to fill in on the makuuchi schedule tomorrow, facing Chiyonokuni.

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The field of juryo demotion candidates is losing nearly half its membership after today's results saw clinching wins for Nishikifuji, Daishomaru, Oho and Abi. Nishikifuji's victory also sent rookie Kotokuzan to his 9th loss, making him demotable now. There's still a tiny sliver of hope that he might hang on with a 6-9 finish, but of course it's unlikely he gets anywhere near that from here. Daishoho is next on the chopping block as he still needs to win thrice after today's loss against Nishikigi. Yago rounds out the set of rikishi who are more than one win away from safety; after yesterday's strong win things were back to less than stellar for him against Azumaryu today.

And indeed it is finally true that young phenom Hokuseiho can definitely not be pushed out of the juryo promotion slots. He did it on his own terms, too, with a clear victory. Higher-ranked contenders Shiba and Jokoryu fell to defeat in subsequent matches anyway, with veteran Jokoryu even makekoshi now. There's far from a shortage of promotion candidates, however, they just happen to be largely found towards the bottom of the top 5 zone. 21-year-old Hiradoumi secured his kachikoshi (against Shiba), and he could well be joining Oho and Hokuseiho as the third sekitori born in the 2000s with another win. Recent juryo regular Churanoumi is placed even better with a KK record of his own; a 5-2 finish would conceivably see him at least third in the promotion queue, which would be a guaranteed spot.

And the list of contenders doesn't end there yet, as Murata and Chiyoarashi were also successful today. Murata could still jump ahead of everybody not named Hokuseiho when all is said and done, and it'll be interesting to see if they give him a juryo opponent for his last match to really test him; many times the schedulers don't bother to do it with Ms5-ranked candidates. Chiyoarashi will have to win and hope that most others lose; Churanoumi and Murata should be ahead of him in any case though, so he cannot finish better than fourth in line for promotion.

(1)  2-9  Enho          J5
                        J6
(x) kyujo Akiseyama     J7
                        J8
(x) susp. Ryuden        J9   Midorifuji    4-7  (1)
(1)  5-6  Nishikigi     J10  Kyokushuho    5-6  (1)
(o)  6-5  Nishikifuji   J11  Daishomaru    6-5  (o)
(3)  4-7  Daishoho      J12  Oho           7-4  (o)
                        J13  Kotokuzan     2-9  (~)
(o)  8-3  Abi           J14  Yago          6-5  (2)

(x)  2-4  Jokoryu       Ms1
     3-3  Shiba         Ms2  Hokuseiho     6-0  (o)
                        Ms3  Churanoumi    4-2
     3-3  Chiyoarashi   Ms4  Hiradoumi     4-2
     5-1  Murata        Ms5
(x)  3-3  Tokisakae     Ms6  Terasawa      4-1

Enho and Midorifuji will face off tomorrow, with the winner securing his spot in the paid ranks.

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10 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

And the happy news is that a ton didn't go wrong: Hokuseiho won over Tsushimanada in fairly dominating fashion to go 6-0 and guarantee his promotion no matter what happens. Now he's up against the only other 6-0, Ishizaki (the Sd100TD), who's going to be his toughest challenge pre-sekitori yet.

And for good measure, Kotokuzan's loss should guarantee 3 open slots.

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24 minutes ago, Reonito said:

And for good measure, Kotokuzan's loss should guarantee 3 open slots.

Not only that, but the other makushita results guarantee Hokuseiho is first in the promotion queue!

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