Wakaichiro Loses Day 8 Match

Texas sumotori Wakaichiro lost his day 8 match against Daishowaka, falling to 1-3 and getting closer to earning a make-koshi, or majority loss record for the Kyushu tournament. In the video above, which appears thanks to commenter and friend of Tachiai Nista, Wakaichiro puts up a good fight but gets into trouble when he focuses on pulling his opponent down. As a result, Daishowaka takes advantage and controls the match to its conclusion.

If Wakaichiro fails to secure 3 additional wins during his final matches, he will face demotion for the Hatsu basho in January. As Wakaichiro fans, we are all rooting for him to overcome, but we should all keep in mind that with his elevation to Sandanme, the level of competition has increased significantly.