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Old 09-18-2019, 10:54 PM   #141
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Better late than never as we finally get a chance to sit down and watch Natto's Day 11 video.

- Tochiozan (5-5) opens things up against Juryo 1 Chiyomaru (6-4). This is Chiyomaru's second cameo in the tournament, having beaten Takagenji on day 1. After a prolonged struggle in the middle, Tochiozan gets Chiyomaru moving, and that's how you beat a 400+ lb rikishi, by forcing them to move. Tochiozan scores the win via Hatakikomi.

- Yutakayama (6-5), winner of 3 in a row, steps in against Nishikigi (5-5). Yutakayama gets an excellent jump at the start and began working him inside with the belt-less grip. All this was too much for Nishikigi, who had no answers for the suddenly in-form Yutakayama. Yutakayama wins by Yorikiri.

- Onosho (4-6) is next up in the ring against a desperate Takagenji (3-7), who surely will be relegated from the division entirely if he suffers one more loss. Onosho looks like he was about to false start there, but aborted it and stood up. After some more posteuring, we get going and Onosho just rushes Takagenji, taking out the soon-to-be Juryo with ease.

- Next up, a fringe contender in Ishiura (6-4) comes in against a proper contender in Meisei (8-2). Ishiura has lost 3 straight to drop him to the brink of contention. Off the charge, Meisei moves forward on the attack and Ishiura seems to accommodate this by retreating. Winning sumo tactics seem to be lacking from Ishiura, who drops his 4th straight. Meanwhile, Meisei moves to 9-2 and stays firmly in the hunt.

- Potential crossroads bout here between a pair of 5-5's, as Sadanoumi takes on Kagayaki. Sadanoumi went on the attack immediately, causing a lot of discomfort for Kagayaki. Kagayaki was not able to disrupt the attack, and was eventually pushed out.

- Another bout of 5-5's here, as Azumaryu faces off with Kotoyuki. Azumaryu sidesteps off the charge, and sidesteps again as Kotoyuki tries to push him out. Smart sumo from Azumaryu who is now 6-5.

- Takarafuji (7-3) is in good form this tournament, having won 5 straight since an indifferent start. He's in there today against Daishoho (3-7). Daishoho gets the better off the charge, and tries to press the action early, but Takarafuji is a very patient rikishi, who is simply biding his time here, playing good defense. Some good work here from Takarafuji who is able to capitalize on the right moment to take Daishoho down. It's a kachi-koshi for Takarafuji, and a make-koshi for Daishoho.

- Remember when Okinoumi (8-2) was 8-0? I sure do. Things were simpler for him two days ago. Now he's losing control of his own destiny. He'll lose more control of it if he loses to Tsurugisho (7-3), who's also in the hunt. Their first meeting ever, and it's a pretty big one. Okinoumi charges hard from the jump, but I think he gets a bit reckless here as he tries to win via bull rush, but Tsurugisho is smarter than that and is able to push him down while doing a great job keeping his balance. Okinoumi's form is worrying, while Tsurugisho gets his kachi-koshi and is looking for more.

- Shohozan (6-4) and Kotoeko (4-6) are next. They struggle for position in the middle, no clear advantage. Shohozan then takes the opportunity to push and lift his way to victory.

- The Enho fan club is back out in full force today, as their sumo superstar Enho (6-4) steps in against Kotoshogiku (4-6). While Enho's hopes of an unlikely championship are probably over, making kachi-koshi for the second straight tournament is the big goal for advancement purposes. Enho is able to persevere at the start and get inside on the much bigger man, eventually working him out of the ring with some great technical sumo. Enho's one win away from that magical 8-win kachi-koshi that he needs to continue forward.

- This has been an absolutely terrible tournament for Terutsuyoshi (2-8), who now has to go into damage control mode just to keep his rank loss minimal. He faces a returning Myogiryu (5-3-2) who sat out the last two days due to an injury. After a false start, Myogiryu just lets Terutsuyoshi run himself out of the bout. A very uninspired performance all tournament long, Terutsuyoshi's misery continues.

- Daieisho (4-6) & Shimanoumi (3-7) step in for their bout now. What can you really write about two rikishi who are going nowhere but down fast? I guess you write about how Daieisho is trying to be more encouraging at the start, but Shimanoumi pushes him down and scores the victory.

- The high of Tomokaze (5-5) beating both Kakuryu & Goeido seems to be wearing off. He'll now step in against Aoiyama (2-8), who is already make-koshi. It's frankly way too easy for Tomokaze, who gets a breather today thanks to a non-effort from Aoiyama. Tomokaze gets the easy win via Oshidashi to inject some life back into his hopes of kachi-koshi.

- Hokutofuji (4-6) has won three straight, including a pair of wins over both Komusubi. Asanoyama (8-2) says hold my rice, having won 6 straight and grabbed a kinboshi bonus earlier in the tournament. For some reason, Asanoyama looked a bit off in this one, as Hokutofuji found the leverage by staying low early on, and kept Asanoyama off balance the entire bout. Better late than never for Hokutofuji, who has found his form and given Asanoyama's title aspirations a huge hit.

- Shodai (2-8) is already doomed to a drop in rank. How big the drop will be is dependent on if he can get his act together, starting now against Endo (6-4), who has seen his championship hopes evaporate the past two days. Shodai starts out encouraging, but Endo is a far superior technician who can win bouts with some good throws. This is no different. Endo's the winner here with one of those impressive throwdowns, and he's 7-4.

- Abi (6-4) steps in against Tamawashi (5-5) next. Abi seems a bit streaky. Good for two or three wins, then slips up a day or two. After a false start, they get going and Abi does some good work with his movement. However, his good movement betrays him and he slips to the clay. Unlucky for Abi, but fortunate for Tamawashi who scores a win he may not have gotten.

