Aki Banzuke Weekend

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This summer sumo break has featured some fantastic jungyo coverage from Herouth, as the rikishi have traveled northern Japan. But the day that sumo fans have been anticipating with delight is now just hours away – the publication of the September ranking sheet – the Aki Banzuke!

The team here at Tachiai are as giddy as toddler on Christmas Eve, but with cleaner undergarments. We will bring you the banzuke news as soon as its posted (Sunday afternoon US time), but the podcast may wait until next weekend. The Aki basho begins two weeks from right about now.

Nagoya Banzuke Posted!

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The banzuke for the July tournament is live on the Sumo Kyokai web site. Some notable results:

  • Mitakeumi back in Sekiwake. He let Tochinoshin rush past him and pick up Ozeki. Time to gamberize, king tadpole!
  • Tamawashi back in San’yaku at Komusubi East. I bet it’s time for celebratory cookies Kataonami heya.
  • Shodai at the front of the meat grinder at Maegashira 1 East.
  • Abi and Takakeisho ready to slug it out in the joi at Maegashira 3.
  • Kagayaki is at Maegashira 4, a new career high and his first time in the joi. Time to see if Mr Fundamentals can dance with the big men.
  • Endo’s incredible banzuke luck, only busted down to Maegashira 6 after a meager 3 wins at Komusubi in May.
  • Onosho returns to Makuuchi at Maegashira 11. I predict this young man is going to tear the lower end of the banzuke a new one this basho.
  • Kotoeko lands solidly in the top division at Maegashira 14 East. I am really (once again) liking the look of the level of competition at the bottom of the banzuke.
  • Ishiura holds on to the top division at Maegashira 15 East.
  • Ryuden sinks like a stone to Maegashira 15 West after 3-12 in May from M7 E.
  • Hokutofuji is clinging to the tiniest scrap at the corner of the banzuke at Maegashira 16 East.

Of course I would be remiss if I did not also mention that Wakaichiro is back in Sandanme at SD 94 West. Given his steady improvement, I predict he will fare better this time.

I am sure our resident prognosticator (lksumo) will review his own performance shortly, but in the mean time, head over the the NSK web site and enjoy.  Tachiai’s coverage of the Nagoya tournament starts now!