Goeido is still chasing his first win and will have a tough time finding one against Ikioi, who, also at 0-2 is looking for his first sanyaku victory. Getting an upset early in the first week of this grueling schedule will be very valuable in pursuit of a winning record. Hakuho, below, and his fellow yokozuna all won going 2-0.
Ichinojo got his first sanyaku victory against Takarafuji but Endo and Osunaarashi are winless. Osunaarashi seemed to be a bit ginger on his knee so I hope that’s not going to be a nagging issue.