- Mitakeumi (8-2) looks like a contender. A 11+ win tournament would give him a shot at challenging for Ozeki rank (33 wins over 3 tournaments at Sekiwake needed). First he's gotta get by Ryuden (5-5), who has won 3 in a row. Ryuden holds his ground against Mitakeumi's attacks, then finds the grip he needs and is able to force Mitakeumi out. Huge hit to Mitakeumi's title aspirations, as Ryuden continues a mini-resurgence and gets to 6-5.

- Tochinoshin (5-5) has been finding ways to win the past three days, but he's got it all to do against one of the contenders in Takakeisho (8-2). Takakeisho has won 6 of the 8 career meetings. Tochinoshin is very spirited today, trying to take the bout to Takakeisho, but not only does Takakeisho bowl over the wounded Tochinoshin, but FLYING GYOJI ALERT!!!, he takes the referee with them! Takakeisho is 9-2 and one win away from regaining Ozeki rank. Tochinoshin, as spirited as he was today, falls to 5-6.

- Main Event time! Chiyotairyu (2-8) would normally not be seen anywhere near this position in the card, but here he is, being fed to Goeido (6-4). Goeido needs all the wins he can get, as he is kadoban and can keep his Ozeki rank with 2 more wins. This is apparently the match where all the false starts happen, as Chiyotairyu jumps twice, and Goeido once. We get going on the fourth try, and Goeido overwhelms Chiyotairyu with brute force. Too easy for Goeido, who is now one win away from retaining his rank.

A look at the leaderboard after day 11 action shows us that there are now only two tied at the top. Takakeisho & Meisei sit 9-2 and lead this completely wide open tournament, although you'd have to consider Takakeisho the clear favorite to take this thing down. Five others at 8-3, including former leader Okinoumi. There's a pack of five at 7-4 which includes Enho, but they'll need a lot of help to get back in this thing.

Each day brings us new twists and turns. Join us tomorrow for more action, more drama, and more of the 2019 Aki Basho. Hakkeyoi!!!
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Day 12 is here - winnowing the field down


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It's time. It's time. It's Aki Basho day 12 time! A lot of things are still unsettled, so let's see if we can get some clarity.

- Yutakayama (7-4) opens the show today against Juryo challenger Chiyoshoma (5-6). This is his second cameo of the tournament. This one is a prolonged struggle, both men fighting for the right grip. Chiyoshoma looks like he has the upper hand, but then Yutakayama pulls him out of the ring while somehow maintaining his own balance! Fancy footwork from Yutakayama scores him the victory he needed to get his kachi-koshi! Chiyoshoma went flying and is slow to get up.

- Up next in that very ring is Takagenji (3-8) vs Nishikigi (5-6). Takagenji better hope nobody gets promoted from the Juryo ranks, because that's the only way he'll stay in Makuuchi at this point. It's always hard to write about a bout that doesn't really have the spice. As it is, Nishikigi is able to get Takagenji out of the ring after a fairly spirited start from Takagenji. Nishikigi's fighting for his Makuuchi life and he gets back to 6-6.

- Tochiozan (6-5) enters now against Daishoho (3-8). Tochiozan is also one of those in danger of relegation from the division. Daishoho gets off the better, and is able to overpower Tochiozan and take him out of the ring. A little too late for Daishoho, who is in full damage control going to 4-8.

- Battle of 5-6's now as Onosho gets in against Kagayaki. Onosho shows some good power sumo here and Kagayaki didn't have an answer for it this time. Onosho battles back to .500.

- This bout should be a little better, as Sadanoumi (6-5) has won 4 of his last 5 bouts. Stepping in to face him is Tsurugisho (8-3), who still theoretically has a chance of winning the tournament if he keeps winning and gets some help in the other matches. They do touch off the initial charge, but as Sadanoumi gets into the push, Tsurugisho sidesteps sliglty, then throws him to the ground. Tsurugisho goes to 9-3 and still has a chance if other results go his way.

- Terutsuyoshi (2-9) gives us a big salt throw as he steps in against Azumaryu (6-5). Off the charge, Terutsuyoshi sidesteps it and gets the leg to send Azumaryu down! That's gotta be a henka! Anything to win and stop the big rot I guess, but the tactics aren't exactly the cleanest.

- Our next bout is ready to go, as Shohozan (7-4) chases a kachi-koshi against Kotoyuki (5-6). Kotoyuki goes on the attack almost immediately, some good slaps and bumps which get Shohozan off balance, and eventually he's rewarded by pushing him out. Kotoyuki gets back to .500, and Shohozan will have to wait until at least day 13 to get his 8th win.

- Here's one of the big matches of the day, as it's Okinoumi (8-3) vs Meisei (9-2). Meisei needs to win to keep the pressure on Takakeisho, who will fight later in the day. Okinoumi needs a win to keep himself in the running as well as stop his 3 match losing streak. They battle for position in the middle, but Okinoumi slowly gets the better of it and is able to push Meisei out! Both go to 9-3, but Meisei is clearly very disappointed in himself, knowing that he could have kept the pressure on Takakeisho. I'm disappointed for him too

- Let's now turn those frowns upside down, because it's Enho (7-4) time! He steps in against Takarafuji (8-3). Battle of two rikishi each having a nice basho. This is their first ever meeting. Enho stays low, and Takarafuji is playing his game. Takarafuji uses his size to keep Enho in a low position, and then just gently puts him down. Takarafuji moves to 9-3 and he's still in the hunt.

- Ishiura (6-5) has seen his hopes fade with a 4 fight losing streak. He needs to stop the rot now just to keep on track for kachi-koshi. His opponent today is Kotoeko (4-7), who needs to win out to avoid make-koshi. Kotoeko came out with a purpose today, never really in danger against Ishiura, who he dumps out via Yorikiri to get back to 5-7.

