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Old 07-13-2019, 09:44 AM   #81
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I'm gonna do the nice thing and beat our pal Conn Chris to the punch. Here's day 7 of the Nagoya Basho from NattoSumo.

Running commentary to come later today, as I'm pretty busy this morning and early afternoon.

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Many hours late, but let's get at it.

- We start off the day with Tokushoryu, a Juryo, getting the call to face 5-1 Terutsuyoshi. It would be embarrassing for Terutsuyoshi to lose to a wrestler in the division below, but Tokushoryu is a big boy. After taking some time to get started, Terutsuyoshi finishes things quickly with an assist from his opponent, who seemed to be too excited. Terutsuyoshi goes to 6-1, and Tokushoryu drops to 2-5, unlikely to get his Makuuchi division status back this tournament.

- Speaking of Makuuchi status, Toyonoshima is in danger of losing it. At 1-5, he's gotta have a win against 4-2 Sadanoumi. Pretty good match here, and it's an upset as Toyonoshima does his survival hopes a lot of good with a victory via arm drag. Not too shabby.

- Big boys are next as Chiyomaru faces Kotoyuki. Some good slaps and Kotoyuki makes quick work of Chiyomaru. Kotoyuki moves up to 5-2 and puts himself in nice shape to move up a few ranks.

- Enho, the popular underdog, is part of the chasing pack at 5-1. He's got Kagayaki to deal with today. Unfortunately for Enho, Kagayaki's size is just too much. Enho tries to get low, but Kagayaki's not having any of it and just uses his size advantage to overpower the little warrior.

- Battle of 2-4 fighters here as Tochiozan faces Yago. Pretty good bout here, some good slaps, and then Tochiozan just slips and hits the ground. Tough luck for Tochiozan who sees his record drop to 2-5 as a result. Yago's gonna feel pretty good about being 3-4.

- Kotoeko has lost 4 straight after starting 2-4. Today he's got a desperate Kaisei (1-5) to deal with. How desperate is Kaisei to stay in Makuuchi? They battle for control, and Kotoeko gets an advantage and takes Kaisei down! Kotoeko ends his slump and gets back in the win column, while a drop to Juryo seems inevitable for the Brazilian.

- Takagenji's lost to Okinoumi yesterday really set him back as far as being a contender this tournament. He'll try to pick up the pieces against 3-3 Shohozan. First meeting between these two. Slow paced bout with a lot of holding. Shohozan trying to grab Takagenji's mawashi from the rear. Tactics at play here as these two duel at close range. Crowd tries to encourage them. They continue to take it slow. I'm fallin' asleep here...think the referee's getting impatient. They hold for a little longer...but then Shohozan snaps into action, and catches Takagenji off guard, lifting him out of the ring. Both fighters are 4-3 after a long bout.

- Okinoumi's won two straight to get back to .500. Nishikigi is working on a 2 loss, 2 win, 2 loss pattern. After taking some time to start, Okinoumi is able to just gently put his opponent on the ground. Nishikigi's in trouble at 2-5.

- Onosho holds a 3-1 career record against today's opponent, Daishoho. If he wants to get to 3-4, he'll have to make it 4-1...and that's exactly what he does. Daishoho offers little resistance as Onosho simply powers him out of the ring.

- Tomokaze is in the "hope the Yokozuna slip up" camp at the moment with a 5-1 record. He has to hold up his end of the bargain too, and it starts today with a bout against 3-3 Chiyotairyu. Another first time meeting. Tomokaze got a bit excited and Chiyotairyu turned the tables, able to slap him out of the ring. Safe to say Tomokaze did not hold up his end of the bargain.

- Former Ozeki Kotoshogiku continues his journey back up the ranks as he faces 2-4 Shimanoumi. These two have never met. Sense a pattern here? Good opening charge from Kotoshogiku but Shimanoumi is holding his own and keeping the former Ozeki on the defensive, and he gets the reward as Shimanoumi is able to drag Kotoshogiku out of the ring.

- 5-1 Ichinojo tips the scales at 500 pounds. Myogiryu is a big boy too at around 342, but he's giving up 150+ pounds today. Ichinojo starts brightly, but Myogiryu keeps coming and his hard work pays off as he's able to use the mawashi and lift his bigger opponent out. Nicely done. The chase pack gets smaller and smaller.

- Another tale of two desperate wrestlers, as Takarafuji (2-4) faces Meisei (0-6). Both finding the going very tough. Meisei showing some aggression here, trying to force Takarafuji to the edge. Eventually he does get his opponent out. Meisei's on the board, and you can see the relief on his face! Both are looking at steep drops in rank though.

- Abi, who probably didn't get paid for beating Tochinoshin by forfeit, looks to go to the pay window against 3-3 Hokutofuji. Abi attempts to get a slap fight going, but Hokutofuji's not playing around and is just bullrushing Abi. The bullrush pays off and he drives Abi out.

- Two more desperate wrestlers here, 2-4 Ryuden who had a brutal start to the tournament, and Tamawashi (1-5). The latter looking at a drop right back to Maegashira. Aggressive start from Tamawashi, but Ryuden turns him around and is able to push him right out! Ryuden's hopes of kachi-koshi are rising, while Tamawashi may have to get used to life back in the Maegashira rank.

- It's not much easier for Asanoyama today, he faces another Sekiwake in Mitakeumi. Good start, and once again Asanoyama finds no luck against the higher ranked wrestlers. Mitakeumi shoves the opponent out and goes to 5-2.

- Aoiyama is glad to not see a Yokozuna facing him today...but maybe less glad to see it's Takayasu, an Ozeki. Aoiyama leads the career series 11-8. After a delayed start, some encouraging effort from Aoiyama, but once again he's not rewarded for it as he's put on the backfoot by Takayasu and inevitably taken out of the ring.

- Endo's brutal start to the tournament continues as he faces down the other Ozeki, 3-3 Goeido. Endo has hope as Goeido's 3 losses have come to Maegashira-rank fighters. Endo pounced on that hope and took the fight to Goeido early, not relenting until he shoved Goeido out of the ring. Endo's 3-4, as is Goeido, who may not be in the best of shape.

- Now we get to see some Yokozuna action. Unbeaten Hakuho faces off with Daieisho. Daieisho shows some good spirit early, but Hakuho's just too good. He endures the attack and then counters with some smart sumo, eventually taking Daieisho to the ground, and holding him there for an extra second or two, presumably to make sure he's out of the match.

- Main Event time! Unbeaten Kakuryu steps into the ring to face Shodai, who's made the most of a rough start opponent-wise to be 4-2. Shodai has never beaten Kakuryu in his previous 11 attempts, and you can make that 12 because Shodai was never really in this one. Kakuryu too strong and lifts him out with ease.

