Some of the Day 6 matches lived up to their billing (Tochinoshin vs. Ichinojo) while others disappointed (looking at you, Arawashi). Here’s what’s in store on Day 7.
Is there a Japanese equivalent of the AARP? If there is, they should be sponsoring the matchup of the two oldest sekitori, Takekaze and Aminishiki. These two have seen their fair share of each other over their long careers, and their record is dead even at 16-16. While Aminishiki has looked rejuvenated, Takekaze has looked unconvincing this basho, and may be running out of steam. Double henka, anyone?
Tachiai favorite Asanoyama found his sumo today against none other than Aminishiki. Tomorrow he takes on Myogiryu, whose return to Makuuchi may be short-lived. Asanoyama won their only prior meeting.
The resurgent Okinoumi takes on the inconsistent Ikioi in a battle of tall manly men.
Chiyoshoma, who must feel cheated after today, takes on Endo in a battle of contrasting styles. Both men are 3-3.
Ichinojo, who won the battle of strength against Tochinoshin, takes on the hapless Tochiozan, who leads their career series 8-3.
The Chiyotairyu who was such a beast at Aki showed up today against Goeido. He takes on Takakeisho, who has been brilliant. If both men bring their best sumo, this could be the match of the day…
…unless it’s the clash between Mitakeumi and Tamawashi. For the second straight day, the former sekiwake, who appears strongly motivated to rejoin San’yaku, takes on a reigning sekiwake, but Mitakeumi should pose a stiffer challenge than did Yoshikaze.
Who knows what’s going to happen when Kotoshogiku takes on Yoshikaze? Their styles are very different, and neither veteran has fought well this basho. They’re well acquainted with each other, with Kotoshogiku holding a 22-5 career edge.
After two straight losses, Takayasu has a chance to rebound against the always game but frequently overmatched Chiyonokuni. In a sign of attrition among the upper ranks, M4e Chiyonokuni is brought up to fight an Ozeki. Can M4w Ichinojo be far behind, especially if he keeps winning?
Goeido suffered his first loss after reverting to the tentative 1.0 mode. If he stays in that mode, Shohozan is perfectly capable of punishing him for it.
In the Yokozuna bouts, we have two interesting first-time meetings. Hakuho, who cut it a little close today, will have to be careful when he takes on Onosho, who remains dangerous despite his overcommitment issues. Kisenosato won over Onosho by slippiotoshi, faced little resistance from Chiyotairyu and Tochiozan, barely overcame a game Shohozan, and looked overmatched against Tamawashi and Takakeisho. Hokutofuji, who is having a great basho and always gives his all on the dohyo, could spell more trouble for the Yokozuna.