Day 6 matches to watch

Aminishiki has been a joy to watch, and a great story, but let’s face it, he hasn’t exactly faced the cream of the crop of Makuuchi so far. The talent level goes up tomorrow with Asanoyama, who leads the career series 2-1, but the young rikishi is in the middle of a bad sophomore basho slump.

Endo, who’s looked good, takes on Okinoumi, who’s looked even better. Look for another mawashi battle. Endo holds a 5-3 career edge.

Chiyoshoma takes on Arawashi!!! They look alike and fight alike; who’ll pull off the throw first? Arawashi holds a narrow 3-2 edge in their previous meetings.

Tochinoshin takes on Ichinojo!!! The strongman vs. the giant! Will they take turns trying to push each other out, or will Tochinoshin try for a throw? I can see this bout lasting a while. Tochinoshin leads 9-4.

Kotoshogiku, who looked genki indeed against Chiyotairyu, takes on Hokutofuji, who’s been quietly putting together a great basho. Keep away from the gaburi attack, Hokutofuji. Kotoshogiku leads 2-0.

Tamawashi takes on Yoshikaze. The former Sekiwake has looked stronger than the current one. Yoshikaze leads 11-8.

Mitakeumi, 4-1, takes on Onosho, 1-4. I expect a good battle, but Onosho really needs to find his balance. Mitakeumi leads 2-1.

It’s Chiyotairyu’s turn to try to slow down Goeido, but he’s looked a shadow of his Aki self. The career series is surprisingly even at 4-3 in favor of the Ozeki.

Takakeisho has lost his one previous matchup with Takayasu, but he’s looked outstanding this basho. Takakeisho needs to keep Takayasu away from his mawashi. Look for a tsupari flurry from both rikishi.

Kisenosato and Tochiozan have met 40 times, and each has won his share, with the Yokozuna holding a 25-15 lead. Kisenosato is clearly not fighting at full strength, and Tochiozan is the only winless rikishi, so who knows what to expect from this bout.

Shohozan will do his best to put up a fight, but he is winless in 12 previous meetings with Hakuho.


7 thoughts on “Day 6 matches to watch

  1. Chiyoshoma takes on Arawashi shud b fun, who wins youth or experience?
    If takakeisho beats takayasu then he’s the mightiest tadpole.
    Wud b nice if ichinojo tried doing sum offense..
    Tochiozan ftw. Prepare 4 spontaneous combustion..
    I’d like to c big guns shohozan make hakuho sweat and get the w

    • It did last a while, and lived up the billing! Unlike the disappointing Chiyoshoma-Arawashi bout — nothing wrong with an occasional strategic henka from a game theory standpoint, but as a fan, I feel robbed of a great match we may have seen had Arawashi played it straight.

  2. I think you and I really think alike haha! I had written almost word for word very similar thoughts on Asanoyama-Aminishiki and the Chiyoshoma-Arawashi matches. Rather than make a new post, I’ll just put them here.

    Asanoyama appears to be having a sophomore slump this basho and has now lost four straight matches, with his most recent defeat courtesy of the ever-popular Endo. Mr. Not-so-happy is getting closer and closer to his first career make kochi and will need to get his head back in the game if he wishes to avoid that fate. His day 6 opponent, Aminishiki, is trending in the opposite direction and remains one of three men with a spotless record. Asanoyama and Aminishikia met three times in the Juryo division, with the younger rikishi leading the series 2-1. Will Aminishiki keep his spot on the leader burd, or will youth best age on day 6?

    Today, Arawashi will be taking on… himself!? In a match that may befuddle newcomers to the sport, Arawashi will be facing his doppelganger and fellow Mongolian, Chiyoshoma. Both men are the lightest rikishi in the division, and I expect their match to be nice display of technique rather than brute force. If we’re lucky, we may even see a bit of Mongolian wrestling as well. Arawashi has a 3-2 edge over Chiyoshoma in their series.

    If anyone needs an example of mind over matter, look no further than Ichinojo’s day 5 bout against Chiyoshoma. Despite outweighing his opponent by a staggering 150 pounds, Ichinojo was swept off the dohyo without much of a fight. The big man has never defeated Chiyoshoma, and it seems this statistic is some sort of mental block that prevents Ichinojo from executing his brand of sumo. With this loss, Ichinojo has fallen off the leaderboard, and he will need to regroup quickly if he wants to stay in contention. He meets Tochinoshin on day 6, who used every fiber of his being to push burly Chiyomaru over the tawara. One has to wonder if his knees are up to the task of moving the even bigger Ichinojo.

    • Great insights as always. Apologies if I preempted your post—I checked the drafts and didn’t see any preview posts in the works, so I pulled the trigger…

      • No apology needed! I typically watch the day’s action early in the morning and chip away at my post throughout the day. I was only part way done when you published, and how could I top such a great job! luckily I have a backup in the works.


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