- We got ourselves a fashion show to end the video. Some really nice kimonos and a little fun. Anyway, the leaderboard. We're down to two in the chasing pack at 6-1, Terutsuyoshi and Takayasu. Six wrestlers at 5-2, but too much would have to happen for them to get back in this tournament. All eyes, as usual, on Kakuryu and Hakuho to see which one of them will blink first.
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Day 8 is here already with another ozeki down as Goedou drops out.


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It's that time again.

- We start off with a Juryo, Azumaryu. A former Maegashira 14, Azumaryu is 3-4 this tournament and might not be heading back to Makuuchi this time. He faces Kotoyuki, who's won 4 straight. Kotoyuki charges in, but Azumaryu just steps out of the way! From there it's just a matter of shoving him out of the ring. A perfect example of coming out way too pumped up. The Juryo picks up the upset victory. Pretty embarrassing for Kotoyuki, who sees his win streak go by the boards.

- Enho's giving up 207 lbs to today's opponent, Chiyomaru. After an eternity to get started, Enho goes low to try and get an advantage, but Chiyomaru's just too strong and too big for him this time around. Shove to the ground and that's that. Chiyomaru gets back to .500

- Yago and Sadanoumi probably both need to make kachi-koshi to stay in Makuuchi, and one of them will help their cause today. Even bout as most of the action happens in the middle. Both fighters with good grips on the mawashi, but it's Sadanoumi who blocks the attempted drag-out enough to where Yago falls backwards! Sadanoumi goes to 5-3, while Yago's Makuuchi status is starting to look a little precarious at 3-5.

- MASSIVE salt toss by 6-1 Terutsuyoshi before today's fight with Kagayaki (4-3). He's just 1 loss behind the Yokozuna. Terutsuyoshi tries to brute-force Kagayaki out, but all he's doing is exerting effort and getting nowhere. In the end, Kagayaki scores the takedown and the victory. Shows how deep the Maegashira ranks can be as another 1-loss competitor bites the dust.

- A story of two very desperate Maegashira hit the ring now, as 1-6 Kaisei takes on 2-5 Nishikigi. Kaisei needs a big run to save his Makuuchi status, and while Nishikigi probably isn't in much danger of falling out of the division, a few wins would help his cause for sure. Kaisei's woeful performance continues as Nishikigi gets low and powers the bigger Kaisei out of the ring. Kaisei's stay in Makuuchi is rapidly coming to an end.

- Kotoeko (3-4) and Tochiozan (2-5) both need wins, and fast. Good spirit being shown by both fighters, but Kotoeko charges his opponent and forces him out. Kotoeko's back to .500, while Tochiozan falls to 2-6 and his hopes of safely avoiding a drop to Juryo anytime soon are taking a big hit.

- Toyonoshima is someone who could easily be on that fringe of staying in the top division or dropping down. He needs wins, and yesterday was a good start. Today, he faces Takagenji, loser of 3 of his last 4 bouts. Toyonoshima starts well, but Takagenji pushes back and has him on the brink. However, Toyonoshima turns the tables and brings him down! Toyonoshima gathering momentum as he tries to fight back, now 3-5. Takagenji is 4-4 after starting 3-0.

- Myogiryu finds himself in the main chase pack now at 5-2. Today it's a date with 3-4 Daishoho. Daishoho has won 3 of his last 4 bouts and is in good form despite taking a loss yesterday. After today, however, that good form is gone. All too easy for Myogiryu who just powers him out of the ring. Myogiryu is 6-2 and in good position in the unlikely scenario that one (or both) of the Yokozuna fall apart.

- Pair of 4-3 wrestlers here, as Chiyotairyu and Shohozan battle it out. Both were winners yesterday, but only one can be a winner today. After some extended holding around the middle of the ring, Chiyotairyu makes a big push and it's enough to take Shohozan out of the ring. Chiyotairyu's 5-3, and Shohozan drops to 4-4.

- Okinoumi (4-3) and Shimanoumi (3-4) are your usual middle of the road guys at this point in the basho. Shimanoumi's made kachi-koshi in 4 straight tournaments. To make it 5 in a row, he's gotta get back to .500 first. Good aggression from Okinoumi, but Shimanoumi starts to push back...and Okinoumi slips! His hands hit the ground, and this one's over! Both fighters move to 4-4.

- Kotoshogiku faces off with 5-2 Tomokaze. The former Ozeki starts brightly, but Tomokaze turns the tide and eventually pushes Kotoshogiku out. Tomokaze moves to 6-2, level with Terutsuyoshi.

- Onosho's won two in a row to get back to 3-4, and today he faces 2-5 Takarafuji in a bid to make it 3 in a row. Both men have been higher up the ladder at some point in their careers, Onosho being a former Komusubi, and Takarafuji being a former Sekiwake. Good action here between two wrestlers who may be better than their records indicate. In the end, Onosho sends Takarafuji down to the ground and fights his way back to .500. Takarafuji is 2-6 and faces another drop down the Maegashira ranks.

- A pair of competitors who've had tough roads this basho, it's Asanoyama (2-5) vs Endo (3-4). Both must be glad to see a Maegashira in front of them. Asanoyama the aggressor early on, and his persistance is rewarded as he takes Endo down! Both fighters move to 3-5 for the tournament...OH MY GOD THE REFEREE TURNED PURPLE!

- Aoiyama (3-4) and Hokutofuji (4-3) have to be doing cartwheels on the inside to not see a high ranked wrestler before them. Aoiyama gets bamboozled as Hokutofuji sidesteps him after the initial hit, and LOOK OUT REF! Hokutofuji gets the easy victory to move to 5-3.

- It was fun while it lasted for Abi, who at 2-5 must deal with a fellow Komusubi in Ryuden (3-4). If it's any consolation for Abi fans, he's up in the lifetime series 3-1. Abi knows only one way forward, and it's to slap slap slap! He took a defensive position and persisted with the slaps, eventually Ryuden stumbled and took himself out of the ring! Both are 3-5.

- Pair of chasers up next, as Mitakeumi and Ichinojo square off. Both are 5-2, and someone's gonna fall off the pace. After two false starts from Mitakeumi, we do eventually get going, and Mitakeumi's excitement carries over into the bout proper as he wins with an Oshidashi. Mitakeumi joins Tomokaze and Terutsuyoshi at 6-2.

- 3-4 Goeido is scheduled to face 1-6 Meisei...but neither man are in the ring. You know what this means, someone's forfeited. Unfortunately for us, it's the Ozeki Goeido who has to pull out. He's the 3rd Ozeki to drop out of this tournament through injury. We'll have two kadoban Ozeki next tournament in Goeido and Tochinoshin.

