Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Picture, Day 13

With two days to go, it’s time for a quick look at where the various storylines stand.

Yusho Race

Facing his first Ozeki was too much for young M15e Atamifuji (10-3), and he is now tied for the lead with O1w Takakeisho. M7e Takayasu lost again, but is still in the race as part of a four-man chase group that also includes S1e Daieisho, M10e Kinbozan, and M11w Hokuseiho (raise your hand if you had the last two in the yusho race on Day 13). A whopping 11 rikishi two back at 8-5 are not mathematically out of it yet, but the yusho scoreline is very unlikely to drop to 10 unless all six men ahead of them lose tomorrow. Tomorrow, Takakeisho draws O2w Hoshoryu (6-7), whose back is to the wall, while Atamifuji gets his first bout with M2e Abi (8-5).

Ozeki Status

Takakeisho and Kirishima (8-5) have cleared kadoban, while Hoshoryu (6-7) must win out to avoid being kadoban in November.

San’yaku Exchanges

S1e Daieisho (9-4) and S1w Wakamotoharu (8-5) will keep their rank. Shin-sekiwake S2w Kotonowaka (7-6) needs one more win to maintain his career-high rank, and will not fall lower than Komusubi. K1e Nishikigi (5-8) will be back in the maegashira ranks, while K1w Tobizaru (6-7) must win out to avoid joining him. One or two Komusubi slots should open, unless Kotonowaka loses out and Tobizaru wins out. In any case, top maegashira M1e Hokutofuji (8-5) has clinched promotion even if that means creating an extra Komusubi slot. The other lead contenders for promotion are M2e Abi (8-5) and M2w Asanoyama (8-5).

Makuuchi/Juryo Exchanges

We have three rock-solid demotions: absent M9w Hakuoho, lowest-ranked M17e Daishoho (3-10), and M15w Chiyoshoma (2-11), who’ll be in Juryo for the first time in three years. M16e Kagayaki (4-9) is also going down unless he gets very favorable banzuke luck. The other men who are in danger, and need two wins to ensure safety, are M14e Aoiyama (4-9), M13w Nishikifuji (4-9), and M14w Kotoshoho (5-8).

There’s quite a logjam in Juryo for any open slots, with about 8 rikishi in contention. The yusho leader, J7w Ichiyamamoto (12-1), should be a lock for promotion, and J3e Tomokaze (9-4) should finally be back in the top division after a four-year comeback, but the rest of the spots will be decided in the final two days of action.

5 thoughts on “Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Picture, Day 13

  1. I hadn’t noticed that Hokuseiho had crept into contention. Extraordinary!

    Sad to see Nishikigi drop out of san’yaku but it’s marvellous he got there in the first place given his career trajectory a couple of years ago.

  2. I’m glad that Tomokaze finally gets back, albeit he probably isn’t a future Sanyaku anymore.

    I wonder if there is actually a chance for Onosato to get promoted, especially if he could wind a 13-2 Yusho. Aside the aforementioned two rikishi, there are no really strong records yet. Tohakuryu and Churanoumi can probably secure promotion with one more win though.

    On the other hand there could be a lot of really strong demotion cases. Kagayaki, Aoiyama and Nishikifuji look primed for double digit losses.

  3. In the modern 6-basho a year era, no yusho had ever been won with 10-5 and only 3 had won with 11-4. The last one to do is none other than Harumafuji in Sep 2019. So realistically, it will be between Atamifuji and Takakeisho.

    • (Sept 2017) The counterpoint is that there haven’t been that many occasions on which no one had more than 10 wins after 13 days, and with only 2 guys at 10 and some tough bouts to come for them, 11-4 is very plausible. I don’t think it can be 10: it would take all 6 guys who are at 9/10 right now losing tomorrow, just for starters.


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