Please see yesterday’s post for background on the Makushita yusho and promotion races. Key bouts in the lower divisions are usually scheduled on odd-numbered days, and so with Day 7 in the books, we can update most of the picture.
I expect the undefeated 4-0 bracket to play out on Day 9 as follows:
Former Ozeki Asanoyama (Ms4e) will face Ms1w Shonannoumi, who may have already done enough for a Juryo debut but will want another win to make certain.
Ms15w Tanabe, who is ranked just high enough to nab a promotion by going undefeated, will take on Ms23e Tamashoho, whose main claim to fame is being Tamawashi’s brother-in-law.
And we’ll have teenager Ms26e Setonoumi fight Ms41w Mineyaiba.
The final bout is not quite set. It will feature yet another Chiyo, Ms49w Chiyonokatsu, against either comeback kid Ms54e Oshoumi, the September Sandanme champion, or Ms60e Omoto. Those two fight tomorrow for the last spot in the final 8.
Checking in on the Ms1-Ms5 promotion zone, Ms4w Asanowaka (0-4) has been eliminated. In addition to the aforementioned Shonannoumi and Asanoyama, the best promotion shot belongs to Ms2w Fujiseiun (3-1). Top-ranked Ms1e Shiden (2-2) lost to Fujiseiun today and will need to take two of his final 3 bouts to make it to Juryo. His first try will come tomorrow in a crossover bout against J14e Tsushimanada (3-4), who is himself in a precarious position in his Juryo debut. Everyone else in upper Makushita likely needs to win out and hope for favorable results elsewhere to have any shot at being a sekitori in January.
The next update should come after Day 9 bouts are completed.