Everything You Need to Know After Act One of the 2018 Kyushu Basho

 

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The 2018 Kyushu Basho is turning into one of the most intriguing, unpredictable tournaments we’ve had this year. We’ve seen some stellar performances from unexpected places, and some abysmal sumo from some of the top stars. As a result, Kyushu has been something of a Bizarro World Basho and it feels like the sumo world has gone topsy-turvy. With Act Two on the horizon, here’s everything you need to know to get up to speed after Act One of Kyushu.

Yusho Race

Without a resident Yokozuna, and the Ozeki corps beginning to crack, the Yusho race is very much up in the air. At the head of the pack are two very surprising characters: Komusubi Takakeisho and Meagashira 2 Tochiozan, who both enter Act Two with perfect 5-0 records. Right behind them is a mob of rikishi including Daiamami, Onosho, Daiesho, Chiyotairyu, Abi, and Takayasu. All of these men have four wins and will be waiting eagerly for Takakeisho and Tochiozan to make a mistake.

Kachi Koshi and Make Koshi

With Act One in the books, we now have a large group of rikishi who are at least halfway to their coveted kachi koshi. This list includes every member of the Yusho race listed above, and each one of them could have a winning record by the end of Act Two should they keep their losses to a minimum. On the flip side, we have a huge crowd who have four or more losses and are heading towards a losing record. At the very bottom of this list is the hapless Arawashi, who is 0-5 and looks too injured to put up a fight. Above him are Chiyomaru, Chiyonokuni, Takanosho. Yutakayama, Takarafuji, Nishikigi (though his only win did come from Ozeki Goeido) Ryuden, Kaisei (technically 1-2-2 after sitting out the first two days, but like the rest he still needs seven more wins to save his rank), and Ichinojo, who all have 1-4 records. These men will need to get their sumo in gear, or else face demotion for the New Year.

Kinboshi

Prior to his departure, Kisenosato gave out three kinboshi to Maegashira wrestlers. These lucky recipients were Hokutofuji, Myogiryu, and Tochiozan. Now that Kise is kyujo, the kinboshi number has been capped at three.

Kyujo

Speaking of Kisenosato, let’s address the elephant in the room. As I’m sure many of you know, Yokozuna Kisenosato went kyujo prior to the beginning of Day 5. It has since been revealed that Kise sprained his right knee during his first-day match with Takakeisho and as a result, pulled out of Kyushu following his fourth straight loss. This decision came after consulting his Oyakata, who told Kisenosato that he could not continue in his condition. According to Kisenosato, he wanted to compete for the fans as the sole Yokozuna but had to put his recovery first, and has been prescribed a month of treatment. The Yokozuna has also stated that he has no intention to retire and wishes to return in time for the winter jungyo. It is yet to be determined what action the NSK will take, and we could very well have witnessed the end of Kisenosato’s career on the dohyo. But for the time being, Kyushu is officially a Nokozuna Basho.

Act One of the 2018 Kyushu Basho has been a very dramatic one. For some, the “play” has been a thriller, for others, it’s been a tragedy. What can be said for sure though, is that this unpredictable Basho is just heating up!

 

Komusubi Kaisei Goes Kyujo

 

Kaisei (in orange) versus Ozeki Takayasu.

 

Tachiai has just learned that Komusubi Kaisei has withdrawn from the 2018 Kyushu Basho. The big Brazilian has withdrawn from the November tournament after suffering a muscle tear in his left leg during practice. He has been prescribed a rest period of two weeks. His stable master Tomozuna Oyakata, however, has stated that Kaisei will rejoin the competition after a few days of resting his leg.

We at Tachiai hope to see Kaisei healthy again soon.

Yutakayama Goes Kyujo

In a surprise kyujo announcement, Maegashira 2 Yutakayama has withdrawn from the 2018 Aki Basho after suffering an elbow injury during his Day 3 match with Yokozuna Kisenosato. Despite the damaged left elbow, Yutakayama attempted to fight through the pain on Day 4 in a losing effort against Kakuryu. Never the less, Yutakayama and his Oyakata are hopeful that he will be able to return to action before Aki ends, should the pain subside. Goeido, his Day 5 opponent, will receive a fusen win, bringing his record up to 4-1. This is very disappointing news for the promising young rikishi, and everyone here at Tachiai hopes Yutakayama has a speedy recovery.

As of yet, there is no news regarding Aoiyama going kyujo after a fall of the dohyo left the giant Bulgarian limping out of the Kokugikan. We will keep you posted should any news develop.

Kyokutaisei Withdraws from Competition

Maegashira 11 Kyokutaisei has withdrawn from the 2018 Aki Basho after suffering an injury to the meniscus in his left knee during his Day 3 match against Daieisho.  The Hokkaido native hurt himself while pivoting on the edge of the dohyo in his first win this September, and was in considerable pain while dismounting the dohyo. Kyokutaisei will require a month of rest and treatment, however, his Oyakata is hopeful that his pain is only temporary and that he will return to action before Aki is over. This marks the first time Kyokutaisei has gone kyujo since joining sumo in 2008. His Day 4 opponent, Ryuden, will receive a fusen win. We at Tachiai hope Kyokutaisei heals up and returns to action soon.

Chiyonokuni Withdraws From Nagoya

Chiyonokuni

Another one of Tamawashi’s opponents has gone kyujo after a rough kotenage caused an injury during the match. This time it is Chiyonokuni, who sustained injury to his left elbow during the throw. This gives a fusen win to Ikioi, and gives ikioi his kochi-koshi.

The team at Tachiai sincerely hope that Chiyonokuni recovers soon, and returns to action in September.