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Old 09-10-2019, 11:13 PM   #121
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Well, I was in the middle of writing the commentary, but I accidentally hit refresh on the page and lost it.

Thus, there will be nothing from me tonight. We'll try again tomorrow.

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Let's try again...Day 4 commentary start!

- We start the Makuuchi action off with winless Takagenji facing unbeaten Azumaryu. Azumaryu has done a great job of making me eat my words. After a false start from Takagenji, we get going and Takagenji wastes very little time in overwhelming Azumaryu and taking him out of the ring. First win of the tournament for Takagenji, first loss of the tournament for Azumaryu.

- Next up, a pair of 2-1's as Tsurugeisho faces off with Yutakayama. Tsurugeisho sidesteps the initial charge, but Yutakayama quickly refocuses and takes advantage of a momentary brain fade from Tsurugeisho to drive him down to the clay and take the victory. Yutakayama impressive as he goes to 3-1.

- Kagayaki's won two straight since starting the tournament off with a loss, while Tochiozan got his first win yesterday. Might be a crossroads bout here. Pretty good bout here as both work hard in the middle slapping each other. However, it's Tochiozan who's able to turn it around and take his opponent out. After an 0-2 start, Tochiozan fights his way back to .500.

- Next up, it's a pair of 2-1's as Ishiura faces Nishikigi. As I might have stated earlier in the tournament, Nishikigi has not had a kachi-koshi in a year...and the way Ishiura moved him about in this bout might be a big reason why. Ishiura just overwhelms Nishikigi and picks up a relatively easy win. Very impressive from Ishiura, who moves to 3-1.

- We go from 2-1's to a pair of 0-3's, as Toyonoshima and Daishoho get ready to do battle here. Someone's 0 has got to go, unless the referee disqualifies them both. Daishoho holds his ground early against Toyonoshima's aggression, but when he tries to make a move, Toyonoshima lets him fall to the ground. Toyonoshima's 0 has gone, but Daishoho's 0 remains.

- It's Enho Fan Club time! The little big man is 3-0 and faces 1-2 Shohozan, who he has never beaten. Shohozan gets the upper hand early, but Enho is so determined he wills himself to stay on his feet and in the bout. Enho gets his hands on the mawashi and tries to turn this thing around, but Shohozan is not having any of it. Shohozan is starting to twist Enho around a little bit, with the little big man trying to hang on for dear life. Enho sends Shohozan back, but not quite far enough back, as Shohozan survives the force out attempt! Enho ALMOST ends up sitting on the clay, but he gets himself back up and back in the fight! Incredible spirit here from the sub-220 lb Enho! Enho tries to go lower, but Shohozan knows it's coming and uses his momentum to take the little one down! Shohozan gets the duke, but Enho's spirit was on full display here in an excellent bout. Enho definitely got the worst of the bout though, as he looks like he's sporting a bit of a knock on the right side of his face. He'll be okay, he's a sumo wrestler.

- From the excitement of that bout, we transition now to 1-2 Onosho vs 2-1 Meisei. Onosho tries to get the better of Meisei off the charge, but Meisei knows what he's doing here. He gets Onosho off balance, and once a guy's off balance, they're easy pickin's to be finished off. That's exactly what happens here. Meisei the winner via Oshidashi.

- Next up it's Sadanoumi vs Kotoyuki in a battle of two 1-2 contestants. Both have started out with a L-W-L pattern...someone's pattern's about to be broken. Kotoyuki gets the better of the initial charge, and Sadanoumi can't really recover from it. Kotoyuki's able to keep his opponent off balance and take him out of the ring for the victory via Tsukidashi.

- Okinoumi is among the leaders right now at 3-0, facing off with 2-1 Takarafuji. Takarafuji appears to get the better of the initial charge, but Okinoumi has good technique, and is able to send Takarafuji down to the clay via Kotenage. Okinoumi's 4-0 and will still be among the leaders.

- I fear for the rice in this one, because it's Terutsuyoshi time! Having only gotten back into sumo in time for the last tournament, it's a bit strange to see Terutsuyoshi at 1-2. Perhaps he could focus more on his in-ring fighting rather than his rice tossing? He'll look to make up for two straight losses today against 0-3 Kotoeko. Some good work here from both fighters as this one was action-packed. Terutsuyoshi makes a key error as he retreated back a step or two, and that was all Kotoeko needed to push him out. They both move to 1-3.

- Pair of 1-2 fighters next as Chiyotairyu faces Kotoshogiku. After a false start from Chiyotairyu, we get going on the second try. Kotoshogiku ends up making relatively quick work of Chiyotairyu, and gets back to .500.

- Myogiryu and Ryuden square off now in a battle of 2-1's. Myogiryu tries to be the aggressor early on, but Ryuden holds his ground. Ryuden can only hold on for so long, as Myogiryu's aggression starts to pay off in the form of Ryuden going backwards and eventually out of the ring. Myogiryu joins the 3-1 brigade.

- Shimanoumi and Shodai are set to go in the ring, and both would like to get back to .500 today. First meeting between the two. Shodai gets the better of the charge and just lifts Shimanoumi out of the ring.

- Daieisho (0-3) had a brutal first three days, but it may get a little better for him scheduling-wise now. He'll have to deal with Tamawashi (2-1) today. Daieisho doing far better today, getting off strong and able to slap Tamawashi out of the bout. Daieisho gets that first win he needs.

- Asanoyama and Endo get ready to roll here in this battle of 2-1's. Asanoyama started out really strong, putting Endo on the brink several times. However, Endo is able to turn things around and it's Asanoyama, not Endo, who gets taken out of the ring!

- Mitakeumi (2-1) has had a reasonably good start to his tournament, and next up is Aoiyama (0-3), who hasn't. Mitakeumi gets Aoiyama off balance from the start, and it's all too easy from there. Aoiyama looks like a beaten man who might want to consider dropping out sooner rather than later.

- Tomokaze (2-1) and Takakeisho (3-0) got off on the right foot this tournament, and one of them will continue their winning ways. Takakeisho gets the jump just right and the slaps are enough to send Tomokaze out.

- Hokutofuji, he of the kinboshi bonus winner, has not won since day 1. Goeido, hoping to keep his Ozeki rank, has made a bright start at 2-1. Goeido is very strong and is able to muscle Hokutofuji out with ease.

- Abi (2-1) may create a big problem for the immobile and injured Tochinoshin (1-2). Abi gets off strong, but Tochinoshin counters his opponent's aggression and brings him down to the ground. Tochinoshin wins this one...but wait a minute! The referees are calling a mono-ii! It looks like Tochinoshin got the hair...he let go before the end, but the hair is completely off-limits. Tochinoshin has been disqualified for a hair pull! Abi catches a break and goes to 3-1.

- Main Event time! All roads to the yusho go through Kakuryu (3-0). Will anyone step up and be the stumbling block? Ichinojo (1-2) would like to be the one who trips him up. It's not often that you see Ichinojo get tossed around, but that's what happens here as Kakuryu is able to send Ichinojo to the ground. Someone might beat Kakuryu, but it won't be Ichinojo.

