Demotion Watch, Day 12

Three days remain.

San’yaku

O1e Takakeisho (9-3) is kachi-koshi; his rank is safe at least through March.

O1w Shodai (5-7) must win out to save his rank; otherwise, he’ll be Sekiwake.

S1e Wakatakakage (6-6) needs two more wins to hold rank; his Ozeki run is on life support.

S1w Hoshoryu (10-2) will be Sekiwake in January and has started his own Ozeki run.

S2w Mitakeumi (5-7) needs to win out to stay Sekiwake and can only afford one loss to avoid dropping into the rank and file.

Among the Komusubi quartet, Tamawashi (3-9) will lose his rank, while Kiribayama (8-4) will keep his (or move up). Daieisho (6-6) needs two more wins, and Tobizaru (5-7) must win out. M1e Takayasu (10-2) is set to return to san’yaku; if there’s additional room, M1w Kotonowaka (7-5) is next in line.

Makuuchi to Juryo

Chiyotairyu’s retirement opens up one slot in the top division. M16e Terutsuyoshi (0-12) will be vacating another, as will newcomer M15w Atamifuji (3-9) unless he wins out and gets a very favorable combination of results elsewhere. M8e Takarafuji (2-10) still needs at least one more win and probably two. The current ranked list of promotion contenders is as follows: 1. Tsurugisho, 2. Mitoryu, 3. Akua, 4. Bushozan, 5. Hokuseiho, 6. Chiyomaru.

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