Day 1 and Day 2 Bouts Posted

The torikumi for the opening days is up; time to get psyched! According to the absent rikishi info, the only sekitori not entering on Day 1 is M12 Chiyonokuni. Some key bouts:

Day 1

Yokozuna Hakuho vs. shin-komusubi Hokutofuji.

Yokozuna Kakuryu vs. komusubi Mitakeumi, who is apparently entering the tournament despite being unable to do any practice bouts as a result of his knee injury.

Ozeki Takayasu vs. M1 Kaisei

Ozeki Goeido vs. M1 Endo

Kadoban Ozeki Tochinoshin vs. M2 Daieisho

Sekiwake and Ozeki hopeful Takakeisho vs. M2 Myogiryu

Sekiwake and defending champion Tamawashi vs. M3 Nishikigi

At the other end of the banzuke, Shimanoumi visits from Juryo to state the case that he should be in the top division in place of Chiyoshoma, Daishoho makes his Makuuchi debut against Yutakayama, Terutsuyoshi and Toyonoshima reprise their rivalry from Juryo, and Tomokaze’s first top-division foe is Kagayaki.

Day 2

Kakuryu vs. Kaisei

Hakuho vs. Endo

Goeido vs. Hokutofuji

Tochinoshin vs. Myogiryu

Takayasu vs. Mitakeumi

Tamawashi vs. Daieisho

Takakeisho vs. Nishikigi

And the little man sumo match we’ve all been waiting for: Terutsuyoshi vs. Ishiura!

8 thoughts on “Day 1 and Day 2 Bouts Posted

  1. And on day 2, Terutsuyoshi is matched with Ishiura. Which gives us: Day 1: Pixie vs. Hobbit, Day2: Pixie vs. Hefty Smurf.

    And that’s it. The torikumi committee has exhausted the possibilities of matching Terutsuyoshi with someone his own size. The next closest is Takakeisho, and I would advise Terutsuyoshi to stay away from that particular steam roller.

    • I reckon we’ll have a fair idea after the first 2 days whether Tochinoshin is going to clear kadoban, as you have to think Daieisho and Myogiryu ought to be beatable.

      Can’t wait to see some major salt throwing from Terutsuyoshi!

      • Agree about Tochinoshin; those are likely to be some of his easiest opportunities to pick up 2 of the 8 wins he needs.

      • Murray Johnson described Tochinoshin as having been ‘found out’ as a one trick pony who is no better than average if the opponent can block his left hand from getting a grip.
        Over the past few tournaments I’ve come to the same conclusion: almost every fight the opponent prevented a grip at the tachiai, and looked to engage in some oshi, at which point Tochinoshin looked no better than a rank and filer.
        Hope he can spring a surprise and it turns out his troubles have purely been down to injury, but I just can’t see it.

        • That’s why he needs to be quick at the tachiai. His tsuridashi wins are impressive to look at but they can be easily prevented if he doesn’t get a good grip. He needs to go for quick yorikiri maybe even oshidashi wins and move his body better. I still think he can get those 10+ wins if his body allows it.

        • I don’t know about “found out” — he had always been a one-trick pony. But during his ozeki run he was able to beat people who kept him off the belt. He displayed faster reactions and improved agility, just what he had been needing to get those double digit scores. Then in his first tournament at ozeki he won five straight (two by oshidashi), got injured in his sixth bout, and hasn’t been the same since.

  2. It feels like every second basho we see Chiyonokuni get injured horribly, but then two months later he’ll be back like nothing happened. The guy’s a freak (with terrible injury luck), but even he has limits I guess.

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