Looking at the big board, there are just three left unbeaten. Kakuryu, Takakeisho, and Okinoumi each sit at 4-0. However, there is a chase pack of 10 who are at 3-1 and would pounce if the unbeatens slip up. Down at the bottom, it's not looking good for Aoiyama and Daishoho.

That's it for day 4 of the 2019 Aki basho. We'll see you tomorrow for day 5. Hakkeyoi!
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The Tochinoshin DQ was unfortunate. He definitely got hold of the top knot but I've seen that slip by without penalty so many times over the years. Ugh, he needed that win.
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Day five highlights.


Big day! Go Mitakeumi!


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I have been very surprised by Takakeisho. He looks a lot better than he did in the month leading up to the Basho. Glad he took the time off to heal even though I don't believe he is at 100%. Still, he looks like he will be there right at the end barring any further injury or disaster.
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Day 5 of the 2019 Aki Basho...another big day of action, so let's not waste any time. Here we go.

- Takagenji opens today's bouts yet again, as he squares off with 3-1 Ishiura. Takagenji finally showed a sign of life yesterday by knocking off Azumaryu. However, today...it's back to being a useless wrestler as Ishiura nullifies the initial charge, gets a good grip, and forces his opponent out.

- After an 0-2 start, Tochiozan has rebounded nicely to get back to level terms. Toyonoshima got his first win yesterday. After a struggle for position in the middle of the ring, Tochiozan turns his opponent around to get him off balance, then it's a matter of shoving him out. Tochiozan's your winner here, and he's won 3 in a row.

- These next two should be very familiar with each other...it's Tsurugisho (2-2) vs Azumaryu (3-1). They've fought several times down in the Juryo ranks, and Tsurugisho holds a 10-3 series lead. Clearly Tsurugisho has Azumaryu figured out, as he overwhelms Azumaryu and forces him out for the win.

- Up next it's Kagayaki (2-2) versus Yutakayama (3-1). Yutakayama has started this tournament well as a newly-promoted rikishi. Pretty good bout here, as Kagayaki almost has Yutakayama out on two separate occasions. Good balance by Yutakayama to stay in the fight and bring it back to the center. After a prolonged struggle, Kagayaki takes advantage of some tiredness from Yutakayama and forces him out. Definite contender for bout of the day.

- Next up, it's a pair of 2-2 fighters as Shohozan fights against Nishikigi. Shohozan gets Nishikigi off balance early, and while Nishikigi does a decent job of not being moved too badly, eventually it's just too much and he's beaten via Yorikiri.

- Choo Choo! All aboard the Enho train! After a tough loss against Shohozan yesterday, Enho looks to rebound against the winless Daishoho. As usual with Enho matches, the weight difference is astounding. Enho tipped the scales at 216 lbs. Daishoho is closer to 400 lbs, weighing in at 392. Enho is nice and low here, that's what you gotta do when you don't have the weight advantage. Daishoho tries to get Enho off balance, but only succeeds in forcing himself out. Victory for Enho and he's 4-1.

- We don't get to see the big salt throw from Terutsuyoshi today, and that might be for the best because at 1-3 he needs to focus on his sumo and not on his theatrics. Today he faces Onosho (1-3) who also needs a win to get back on track. Terutsuyoshi gets a bit too excited and in his bid to force Onosho out he falls on his face. Onosho wins via opponent error.

- Meisei (3-1) is having a nice basho so far. He'll look to keep up the momentum against 2-2 Takarafuji. After a brief struggle along the ring, Meisei grabs his opponent from the rear and drives him to the clay for the victory. Meisei via Katasukashi, and he's right up there in the chasing pack at 4-1.

- Okinoumi is tied for the lead right now at 4-0, and he'd like to at least stay in that tie. Kotoyuki (2-2) has other ideas. He'd like to get himself in with a chance. After exchanging slaps, Okinoumi takes Kotoyuki to the ground and scores the victory with a Hatakikomi. Okinoumi's 5-0 and as of this moment, the leader in the locker room with other undefeateds left to go.

- Next up are a pair of rikishi going in the same downward direction. Sadanoumi and Kotoeko face off in a battle of 1-3's. Sadanoumi does a good job of blocking the toss out by Kotoeko while keeping his balance and staying in the game. His patience pays off as he's able to turn Kotoeko around and send him out.

- 2-2's take to the ring next as Kotoshogiku and Ryuden square off. Kotoshogiku gets the good charge, and Ryuden really doesn't have an answer for this. Kotoshogiku is able to force Ryuden out and grab himself a victory.

- Another battle of 1-3's now as Chiyotairyu and Shimanoumi get ready to go here. This is only their second meeting all-time. After a brief struggle in the middle, Shimanoumi gets the jump on Chiyotairyu and pushes him out.

- Myogiryu (3-1) is among the one-loss chasers at the moment. He's got Shodai (2-2) in front of him. Shodai tries to be aggressive and go forward, but Myogiryu waits for a mistake and is able to reverse the momentum, pushing his way past Shodai for a victory.

- We're supposed to see Ichinojo (1-3) and Tamawashi (2-2) in an all-Mongolia fight...but instead we have a guy with a big paper that has moonrunes on it. This usually means someone has dropped out, and that's the case here. Ichinojo has dropped out. I believe it stems from the shoulder injury he may have suffered yesterday in the loss to Kakuryu, but we don't know for sure. All we know is, Tamawashi gets the win by forfeit, and will have to go sing for his supper since he hasn't been given the envelope thingy with a prize inside. At least it's not one of those cheap Cracker Jack prizes.

- If Aoiyama (0-4) is to avoid a sharp drop in ranking, he needs to start winning. Won't be an easy task against an in-form Endo (3-1), who has reeled off 3 straight wins since an opening day loss to Kakuryu. Endo is just one step ahead of Aoiyama, who genuinely looks like he's out of ideas. Easy force out win. Aoiyama may be best served by withdrawing.

- Takakeisho (4-0) is showing absolutely no rust in his bid to regain Ozeki rank. He's squaring off with Hakuho-beater Hokutofuji. Intense slap fight here as the two are exchanging powerful hits. Hokutofuji gets a bit overzealous and falls over, putting an end to the bout. Takakeisho your winner, and he's 5-0.

- Mitakeumi and Abi are next, and one of these guys will fall off the chasing pack. Abi showing some good aggression with his slap technique, but he gets too carried away and it's a matter of Mitakeumi shoving him down. A win for Mitakeumi who goes to 4-1 and stays in the chase. Lesson learned for Abi and he falls to 3-2.

- Tochinoshin (1-3) comes off a disqualification loss to Abi yesterday, needs to rebound against Tomokaze (2-2) while avoiding any kind of accidental hair pull. This one's a blink and you miss it fight, because Tomokaze goes for the push and is immediately thrown down by Tochinoshin. No controversy here, clean win for Tochinoshin and he's back at 2-3.

- Another kadoban Ozeki in the ring now as Goeido (3-1) does battle with Daieisho (1-3). Nice slaps by Daieisho early, but Goeido shoves him aside and Daieisho goes down. Goeido moves to 4-1 and remains very much in contention.