- Kotoshogiku (4-7) needs to win out. Tomokaze (6-5) got back on track with a win yesterday. Tomokaze won their only other meeting, but Kotoshogiku is eager to even the series and he just bum rushes Tomokaze, who had no chance.

- Daieisho (4-7) is in the same boat as Kotoshogiku, needing to find his form fast to save himself a drop in rank. That has to start today against Asanoyama (8-3). Intense battle for position at the start, but then Daieisho sidesteps Asanoyama and sends him to the ground! This one should end Asanoyama's hopes, but will keep Daieisho alive for kachi-koshi.

- Hokutofuji (5-6) has won 4 straight, and he steps in against the hapless Chiyotairyu (2-9).Chiyotairyu makes a really good start, almost overwhelming Hokutofuji out of there, but Hokutofuji stays alive and turns the tide very quickly, rushing Chiyotairyu himself and taking him out.

- Shimanoumi (4-7) & Aoiyama (2-9) have had bad bashos. However, Aoiyama is able to shove Shimanoumi off the charge and gain control of the bout with brute force. If Aoiyama's going down in rank, he's taking Shimanoumi with him, and Aoiyama scores the win.

- Abi (6-5) steps in against already doomed Shodai (2-9). Shodai has lost 7 straight. Abi gets off strong with the slaps, and Shodai cannot answer them properly. Shodai is slapped out of the ring, and you can make it 8 straight losses.

- Tamawashi (6-5) is next, and he'll battle Endo (7-4). Endo would be in contention, but he's had a few clunkers this tournament and when it's this wide open, a few clunkers means you're not quite in contention. This one is another clunker, as Tamawashi gets off strong and attacks with the slaps, overwhelming Endo and knocking him out of the ring. Both go to 7-5.

- Myogiryu (6-3-2) scored a victory yesterday upon his return from an injury. He'll have it all to do against now-solo leader Takakeisho (9-2). Takakeisho makes quick work of Myogiryu with the Tsukidoshi, and he officially gets his Ozeki rank back with his 10th win! Now Takakeisho has bigger fish to fry, and a tournament to win. He's in the driver's seat now.

- Ryuden (6-5) has been on a nice run to get back over the .500 mark, but now he steps in with Goeido (7-4), who with a win will officially retain his Ozeki rank after being Kadoban this tournament. They get going and Goeido overwhelms Ryuden and takes him out...wait a minute! The referee called a false start! This time Ryuden false starts, but on the 3rd try we do get going...NO WE DON'T. The referee really enforcing proper starts. Second false start for Ryuden. We're gonna do this until they get it right. NOW they get it right on the 4th try. After a struggle in the middle, Goeido is able to toss Ryuden to the ground! After all that, Goeido gets his 8th win, gets his kachi-koshi, and retains his Ozeki rank! I believe this is the 8th time that Goeido has been able to retain his rank after being kadoban.

- Main Event time! Tochinoshin (5-6) is also a kadoban rikishi, and he's stepping in against Mitakeumi (8-3), who needs to win to stay in the hunt. False start, and both wrestlers look at the referee like he's crazy. After some more posteuring, we get going and Mitakeumi immediately goes on the attack. Tochinoshin can't answer back because of that bad knee, and is forced out of bounds. Luckily for him, Mitakeumi wraps his arms around him to make sure he does not fall down and do more damage to that knee. Great sportsmanship from Mitakeumi, who gets my fighter of the day award, as well as his 9th win. Good man Mitakeumi. As for Tochinoshin, he now must win out to keep his Ozeki rank. I have to believe if he loses again, he will retire. That ruined knee is destroying any hope he has of winning matches, and it's sad to watch.

We now look at the standings after day 12 action, and it's plain to see. Takakeisho is your leader at 10-2, and it looks like it's his tournament to lose. There's a host of five rikishi at 9-3, which are Mitakeumi, Okinoumi, Meisei, Takarafuji, and Tsurugisho. These five are still in the hunt if Takakeisho slips up. Asanoyama, Goeido, and Yutakayama sit at 8-4, and while they're technically still alive, it will take a lot for them to get to a point where they have a chance at the title on day 15. Down at the bottom, we add Shimanoumi to the make-koshi list.

With 3 days to go, can Takakeisho finish the job and return to Ozeki in style? Will one of the 9-3's make a big move and pose a threat? Can Tochinoshin find a way to reel off 3 straight wins and save his rank? We'll begin to answer those questions tomorrow. Join us then. Hakkeyoi!!!
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Day 13 highlights:


My favorites hung in there today after facing each other on day 12. Mitekiumi with a huge push that nearly cost him and Tochinoshin flashes his lifting power that has been seen so seldomly since the knee started causing him trouble.


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I've got places to be this morning, so the write-up will come later today. I am, however, watching the day's matches now before I go out with the intention of watching in more detail later.
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Ugh, I'm a few days behind. Will watch Days 11 through 13 tonight.
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Four-way tie at the top with two days left - you'd better catch up fast!
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Turns out I've been sloppy today...just not felt up to doing much. Should be back on form for a big day 14. I'll give my thoughts to sum up today...

- Feels like Enho's gonna throw away a kachi-koshi at this rate. The rank loss would be minimal, but my heart would be broken for him.

- Wouldn't it be something if Tsurugisho wins the yusho? Having won the Juryo yusho in the summer, and upon his return to makuuchi, wins this title as well. I do not believe it's ever been done before.

- You've still got 5 at 9-4 who are very much in the race. If anyone's gonna come out of that 9-4 chase pack to win this thing, it'll be Asanoyama or Goeido.

