lksumo already created a sterling post that details the storylines going into the final weekend of the Aki basho. There are a handful of high-interest matches for Friday, day 13 that I just wanted to comment on. Apologies if your favorite match is not listed here. So here we go!
What We Are Watching Day 13
Hoshoryu vs Ishiura – A first time match between smaller rikish, and Hoshoryu has make-koshi on the line. The best he can home for now is a day 15 Darwin match, which would be a fascinating shame. Ishiura is injured, so he may be an easy mark.
Enho vs Meisei – Enho’s sumo battery is reading 20%, and it’s been part of why I have found the third act of Aki a bit of a bummer. Some rikishi I really love to watch are on fumes, and not fighting at all well. On the positive side, a Meisei win would be kachi-koshi for him.
Tokushoryu vs Chiyotairyu – Loser is make-koshi. They both have matching 5-7 records, and a career record of 5-7 – with a 2 match advantage for Chiyotairyu.
Kotoeko vs Aoiyama – A win today is kachi-koshi for Aoiyama, he won their only prior encounter, and given that Kotoeko is not fighting well right now, it could be short and brutal. A loss today by Kotoeko is make-koshi for him.
Onosho vs Takarafuji – Their 10 prior bouts are split 5-5, and I am keen to see what a genki Onosho can do with Takarafuji’s defense today.
Kagayaki vs Tochinoshin – Part of me wants to see Kagayaki hand Tochinoshin his make-koshi, as he has been less than awesome this tournament. But Kagayaki is not genki himself, so lord knows how this one is going go. Their last match was in Osaka, when Tochinoshin slapped Kagayaki down.
Myogiryu vs Tamawashi – Loser make-koshi. Work it out guys!
Tobizaru vs Takanosho – Tobizaru has not beaten Takanosho in 5 attempts, but I think this is Tobizaru’s best sumo ever. Takanosho can do his stable make Takakeisho a huge favor and take the flying monkey down for a loss, knocking him out of the leader group. This one will be quite intense, I predict.
Terunofuji vs Wakatakakage – Both are already kachi-koshi, so they are fighting to determine promotion velocity. For Terunofuji, its about where he may end up in San’yaku, for Wakatakakage, I hope he does not end up over-promoted.
Shodai vs Takakeisho – Time to open the good stuff. A top of the banzuke show down between two co-leaders in the yusho arasoi. They have 11 prior matches, with Takakeisho holding a 7-4 lead. But worth noting – Shodai has won the last two (Hatsu and Osaka). Its going to come down to the first step, and I expect that Takakeisho is going to drive inside hard, perhaps too hard. If he can get a solid connection to Shodai’s chest, he can control the match. But I expect Shodai is ready for that, and I think we may see deflection from him and an attempt to use his superior balance and size to control the defensive aspect of the match. The winner of this match is going to be the yusho favorite, at least until tomorrow.
Asanoyama vs Mitakeumi – Not to be sold short, this match has a lot at stake. Mitakeumi needs to “win out” if he wants to reach double digits and keep any hope of his 4th or 5th Ozeki attempt alive. A win today by Asanoyama would give him a narrow but workable chance to challenge for the cup in the final days. Great end to day 13 with two solid, high stakes battles.
12 thoughts on “Aki Day 13 Preview”
If Takakeisho loses, I expect a kyujo to follow.
He’d still be in the race…
As banged up as he is…he seems real shaky. If he weren’t in the lead AND leading Ozeki, I’d have thought kyujo already.
Chiyotairyu is kyujo: http://sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoMain/absence/
I read that Terunofuji is too?
I saw that on SumoForum, but not yet on the Kyokai website. Sad. I wonder what they’ll do with promotions in the event that only one slot opens and Takanosho has 2 or 3 more wins 🤔
And Wakatakakage gets a free pass to one-off-the-pace group with two days to go.
Can’t believe this is the same Onosho who went 0-13 in the July basho.
Total beginner (and potentially really stupid) question: I presume the final day’s bouts are not scheduled until after the conclusion of Day 14, correct? And relatedly, if Tobizaru and Shodai both win on Day 14, they will be scheduled to face each other with yusho on the line on Day 15?
It would be a shock if not, as Shodai meets Asanoyama tomorrow. It’s almost certain that on final day Asanoyama will meet Takakeisho. So Shodai should meet the next best contender, which should be either Tobizaru or Wakatakage.
Not sure what happens, if Asanoyama beats Shodai tomorrow and Tobizaru beats Takakeisho and stays the lone man at 2 losses. Could be that he has to face Asanoyama then instead.
It is customary to delay the publication of the senshuraku torikumi if the yusho has not been resolved before day 14.
They usually are scheduled in advance, but they’ll hold the scheduling until after the bouts if there’s uncertainty about the yusho race, and the last couple of tournaments they have held off more generally (that’s how you get all the 7-7s matched up). I would think it would be Shodai vs. Tobizaru in that scenario, especially since Asanoyama should face Takakeisho. I guess they could do something different that opens up the possibility of a playoff, but I think they like to have the race resolved in regulation when possible.