- Main Event time! Unbeaten Kakuryu has the inside track to the yusho, but let's see what Asanoyama (2-2) has to say about it if anything. Asanoyama's got a good grip on the arms, not allowing Kakuryu to do what he normally does. Kakuryu tries to turn Asanoyama around towards the boundary, but Asanoyama turns it around and is getting traction! Asanoyama gets Kakuryu off balance and is able to force him out! Asanoyama scores the big upset win today and HERE COME THE PURPLE PILLOWS!!! Get that man a Kinboshi bonus! Huge victory for Asanoyama here and he goes to 3-2.

A look at the standings shows that Kakuryu no longer has the inside track towards the yusho. Top spot is now shared by Takakeisho and Okinoumi at 5-0, with 8 fighters now sitting at 4-1, including the beaten Kakuryu. Down at the bottom, it's gotten late very early for Aoiyama and Daishoho.

An action packed day 5 comes to a close, and we're still catching our breath. Join us tomorrow for day 6. What else is gonna happen to have us on the edge of our seats? Hakkeyoi!
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Day six highlights: The flicker of hope for Tochinoshin is nearly out but Mitekiumi is in the mix!


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It's time for day 6 action from Aki. Let's have at it.

- Starting things off in Makuuchi competition today is a match that doesn't involve a Makuuchi competitor. Yutakayama (3-2) opens the show against Juryo contender Takanosho (4-1). Takanosho gets off well, Yutakayama looks a bit stunned, and the Takanosho slap attack is enough to get his opponent out of the ring. Victory for Takanosho in the somewhat mild upset.

- Ishiura (4-1) is just 1 behind the leaders. Tochiozan (3-2) is en route to his first kachi-koshi in a year. Which one takes a step closer to their goals today? Ishiura ducks the initial attack and sends an overzealous Tochiozan to the clay.

- Our next match involves two wrestlers who desperately need to start winning to keep their Makuuchi status. Takagenji & Toyonoshima are both 1-4 and if things keep as they are, at least one, maybe both, could end up in Juryo for the winter. Pretty good bout between two desperate fighters. This prolonged battle for grip ends with Takagenji taking his opponent out of the ring. Takagenji the winner by Yorikiri.

- Azumaryu (3-2) steps in to face Nishikigi (2-3). After starting 3-0, Azumaryu's lost two straight, while Nishikigi has lost 3 straight. Nishikigi gets the better of the charge and with the superior technique, he takes Azumaryu out. Nishikigi the winner via Kimedashi. Both move to 3-3.

- Pair of 3-2's up now, as Shohozan takes on Tsurugisho. Shohozan looked to have Tsurugisho on the backfoot, but Tsurugisho turned the fight around and then took Shohozan out of the ring. Tsurugisho's 4-2 and still on the fringes of the contenders.

- Now to two rikishi who are not on the fringes of the contenders. Onosho (2-3) steps in against Daishoho (0-5). Daishoho looks good early on, having Onosho on the backfoot, but the battle turns so quickly here, and Onosho forces his opponent onto the backfoot and scores the win.

- Enho fan club represent! Today, the task for Enho (4-1) is to beat Kagayaki (3-2). They've only met one other time, with Kagayaki winning. Kagayaki being taller and heavier is pushing Enho around early, but can't quite get him out of the ring. Fancy footwork by Enho to stay in the bout. Kagayaki is off balance, and Enho actually goes for the leg like an amateur wrestler would! That gets Kagayaki even more off balance and eventually the dogged determination of Enho pays off! Another exciting bout, another victory for the little big man who goes to 5-1!

- Big salt toss from the bigly disappointing Terutsuyoshi (1-4). He's in there against Sadanoumi (2-3). After an opening day win, Terutsuyoshi has lost 4 straight and needs to stop the rot now. Terutsuyoshi gets off well and overwhelms Sadanoumi. Much better from Terutsuyoshi today and he goes to 2-4.

- After his 4-11 Summer, it's surprising to see Meisei (4-1) among the pack near the top of the standings. He'll look to continue his winning ways today against Kotoyuki (2-3). Kotoyuki looks like he got the better of the charge, but the moment Meisei turns it around, this one is over. Kotoyuki goes flying out of self-preservation, and Meisei goes to 5-1.

- Kotoshogiku (3-2) has won 3 straight since starting 0-2. The former Ozeki looks to stay on track against Takarafuji (2-3). Kotoshogiku gets off well, but Takarafuji takes advantage of the aggression, lets him go to the ground, and they both take a spill into the front row! They both look okay though, as both fighters move to 3-3.

- Shimanoumi (2-3) steps in now against one of the co-leaders, Okinoumi (5-0). Shimanoumi won the only meeting between the two. After a short struggle in the middle, Okinoumi turns the bout on its head and overwhelms Shimanoumi on his way to victory. Okinoumi the first to 6 wins, and looking very strong.

- Speaking of looking very strong, Chiyotairyu is not. At 1-4, he needs to start winning. Tough task today against Myogiryu (4-1), who may be back on form. It's a blink and you'll miss it bout, as Chiyotairyu has a sense of urgency, but is maybe too urgent and falls over. Myogiryu wins via opponent incompetence.

- Kotoeko (1-4) & Ryuden (2-3) could both use some wins to get on track. Kotoeko looked on the frontfoot the entire bout, Ryuden fought too defensively and paid for it. Kotoeko wins this one, and they both go to 2-4.

- Battle of 2-3's now as Shodai faces Tomokaze. Shodai gets aggressive, but maybe too aggressive as he falls over just as Tomokaze is leaping out of bounds. Tomokaze wins it, but we're gonna have a mono-ii just to make sure. Looks like the referee's ruling was correct, Shodai did hit the clay just before Tomokaze went out. The decision ends up being confirmed, and Tomokaze definitely wins.

- The hapless Aoiyama (0-5) hopes to salvage a little pride today against Abi (3-2). Aoiyama was aggressive, a little better from him, but Abi lets hi be over-aggressive and runs him out of the ring. Abi wins it and goes to 4-2.

- Mitakeumi has developed a bit of a fan club...and with good reason. He's 4-1 and facing off with Hokutofuji (1-4). Hokutofuji still living off that win over Hakuho. Off the charge, Mitakeumi just overwhelms his opponent and scores the win to move to 5-1.

- Battle of contenders next, and IMO this is the unofficial main event. Endo (4-1) and Takakeisho (5-0) are on very good form and are both definitely contenders to take this tournament down. Early test for both men. Endo looks good early on, but does Takakeisho's foot touch the referee? Regardless, it might have stifled him just a bit, enough to be dropped to a knee. Victory for Endo, and they're now tied at 5-1!

- Asanoyama (3-2), flying high after beating Kakuryu yesterday, looks to keep it up against Goeido (4-1), who with a win will stay among the 1-loss chase pack. While the two struggle in the ring, the referee trips over the boudary and goes flying! I know I shouldn't, but I was laughing hysterically at this. He believed he could fly! As for the match itself, Asanoyama got the win doing something...I couldn't pay attention. I was too fixated on the referee getting in on the fun of throwing himself into the front row. Anyway, Asanoyama and Goeido are now 4-2 after this one.

