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So as not to spoil the winner for those who may be following on Twitter, I’m not going to give things away in the headlines. There are many big story lines to come out of today’s bouts and this month’s basho. The most important one to me is the yusho winner and I imagine not everyone had a chance to watch live or has seen the replays yet. To find out the yusho winner, click below:
Basically, this boils down to two men now. Yokozuna Kakuryu is now in the lead with two losses while the injured Terunofuji has three losses. Terunofuji would need to beat Kakuryu twice tomorrow to pick up the yusho. Unfortunately, that seems increasingly remote after the way his knee was unable to stave off Goeido. Further, Kakuryu attempted two henka against Kisenosato, demonstrating exactly how desperate he is to get his second yusho. Kisenosato recovered well from the likely utter shock that a yokozuna would do something that shameless. He was able to recover, barely, at the edge and drive Kakuryu to the other side of the dohyo. The joke-ozuna was able to plant, pivot, and let the ozeki’s own momentum carry him off the dohyo.
Ikioi was also eliminated from contention today at the hands of Kotoshogiku. He clearly had a strategy that could have worked, letting Kotoshogiku belly flop on the edge, but he ran out of real estate before Giku flopped.
Our leadership field doubled overnight. Terunofuji’s loss to Kisenosato opens up the tournament, building drama for the climactic final weekend – if Terunofuji is not injured. His knee seemed to give way when he tried to tip Kisenosato over in a close, back-and-forth bout.
He was able to get up quickly and walk away so I’m hopeful he’ll be close to 100% tomorrow when he faces a desperate Goeido, who needs a win to avoid going kadoban. Terunofuji still leads but shares that lead now with Kakuryu. Kakuryu obliterated an over-zealous Goeido today. Kakuryu will face Kisenosato tomorrow. Kisenosato has the edge in their rivalry, with three straight victories over the junior-zuna.