Sandanme rikishi Wakaichiro is back in competition on day 7, facing off against Sandanme 69 Hokutoo, from Hakkaku heya. Hokutoo has 63 tournaments to his career, starting in 2008. His highest rank has been Makushita 50. He is an experienced veteran, and will present a significant challenge to Wakaichiro, who enters day 7 with an 0-3 record.
Given the amount of tape that encases Wakaichiro, fans have started to wonder if he might be nursing some injury. If so, the remainder of Aki might be painful and difficult for him, and worrisome for his fans.