- It's time to get serious again...Tochinoshin (2-3) has won 2 of his last 3 bouts and is trying to slog his way to 8 wins to stay at Ozeki. Today he has to try and fend off Tamawashi (3-2). Tochinoshin holds an 18-10 lead over Tamawashi, but those were healthier times for the Georgian. Tamawashi goes on the attack, and while Tochinoshin holds his ground, he has to backpedal some more and they both go out. Referee rules for Tochinoshin, but not so fast my friend because we're gonna have another mono-ii! From the angle presented, Tochinoshin's foot clearly hits the clay out of bounds before Tamawashi hits the clay. This should be an easy ruling...and it is. The ruling is reversed, Tamawashi is the winner. Bad luck for Tochinoshin, who falls to 2-4.

- Main Event time! Kakuryu (4-1) can move into the 1-loss chase pack by beating the struggling Daieisho (1-4). Kakuryu has Daieisho in trouble early on, but Daieisho is able to stay with it and he turns the bout around! Daieisho lands a slap that apparently takes the balance away from Kakuryu, and he is able to slap him out of the ring! Kakuryu loses for the second time this tournament...AND CUE THE PURPLE PILLOWS!!! Get that man a Kinboshi bonus! Great effort from Daieisho today to score the massive upset and maybe, just maybe, turn his tournament around! As for Kakuryu, he looks very much beatable this tournament....very unusual.

A look at the standings at the end of day 6 shows us that it's very lonely at the top...but this is good news for Okinoumi, who at 6-0 is the only undefeated rikishi left. 7 fighters sit at 5-1, and none of them are named Kakuryu, whose stumble today drops him to 4-2 along with 5 others. Down at the bottom, Daishoho and Aoiyama are still not able to get off the mark, and they will be looking to salvage some pride knowing that make-koshi is inevitable.

Another crazy day in the books! Join us tomorrow for day 7 and we'll see if Okinoumi can stay undefeated. Hakkeyoi!!!
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Day 7: My favorite Georgian is hurting. Mitekiumi is looking hot though and the Yokozuna is handing out gold stars like they were tic tacs


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Welcome to day 7. Today and tomorrow are the official halfway point of the Aki Basho, and we've got quite the fun leaderboard. Let's see what today does to it.

- Azumaryu (3-3), loser of 3 in a row, opens the show today against Juryo rikishi Chiyoshoma (4-2). Another Juryo making a cameo this tournament. Chiyoshoma has been in Makuuchi before, but he was relegated before the Summer. After a false start, we get going. Chiyoshoma looks decent early on, but once Azumaryu got hold of the mawashi, this match only had one result. Azumaryu by Yorikiri. He needed this one.

- At 5-1, Ishiura is part of the chase pack. He can put some pressure on Okinoumi by beating Yutakayama (3-3) today. Ishiura takes a few really good slaps here. Yutakayama bringing the pain to Ishiura, but the smaller man staying in it nicely with some good lateral movement. Both men get off balance multiple times during the fight, but the big move by Ishiura pays off and he wins the bout. He's 6-1!

- Now a fight between two rikishi who know their status in Makuuchi division are very much in doubt, as Takagenji (2-4) faces off with winless Daishoho (0-6). They battle for the mawashi for a time before Daishoho is finally able to get Takagenji out. Daishoho gets off the mark, but too little too late to rally for kachi-koshi?

- Next up, a battle of 3-3's with Shohozan taking on Tochiozan. Almost an Even Steven matchup here, as Tochiozan leads the lifetime series 13-12. They battle for grip in the middle as the crowd applauds their efforts. Shohozan takes advantage of potential tiredness in Tochiozan and is able to move him out of the ring. Shohozan not only evens the lifetime series at 13, but moves to 4-3.

- All aboard! It's Enho (5-1) time as he looks to stay in the one-loss pack among the contenders against another fringe contender in Tsurugisho (4-2). As usual, Enho with the big weight disadvantage, but he may have the biggest heart in all of professional sumo. Enho uses his speed to partially duck Tsurugisho's initial charge. He's leading with his head, which is always promising...I think? They keep it in the middle, with Enho having the lower center of gravity. Not a lot for Tsurugisho to grab onto. Tsurugisho does make the most of what he does have and just lifts the much smaller man out. Both move to 5-2.

- Meisei (5-1) just saw Enho fall off the chase pack...and he looks to avoid the same fate against Kagayaki (3-3). Tough battle early on for the right grip, but Kagayaki makes the push and drives both Meisei and himself out of the ring. Referee rules for Meisei, but it looks pretty close. Not close enough for a conference though, Meisei gets the win and goes to 6-1.

- Next up is a battle of two rikishi who aren't going anywhere in regards to contending for honors. Sadanoumi (2-4) faces off with Nishikigi (3-3). Sadanoumi, like many others before him, is able to make quick work of Nishikigi via Yorikiri.

- Since we have to continue giving coverage to the rikishi with losing records, it's Toyonoshima (1-5) vs Kotoyuki (2-4) next. Kotoyuki overwhelms Toyonoshima off the charge and it's all too easy with the slaps. Kotoyuki wins with ease.

- Someone won't be at .500 after this one, as it's a fight of 3-3's. Onosho steps in against Takarafuji. Pretty good back and forth here, and the end result is Onosho trying to push but trying too hard. Takarafuji slaps him down for the victory.

- Kotoshogiku (3-3) vs Terutsuyoshi (2-4) next up. First time for these two against each other. Terutsuyoshi giving up around 100 pounds here. After a false start, Kotoshogiku goes on the attack and takes Terutsuyoshi out. From the angle I'm given, it actually looks like Kotoshogiku hit the clay first! The judges call a mono-ii, our first of the day. Very close here, but the judges decide to let the referee's decision stand. Kotoshogiku wins, but I think they messed this one up. Probably close enough to force a rematch, but what do I know?

- The leader of the tournament now steps in, as Okinoumi (6-0) looks to take another step towards what would be his first championship against one of the one-loss chase pack in Myogiryu (5-1). After some posteuring, we get going and some good action here. In the end, Myogiryu makes a critical mistake in letting up the pressure, and it's a matter of Okinoumi gently taking him to the clay. Okinoumi is your winner, and he's now 7-0!

- From contenders, to pretenders...next is a battle of 2-4's as Shimanoumi takes on Kotoeko. Kotoeko has won 5 of the 6 encounters. Kotoeko recovers from a cross-ring stumble to win the bout via Oshidashi.

- Asanoyama (4-2) is on the fringes of those still in with a shot at the yusho. He can stay there by beating Ryuden (2-4). From the jump, Asanoyama just looks one step better. He gets control and pushes Ryuden out to go to 5-2 and stay in the mix.

- Now two guys who are nowhere near the mix. Hokutofuji (1-5) still drunk off his kinboshi bonus, steps in against the winless and hopeless Aoiyama (0-6). Hokutofuji gets off decently but then stumbles over himself, making it easy for Aoiyama to slap his opponent out. Aoiyama gets on the board, but same situation as Daishoho...too little too late to rally for kachi-koshi?

- Now we've got two contenders coming into the ring to do battle, as Abi (4-2) gets in there against Endo (5-1). Endo's won 5 straight, but trails lifetime against Abi 4-2. Very good quick bout here, Endo gets off balance and Abi shoves him out, and goes flying in the process! This one is pretty close too...did Abi touch before Endo touch the ground? No mono-ii needed apparently, and Abi wins to go to 5-2.

