What a great tournament we just had! To me, what stood out is the large number of outstanding performances throughout the banzuke, from Hakuho‘s zensho yusho all the way down to Onosho‘s 10-5 record in his Makuuchi debut. Terunofuji got his Jun-yusho, and would have been in contention on the final day if not for his early hiccups on days 1 and 2. Takayasu handled the pressure and will be ozeki in Nagoya. Tamawashi may have started his own ozeki run, and has been fighting at that level. Mitakeumi and Yoshikaze held their own in San’yaku, and Shodai, Takakeisho, Tochinoshin, Hokutofuji, Ikioi, and Ura all put up great numbers in the maegashira ranks.
We don’t get the official Nagoya banzuke until June 26, but here are some early thoughts on the top and bottom of the banzuke.
The yokozuna ranks should get reshuffled as follows:
We will have 3 ozeki: Terunofuji, Goeido, and Takayasu.
Tamawashi will keep his sekiwake rank, and Mitakeumi should join him.
Yoshikaze will keep his komusubi rank, and I think Kotoshogiku did just enough to only drop down to the other komusubi slot.
We should have a strong new crop of upper maegashira, who may even fare better than their predecessors at these ranks:
At the other end of the banzuke, Yutakayama, Myogiryu, and Toyohibiki will find themselves in Juryo, replaced in Makuuchi by Sadanoumi, Chiyomaru, and Nishigiki. I think Kaisei will just barely hang on to the top division at M16. They could swap him with Gagamaru, but what would be the point?
Full banzuke prediction to come once I’ve had some time to digest Natsu.