For myself, it’s a great night (day) for lower ranked sumotori! First up, we have Wakaichiro looking for win #2 against Fujishima-beya’s Fujisato. Fujisato’s highest rank is Sandanme 17, but was kyusho for Aki and is looking to bounce back. This match will be a real challenge for Wakaichiro, but a dose of the fighting spirit we saw on day 1 is likely enough to give him a shot at a huge upset.
Second is Ura, marching on towards a great sumo comeback. On day 4 Ura faces Sakaigawa’s Yutakasho, who has been ranked as high as Makushita 49 before a string of make-koshi lowered him to Sandanme 32. He won’t be a pushover, but then again, this is a scaled-up Ura who seems to be on a mission.
Lastly we have Musashikuni’s first match of the basho, early in Makushita. His opponent is Kise-beya’s Higoarashi, who has been ranked as high as Makushita 2 East. I am going to assume that in spite of a string of injuries, Higoarashi is going to be a tough opponent for the big Hawaiian.
Break out the sake and the rice crackers, fire up the stream from Japan, it’s going to be a great night of sumo!