The yusho race
Undefeated Mitakeumi (11-0) leads by 2 wins over the M13 duo of Tochiozan and Asanoyama. Having finally overcome Kaisei, tomorrow the leader takes on another bugbear in Takayasu, who has defeated the Sekiwake in 6 straight bouts. Tochiozan faces Myogiryu, while Asanoyama moves way up the banzuke to take on Kaisei. The 3-loss group is down to four men: Goeido, Endo, Yutakayama, and Hokutofuji. And of course, the schedulers have paired them off for tomorrow (Goeido vs. Endo and Yutakayama vs. Hokutofuji), so tomorrow it will be down to two.
The upper ranks
Goeido got his all-important 8th win to clear his kadoban status. It will be interesting to see how much resistance he puts up against Endo, who has beaten the Ozeki the last four times they’ve faced off. Takayasu is still looking for his 8th after losing to a suddenly awake Ichinojo, who helped his own chances of staying in San’yaku. Tamawashi lost, putting his own San’yaku status in some doubt. Despite his loss to Endo, Takakeisho still leads the scramble for promotion to San’yaku, with Ikioi, Chiyonokuni, Kaisei and Endo in pursuit.
The demotion danger zone
The group in danger of demotion dwindled considerably. Chiyoshoma, Chiyomaru and Ryuden still need a win apiece, while Okinoumi, Yoshikaze and Ishiura need two. If the basho ended today, going down would be Arawashi, who likely needs to win 3 of the last 4 to avoid this fate, and the two debutants, Kotoeko and Meisei, who both now have zero room for error.
Takanoiwa will definitely rejoin the top division in September, and he is most likely to be joined by Takanosho and Kotoyuki.