- I have been saying all tournament that this is probably Tochinoshin's last stand. He must win out to save his Ozeki rank, and I believe if he loses either tomorrow or Sunday, he will retire. The knee is just busted up so badly that he can't put any pressure on it and it's killing him in the ring.

- I will make a bold prediction now...we will have a playoff. AT LEAST a 3-way playoff, like the one we saw in the summer in the lower divisions. If chaos ensues, we will get a day 16 as well. Let's hope for chaos. That or a Tsurugisho victory

Proper service resumes tomorrow with day 14 action. Hakkeyoi!!!
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Day fourteen highlight. ... and then there were three. Really disapointed with the Tochinoshin match. Not thrilled with how my other favorite came out on top today either.


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Let's crank it up for a huge Day 14...we could have as many as 9 leaders at the end, but also as few as one. There are also some storylines to follow lower down the standings...let's see if we can get some clarity.

- Ishiura (7-6) had to unleash a henka on Terutsuyoshi to beat him yesterday...he goes for kachi-koshi against Juryo competitor Wakatakakage (7-6), making his second cameo of the tournament. Winner will indeed make kachi-koshi. Off the charge, Wakatakakage is aggressive and quickly gets the upper hand. He's able to easily shove Ishiura out. Wakatakakage gets his kachi-koshi and may be a Juryo 2 or Juryo 1 in the winter.

- Shohozan (8-5) has the kachi-koshi in his back pocket, and steps in against a desperate Azumaryu (6-7), who is 3-7 in his last 10 bouts. Shohozan gets off well and overwhelms an unprepared Azumaryu out of the ring. After a good start to the tournament, Azumaryu crashed and burned, and at 6-8, will have to do damage control for his make-koshi.

- Yutakayama (9-4) won 6 straight to put himself in a position to potentially score 11 wins this tournament as a Maegashira 16. He's in now against Onosho (7-6), who needs to continue his own winning streak to confirm kachi-koshi. Onosho goes for the slaps off the charge, and while Yutakayama tries to counter, Onosho just seems to want it a little more, and he's able to take him out. Onosho wins via Oshidashi and gets his 8th win. A well-earned kachi-koshi after being 3-6.

- Tochiozan (6-7) has gotta have the next two to potentially stay in Makuuchi. To get one of those two he'll have to beat fan favorite Enho (7-6), who has slumped hard, going 2-5 in his last 7 bouts. Enho tries a little henka (sidestep) at the start, but Tochiozan won't be overly aggressive. The bout then goes into a grip-fest, with the two working hard for position. This goes on for a few seconds, and then Enho makes his move! He gets Tochiozan on the backfoot and with all the strength he can muster, he pushes Tochiozan out of the ring! Enho gets his second straight kachi-koshi! As for Tochiozan, he may be saying goodbye to the top division.

- Terutsuyoshi (3-10) greets us with a huge salt throw. If he put more effort into his sumo than his salt throws, he wouldn't be 3-10. He's in against Takagenji (3-10). who is surely going down to Juryo. Terutsuyoshi starts well and has Takagenji on the brink several times, but Takagenji survives. Terutsuyoshi keeps up the pressure, and keeps Takagenji on the backfoot...but Takagenji showing some of those survival instincts that will serve him well in Juryo in the winter. Takagenji gets his hand on the mawashi and begins to turn this bout around, eventually getting a good lift on his opponent and carrying him out. Good bout between two make-koshi wrestlers who have struggled all basho.

- Tsurugisho (10-3) still has a chance of winning this tournament...but he's gotta win today against Kotoyuki (7-6) to keep that hope alive of back to back championships. Kotoyuki gets off well and Tsurugisho is hard-pressed to give a reply. Kotoyuki's slaps get him a ring-out victory and the 8th win he needs for kachi-koshi. As for Tsurugisho, he can expect a jump of multiple ranks, but he can no longer win the championship now.

- Kagayaki (5-8) & Kotoeko (6-7) step in now, and there's not much to write about here. Kotoeko needs to win out for kachi-koshi, while Kagayaki is in damage control mode. Kagayaki gets way too aggressive off the charge, and he runs himself right out of the ring. Kotoeko needed only to sidestep. Kotoeko goes to 7-7 and will have a chance at kachi-koshi tomorrow.

- Shimanoumi (4-9) has had a pretty bad tournament. He'll be glad it's over tomorrow, but he's gotta do battle with Sadanoumi (7-6) today. They battle for position off the charge, with Shimanoumi getting a bit over-aggressive and Sadanoumi just pushing him out. Sadanoumi gets his 8th win and his kachi-koshi.

- I'd love to be able to fast forward over this bout. Chiyotairyu (2-11) has been a disaster this tournament, and his opponent today Daishoho (4-9) hasn't been much better. Things look okay off the charge, but then Chiyotairyu falls over! Daishoho wins by doing absolutely nothing of note.

- Nishikigi (6-7) is still in the hunt for kachi-koshi, but he's gotta get by Shodai (2-11) today to have a shot. He has not had an 8+ win basho in a year, and he won't have one here. Shodai shoves Nishikigi out easily.

- Daieisho (6-7) still has kachi-koshi aspirations. Meisei (9-4) had championship hopes, but those have been dashed after a rotten run of 1-3 in his last 4 matches. Meisei gets off well, but Daieisho is able to turn the tide with his slaps. He is then able to slap Meisei out of the ring.

- Tomokaze (6-7) needs to win out. Asanoyama (9-4) still harbors slim hopes of winning the yusho. A good battle here as off the charge, they battle for position and Tomokaze doesn't give it up that easily. However, Asanoyama looks the fresher and is able to toss Tomokaze out. After the emotional success in mid-tournament, Tomokaze will be very disappointed to suffer make-koshi.

