The Yusho Race
We now know the answer to the ancient riddle: the unstoppable force prevailed over the immovable object. With his victory over Ichinojo, Tochinoshin now leads by two over “I got my Yokozuna kachikoshi” Kakuryu and “somehow I’m still in this thing” Takayasu. The two chasers face each other tomorrow, so only one of them can possibly remain in contention. Tochinoshin goes up against Shohozan; the big Georgian leads their series 10-5.
With his win today, Goeido improves to 7-6 and needs to defeat either Mitakeumi tomorrow or Kakuryu on senshuraku to avoid kadoban status.
Mitakeumi finally got his kachikoshi, earning it in impressive fashion against the fading Yokozuna. He will remain Sekiwake, with Tochinoshin set to join him at that rank in Osaka. At 8-6, Mitakeumi can still reach double digits, but will need to defeat both Ozeki to do so. Tamawashi won, keeping open the possibility that he will only drop to Komusubi. Despite his loss, Ichinojo actually solidified his claim to the open Komusubi slot when Endo defeated Kotoshogiku. With the victory, Endo takes over the lead for the second Komusubi slot should Tamawashi falter.
The Promotion/Demotion Line
Dropping to Juryo: Terunofuji. May or may not be able to save himself with 2 wins: Aminishiki.
Ishiura reached safety today with his 7th win, and will be in Makuuchi in Osaka. Still needing one win to definitely avoid demotion are Ikioi, Sokokurai, Asanoyama, Takekaze, and Nishikigi, while Daiamami needs to win both of his remaining matches to save his place in Makuuchi. The shadow of Ikioi faces the ghost of Terunofuji tomorrow. Aminishiki and Nishikigi square off, as do Sokokurai and Daiamami. Asanoyama will try to get his kachikoshi against Chiyoshoma, while Takekaze goes up against Okinoumi.
The list of promotion candidates in Juryo is down to four, with Myogiryu, Kyokutaisei, and Hidenoumi leading the way just ahead of Aoiyama.