With five days remaining, let’s take a look at how many wins rikishi still need to hold rank.
O1e Takakeisho (7-3) needs one more win for kachi-koshi.
O1w Shodai (4-6) needs 4 wins to save his rank; anything less and he’ll be Sekiwake.
S1e Wakatakakage (6-4) needs two more wins to hold rank, and 3-4 to carry over his Ozeki run.
S1w Hoshoryu (9-1) will be Sekiwake in January and has probably started his own Ozeki run.
S2w Mitakeumi (4-6) will not be returning to Ozeki and is in danger of dropping to maegashira unless he wins at least 3 more bouts.
Among the Komusubi quartet, Tamawashi (3-7) must win out to hold rank, Daieisho (4-6) needs 4 wins, Tobizaru (5-5) needs 3, while Kiribayama (6-4) needs 2. M1e Takayasu (8-2) is set to return to san’yaku; if there’s additional room, M1w Kotonowaka and M2e Meisei, both 6-4, are currently next in line.
Makuuchi to Juryo
Chiyotairyu’s retirement opens up one slot in the top division. M16e Terutsuyoshi (0-10) will be vacating another. The other two incumbents in trouble are M15w Atamifuji (3-7) and M8e Takarafuji (0-10). All three are from Isegahama beya. Atamifuji can probably afford only one more loss, and Takarafuji at most two. The current ranked list of promotion contenders is as follows: 1. Tsurugisho, 2. Akua, 3. Bushozan, 4. Chiyomaru, 5. Mitoryu, 6. Hokuseiho.
2 thoughts on “Demotion Watch, Day 10”
Welp, for Mitakeumi I will always question his participation in Aki.
As I recall, he injured his shoulder early in May but stuck it out to finish 6-9 because sumo. I think the rest followed from there.