- The massively underperforming Tamawashi needs to pick it up badly. In his way of picking up the pace is 6-1 Takayasu. Tamawashi puts on a great effort here, but he slips and loses...but oh no! Takayasu is clutching his elbow! Let's hope it's nothing serious, because at 7-1 Takayasu is the last major threat to one of the Yokozuna winning this thing.

- First of the two Yokozuna are up now as Kakuryu faces off with Daieisho. Daieisho tries to stay with him, but falls to the ground in the attempt. Kakuryu goes to 8-0.

- Main Event time! Hakuho looks to keep pace with Kakuryu as he battles Shodai. Some good spirit from Shodai, but spirit alone will not win you a bout with a Yokozuna, as Hakuho is just too good. Plants him to the ground, and then falls on him. Unintentional of course, but that's rough for Shodai.

- As usual, both Yokozuna have clinched kachi-koshi...but they're thinking far bigger. A look at the leaderboard tells us that the suddenly injured Takayasu is the last hope for a non-Yokozuna champion at 7-1. Let's hope that elbow injury isn't serious so he can really give them a run for their money. Among the pack at 6-2 are Terutsuyoshi, Tomokaze, Mitakeumi, and Myogiryu. They'll still have a shot at winning this tournament if both Yokozuna spontaneously combust. Otherwise, it's a battle for 3rd.
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Good write ups!

Day nine and a change in the order as Baby Huey wakes up!

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Day 9...let's go.

- First match of the day, and it's 1-7 Kaisei who needs a miracle to retain his Makuuchi status. If he wants to have ANY chance of staying in the top division, he must start a 7 match win streak today against 5-3 Sadanoumi. Kaisei's able to stay in the middle early on, but Sadanoumi grabs the mawashi, begins to lift, and Kaisei begins to crumble. Eventually Sadanoumi gets him out of the ring. Sadanoumi's up to 6-3, and Kaisei better make plans to fight in Juryo, because he has made make-koshi and is finished in Makuuchi.

- Terutsuyoshi, one of the second group at 6-2, faces off with 2-6 Tochiozan who has lost 4 straight and his own Makuuchi status could be precarious. Terutsuyoshi goes on the attack early, and makes relative quick work of Tochiozan. Terutsuyoshi goes to 7-2 and keeps his slim hopes of claiming the Yusho alive.

- Kotoyuki still looks like a sumo who's embarrassed after yesterday's loss to Juryo-level fighter Azumaryu. He better shake off that embarrassment and get in gear to face 3-5 Nishikigi. Kotoyuki uses yesterday's loss to fuel him and as a result he's able to score the win. He's 6-3 and still looking good for kachi-koshi.

- The little man with the big heart, Enho, steps into the ring to take on a not-so little man in Takagenji. Both coming off losses, a win would help steer one of these guys back in the right direction. After a false start, Enho's quickness, cunning, and big time determination are on full display as he engages in a slap fight with Takagenji! He then gets a grip on the leg and uses it to push Takagenji out! Crowd going nuts for the little man with the big heart! Enho's 6-3, while Takagenji has lost 4 straight to drop to 4-5.

- At 3-5, Yago's Makuuchi status could be under threat with another loss. Today he gets to face 4-4 Kotoeko, who has sandwiched 4 straight losses in the middle of a two fight win streak on the first two days and the most recent two days. Yago starts off well, but Kotoeko gets the upper hand and with a little effort, he shoves Yago out of the ring and out of the fight. Kotoeko's 5-4, while Yago is potentially seeing the Juryo division coming closer and closer.

- Chiyomaru (4-4) and Daishoho (3-5) square off in a battle of the 400-pounders. Chiyomaru tipped the scales at 425, Daishoho not quite 400 but we'll be nice and round it up for him, he's at 397. Off the initial charge, they engage in grappling. Chiyomaru's got a good grip on the mawashi, and attempts to lift him out, but fails. Daishoho eventually turns Chiyomaru around, bamboozling him and giving Daishoho an easy target to push out, and the referees in the front row better be careful that Chiyomaru doesn't fall on them! Both fighters go to 4-5 on the tournament.

- Tomokaze still holds out hope of winning this tournament at 6-2..but if he is to keep that hope, he's gotta beat 5-3 Kagayaki today. Off the initial charge, Tomokaze just pushes Kagayaki down. It was all too easy, and now Tomokaze moves to 7-2.

- Another member of the 6-win pack, Myogiryu takes on Toyonoshima, who's recovered from a 1-5 start to get back to 3-5. Love the aggression from Myogiryu in this one, and Toyonoshima had absolutely no chance. Myogiryu makes it look easy to move to 7-2.

- Now a story of two fighters who are at .500 for the tournament. Only one can get over the .500 mark though, it's Shohozan vs Shimanoumi. Good bout here as Shimanoumi comes at Shohozan with smart aggression. Eventually, he lures Shohozan into a mistake and the hands hit the ground. This one's over, and Shimanoumi's over .500 at 5-4!

- Chiyotairyu has won two straight to get to 5-3, while Okinoumi has seen his 3 match win streak end yesterday at the hands of Shimanoumi. Both looking to get back to kachi-koshi after both making make-koshi last tournament. Chiyotairyu uses Okinoumi's aggression against him with the sidestep, and all it remains for him to do is push his opponent out. Easy win for Chiyotairyu who moves to 6-3.

- Another battle of 4-4 contestants as Kotoshogiku and Onosho get ready to fight. Both fighters going in opposite directions, as the former Ozeki has lost 3 straight, and Onosho's won 3 in a row. Onosho looks like he has the upper hand early, pushing Kotoshogiku precariously close to the edge, but he pushes a little too hard and leaves himself open to a takedown, and Kotoshogiku gets the job done to break out of his slump!

- Daieisho has to be happy to see a slumping Takarafuji in front of him today. Both fighters in need of a win pretty badly. Slap-heavy contest, but I thought I saw Takarafuji accidentally try to kick Daieisho. No matter, Daieisho made sure he was the one going to the pay window today and gets the win.

- Aoiyama and Endo are both 3-5. Both are in need of wins if they want to achieve their ambitions and get back to their personal best ranks. They engage in a pretty good slap fight at the beginning, but then Endo gets low and goes into bull-rush mode, and it's enough to get the Bulgarian out!

- Let's have another fight of 3-5 competitors. Ryuden needs to get it going if he wants to keep his Komusubi rank, while Asanoyama has visions of taking that rank for himself. Asanoyama goes on the attack from the off, and is relentless in pushing Ryuden back. Try as he might, Ryuden cannot overcome this aggression, and eventually has to step out of the ring. Asanoyama inches closer to .500 and potential Komusubi status if he can rally for kachi-koshi.