- Hokutofuji (7-6) steps in against Tamawashi (7-6). Winner makes kachi-koshi. Hokutofuji has won 6 straight. Hokutofuji with some inspired sumo here, showing a renewed aggression and flaming desire to win, shoving Tamawashi out. After starting 1-6, Hokutofuji has now reeled off 7 in a row and has his kachi-koshi. Now that's fighting spirit.

- Can we fast forward past this one too? It's Kotoshogiku (5-8) versus Aoiyama (4-9). HENKA ALERT!!! Luckily I don't have to pay attention for long as Aoiyama slams Kotoshogiku down off the charge.

- Abi (8-5) is ready to go against Takarafuji (9-4). Both have been impressive at times this tournament. Takarafuji's passiveness bites him in this one, as Abi goes on the attack with slaps early and is able to finish Takarafuji off pretty quickly. Both go to 9-5.

- Okinoumi (10-3) entered today's action tied for the lead. He steps in against Endo (8-5) who has had a pretty good tournament and has settled in as a strong Komusubi. Okinoumi and Endo have a good struggle here, and at some point, it looks like Endo may have gone out of bounds and the referee calls it immediately. The two continue to wrestle, not knowing that the match is already over! Controversy here as Okinoumi gets the win, but did Endo's back heel touch? I don't think it did. If it did, it was very slightly, and as we all know, "very slightly" is enough to trigger an end to the bout. No mono-ii called, but I think they could have done with at least reviewing it.

- Ryuden (6-7) could do a big favor to Okinoumi by beating Takakeisho (10-3), who was also one of the co-leaders. Takakeisho gets the better jump and attacks feverishly. Ryuden had no chance, and now he has no hope. Make-koshi for Ryuden. A continued share of the lead for Takakeisho.

- Mitakeumi (10-3) needs to win now to keep pace with Okinoumi & Takakeisho. He'll step in against Goeido (9-4). What's that I hear? Oh...HENKA ALERT!!! Mitakeumi sidesteps Goeido off the charge and Goeido crashes to the clay! We're seeing a lot of henkas this tournament. It's not the most socially accepted tactic, but it works. Mitakeumi keeps pace and sets up a dramatic day 15 for the yusho.

- Main Event time! Tochinoshin (6-7) gets ready for part 1 of a potential 2-part judgement weekend. To have a chance of maintaining Ozeki status, he MUST beat Myogiryu (6-5-2). Tochinoshin is forced on the backfoot off the charge, and his back heel touches the boudary. He's out, and he's got his 8th loss. Tochinoshin has been relegated from Ozeki rank. Myogiryu gets the win to go to 7-5-2, and to get an official kachi-koshi, he'll have to win on day 15. Tochinoshin has the look of a guy who is probably finished as a sumo wrestler, and it was sad to watch. He'll probably try to heal up for November, but he really shouldn't. His knee will not let him get the 10 wins he'll need to regain Ozeki rank. However, if this is indeed the end for Tochinoshin, he's been a serviceable Ozeki and will get paid handsomely upon retirement.

A look at the leaderboard after today's fights shows that there are only three rikishi with a chance at the title now. They're all 11-3. Mitakeumi, Takakeisho, and Okinoumi will enter day 15 knowing that one of them will raise the Emperor's Cup. The group at 10-4 are out because of the scheduling of bouts for tomorrow, which pits Takakeisho and Okinoumi against each other. One of them will get to 12, thus the 10-win pack cannot win the championship now. Down at the bottom, we add Tochinoshin, Ryuden, Azumaryu, Tomokaze, Nishikigi, and Tochiozan to the make-koshi list.

Down in Juryo, I can confirm that Ikioi (12-2) has clinched the Juryo championship. Another strong tournament in the winter and Ikioi should be back in Makuuchi.

One more day to go, and it'll be one of the most dramatic final days we've seen in some time. Which one of Mitakeumi, Takakeisho, or Okinoumi will lift the Emperor's Cup? We'll find out together tomorrow. Hakkeyoi!!!
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I am all caught up and looking forward to an exciting day 15. Miss watching Ichinojo despite his enigmatic sumo each day.
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Final day and what a great ending! Playoff!!


For anyone that has only seen highlights of sumo, the full playoff match is at the end of this video complete with all the ritual.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYSWt62BxbQ
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Here it is. The final day of the 2019 Aki Basho. Three rikishi for one championship. Who'll get it? Let's find out together.

- The Makuuchi action begins with Takagenji (4-10) against Juryo competitor Chiyoshoma (6-8), making his 3rd cameo appearance. Chiyoshoma had aspirations of getting back to Makuuchi through this tournament...those won't happen. Takagenji will be joining him in Juryo in the winter, so we get a preview of their Juryo matches. HENKA ALERT!!! Oh boy, Chiyoshoma wins via henka.

- Kagayaki (5-9) and Azumaryu (6-8) step in now, and this may be a bout to save someone from relegation to Juryo. Azumaryu has gone 3-8 since starting 3-0, and Kagayaki's lost 4 in a row. Kagayaki attacks from the start and the passive Azumaryu retreats, running himself out of the ring and potentially out of Makuuchi.

- Battle of 9-5's here as Shohozan takes on Yutakayama. Yutakayama goes on the attack and is able to lift Shohozan out. Impressive run by Yutakayama here winning 7 of his last 8 bouts to score a well-earned 10 wins.

- Onosho (8-6) won 5 straight to rally for his kachi-koshi. He steps in now against Tsurugisho (10-4), who was in contention for the yusho until yesterday. A very impressive debut tournament for the newly-promoted Juryo champion. Onosho gets off well, with Tsurugisho in retreat mode from the start. Eventually Onosho's aggression pays off and he's rewarded with the victory. Good finish to the tournament for Onosho, and as for Tsurugisho, 10-5 in your first Makuuchi basho is nothing to be sad about. He'll probably get a fighting spirit prize.

