Undercard – Day 8 and Day 9

Some recaps from day 8 action for some of the lower ranked rikishi I follow. The big update with Herouth’s picks will be up soon!

Wakaichiro lost a heartbreaker against Mitsumune. Wakaichiro had the upper hand, and was in command of the match from the start. But a well timed move to the side, and over-commitment from Wakaichiro landed him teetering against the tawara, which Mitsumune skillfully capitalized on to win. Wakaichiro is now on the edge of make-koshi at 1-3.

Ura continues to dominate each match. This time he plays a jaunty game of “Crack the whip” with Aoi, much to the latter’s dismay. Grabbing a firm hold of Aoi’s left arm, Ura rotates forcefully, propelling his opponent off the dohyo head first. Ura improves to 4-0, and has his kachi-koshi.

Musashikuni picked up his second win, improving to 2-1-1 (aka 2-2) over Fujita. The match ended in a close “who fell first” scenario, so the judges called a monoii. Video review concluded that Fujita did in fact touch down first, and the match went to Musahsikuni. Sadly, I have yet to find any video.

Day 9

Both Wakaichiro and Ura are back in action for day 9, and we will be following their matches here.

Wakaichiro faces Jonidan 4e Tainake who comes in with a matching 1-3 record. The loser gets make-koshi. Like Wakaichro, Tatsunori is fairly new to the sport, and is competing at the top end of Jonidan after a brief tour in Sandanme. Of course we are pulling for the Texas sumotori to prevail, and stake his claim to return to the Sandanme ranks for January.

Ura seeks to go 5-0 in his match against Sandanme 29e Kurahashi from Asakayama-beya. An interesting match as we are starting to see elimination brackets for the division yusho races. Kurahashi has been ranked as high as Sandanme 7w, and will have his hands full in his day 9 match.

Lower Division Matches Day 8

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Musashikuni Loves Sumo Thiiiis Much

Part of my decision to live blog day 8 came about by looking at all of the rikishi further down the banzuke who will be in action on nakabi.

Wakaichio – In dire need of a win, he comes into day 8 with a 1-2 record, and plenty of chances to still come out of Kyushu with a kachi-koshi. He faces Onomatsu heya’s Mitsumune, a relative newcomer to sumo who is only competing in his 6th basho. Both men are 1-2 looking to score their second win.

Ura – Looking very genki thus far, Ura faces Shikoroyama heya’s Aoi, who has been ranked as high as Makushita 49, but has had two straight make-koshi tournaments. Sadly for Aoi, day 8 he faces a man capable of bending space-time and distorting the very fabric of the universe.

Musashikuni – With only one win thus far, the lead rikishi of the Musashigawa stable faces off against Shikoroyama heya’s Fujita. In 2014, Fujita was injured and spent enough time recovering that he had to return via Maezumo, and work his way up from zero. He quickly fought his way back to Makushita, but a seems to still struggle with injuries.

Ura Wins Day 6

 

Midday Friday – Ura’s quest to return to sumo’s top ranks marched ahead another step as he handily defeated Tokuda in day 6 Sandanme action. The crowd in Kyushu were out in force to back him, and he did not disappoint. A submarine tachiai followed by a leg pick and a strong hoist and toss against Tokuda.

With this win, Ura advances to 3-0, meaning his next win will secure a kachi-koshi, and an assurance of higher rank in January.

Bruce’s Undercard Matches Day 4

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For myself, it’s a great night (day) for lower ranked sumotori! First up, we have Wakaichiro looking for win #2 against Fujishima-beya’s Fujisato. Fujisato’s highest rank is Sandanme 17, but was kyusho for Aki and is looking to bounce back. This match will be a real challenge for Wakaichiro, but a dose of the fighting spirit we saw on day 1 is likely enough to give him a shot at a huge upset.

Second is Ura, marching on towards a great sumo comeback. On day 4 Ura faces Sakaigawa’s Yutakasho, who has been ranked as high as Makushita 49 before a string of make-koshi lowered him to Sandanme 32. He won’t be a pushover, but then again, this is a scaled-up Ura who seems to be on a mission.

Lastly we have Musashikuni’s first match of the basho, early in Makushita. His opponent is Kise-beya’s Higoarashi, who has been ranked as high as Makushita 2 East. I am going to assume that in spite of a string of injuries, Higoarashi is going to be a tough opponent for the big Hawaiian.

Break out the sake and the rice crackers, fire up the stream from Japan, it’s going to be a great night of sumo!