Our favorite Jonidan, Wakaichiro (若一郎), is competing on the first day of the Aki basho. From the looks of the day 1 torikumi, the Jonidan ranks are fighting East vs West at the same rank. This means that Wakaichiro (Jd 4 West) faces Higonoryu (Jd 4 East).
Higonoryu, of Kise heya, is another long-term member of sumo’s lower ranks. During his 13 years on osumo, he has gotten as high as Sandanme 7 East, but is now back at the top end of Jonidan. At 199 kg, he weighs nearly twice as much as Wakaichiro. Clearly this is going to be a challenging match for Wakaichiro, and we are eager to see how it turns out.
As always, we will bring you results as soon as they are posted, and video as soon as we can find it. We can only hope that One and Only is once again perched on he second floor near the railing, with camera at the ready.