- Chiyotairyu (1-5) needs a win badly. He may find it hard to get against Takakeisho (5-1), who's coming off a pretty unlucky loss yesterday. Off the charge, Chiyotairyu slaps Takakeisho down! Nobody saw that one coming! Blink and you miss it, and if you blinked, you missed it! Another loss for Takakeisho who may be falling out of contention now, and a much needed confidence boosting win for Chiyotairyu.

- Mitakeumi (5-1) has won 5 in a row, but trails the lifetime series 9-8 against his opponent today, Shodai (2-4). Mitakeumi never really looked too threatened in this one, using Oshidashi tactics to take Shodai out and move to 6-1.

- After some bad luck yesterday, Tochinoshin (2-4) may need to create his own luck. He can start with a win against Daieisho (2-4). Daieisho wants it more, and just overwhelms Tochinoshin off the charge. This one's over, and so might Tochinoshin's time at Ozeki. It's not looking good, and he has the look of someone who knows that his time is almost up.

- Battle of 4-2 contenders now as Tamawashi & Goeido enter the ring. Goeido leads the series 13-9, and after getting Tamawashi off balance and shoving him out, he can make it 14-9. Goeido wins via Yorikiri, and goes to 5-2.

- Main Event time! Kakuryu has looked off kilter this tournament, and it shows as he's just 4-2. Today he marches in against Tomokaze (3-3), who won the only time they fought. They slap for position in the middle, but Tomokaze reverses and sends Kakuryu to the clay! For the third straight day, CUE THE PURPLE PILLOWS!!! Give that man a Kinboshi bonus! Tomokaze gets the winner via Hatakikomi! Tomokaze is overcome with emotion as he walks back, sobbing in sheer happiness having scored a victory over a yokozuna in honor of his senpai, Yoshikaze.

A look at the leaderboard after another frantic day of competition shows that Okinoumi is still on top, but the chasing pack has wittled down to three. Ishiura, Mitakeumi, and Meisei, all sit at 6-1 and are just one win behind. Then we have eight others at 5-2, all hoping for some slip-ups ahead of them. It's so unusual to see a yokozuna in Kakuryu so far down the table at just 4-3. Down at the bottom, we now have four at 1-6.

What could possibly happen next in what is now a tournament that has had its doors blown off. Anyone can win this thing, so join us tomorrow to see what happens on day 8. Hakkeyoi!!!
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Real quickly I'd like to give a look at the Juryo standings after their day 7 action. The Juryo division is about as wide open as the Makuuchi division right now, but with no clear standout. Here are the standings.

Takanosho (J2) 5-2
Kyokushuho (J7) 5-2
Sokokurai (J10) 5-2
Kotonowaka (J11) 5-2
Ikioi (J12) 5-2
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Chiyomaru (J1) 4-3
Chiyoshoma (J2) 4-3
Yago (J4) 4-3
Daishomaru (J5) 4-3
Hidenoumi (J6) 4-3
Kaisei (J8) 4-3
Kyokutaisei (J9) 4-3
Kizakiumi (J13) 4-3
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Daiamami (J1) 3-4
Tokushoryu (J3) 3-4
Kiribayama (J4) 3-4
Mitoryu (J6) 3-4
Tobizaru (J8) 3-4
Gagamaru (J10) 3-4
Irodori (J13) 3-4
Kaisho (J14) 3-4
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Wakatakakage (J3) 2-5
Ichiyamamoto (J9) 2-5
Chiyonoumi (J11) 2-5
Seiro (J12) 2-5
Asagyokusei (J12) 2-5
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Takanofuji (J5) 0-0-8
Yoshikaze (J7) 0-0-5 (Retired)
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Day 8 highlights - it will be a wild and wide-open second week.


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The second half of the 2019 Aki Basho is underway in earnest. Here we go with Day 8 action in the Makuuchi Division.

- Opening the show today is Ishiura (6-1) looking to stay close to leader Okinoumi. Today he squares off with Juryo 3 Tokushoryu (3-4), making a cameo appearance. Ishiura gives up 165 lbs to his opposition today. Ishiura might have outsmarted himself here, coming off with the stutter-step, but Tokushoryu was not fooled at all. Ishiura then tried to go low, but Tokushoryu saw that one coming too and pushed him down. Tokushoryu knocks off one of the leaders, and that's probably the end of Ishiura's push for the yusho.

- Tsurugisho (5-2) & Tochiozan (3-4) have never met before. Tochiozan tries to shove his way to victory, but he might have shoved too hard and a simple touch sends him to the ground. Tsurugisho goes to 6-2 without really having to lift a finger. Must be nice to win by doing absolutely nothing...

- Kagayaki (3-4) & Toyonoshima (1-6) up next. Not really a lot to talk about here, other than the fact that Toyonoshima is having a terrible tournament that could see him relegated. His terrible tournament continues as Kagayaki gets the better of him off the jump, and Toyonoshima has no answers for it. Kagayaki by shove-out.

- Up now in the dohyo is Shohozan (4-3) against Takagenji (2-5). Takagenji needs to reel off a winning streak, otherwise he's as good as relegated. Takagenji tries to use his size to overwhelm Shohozan...but instead he ends up using his size to dive into the front row as Shohozan just steps to the side and lets Takagenji crash out of the ring. Shohozan moves to 5-3 and is setting himself up nicely for a good record this tournament.

- For once, Azumaryu (4-3) isn't opening the show! Instead, he steps in against Daishoho (1-6). Azumaryu has lost 3 of his last 4, stopping the rot yesterday. It looked to me that Daishoho jumped the start by half a second, but the referee didn't catch it and lets them go. Daishoho getting the better off the initial charge, and carries that momentum to victory. Daishoho by yorikiri.

- Fan favorite Enho (5-2) enters the ring next, and he'll lock horns with Nishikigi (3-4). Enho won their only encounter. After a false start, we get going, with Nishikigi looking to bully Enho out. Enho might have outsmarted himself here as he ran himself into a corner, thus allowing Nishikigi to get him out of there. That should do it for Enho's hopes.

- Battle of 3-4's here as Yutakayama and Kotoyuki get ready to do battle. Yutakayama has lost 3 straight. Both fighters have the same idea off the charge and they begin with the slaps. Kotoyuki looks like he's making progress, but Yutakayama lures Kotoyuki into a false sense of security and counters with the Tsukiotoshi for the victory.

- Here's our leader up now...Okinoumi (7-0) is the last undefeated standing. He'll want to stay that way against Onosho (3-4). False start from Onosho, who now has to bow to everyone to say that he's sorry for it. After that false start, we do get going. Okinoumi gets out to a good start, moving forward, with Onosho trying to counter. We don't see much backward motion from Okinoumi here, and Onosho is eventually forced out. Okinoumi is first to 8 wins, and doesn't have to worry about making kachi-koshi, because he just did. Now he has bigger fish to fry.

- Up next is Kotoshogiku (4-3) vs Sadanoumi (3-4). It's hard to come up with things to write about for these non-contender matches. Kotoshogiku does hold a 5-1 series lead over Sadanoumi...but Sadanoumi does well here and does not let Kotoshogiku make it 6-1. Instead, it's a Sadanoumi victory by Yorikiri and they both go to 4-4.