- Tamawashi is facing a steep drop in rank from Sekiwake if he can't reel off 7 straight wins. He's gotta start it up against 5-3 Hokutofuji, who endured a very rough start and has won off 5 straight. After a false start, Tamawashi tries an over-exhuberant charge, but Hokutofuji just steps out of the way and Tamawashi goes into the crowd. It's take home a sekitori night tonight! Also, Tamawashi confirms make-koshi and won't be a Sekiwake for much longer.

- Mitakeumi is part of the chase pack at 6-2. Abi is 3-5 and is probably still grumbling about not getting a shiny envelope for his forfeit win over Tochinoshin. Abi grabbed the mawashi and took Mitakeumi out of the ring. Nice stuff from Abi who moves to 4-5.

- The injured Takayasu remains 1 off the pace. Today it's a fight with Shodai who is 4-4. Takayasu tries to use the left arm, which has the elbow wrapped, but instead tries to just force Shodai out with his right arm, and sadly it's hard to win when you're a one-armed sumo. Shodai takes advantage and counters at the edge to send Takayasu out. Now nothing stands in the way of the Yokozuna fighting it out for the Yusho.

- Battle for Mongolia next as 5-3 Ichinojo takes on one of the two remaining unbeatens, 8-0 Hakuho. Ichinojo proving to be difficult to move...and now Ichinojo is on the attack! Ichinojo sends Hakuho out! We've got a big upset, and the pillows come flying in! Ichinojo picks up what is called a "kinboshi". That's Hakuho's first loss of the tournament, and it's now advantage Kakuryu!

- Main Event time! Speaking of Kakuyru, he has to have seen Hakuho's loss and wondered "Is this my time now?"...well, for it to be his time for sure, he has to win out. It all starts with beating 2-6 Meisei. Meisei tries to get traction with the mawashi, but Kakuryu turns it around and gradually lifts Meisei out of the fight. Kakuryu is now the sole leader of the tournament at 9-0.

- Time for a look at the leaderboard after 9 days. Kakuryu's at the top at 9-0, but he has to fight Hakuho, I presume on day 15...so this one's not over yet. There's still 4 competitors at 7-2 hoping for Kakuryu to slip up as well as Hakuho to lose again. Then there's a group of 7 at 6-3, including Hakuho-conqueror Ichinojo. All with designs on a 10+ win basho. Down at the bottom, I'm afraid it's all over for Kaisei and Tamawashi at 1-8. Kaisei will go down to Juryo, and Tamawashi surely won't retain his Sekiwake status.
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Day Ten:

Kotoshogiku and Endou had a great match. Mikekiumi is bumming me out and will Ichinojo ever be able to maintain focus on the dohyo?

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will Ichinojo ever be able to maintain focus on the dohyo?
No, which is unfortunate because he could be the next Akebono if he ever did (and stays healthy).
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Well piss...I typed up a whole report on most of the matches, and then I accidentally closed out the window.

Sorry folks, the running commentary will have to wait until later tonight when I get the desire to start over.

EDIT: Unfortunately, I never got the desire to start over. Hopefully I will not make the same mistake tomorrow morning.
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Day eleven and the injured Ozeki are being stacked up like cordwood.

Really good finishing move by Mitekiumi today.

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Let's get into day 11...hopefully with no accidental browser closures this time.

- Enho beat Nishikigi yesterday, and can make kachi-koshi today with a victory over 6-4 Sadanoumi. Great match, a few near finishes, but I think Sadanoumi got the win as Enho's hand may have hit the floor first. It's close, but we won't need a review. Both fighters go to 7-4, and can still make kachi-koshi tomorrow.

- Yago MUST have a win today against Kagayaki, otherwise you'd have to think his time in Makuuchi could be over. Kagayaki's lost two straight and he needs a win to re-establish his kachi-koshi ambitions. Again some good action, but the end comes with a Kagayaki counter, and it's just a matter of shoving Yago down. Yago falls to 3-8 and confirms a make-koshi, which may seal his fate back to Juryo with Kaisei.

- For Tochiozan, he too needs to win out to get to 8-7. He made a good start yesterday by beating already relegated Kaisei. Now he's gotta step it up against 4-6 Toyonoshima. Toyonoshima aggressive early, but maybe too aggressive as he loses his balance and Tochinozan has an easy task of letting him fall. That's two in a row for Tochiozan, and now Toyonoshima is precariously close to that 8th loss.

- Terutsuyoshi has his kachi-koshi at 8-2, and he'd like to add onto it and secure a bigger leap up the Maegashira ranks. Nishikigi must have a win to avoid make-koshi at 3-7. After a pair of false starts, Terutsuyoshi makes pretty quick work of Nishikigi with some aggressive shoving.

- Takagenji and Chiyomaru are both 4-6, hoping not to get dragged to the brink of that 8-loss make-koshi line. Chiyomaru knows what he wants to do from the start, focusing on an upper slap attack. Takagenji tries to grab the mawashi, but to no avail, and Chiyomaru gets him out. Takagenji has lost 6 straight.

- We're scheduled to have Onosho and already-doomed Kaisei next...but neither fighter's in the ring. I think Kaisei's finally realized he needs to give it up, and that is indeed the case. Supposedly a right arm injury. Onosho gets a free win, but probably no pay.

- Tomokaze has his 8 wins. Kotoyuki has 7 and would like to get number 8. Kotoyuki tries to slap his way to victory, but Tomokaze easily knocks him down for the win. Tomokaze goes to 9-2, while Kotoyuki will have to wait until tomorrow for another chance at kachi-koshi.

- Myogiryu wants to keep paces with Tomokaze. Okinoumi's lost 3 straight and desperately needs a win to get back on track. Some good back and forth before Okinoumi's lifting and shoving earn him a much-needed win.

- A battle of a pair of 6-4 competitors who have each won 4 straight. Someone's streak's gotta go in this fight between Kotoeko and Shimanoumi. Another good match. Kotoeko's got a good slap attack, and while Shimanoumi tried to fight back, Kotoeko was just too much. Great recovery for Kotoeko off a 2-4 start, he's won 5 in a row!

- Chiyotairyu (6-4) and Daishoho (4-6) are both coming off losses and are going in opposite directions. Big bounceback off the initial charge. Chiyotairyu comes forward, but he might have gone too low and faceplants! Daishoho wins without really having to lift a finger.