- 8-6's meet up next as Sadanoumi steps in against Enho. Both should see a small uptick in rank. Sadanoumi moves forward at the start, but Enho does get the belt grip, and at the end he's able to turn Sadanoumi around and nudge him out. Enho finishes 9-6 for the second straight tournament.

- Terutsuyoshi (3-11) will be glad to put this tournament behind him and return to the lower Maegashira ranks. Nishikigi (6-8) has not seen a kachi-koshi in over a year, and while he's done well enough to save his Makuuchi status, he'll need to be on top form in the winter. Terutsuyoshi comes forward off the charge, and Nishikigi has him off balance. However, Terutsuyoshi closes his arm on Nishikigi and is barely able to get him down and out before going out himself. A rare Sakatottari victory.

- Do I really have to cover this? It's Kotoshogiku (5-9) vs Tochiozan (6-8). Tochiozan will probably be relegated to Juryo regardless of the result today. Tochiozan retreats immediately and it's all too easy for Kotoshogiku. Both finish 6-9.

- Another bout that I really don't care to cover, but will do so anyway because I'm a broadcast journalist like my idol Bobby "The Brain" Heenan! Shimanoumi (4-10) steps in against Daishoho (5-9). Daishoho gets a strong push off the blocks, but Shimanoumi counters with a left-hand throw for the victory. Shimanoumi should drop a few ranks, while Daishoho should be on the brink of relegation to Juryo for the winter.

- Kotoyuki (8-6), winner of 5 of his last 6 bouts, rallied nicely for a kachi-koshi. Shodai (3-11), however...has had an absolutely abysmal basho, right up there with the likes of Terutsuyoshi. He will drop heavily in rank. Kotoyuki knows only one real way to fight, and that's go forward with slaps. Shodai trying to salvage some pride, hanging in there against Kotoyuki's furious attack. However, they grapple for position, and I don't think anyone expected Kotoyuki to unleash a throw to the ground! Nice run of form for Kotoyuki, who has to be feeling good going into the winter.

- This one coming up is a "winner makes kachi-koshi" bout. It's Tamawashi (7-7) versus Ishiura (7-7). Have to think that if Ishiura loses, he'll put himself on the brink of relegation back to Juryo in the winter. Even if he wins, he may only move up one spot on the banzuke. Going 1-6 in your last 7 will not help your hopes. Ishiura ducked Tamawashi on the initial charge, got control of the grip, and forced Tamawashi out. Ishiura salvages kachi-koshi after starting out 6-1.

- Chiyotairyu (2-12) will finish last in this tournament for sure. Whether it's by himself or in a share of last place with the other 3-win rikishi, we'll find out right now. He has Tomokaze (6-8) to deal with today, who looks to mitigate the make-koshi damage to one or two spots in the Maegashira ranks. Chiyotairyu starts out brightly, but once again he's prone to falling over. Tomokaze makes note of this and lets him fall over. Tomokaze finishes 7-8 and should either retain Maegashira 3 status or just lose one spot. His kinboshi bonus earlier in the tournament will take the sting out of make-koshi though.

- Another one of those "winner makes kachi-koshi" bouts, as Daieisho (7-7) steps in against Kotoeko (7-7). Both have won 3 straight to set this one up. Daieisho shows some good fighting spirit here, as does Kotoeko. They battle hard for a good while. Good action fight, but in the end Daieisho shows good timing to charge forward and take Kotoeko out. Nice rally for Daieisho to make kachi-koshi.

- Meisei (9-5) was in the hunt for the yusho for awhile, but fell to pieces the past five days, going just 1-4 in that span to knock him out of the box. He'll battle Asanoyama (10-4) today. Good battle for the grip here, but Meisei prevails and after a struggle, takes Asanoyama out via Yorikiri. Good 10-win bashos for both men, and we'll have to wait and see if that'll be enough for Asanoyama to promote to Komusubi. If not, he'll be a Maegashira 1 in the winter.

- This is the third time that I'm whining about having to cover an uninteresting bout. Hopefully the last one, because it's Ryuden (6-8) versus Aoiyama (5-9). Aoiyama has had better form the past three days, but way too late to salvage a good record. Ryuden gets a hold of the arm, pulls him forward and Aoiyama goes flying out. Aoiyama's balance has been lacking this tournament, maybe the injuries are catching up to him.

- Hokutofuji (8-6) has won 7 straight to grab a kachi-koshi out of nowhere. He's up against Takarafuji (9-5), who was, like Meisei, in the hunt a few days ago, but back to back losses ended his hopes. Hokutofuji has been at his best when he's moving forward, and he showed off what he could do from a forward position here, getting the upper hand and pushing Takarafuji out. 8 straight wins to finish the tournament and rally for a 9-6 record, not too shabby from Hokutofuji. He should be very proud.

- Abi (9-5) would like to have a 10-win basho in his pocket as he tries to make a case for eventual promotion to Sekiwake. He's in against Myogiryu (7-5-2), who has done well since coming back. After a false start and some more posteuring, Abi & Myogiryu have a pretty good bout, back and forth, and Abi is declared the winner, with the referee thinking Myogiryu stepped out first before Abi hit the clay. The judges doubt this, and we have a day 15 mono-ii! From this angle, it looks like Abi's hand hits first, then Myogiryu's foot does. The resulting review and consultation ends up with the judges ordering them to do it again! False start on the second try, with Abi clearly trying for a henka. This apparently pissed Myogiryu off, who after the false start gets a great jump and overwhelms Abi. Myogiryu gets his kachi-koshi, finishing 8-5-2.

