After seven rounds of competition, Ms8e Oshoma (7-0) took the title by beating wily veteran Ms30 Kitaharima. This was only Oshoma’s 4th tournament; he started at Ms15TD in November and went 19-9 in upper Makushita. His undefeated record in the Ms1-Ms15 extended promotion zone will see him make his Juryo debut in just his 5th basho.
It looks like 4 promotion slots will be open in Juryo. Shohozan, Chiyoarashi, and Daishomaru are certain to drop to Makushita, while J14e Takakento (7-8) lost what sure looked like an exchange bout, though he did get to stay at that rank after a 7-8 record in March. Oshoma claims one slot. The others will go to rikishi in the Ms1-Ms5 promotion zone with winning records. The contenders in order of precedence are Ms2e Hokuseiho (5-2), Ms1w Nishikawa (4-3), Ms3e Chiyosakae (5-2), Ms4w Kinbozan (5-2), Ms4e Roga (4-3) and Ms5w Kamito (4-3). Chiyosakae won his likely exchange bout with Takakento, while Kinbozan lost his with Kitanowaka. The first 3 should go up, while the next 3 will get to try again in July. As usual, unlike the rest of the banzuke, the Juryo promotions will be announced in the next few days.