- If Takarafuji is going to maintain his Maegashira 5 rank, he's gonna have to win out. Beating 4-6 Shohozan is a must. Shohozan's lost 3 in a row. They jockey for position around the ring, but Takarafuji grabs the arm and takes Shohozan down! Both fighters go to 4-7.

- Daieisho has not faced a Maegashira rank fighter since Day 3...he must be delighted to see Shodai in front of him. Both are 5-5. Shodai pushes Daieisho back, but Daieisho counters with an Uwatenage and takes his opponent down!

- Hokutofuji has won 7 in a row since starting 0-3 and is on the brink of kachi-koshi. Asanoyama's been in decent form, winning 2 of his last 3, but he needs more than that to get back to .500 and eventually 8 wins. Hokutofuji doesn't get a good charge, and Asanoyama is able to use the mawashi and get his opponent out. So much for Hokutofuji's 7 match winning streak, but Asanoyama gets to 5-6.

- Ryuden must have a win to have any chance of staying at Komusubi. It starts with a fight against 5-5 Endo. Good battle here in the middle of the ring, with Ryuden holding his ground for awhile. However, Endo gets a grip on the mawashi and pushes Ryuden out. That's all she wrote for Ryuden at Komusubi.

- Abi has won 3 straight to get back even for the tournament, while Aoiyama broke a 5 match losing streak yesterday. Both riding a little momentum. Abi is relentless with his slaps, but he should have switched gears here because Aoiyama wasn't gonna be taken out by them. Eventually Abi got off balance and Aoiyama finished him.

- Tamawashi is already set for a huge drop in rank. Can he salvage some pride here against 6-4 Ichinojo, the Hakuho conqueror? The answer is no, he can't. Ichinojo is too cunning for Tamawashi's tactics, and he just slaps the soon to be former Sekiwake down.

- Meisei will be kicking himself for failing early in the tournament when he was fighting against fellow Maegashiras. Mitakeumi still has ambitions of a kachi-koshi and maintaining his Sekiwake rank. This is the most spirited I've seen Meisei all tournament, and he's giving Mitakeumi a great bout. However, for all the effort Meisei shows, he gets taken out with a Yorikiri. Meisei drops to 2-9 while Mitakeumi goes to 7-4.

- Hakuho and Takayasu are scheduled next...but once again we have a withdrawal. Takayasu battled through to get his 8th win yesterday, and has wisely dropped out. He won't be in any danger of demotion now. Takayasu suffered the injury on day 8 against Tamawashi, where it looked like Tamawashi may have inadvertantly bent the arm the wrong way and did something to that elbow. Nevertheless, Hakuho gets a free win, and Takayasu will not be kadoban because he stayed in to get win #8 yesterday, and that means it's...

- Main Event time! Kakuryu's been rolling all tournament long, although he has been tested a few times. Kotoshogiku must have a win to get over .500 and give himself a fighting chance at finishing with a winning record. Kotoshogiku looked good for awhile, but Kakuryu endured and was able to turn the tables! Eventually, Kakuryu wins with some slaps.

- A look at the leaderboard after day 11 shows us that it's as you were at the front. Kakuryu 11-0, Hakuho one back. Terutsuyoshi and Tomokaze at 9-2 still theoretically have a chance at this tournament, but it's a real longshot. Down at the bottom, we can add Yago, Ryuden, and Nishikigi to those who have made make-koshi. Ryuden and Nishikigi should see their rankings drop significantly, while Yago is probably falling out of Makuuchi altogether.

...and that's it! We've made it through the commentary without accidentally....CRAP, IT'S GONE!

...just kidding! See you tomorrow for Day 12 of the 2019 Nagoya Basho!
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Day Twelve - Mitekiumi will have to wait for another day to get his kachi-koshi

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I have the day off on Friday so will be able to watch as soon as I wake up!

Been enjoying the Basho. Hope Ichinojo won again today and kind of hope Kakuryu lost to add more drama to the last couple of days.
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Alright, day 12! We're entering the final stretch of the 2019 Nagoya Basho, and we've still got some intriguing storylines. Let's go.

- We start with 7-4 Kotoyuki going for kachi-koshi against 6-5 Kagayaki. Kotoyuki is fired up for this one off the initial charge, and his aggression works extremely well. It's over before you know it, and Kotoyuki's got his 8th win. That should get him off the bottom of the Maegashira ranks.

- We transition to a battle of 3-8 fighters, as Yago and Nishikigi take to the ring. Yago is doomed to a drop to Juryo, so he's looking to go out with some pride. Meanwhile, this will be Nishikigi's 4th straight make-koshi. A year's worth of failure. Very frustrating. From the initial charge, you could see there wasn't much spirit in Yago, but Nishikigi is determined to at least keep his rank drop to a minimum and shoves Yago out with ease.

- Kotoeko's won 5 straight to get to the brink of clinching a winning record. His opponent today, Sadanoumi, is also on the brink of doing so. Sadanoumi looked like he wanted to charge forward and press the attack, but Kotoeko just let him go to the ground, pushing him down. Kotoeko's won 6 in a row, and more importantly, has his kachi-koshi.

- Shohozan knows his situation...win out to get to 8-7 or face a drop in rank via make-koshi. He faces the popular Enho, who can secure his first Makuuchi division winning record. Enho looked really good in pressing the attack for a second, but then he slips and his knee hits the ground! Victory to Shohozan on a silver platter. Bad luck for Enho, who drops to 7-5...oh no! Enho limping back to the locker room! He fell very awkwardly when he slipped. Let's hope the best for the little big man.

- We move on to Onosho, who's won 5 of his last 6 to get to 6-5, facing off with a desperate Toyonoshima at 4-7. Onosho has Toyonoshima on the brink several times, but the gritty Toyonoshima managed to stay in it, and turn the tables and gets the victory via Yorikiri!

- Pair of 5-6 contestants next, as Chiyomaru takes on Okinoumi. Both fighters won their bout yesterday. Jockeying for position in the middle, not a lot of action. Okinoumi has one hand on Chiyomaru's mawashi. Good attempt from Okinoumi to get Chiyomaru out, but it doesn't work and they end up back in the center. After an eternity, Okinoumi's will wins out and Chiyomaru steps out of the ring. Okinoumi gets back to .500.

- Massive rice fling from 9-2 Terutsuyoshi, who remains 2 wins behind leader Kakuryu and just 1 off 2nd place Hakuho. He's got a toughie today as he faces 8-3 Myogiryu. Myogiryu had Terutsuyoshi on the backfoot for a brief time, but Terutsuyoshi turns it around and is able to shove Myogiryu out. Terutsuyoshi is 10-2!