- The first of two massively important bouts! Okinoumi & Takakeisho, both 11-3. This should be the main event, but it isn't because tradition and all. Boooo. The winner is guaranteed at least a tie for the yusho and a playoff. Takakeisho gets off strong and was never really in danger. Okinoumi might have frozen in the big moment, and Takakeisho is able to push him out. Takakeisho goes to 12-3 and will have at least a playoff, depending on the result of Mitakeumi's bout. Okinoumi finishes 11-4, and has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Takakeisho gets the arrow for some reason. Where's his bow?

- Speaking of Mitakeumi, this should also be one of the main events! Again, tradition. Booooo. Mitakeumi (11-3) must beat Endo (8-6) to force a playoff against Takakeisho, who's now in the clubhouse at 12-3. Mitakeumi gets the jump off the initial charge, and Endo had no answers for this. Mitakeumi forces him out and goes to 12-3! We'll have a playoff for the Emperor's Cup! Why these two matches aren't ending the day of action, I'll never know. Get it together, Japanese Sumo Association! Highest meaning matches need to be at the very top of the card!

- Main Event time! Tochinoshin (6-8) is heading down to Sekiwake, but he'll have one last Ozeki bout against fellow Ozeki Goeido (9-5). Goeido turns the tide quickly on Tochinoshin and takes him out of the ring. Goeido finishes 10-5, while Tochinoshin ends up 6-9 in his last Ozeki campaign (for now).

- The very last match of the tournament. Here we go, the playoff for the Emperor's Cup. The preparations are underway for Mitakeumi and Takakeisho, who both finished 12-3. These two gallant warriors make their way to the ring, knowing they are each one win away from a championship. We are seeing the full tradition of the pre-playoff preparations in full display here. Mitakeumi is in full focus. So is Takakeisho. It's a shame only one can win, as these two have put on a great show all tournament long. The final moments for this titanic encounter between two champions in their own right. Takakeisho will be back at Ozeki rank in the winter. Mitakeumi would love to win here and begin a campaign for promotion to Ozeki himself. Regardless of the ranks, these two are champions and I'm excited for this battle to get underway. You can tell I'm totally stalling for time here, because this is taking forever to start. Mitakeumi and Takakeisho each get off well, but Takakeisho retreats! Mitakeumi pushes forth and gets Takakeisho out via Yorikiri! Mitakeumi has won the Emperor's Cup for the second time in his career! Takakeisho looks very disappointed in himself, but he shouldn't be. Right now though, the moment belongs to Mitakeumi, who will get to celebrate tonight!

Congratulations to Mitakeumi, who gets a huge hug from Tochinoshin on his way to begin the celebrations! We'll have information on the prize awards soon. In the meantime, we'll see you in November! Hakkeyoi!!!
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To put a topper on the 2019 Aki Basho, here were the special prizes for the Makuuchi division.

Outstanding Performance Prize - Mitakeumi (12-3), Asanoyama (10-5)
Fighting Spirit Prize - Okinoumi (11-4), Tsurugisho (10-5)
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I am thrilled to see Mikekiumi get his second Yusho. Another 12 wins in November would get him to the magic number (33 wins over three tournaments) for Ozeki promotion but that seems unlikely. 21 wins over the next two basho though seem well within reach. Especially if one or both of the Yokozuna pull out in at least one of the two.
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Apparently Takakeisho either strained or tore his left pectoral muscle at the tachi-ai in the playoff match. Seen 6 to 8 weeks minimum for it to heal and there is already talk he may miss the next basho.

A link to an article about the injury.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles...0m/0sp/064000c
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Does anyone know how the one day knockout tournaments work? I wish I could something more substantial than a short clip on youtube. Would love to watch these and the jungyo events.
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I meant to post this yesterday, but it apparently didn't go through.

The banzuke for the 2019 Winter Basho is up!

http://sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoBanzuke/index/index.php/

NOTES
- Mitakeumi looks to make it 2 in a row. Another 10+ win tournament would put him in good shape to promote to Ozeki sometime in 2020.

- Tochinoshin returns to Sekiwake with a target of 10 wins to regain Ozeki rank.

- We have 4 Komusubi, with Hokutofuji and Asanoyama earning promotions.

- Okinoumi (M1), Meisei (M2), & Tsurugisho (M7) earned big increases in rank after their strong Aki performances.

- Chiyomaru (M13), Daishomaru (M15), and Wakatakakage (M16) are newly-promoted from Juryo. We've seen Chiyomaru and Daishomaru at Makuuchi before, but Wakatakakage will be making his maiden campaign at the top division.

We're almost there, folks. The next time you hear from me will be on day 1 of the 2019 Winter Basho. Hakkeyoi!
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Well, we made it. Day 1 of the 2019 Kyushu Basho is here! Let's crank it up for another 15 days of Makuuchi competition! A note first...

- Ichinojo withdrew before the tournament as he is struggling to return from injury. A desperate attempt to lose weight and relieve pressure on his hip has failed, and he's forced to pull out. He'll be relegated to Juryo for the start of the 2020 Sumo season.

- The day begins with Juryo competitor Azumaryu taking on Daishoho. After his 5-10 disaster in the fall, Daishoho must have a kachi-koshi to stay in Makuuchi. Not a great tachi-ai by either wrestler, but Azumaryu never really looked in danger as Daishoho was not able to get a good grip on the mawashi. Azumaryu starts his attempt to get right back to Makuuchi with a yorikiri victory.

- Newcomer Wakatakakage steps in against Daishomaru. Both were promoted from Juryo after the previous tournament. After a false start, Wakatakakage gets off very strong and Daishomaru has no answers. This one is quick, and Wakatakakage gets his campaign off to a fine start.

