Since the schedulers only give us the Torikumi one day in advance, it’s fun to speculate about the days ahead. Below is a guess for the bouts for the remaining San’yaku rikishi for days 12-15. Others who know more about scheduling than I do should chime in.
|Day 12||Day 13||Day 14||Day 15|
The Yokozuna schedule should be very straightforward. The only question is the order in which they face the Ozeki, and given the cache of the Hakuho–Takayasu bout, I’m guessing they’ll hold it till day 14, even though Goeido is ranked higher than Takayasu on the Banzuke.
This also sets the Ozeki schedule except for day 12. They will already have fought the rest of the San’yaku and the upper maegashira after day 11, and Kagayaki and Tochiozan are next in line. Given his stronger record, I have Takayasu facing the higher-ranked of the two.
The two sekiwake have their remaining Yokozuna bouts on day 12, and then face the upper maegashira they haven’t fought yet. The two komusubi are done with their San’yaku schedule, and will face maegashira from here on out.
Beyond the high-rank bouts with obvious yusho implications, I’m looking forward to Ura facing Kotoshogiku, Tamawashi, and Yoshikaze, as I’m sure is everyone else. Goeido is fighting to avoid kadoban status. All four sekiwake/komusubi slots are mathematically up for grabs (although Mitakeumi needs only one more win), with multiple candidates to move up to the San’yaku should slots open up, so the remaining Tochinoshin and Hokutofuji bouts also have a lot of meaning and should be fun to watch.
It’s looking like a great final act to Nagoya!
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Kotoshogiku vs Ura will be fascinating.
Solid work, as always, Iksumo!
I suspect poor Ikioi is done facing sanyaku opponents (except maybe Giku if he goes MK soon).
So I guess they’ll pull up some guys who’re doing well further down the Banzuke to fill up Mitakeumi and Yoshikaze’s schedules?
I would think so. They’re not hurting for candidates between Tochiozan, Onosho and Aoiyama.
Any chance they’ll move Aoiyama up the Banzuke if he keeps pace?
Aoiyama is headed for a joi jin slot, no doubt about it. If there is a san’yaku slot open, he may get one of those instead. I am anticipating him to receive a brutal time of it come September.