- Takagenji has the look of a very desperate sumo. He's 4-7 having lost 6 straight, and must beat 6-5 Shimanoumi to keep his fading hopes of kachi-koshi alive. Takagenji never really looked like he was into this bout. He hung on for awhile, but it feels like Shimanoumi was in control the entire time, and eventually he throws Takagenji to the ground. It's make-koshi for Takagenji, now it's just a matter of how far he'll fall in rank.

- Today's bout with Tochiozan is the first time all basho that Kotoshogiku is facing a double-digit Maegashira. Tochiozan is desperate, and does a good job early on. However, Kotoshogiku forces him out for the win.

- Apparently the news was so important that they had to cut into the Daishoho/Takarafuji bout. Takarafuji has won two straight since starting 2-7, and needs to keep winning. Daishoho is 5-6. Slower pace bout like the Okinoumi/Chiyomaru "classic". After a lot of jostling in the middle, Takarafuji gets the mawashi and lifts Daishoho out of the ring. Both fighters are now 5-7.

- 9-2 Tomokaze is among those that are just 2 losses behind the leader at this stage, so he still has ambitions of winning the tournament. Today he faces 7-4 Ichinojo, who has a kinboshi to his name already. Try as he might, Tomokaze can't get Ichinojo to budge an inch! Eventually it's just a matter of lifting Tomokaze out. Ichinojo adds kachi-koshi to his kinboshi and it's been a very good tournament for him. Tomokaze drops out of contention at 9-3, but is also still having a good tournament.

- Asanoyama faces off with Daieisho in a battle of floaters in the upper Maegashira ranks. Even if he wins out, Asanoyama probably isn't making Komusubi this tournament...and after Daieisho takes Asanoyama to the ground, he's definitely not making Komusubi! Daieisho goes to 7-5 and Asanoyama falls to 5-7.

- Shodai (5-6) battles Hokutofuji (7-4) next. Hokutofuji gets on the defensive quickly, and Shodai easily shoves him out. Shodai gets back even on the tournament, while Hokutofuji will have to wait until tomorrow for another shot at kachi-koshi.

- In order for Abi to keep his Komusubi rank, he needs to start winning. Endo at 6-5 would like to win this one and then win the rest of his bouts to potentially take that rank. Abi has one method of attack, and that is slap slap slap. When that doesn't work, he looks a bit lost. Endo endured the slaps to get Abi off balance, and that was all he needed. Abi falls to the ground, and falls to 5-7 in the process. Endo moves to 7-5 and on the brink of the winning record he desires.

- Aoiyama needs wins to at least stay in the higher Maegashira ranks. Ryuden at 3-8 is already doomed to a drop. The drop is only gonna get steeper because Aoiyama gets the win via Tsukidashi.

- Up next, a battle of two wrestlers who are doomed to make-koshi. 2-9 Meisei and the very disappointing 1-10 Tamawashi. This one's for pride, and Tamawashi has regained some of it with a furious slap attack. Both fighters are 2-10.

- Unbeaten Kakuryu controls his own destiny, as he faces off with 6-5 Chiyotairyu. Chiyotairyu tries to show off his spirit with some aggression, but Kakuryu uses the mawashi to turn him around, and then Chiyotairu falls on his butt! Too easy for Kakuryu, who will continue to lead on his own.

- Hakuho must win to keep pace. He's in against Mitakeumi, who can clinch kachi-koshi with a win. After a false start (our first of the day mind you), we get going. Mitakeumi doing well early on, keeping the bout in the middle. Mitakeumi nudges Hakuho closer to the edge and the crowd gets hot! Hakuho is patient though and is trying to wear his opponent down. Very long bout and Mitakeumi looks good here no matter the result. Eventually, Hakuho gets the position he likes and lifts the spirited Mitakeumi out! Good effort from Mitakeumi, but he'll have to wait until tomorrow to try for kachi-koshi again.

- Let's look at the leaderboard. We see that Tomokaze has fallen from contention, but Terutsuyoshi is still there at 10-2. You can add Takagenji and Tochiozan to the guys in red who have clinched make-koshi, but you can give kachi-koshi to Kotoeko, Ichinojo, and Kotoyuki. With 3 days of competition to go, the battle for the championship rests with Kakuryu, who is our last unbeaten wrestler. If he slips, then it brings Hakuho and Terutsuyoshi back into the fray.

Join us tomorrow, same Sumo time (maybe), same Sumo thread, for day 13 of the 2019 Nagoya basho! Hakkeyoi!
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Real quickly I'd like to throw some Juryo stats at the thread...as I've been wondering who will replace Kaisei and Yago at this level, if anyone.

Here's how the Juryo stand after 12 days of action

Tsurugisho (J6) 10-2
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Takanofuji (J12) 9-3
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Daiamami (J8) 8-4
Kiribayama (J9) 8-4
Kyokutaisei (J11) 8-4
Ichiyamamoto (J13) 8-4

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Ishiura (J2) 7-5
Yutakayama (J3) 7-5
Takanosho (J4) 7-5
Wakatakakage (J4) 7-5
Daishomaru (J7) 7-5
Hidenoumi (J7) 7-5
Mitoryu (J9) 7-5
Kizakiumi (J13) 7-5
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Azumaryu (J1) 6-6
Chiyoshoma (J3) 6-6
Kyokushuho (J5) 6-6
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Tokushoryu (J1) 5-7
Tobizaru (J6) 5-7
Arawashi (J10) 5-7
Kotonowaka (J14) 5-7
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Ikioi (J8) 4-8
Chiyonoumi (J10) 4-8
Ryuko (J12) 4-8
Akiseyama (J14) 4-8

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Sokokurai (J5) 3-9
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Gagamaru (J2) 2-10
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Aminishiki (J11) 0-3-8 (Retired)
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Wow, Gagamaru with only two wins in Juryo. Back to Maku****a for the former Makuuchi regular.


I have to admit that I don't miss him, he was not easy on the eyes.
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Day 13 and things get a little more interesting.

Mitekiumi got his Kachi-koshi. I would love to see him win these last two days and have a shot at making an Ozeki run this year. Unfortunately, he faces Kakuryu tomorrow. Day fifteen will be an easier opponent so tomorrow will be the pivotal day; a win and we have a shot at seeing a new Ozeki by year's end. A loss tomorrow and we have to wait another year to see if he can meet the expectations that lots of people had for him when he came out of the college ranks.

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Running commentary for Day 13...GO!

- Starting off with a pair of make-koshi confirmed wrestlers in 4-8 Tochiozan and 4-8 Nishikigi. At this point it's about minimizing the rank loss, and going 7-8 would probably make sure they lose only one spot. Nishikigi turns Tochiozan around and drags him down to the floor. Bit of a sloppy Kotenage, but a winning one.