- Coming off a hugely disappointing tournament in the fall, Terutsuyoshi looks to start making amends here against Nishikigi. Nishikigi has not posted a kachi-koshi in a year. Off the charge, Nishikigi does get a good start, but Terutsuyoshi sorts it out pretty quickly and reverses the momentum, eventually pushing Nishikigi out. Exactly what Terutsuyoshi needed.

- Chiyomaru is back from a brief stay in Juryo, and he sets off against Kagayaki. Chiyomaru almost takes himself out, but he was never really threatened. Kagayaki went on the offensive, but Chiyomaru used Kagayaki's momentum against him and slapped him down. Victory for the big boi.

- Takanosho has returned to Makuuchi after a few tournaments at Juryo. His first test back is against Chiyotairyu, who posted a miserable 2-13 record in the fall. Chiyotairu looked good off the tachi-ai, but Takanosho corralled his opponent and gave him a bit of a push of his own. Chiyotairyu goes out, and Takanosho wins.

- Ishiura rallied to keep his recently-gained Makuuchi status in the fall, and now sets off against Shodai. The much smaller Ishiura couldn't get going, and Shodai was able to have his way with him, eventually lifting him out for a Yorikiri victory.

- Shimanoumi wants to bounce back from a 5-10 fall record, and he'll have to begin against Yutakayama, who surged in the second half of the fall tournament to secure a 10-5 mark. Shimanoumi holds his own in the middle to start, but Yutakayama is relentless with the slaps. Yutakayama takes control of the bout, and gets Shimanoumi out via Oshidashi.

- Kotoshogiku hasn't posted a winning record in three tournaments. It'd be a good start for him towards avoiding a 4th straight make-koshi if he were to beat Sadanoumi today. Sadanoumi gets the better of the charge off the tachi-ai, and he gets a firm grip on Kotoshogiku's mawashi, helping him lift the former Ozeki out.

- Shohozan and Kotoeko are up next. This one isn't much of a bout, as Shohozan just blitzes Kotoeko out of the ring! Impressive start for Shohozan, who could be one to watch if he can have more performances like that.

- The Enho fan club in full voice as their little big man steps in against the surprise in the fall, Tsurugisho. Enho gets low as per his normal tactics, but Tsurugisho is more than up to the task, seeing right through the attempts. In firm control, Tsurugisho uses a sort of hip toss to send Enho to the clay. Good stuff from Tsurugisho to neutralize Enho's cunning, and it's back to the drawing board for the little guy.

- Onosho steps in against Ryuden. A pair of former Komusubis in action. They're evenly matched at the tachi-ai. Onosho tries to move forward, but Ryuden makes Onosho go off balance and eventually the hands come down on the ground, meaning defeat for Onosho.

- Aoiyama is next against Kotoyuki. Aoiyama looked like a spent force in the fall, eventually slumping to a 5-10 record. Kotoyuki's one-dimensional sumo got him to 9-6. That same one-dimensional sumo got him a defeat here, as Aoiyama uses Kotoyuki's aggression against him, slapping him down to the clay.

- Tamawashi and Tomokaze are next up, and both will be looking to make amends for 7-8 tournaments. Tamawashi looks good off the charge, and Tomokaze had no answers for what Tamawashi was doing. Relatively easy win for Tamawashi.

- Abi's the first Komusubi to step into the ring this tournament, and he's got Takarafuji in front of him today. Abi starts off aggressive, but he gets off balance on the edge of the ring and stumbles out! Mistake from Abi, gifting Takarafuji an unexpected victory.

- Meisei was in the hunt for most of the tournament in the fall, eventually settling for a 10-5 record. His opponent, Tochinoshin, needs those same 10 wins to regain his Ozeki rank. Tochinoshin looks good early on, attempting to get the mawashi. He's moving well, but Meisei makes his move, contorting Tochinoshin the wrong way and sending him to the clay! Not a good start for Tochinoshin, given his situation. Meisei gets off on the right foot and looks to have a repeat showing from the fall.

- The reigning champion, Mitakeumi, steps in now to begin his title defense against Myogiryu. Even steven at the tachi-ai, but the moment Myogiryu tries to make a move, Mitakeumi cunningly sidesteps and lets Myogiryu hit the clay. Good start to the title defense.

- Runner-up in the fall Takakeisho, who got off of kadoban status thanks to that 12-3 showing, steps in against Okinoumi, who was in the hunt until the very end. Takakeisho gets the momentum early on, pushing Okinoumi to the edge...before shoving him out and taking a little tumble himself.

- Daieisho has posted back to back 8-7 records and is now looking to make a push for Komusubi. He's in against a returning Takayasu, who sat out all of the fall. Takayasu gets the good start with his slaps and presses forward, with Daieisho eventually being forced out. Successful return for Takayasu, who will be looking for more.

- We haven't heard of any real injury troubles for Goeido, who fended off potential relegation with a 10 win basho in the fall. He's got Endo to worry about today. Goeido pushes early, but Endo turns the tables! They settle into a battle for the mawashi, with Goeido trying for a turn, and it doesn't work! Endo lifts him up a tiny bit, then brings Goeido down! Good bout, and a great start for Endo who may be eyeing a push for Sekiwake rank.

- Hokutofuji was one of the unsung heroes of the fall tournament, and was rewarded with a promotion to Komusubi. Can he do it again against Hakuho, returning from injury. Hakuho gets off well, and slaps the enthusiastic Hokutofuji down. No opening day defeat for Hakuho here.

- Main Event...time? Nope. We have no Kakuryu, and so we have no main event. In fact, Kakuryu has withdrawn with a back injury suffered this morning! Asanoyama wins while doing absolutely nothing. Okay, Luigi.

We don't need to break down the standings after day 1. You know them if you're read this whole thing. Join us tomorrow for day 2 action. Hakkeyoi!!!
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