- Meisei (6-1) looked like a Juryo last tournament. This time, he's been in far better form, and is still in the running for the yusho. He faces Kotoeko (3-4) today. Kotoeko has beaten him 6 times out of the 10 they've fought. Meisei looks like a different beast this tournament, more confident and more aggressive...and his aggression pays off with an Oshidashi victory over Kotoeko, moving him to 7-1 and keeping pace with Okinoumi.

- Battle of disappointing 2-5's now as Shimanoumi fights Terutsuyoshi. Terutsuyoshi gets out brightly pushing Shimanoumi back, but the tide is turned before Shimanoumi turns Terutsuyoshi around and out of the ring.

- We should be seeing Takarafuji (4-3) vs Myogiryu (5-2) now, but instead we're getting word that Myogiryu has dropped out. NattoSumo, whose videos I watch for this commentary, reports that it was a right calf injury suffered during yesterday's bout with Okinoumi. It's a fusensho win for Takarafuji who now goes to 5-3 without lifting a finger.

- We move on to Daieisho (3-4) vs Ryuden (2-5). Daieisho doing all the work here trying to shove Ryuden out, but this is why you have to let your opponent move too...Ryuden turns it around and just has to gently nudge Daieisho out. Yorikiri victory for Ryuden.

- Asanoyama (5-2) is still theoretically in contention if the ones ahead of him slip up in the next few days. To stay there, he has to be at Aoiyama (1-6), who finally got off the mark yesterday. Aoiyama almost had Asanoyama early on, but Asanoyama made the almost immobile Aoiyama work and he got his reward with a Yorikiri victory. Asanoyama goes to 6-2, while Aoiyama's make-koshi is all but confirmed at 1-7.

- Abi (5-2) is in the same boat as Asanoyama. Win and you're still in the hunt. He's got Hokutofuji (1-6) to deal with. Hokutofuji looks motivated here, and has Abi on the backfoot from the start. Abi seems unable to counter this, and is forced out. Abi's yusho hopes bite the dust.

- At 2-5, Chiyotairu's road back to .500 is very tough, made even tougher today by having to face Endo (5-2). Endo on the attack early, but Chiyotairyu's hanging tough and making life difficult. Chiyotairyu almost has Endo out, but Endo turns it around and uses Chiyotairyu's own momentum against him! Hatakikomi victory for Endo, who stays in contention at 6-2.

- Battle of sekiwakes here as Mitakeumi (6-1) faces off with Takakeisho (5-2). This one has big meaning on both sides, as Mitakeumi would like to keep pace with Okinoumi, and Takakeisho would like to move one step closer to regaining Ozeki rank. Takakeisho gets an excellent jump and just overwhelms Mitakeumi, shoving him out. Oshidashi victory, and both go to 6-2 on the fringes of contention.

- Tomokaze (4-3), on an emotional high after stunning Kakuryu yesterday, has to bring himself down and focus on beating Goeido (5-2). Goeido needs to win to stay on the fringes of the yusho race. Goeido gets the jump, and has Tomokaze on the brink, but Tomokaze reverses it and sends Goeido out of the ring! Some crafty, inspired sumo from Tomokaze who's doing well for Yoshikaze, going to 5-3.

- Tochinoshin (2-5) needs wins. Badly. He also needs no more bad luck. Will he find what he's looking for against Shodai (2-5)? Shodai tries to take advantage of his opponent's limited mobility, but instead plays into Tochinoshin's power, and gets thrown down for his efforts. Is this the start of the fightback that keeps Tochinoshin at Ozeki?

- Main Event time.....oh wait, there's no sign of Kakuryu. Kakuryu is MIA, and has gone "kyujo". A newspaper reports that Kakuryu goes kyujo because of a left knee injury. It's believed he suffered the injury on day 5 against Asanoyama, then aggravated it in defeats on day 6 and day 7. Fusensho victory for Tamawashi, who moves to 5-3. After a little research, I have found out that this does not count as a kinboshi bonus. Sorry Tamawashi.

Looking at the big board after day 8, it's starting to look like a two-man tournament. Okinoumi holds a 1 win lead over Meisei, with 6 fighters at 6-2 hoping against hope for a slip-up to bring them back into the race. With Kakuryu seemingly out of the tournament, we do not have a yokozuna left.

With a week's worth of competition left to go, this tournament still hangs in the balance. Join us tomorrow for day 9 action from Aki. Hakkeyoi!!!
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Day 9 highlights.

I won't be able to watch until tonight. It's a long shot but given the way he has looked of late and the absence of both Yokozuna, I think it is not yet a foregone conclusion that Tochinoshin will lose his Ozeki rank. Still likely to lose it but I am a bit hopeful.

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Let's get to it. Day 9 of the 2019 Aki Basho, which is completely wide open at this point.

- Leading off the Makuuchi action today is Toyonoshima (1-7), who MUST win out to presumably stay in the division. Today he faces off with Wakatakakage (2-6), making a cameo appearance from the Juryo ranks. Toyonoshima, knowing this is a must-win, gets out well off the charge, but Wakatakakage turns it around on him. A patient approach is rewarded as he gets into an attacking position, and shoves Toyonoshima out. Wakatakakage wins via Oshidashi, and I'm afraid it's a make-koshi for Toyonoshima, who may be seeing his time in Makuuchi running out.

- Next, it's Tsurugisho (6-2) trying to keep his yusho hopes alive against Takagenji (2-6). Suspicions of a false start there as the action stopped for a split second, but Takagenji presses forward to capitalize on the confusion, and Tsurugisho is no match for that. Takagenji scores the win, but this one's mired in a bit of controversy. It didn't look like Tsurugisho even touched the clay before the charge. No review here, Takagenji keeps the win.

- Tochiozan (3-5) steps in against Nishikigi (4-4). Both need 8+ wins to stay in the division, I presume. Tochiozan starts out nicely, and Nishikigi tries to turn him around...doesn't work for long though, as Tochiozan uses Nishikigi's aggression against him and sends him out of the ring. Victory for Tochiozan via Uwatedashinage. Both are 4-5.

- Shohozan (5-3) is having a nice basho for himself, rebounding from the 6-9 disappointment in the summer. Ishiura (6-2) is still among the contenders, but he'll need to win and get some help. Blink and you'll miss it, and I missed it. Shohozan sends Ishiura to the ground via Hatakikomi. That'll finish Ishiura's fading title hopes off.

- Azumaryu (4-4) has lost 3 of his last 4 fights. Enho (5-3) has dropped two in a row. Someone will get back on track here. Enho does surprisingly well off the charge. Azumaryu tries to turn him around, and this is some good back and forth action. Enho does a unique takedown for the victory, at least from the referee's view. I did not see Azumaryu hit the ground though, so there may be a case for a review and that's exactly what happened. The judges call a mono-ii, and they'll discuss it. From the angles provided, I think the back of Enho's foot hit the clay before Azumaryu hits. Personally I think it's close enough to where you can declare a rematch. The verdict is overturned, and Azumaryu is granted the victory via Abisetaoshi. Enho's bad run continues.