- Sadanoumi (7-5) takes his second shot at kachi-koshi, facing 4-8 Takagenji, who is desperate to end his 7 match losing streak. Takagenji hangs on for a little bit, but Sadanoumi is able to turn the tide and get him out with a Yorikiri. Sadanoumi is 8-5 and has his kachi-koshi.

- Kotoeko (8-4) has won 6 straight. He faces Enho (7-5), who doesn't seem to be showing any ill effects from a hard fall yesterday. Enho stays in the middle of the ring early on and tries to get inside, but once he does, Kotoeko has the answer. He tosses little Enho down and gets the win. Kotoeko's 9-4 and on a nice run.

- Yago (3-9) is probably doomed to go down to Juryo. He's hoping to drag Daishoho (5-7) to a make-koshi with him. However, from the beginning Yago's spirit is lacking. Daishoho still has a chance to get kachi-koshi if he wins out, and is much more spirited. He wins with the lift-out. Daishoho moves within one win of .500.

- We have a "Loser Clinches Make-koshi" match next, as a pair of 5-7 fighters square off in Shohozan and Toyonoshima. Shohozan ended a 4 match losing streak yesterday. I think Toyonoshima accidentally kicked his opponent during this bout, but he does win it with a Tottari. Shohozan drops to 5-8 and he'll be ruing that 4 match losing streak as he drops a rank or two.

- Kotoyuki has no rank drop to worry about at 8-4, but Okinoumi can use every win he can get at 6-6. Okinoumi didn't really look like he was in this one, as Kotoyuki got the jump on him early and often. Good slap sumo from Kotoyuki as he moves to 9-4.

- Another great ritual from Terutsuyoshi. He's becoming a fan favorite this tournament, gotta love his enthusiasm. He faces 6-6 Onosho, desperate for a win today. Onosho almost has Terutsuyoshi out in the early going, but the Maegashira 16 fights back with a big rush, and takes Onosho out! Terutsuyoshi, the exciting youngster, is now 11-2, and will find himself right in the battle for the championship if Kakuryu loses!

- Pair of 6-6 contestants up next as Chiyotairyu and Kagayaki meet in the ring. Chiyotairyu must end this 3 match losing streak of his...and with some good slaps, he's done exactly that. Kagayaki had no answers for it today.

- Meisei (2-10) is already doomed to a big rank drop. Chiyomaru (5-7) probably isn't in any danger of falling out of Makuuchi, considering how all the top Juryo have done this tournament...but he needs to win out to assure he doesn't drop any further down the rankings. Meisei gets aggressive early, looking to salvage some pride. He has Chiyomaru on the backfoot the entire time, eventually taking him to the ground! Chiyomaru's got a make-koshi and a drop in rank is assured.

- Shimanoumi and Endo face off in a battle of 7-5 wrestlers. The winner clinches a winning record and probably a raise in rank in Shimanoumi's case. Not sure if 8 wins would get Endo to Maegashira 1. Endo comes out with a big rush and forces Shimanoumi out of the ring! Endo has his kachi-koshi. We'll wait until tomorrow to see if Shimanoumi gets his.

- The immovable object that is Ichinojo (8-4) steps in to fight Hokutofuji (7-5). Good bout in prospect here, as Hokutofuji wants his 8th win bad. Ichinojo being made to move around a little more than he was yesterday, and eventually Hokutofuji is able to force him out! Hokutofuji gets his 8th win and makes kachi-koshi! Ichinojo falls to 8-5 and may have to rethink this whole "immovable object" gimmick.

- Asanoyama (5-7) is in desperation mode again, needing to win his final matches. Aoiyama has fought back to 6-6 with a 3 match win streak, and looking to make it 4 and move closer to that magical 8th win. It seems like the more the referee yells, the more exciting the bout is. Good sumo from both men, but it's Aoiyama who wins here after a Hatakikomi. Asanoyama will lose rank after making make-koshi.

- Ryuden won't be a Komusubi for much longer. Shodai, at 6-6, could still get a winning record. Ryuden at least salvages some pride with a win today via Oshidashi. Shodai slips closer to make-koshi and will need a pair of wins to get it done.

- Battle of red mawashis are next as 5-7 Abi takes on 7-5 Daieisho. I presume Abi must win out to maintain Komusubi status. Abi gets off to a big slap attack at the start, his one trick. This time, the trick works as Daieisho stays on the backfoot and Abi easily takes him out with the slaps.

- Takarafuji has won 3 in a row to get back to 5-7. He's got a tough task ahead of him in an angry Tamawashi, who will fall significantly as it is. Good bout here, lot of action, several near-misses for the referee, and in the end it's Tamawashi ending it with the Kotenage. Tamawashi goes to 3-10, but drags Takarafuji into make-koshi territory with him.

- Mitakeumi (7-5) faces Kotoshogiku (6-6). Not really a lot to be said here as both fighters' form has been pretty meh all tournament. Mitakeumi, knowing that kachi-koshi will help him make a fresh challenge for Ozeki, rushes early and easily takes Kotoshogiku out. Mitakeumi's got his 8th win and the hope that everyone had for him rises again.

- Myogiryu got his kachi-koshi on day 10, but has lost 2 in a row since. Today it's not looking any better as he faces 11-1 Hakuho. Good spirit from Myogiryu, but as shown all tournament long, spirit alone will not win you a bout against a Yokozuna. Hakuho wins via Kotenage.

- Main Event Time! Kakuryu is unbeaten, and hopes to remain that way against 9-3 Tomokaze. Kakuryu gets a good charge...BUT HE LOSES HIS FOOTING! Too quick with the charge, and Tomokaze takes advantage! Cue the purple pillows! Tomokaze goes to 10-3 AND adds a Kinboshi award!

- My oh my, what a day! This opens things up a little bit! The Yokozuna are now tied at 12-1, and Terutsuyoshi is just 1 behind! Tomokaze moves into 4th by himself at 10-3, while Kotoyuki and Kotoeko sit tied for 5th at 9-4. Whole host of rikishi on 8 wins, including the withdrawn Takayasu.

With two days to go, this basho can go one of three ways. Join us tomorrow for Day 14. Hakkeyoi!

Post-Script: A quick note about retiring Juryo Aminishiki...he had been competing at the age of 40, and was the last man standing to have fought and beaten the great Takanohana. With 907 wins, he is 8th all time. He owns 4 wins over Hakhuo. Just thought I'd throw that in there.
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Day Fourteen. A bigger shocker and Mitekiumi goes back to bumming me out.


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It's moving day at the 2019 Nagoya Basho...let's see what moving gets done.

