In day 8 action, the Makushita yusho race was locked in as a number of strong rikishi managed to join Naya in the 4-0 column, including fellow one to watch Ichiyamamoto, and former Sekitori mainstay Chiyootori. With only 7 rikishi with perfect records, the field will narrow quickly, and the yusho winner may not end the basho with a perfect record. Late in the Makushita fight roster, Hoshoryu dropped his 3rd match of the basho, and has clearly hit a level of competition that presents a real and formidable challenge to his growing sumo skill.
Day 9 Matches
Ichiyamamoto vs Churanoumi – Let the yusho elimination begin! Ichiyamamoto will take on phenom (and former Juryo man) Churanoumi, who has both a Jonidan and Sandanme yusho to his name from 2016. Churanoumi Has been ranked in the top 10 of Makushita or above since Osaka last year, so Ichiyamamoto has a tough day’s work in front of him.
Midorifuji vs Bushozan – A 2-2 bracket match, Midorifuji wukk face Fujishima heya’s Bushozan, who is looking to bounce back from a make-koshi in January.
Naya vs Tsurubayashi – The second match of our “ones to watch” in the yusho bracket, young Naya is facing off against higher ranked rikishi in an effort to contest for the division title. Ms38 ranked Tsurubayashi is a rough equal for Naya in terms of size and weight, but the 25 year old rikishi Kise heya is a 40 tournament Makushita veteran, and will bring a wealth of experience to the dohyo.
Torakio vs Dairaido – Torakio is still hunting for his first win. Will he score it against former Juryo wrestler Takadagawa? It’s going to be a tough day for the Naruto heya rikishi.
Terunofuji vs Daiyusho – Jonidan yusho race match, former Ozeki Terunofuji looks a little better with each match, and his opponent on day 9 has only been in sumo since Osaka of last year. The prospect of fighting an increasingly genki former Ozeki probably fills young Daiyusho (he’s only 16…) with dread.
Hattorizakura vs Higohikari – I am going to watch this match just in case Higohikari falls down.
4 thoughts on “Haru Day 9 – Ones To Watch”
Please don’t jinx my former Ozeki. The 16 year old probably doesn’t know what an Ozeki is, or is sure his heya mates are pulling his leg when they say this guy won a Makuuchi-saiko-yusho. He’ll probably go there with full intent to show them they will have to pull the other one. Now, if this was Terunofuji, rather than his mere specter, he would be happy to oblige by pulling both legs and stuffing them down the poor kid’s throat. But as things stand, we have a legless Kaiju who has only started pumping iron about a week ago.
Daiamami v Azumaryu down in Juryo almost qualified as a double henka :lol:
Good chase from Teruru! Daiyusho really made him work (I mean walk) up a sweat.
Also to be watched, Roga, the young Mongolian recruit at Futagoyama-beya, who took the jonokuchi yusho in january and is now going 5-0 in jonidan.