- We move on to a pair of 4-4's in Sadanoumi & Yutakayama. Sadanoumi looking good off the charge, but Yutakayama takes Sadanoumi down, using Sadanoumi's own push against him.

- Kagayaki (4-4) and Kotoyuki (3-5) are ready to go next. Kagayaki gets off well, but Kotoyuki turns the battle around with his slaps, forcing Kagayaki to step out and lose the bout.

- Pair of 2-6's here as Terutsuyoshi gets ready to face Daishoho. Very disappointing tournament for Terutsuyoshi as he fails to make the most of the momentum from the summer. Terutsuyoshi comes out aggressively at Daishoho, but he's immediately pushed back by Daishoho, who doesn't waste any time in establishing a solid lift game, eventually lifting Terutsuyoshi out.

- 3-5's up next as Onosho and Kotoeko square off. Onosho drives hard off the start, but can't quite get Kotoeko out. After a good back and forth, Kotoeko gets his opponent off balance and gets him down and out.

- Meisei (7-1) is just one back of leader Okinoumi. Today's challenge is from former Ozeki Kotoshogiku (4-4). Kotoshogiku gets off well and almost has Meisei out, but the contender perseveres with a little lateral movement, gets his right hand on the mawashi, and with a judo-style toss, takes Kotoshogiku to the ground! Meisei's the winner, he's got his kachi-koshi, and he puts some big pressure on Okinoumi!

- Shimanoumi (3-5) is next up against Takarafuji (5-3). Takarafuji's had a nice 3 match winning streak. Shimanoumi tries to get a grip around the upper body, but Takarafuji doesn't let him establish one and is able to force Shimanoumi out. Takarafuji wins his 4th in a row, this one via Yorikiri.

- Okinoumi (8-0) has already seen Meisei win today. He's gotta match it against Ryuden (3-5). Okinoumi gets off decently, and tries to drive Ryuden out, but in his eagerness to take advantage of a Ryuden stumble, he stumbles himself and hits the clay! Ryuden wins by opponent incompetence, and we have a tie at the top!

- From that, we go on to Chiyotairyu (2-6) and Aoiyama (1-7). What do I, as the commentator, write about two rikishi who are heading down the same downward path? I have no idea. They slap each other off the charge, but Aoiyama's slaps are just a little more effective, driving Chiyotairyu back and out of bounds. Aoiyama wins, but really, we all lost.

- Hokutofuji (2-6) was hoping to make a charge to get back to Komusubi rank. That isn't gonna happen, because he needs to reel off another 6 wins just for kachi-koshi. He's in there today against Daieisho (3-5). Hokutofuji gets a great jump, and gets some good traction on those pushes. Daieisho has no answer and his only recourse is to get out of there.

- A bout of two kinboshi bonus winners coming up now, as Abi (5-3) takes on Asanoyama (6-2). With Okinoumi's loss today, the door creeks open a little bit for the winner here, especially if it's Asanoyama. Abi is an all-action rikishi, those slaps off the charge were impressive. He had Asanoyama going EVERYWHERE! One problem...he went with him. Asanoyama hung in there, turned it around and took Abi out! What a bout, and it's Asanoyama who moves into the chase pack at 7-2!

- Tamawashi (5-3) got a forfeit win over Kakuryu yesterday. He should therefore be well rested and ready to face Takakeisho (6-2), who is 4 wins away from regaining Ozeki rank. Powerful off the charge from both men, you can feel the intensity just by watching this one. Takakeisho works just a little harder and pushes a game Tamawashi out. Takakeisho wins via Oshidashi and moves to within 1 of Okinoumi & Meisei.

- Mitakeumi (6-2) can enhance his case for Ozeki status with a few more wins, and he'll need a win today to move to within 1 of the leaders. Meanwhile Tomokaze (5-3), has reeled off three straight wins and he's looking in good form. Good slaps and pushes from both wrestlers, but Mitakeumi is just a little too strong. Plus, Tomokaze may be emotionally worn down from this little run. Mitakeumi wins via Oshidashi.

- Tochinoshin (3-5) looks a little more hopeful today. He faces off with Endo (6-2). Off the charge, Endo rushes and Tochinoshin slaps him down! Tochinoshin's hopes of keeping Ozeki rank may not be so farfetched now, after a win like that.

- Main Event time! Shodai (2-6) is in the main for the second straight day, and it'd look reall good on him if he could manage a win against Goeido (5-3). Goeido though, is not messing around here. He establishes his advantage off the charge, and overwhelms Shodai with brute force.

- Looking at the standings after today's action, we can see that there is now a tie at the top of the board. No undefeateds left, with Okinoumi & Meisei each at 8-1. Takakeisho, Mitakeumi, and Asanoyama sit with 7-2 records, just one game behind. Then there's the group of six at 6-3 which consists of Ishiura, Endo, Goeido, Shohozan, Takarafuji, and Tsurugisho. I had said earlier that Ishiura's hopes were dashed with his loss today, but that may not necessarily be the case. Down at the bottom, it's all over for Toyonoshima, and it's just about over for Chiyotairyu, Shodai, Terutsuyoshi, and Aoiyama.

That'll do it for today. Day 10 will hopefully bring a little more clarity to this crazy tournament. We'll also have a look at the Juryo standings tomorrow. Join us then. Hakkeyoi!!!
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We're all set to go with day 10 of the 2019 Aki Basho. With so many rikishi contending for the championship, it's a wide open tournament. Let's get it started.

- Takagenji (3-6) opens the show today against the Juryo, Daiamami (3-6). Takagenji might have gotten the better of the opening charge, but Daiamami slaps him right down seconds later. Seems like the talent gap between the lower Maegashira and the higher Juryo isn't all that big. These two will probably meet again in the winter...in the Juryo division, unless Takagenji can run the table the rest of the way.

- Next up, a crossroads fight between two rikishi on the edge of .500 each way. Tochiozan (4-5) faces Azumaryu (5-4). After a false start, we get going. Azumaryu looked like he was having difficulty from the off, and hit the clay pretty quickly. Easy win for Tochiozan.

- We're supposed to see Toyonoshima (1-8) vs Nishikigi (4-5) next, but instead we get the message that Toyonoshima has gone kyujo. Apparent injury to the achilles tendon in his right leg. Nishikigi gets the forfeit win to go to 5-5. As for Toyonoshima, he'll either be the lowest ranked Maegashira in the winter, or he'll be in Juryo.

- Yutakayama (5-4) meets with Daishoho (3-6) next. Daishoho's been better as of late, winning 3 straight after starting a miserly 0-6. Some good slaps and shoves here, but it's Yutakayama who gets the better of them and wins the bout.

- Meisei (8-1) sits in a tie with Okinoumi right now. He can put some pressure on with a win over Tsurugisho (6-3), who himself is a contender. Meisei gets a very strong grip immediately, but as Meisei makes the move, Tsurugisho counters it! Tsurugisho turns it into a toss out of his own! Meisei will be disgusted with his defeat, but Tsurugisho won't mind because he goes to 7-3 and moves deeper into contention!