- Toyonoshima has won two in a row to keep his hopes of 8 wins alive. Today he faces Nishikigi (5-8) to try and make it 3. Nishikigi stays in the middle for a bit, but Toyonoshima is too spirited and pushes him out via Oshidashi. Toyonoshima has fought back to 7-7.

- Someone's losing streak has got to end today, as 3-10 Yago (L6) takes on 4-9 Takagenji (L8). Both are gonna take a big hit in rank, Yago probably falling out of Makuuchi altogether. Both fighters' spirits must be rock bottom, but in this battle of the backmarkers, it's Yago who takes the win here via Yorikiri. Both are 4-10.

- Another fight of make-koshi wrestlers, it's Shohozan and Chiyomaru. Both 5-8. Shohozan gets the win via Yorikiri to move to 6-8. I apologize if I'm not giving these fights the attention they deserve, but there's really not much to be gained for these losing rikishi. The same storyline is in play for them at this point, and that's keeping the rank drop to a minimum.

- Daishoho needs to win out for kachi-koshi. Today he faces 8-5 Sadanoumi, who earned his kachi-koshi yesterday against Takagenji. After some jostling for position in the middle of the ring, Sadanoumi gets the win via Yorikiri. There will be no flourish to the finish for Daishoho.

- Pair of desperate wrestlers here as Onosho faces Kagayaki. Both 6-7, loser of this match will clinch make-koshi. Onosho makes a good start off the charge, but slips and falls. Bad luck for Onosho, who falls to 6-8.

- Okinoumi is in the same spot as the other 6-7 wrestlers. Must-win territory. Today it's a battle with 4-9 Tochiozan. You can see the desperation in Okinoumi's face as he puts in the hard work and wins via Yorkiri. Both wrestlers take a spill. Okinoumi takes his battle for kachi-koshi to the last day.

- Enho has lost 3 straight and our favorite little big man has fallen to 7-6. Today it's a tough one against 8-5 Myogiryu. After two false starts, we finally get going. Enho as usual having a hard time moving the bigger man, but he doesn't give up. Enho keeps working hard, and gets his reward as he's able to move Myogiryu out! Enho's got his kachi-koshi and this crowd loves it! Just look at the relief on his face! You may not be able to see it, but I can. The first kachi-koshi of many in the top division for Enho! Great job little big man!

- Good match in prospect here as 9-4 Kotoeko faces 10-3 Tomokaze. Tomokaze probably needs divine intervention to get back in the race for the Yusho. Kotoeko tries to get low, but Tomokaze has the counter for him and slaps his opponent to the ground. The hand touches and that's that. Tomokaze goes to 11-3.

- Meisei restored a little bit of pride by beating Chiyomaru yesterday. Today it's much tougher sledding against 9-4 Kotoyuki. Meisei tries to make a little progress off the charge, but Kotoyuki slaps him down. Easy win for Kotoyuki who goes to 10-4.

- Battle of 7-6 fighters next as Aoiyama faces Shimanoumi. Aoiyama's on a nice 4 match winning streak. This is a close one. Aoiyama gets aggressive trying to push Shimanoumi out, but instead he succeeds in falling down. Shimanoumi gets his 8th win, while Aoiyama must wait until day 15 for his final shot at kachi-koshi.

- Takarafuji (5-8) and Endo (8-5) have already clinched their respective designations, not much on the line here. Endo has won 5 in a row. Pretty good bout here despite not having anything to fight for other than pride. In the end, Endo gets the win via Yorikiri and extends his winning run.

- Shodai (6-7) must have two wins to get kachi-koshi. Today he has to win against 5-8 Asanoyama. Despite clinching make-koshi, Asanoyama is still fighting hard, and he gets the victory with a Yorikiri. He drags Shodai into make-koshi territory with him.

- Hokutofuji and Terutsuyoshi try to out-ritual each other before the start, which was a fun moment. The popular Maegashira 16 still has a chance of winning this tournament, but he's gotta have a win today. Hokutofuji is 8-5 and has his kachi-koshi. Terutsuyoshi's exhuberance may have gotten the best of him though because off the initial charge he slips! Well, so much for the miracle run. Terutsuyoshi is so disappointed in himself, and so am I.

- We have to move on though, and move on we shall. Up next is Abi (6-7) in must-win territory to keep his Komusubi rank. He faces 8-5 Ichinojo. Abi gets the jump just right and is able to move the usually immovable object in Ichinojo out of the ring with his slaps. Abi rallies to get to 7-7.

- Daieisho (7-6) can clinch a winning record by beating 4-9 Ryuden. Daieisho being aggressive early with his slaps, learning from the previous bout. He's able to get inside and push Ryuden out. Daieisho gets win #8 and a kachi-koshi.

- Chiyotairyu (7-6) is in the same position as Daieisho. A win and it's back in the kachi-koshi column. Tamawashi, however, is facing a steep drop from Sekiwake regardless of what he does here. Tamawashi does have his pride though, and he's able to endure early aggression and lift his opponent out.

- Kakuryu faces Mitakeumi today, and with a win it would officially eliminate Terutsuyoshi from championship contention. Mitakeumi doesn't seem to have much of a plan against Kakuryu, and once Kakuryu grabbed the mawashi, that was it. Kakuryu goes to 13-1, and we are assured of a Yokozuna winning the title this tournament. I should be happy about that, but I'm sad. I really wanted Terutsuyoshi to win.

- Tears aside, it's Main Event time! Hakuho is also 12-1 and needs a win to keep pace leading up to what I assume would be a Hakuho/Kakuryu bout on day 15. He's gotta get by a desperate Kotoshogiku first. Kotoshogiku must win today and tomorrow to get to 8-7....and your eyes are not deceiving you. Hakuho leads the all-time series against Kotoshogiku 56-6. Kotoshogiku gets off well, Hakuho is uncharacteristically not able to answer this...and Hakuho is pushed out! CUE THE PURPLE PILLOWS!!! Kotoshogiku gets the win, keeps his hopes for kachi-koshi alive, and earns himself a kinboshi bonus!

- Looking at the leaderboard...Kakuryu is 13-1 and in the lead, but thanks to that unexpected loss Hakuho has fallen to 12-2. They are the only two who can win this tournament now, as Terutsuyoshi's own unexpected loss dropped him to 11-3 and out of contention. He now has a battle on his hands with Tomokaze to stay in 3rd place. There are 7 wrestlers at 7-7, all with visions of kachi-koshi. Down at the bottom, Meisei remains last place among wrestlers who have made it to day 15, and Tamawashi's win moves him off the foot of that particular table.

That's all from Nagoya for today. Join us on Championship Sunday where either Kakuryu or Hakuho will win the 2019 Nagoya Basho. Hakkeyoi!
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