- Terutsuyoshi (2-7) gives us a mighty salt throw as he steps in against Kagayaki (4-5). If Terutsuyoshi was as mighty with his sumo technique as he was with his salt throws, he'd be a champion. Instead, he's one loss away from make-koshi. After a false start, Terutsuyoshi starts brightly but he makes the mistake of retreating again. Kagayaki makes him pay for it and it's an easy force out. Kagayaki gets back to .500, and it's all over for Terutsuyoshi as make-koshi is confirmed.

- Ishiura (6-3) has lost two straight, so he needs to win here to get back on track and get back among the contenders. Kotoyuki (4-5) is the opposition today. Kotoyuki shows us what a 150+ pound advantage does for you as he just overwhelms Ishiura with his size.

- Okinoumi (8-1) now finds himself on his own in the lead thanks to Meisei's defeat. Can he keep it against Sadanoumi (4-5)? Okinoumi looks good off the charge, but Sadanoumi counters brute force with his own brute force and is able to get him out! The unpredictability continues as Okinoumi goes down for the second straight day!

- With both the leaders faltering, a chance now for one of these two 6-3 rikishi to get into the chase pack. Shohozan and Takarafuji are eager to give themselves a chance to win this tournament. Takarafuji looking like he's in form now, as he gives Shohozan little chance, and eventually winning via Oshidashi. Don't sleep on Takarafuji for the title now, he's 7-3 and has as good a shot as anyone else.

- Kotoshogiku (4-5) steps in against Onosho (3-6). Both need wins, and they fight like a pair of desperate rikishi. Good back and forth here, but in the end Onosho wanted it just a little more. Oshidashi victory for Onosho, as both go to 4-6.

- Enho (5-4) has had some bad luck lately, dropping his last 3 after a strong 5-1 start. He needs to get back on track towards kachi-koshi, and to do that he'll need to beat Kotoeko (4-5), who has always given him a hard time. Kotoeko leads the lifetime series 3-1. Kotoeko tries to get things going with some slaps, but Enho is holding his ground, keeping the hands back while looking for an opening. Enho's amateur wrestling-style sumo is so intriguing, I can't help but become mesmerized. Enho's patience pays off and he gets Kotoeko off balance so he can shove him out! Enho gets back on track in a big way, and is now only two off the leaders, you cannot count him out either.

- Ryuden (4-5) hasn't been fancy, but he's gotten the job done the past two days to get himself back to nearly .500. He'll face what I think is an emotionally-spent Tomokaze (5-4). Long battle here, as the back & forth hasn't been bad. After a long time in the middle grappling for position, Ryuden gently lets Tomokaze down to the clay. Both go to 5-5.

- Asanoyama (7-2) can put himself among the co-leaders with a win today against Shimanoumi (3-6). Off the charge, Asanoyama is able to get the advantage and force his opponent out. Relatively easy win and Asanoyama has his kachi-koshi, as well as a share of the lead.

- Now a bout with make-koshi implications, as Daieisho (3-6) faces Aoiyama (2-7). Daieisho is able to get Aoiyama retreating early, and with Aoiyama being almost as immobile as Tochinoshin, it becomes all too easy for Daieisho. Oshidashi win for Daieisho, and now it's all over for Aoiyama.

- Hokutofuji (3-6) has gotten his act together since the opening day win over Hakuho, but he's gonna have to keep on winning. Today the battle is with Endo (6-3), who is still on the fringes of contention. Endo holds a 6-2 lifetime lead over Hokutofuji. Hokutofuji gets off well, Endo retreating. Endo dodges defeat once, but cannot dodge it twice and he's forced out by an aggressive Hokutofuji. That's 3 on the bounce for Hokutofuji, who may be thinking he can win out and make kachi-koshi. As for Endo, this may be the end for his chances of winning the tournament.

- Mitakeumi (7-2) is definitely in with a shot at the title. If he won it, it'd help him make a case for promotion to Ozeki. He's got Tamawashi (5-4) today. Tamawashi has Mitakeumi on the backfoot, aggressively shoving and making Mitakeumi retreat, but he falls into the trap and Mitakeumi takes him to the clay! Mitakeumi wins it and...not so fast! The judges think they saw something amiss and are calling a mono-ii! There's a question of a potential hair pull, and as we saw earlier in the tournament, that's a no-no! After a discussion, the judges decide that the referee's verdict stands, and Mitakeumi does indeed get the win and will join the leaders at 8-2.

- Shodai (2-7) has not had a good basho. It figures to get worse today against Takakeisho (7-2). Takakeisho is 3 wins away from regaining Ozeki rank, but he also has his eyes on the championship. Takakeisho with some inspired slaps, and Shodai can't handle it, falling over and accepting his defeat. Takakeisho moves to 8-2 with the other leaders!

- Goeido (6-3) can join the 3-loss chase pack with a win, but Abi (5-4) has ideas of inserting himself back into the discussion. Abi is the aggressor at the start, with Goeido seemingly making the mistake of retreating instead of standing his ground. With raw aggression, Abi is able to score his victory and move to 6-4. Both of these rikishi are still in the conversation, just 2 back of the leaders.

- Main Event time! Tochinoshin (4-5) has done well to get back to nearly even terms. Today he's facing Chiyotairyu (2-7) who needs to win out to avoid make-koshi. They battle for position in the middle, and this is a pretty prolonged one. Eventually, Tochinoshin is able to gain control of the bout and slowly but surely pushes Chiyotairyu out. Yorikiri victory for Tochinoshin who gets back to .500 and is 3 wins away from retaining his Ozeki status.

Day 10 has come and gone, and looking at the leaderboard we now have a 5-way tie for the yusho, with Asanoyama, Mitakeumi, Okinoumi, Takakeisho, and Meisei at 8-2. Tsurugisho & Takarafuji sit at 7-3 and waiting to pounce. Ishiura, Enho, Goeido, Abi, Shohozan, and Endo all lurk in the weeds at 6-4, all still alive for the championship. Down at the bottom, make-koshi records were confirmed for Shodai, Terutsuyoshi, Aoiyama, and Chiyotairyu.

Real quickly, let's also have a look at the Juryo rankings at the 2/3rds pole of the tournament.

Kotonowaka (J11) 8-2
Ikioi (J12) 8-2

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Daishomaru (J5) 7-3
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Chiyomaru (J1) 6-4
Takanosho (J2) 6-4
Tokushoryu (J3) 6-4
Hidenoumi (J6) 6-4
Kyokushuho (J7) 6-4
Kizakiumi (J13) 6-4
Kaisho (J14) 6-4
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Chiyoshoma (J2) 5-5
Yago (J4) 5-5
Kaisei (J8) 5-5
Tobizaru (J8) 5-5
Kyokutaisei (J9) 5-5
Ichiyamamoto (J9) 5-5
Sokokurai (J10) 5-5
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Daiamami (J1) 4-6
Wakatakakage (J3) 4-6
Kiribayama (J4) 4-6
Mitoryu (J6) 4-6
Irodori (J13) 4-6
Asagyokusei (J14) 4-6
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Gagamaru (J10) 3-7
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Chiyonoumi (J2) 2-8
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Seiro (J13) 2-7-2
Yoshikaze (J7) 0-0-5 (Retired)
Takanofuji (J5) 0-0-11


Come on back tomorrow for day 11 of this crazy Aki basho. Hakkeyoi!!!
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