November 2020: Days 7 to 9 Review (3/5)

Welcome back to MyDohyo for the third in our series of five tournament review articles! Today we shall take a look at the action from days 7 up until the end of play on day 9, providing our highlights in addition to an update on the yusho title contention race.

Sore consolation for Make-Koshi Enho

This has certainly been a tournament to forget for the young Maegashira #11: Enho currently sits with a tournament record of 1 win and 8 losses – make-koshi – and his loss of Makuuchi (top division of professional sumo) training partners in Ishiura (demoted to Juryo #3) and Hakuho (absent through injury) appears to have had a devastating impact on the youngster’s form.

After 8 winless days, Enho finally picked up his first win on Day 9 against Maegashira #8 Aoiyama (3-6) – an opponent whom he has defeated 3 out of the last 4 times they have fought. This will surely do little to console Enho, however, does serve as an opportunity to capitalise on his success against Aoiyama and bring some positive form into his Day 10 bout against Chiyotairyu!

Upsets for Yusho contenders!

In a seemingly startling turn of events, the top three rikishi vying for the November yusho race have all dropped bouts since the last tournament review: Takakeisho suffered a defeat to Maegashira #4, Tobizaru, on Day 9 (whose tournament record now tallies at: 3-6). Terunofuji has dropped two bouts since the last review, losing to both Maegashira #2 Daieisho (6-3) and Komusubi Takayasu (5-4) on days 8 and 9 respectively. Chiyonokuni – another of our prospective title contenders – has also fallen into a spell of poor form, losing on Days 7 and 8 to Maegashira #13 Hoshoryu (one of the few rikishi we stated to “keep an eye on!” in the first review) and Maegashira #7 Endo.

What do Shimanoumi, Takarafuji and Takakeisho all have in common?

When looking at rankings alone, one would think Shimanoumi, Takarafuji and Takakeisho are worlds apart, however, a surprising run of excellent performances – along with the dropped bout from Takakeisho – have put all these men on 8 wins and 1 loss in November.

Takakeisho’s performances and rank speak for themselves, however, neither of those factors mattered to Tobizaru (whose ringname translates to English as “flying monkey“) in his bout on Day 9, where he threw the great Ozeki to the floor to win by Hatakikomi (slap down).

Takarafuji is one we would consider a “steady” wrestler, whose tournament records mostly tend towards the make-koshi and kachi-koshi (7-8 or 8-7) borderline. His last five tournament records are: November 2019 (6-9), January 2020 (7-8), March 2020 (9-6), July 2020 (5-10), September 2020 (7-8). It is somewhat of a surprise to see the Maegashira #6 doing so well in November – so much so that we hadn’t assessed his yusho contention challenge in any of our reviews until now!

In another surprise, Shimanoumi – currently the lowest ranked rikishi at Maegashira #17 – has defeated all his opponents apart from fan-favourite, Ichinojo and is currently also on 8 wins and 1 loss. To put this into appropriate context, he appears to be emulating the stunning sumo seen from Tokushoryu in January and Terunofuji in July: two tournaments which saw Maegashira #17 rikishi fight their way to win the yusho. Is Shimanoumi set to repeat history and take this November basho?

Conclusions

This has certainly been an eventful 3 Days of sumo action, with rikishi performing better and worse than expected since the last review. Now, at the stage where make-koshi and kachi-koshi have been awarded, the yusho race is becoming clearer:

As it stands, the following 3 rikishi are at the very top of the scoreboard, with 8 wins and 1 loss apiece:

  • Ozeki, Takakeisho.
  • Maegashira #6, Takarafuji.
  • Maegashira #17, Shimanoumi.

Following closely behind are 3 rikishi with 7 wins and 2 losses:

  • Komusubi, Terunofuji.
  • Maegashira #10, Ryuden.
  • Maegashira #14, Chiyonokuni.

Any of these 6 wrestlers are in with a chance of winning this yusho, however, 2020 dictates that the most likely winner of this tournament will be Shimanoumi – after all, two Maegashira #17 rikishi have won in 2020 so far!

Day 10 will, in a sense, affirm whether the lowest ranked wrestler in the top division has what it takes to go on and win the competition outright since he shall be up against Chiyonokuni (7-2) – one of the highest scoring rikishi this tournament. As for Takarafuji and Takakeisho, their Day 10 bouts are a little more straightforward, facing: Hokutofuji (5-4) and Myogiryu (3-6) respectively. It is too early to call all the shots yet – with 6 more days of play ahead, anything could happen (injuries, etc.) – however, if Shimanoumi takes the victory against Chiyonokuni on Day 10, he sits as our firm favourite to win the basho and become the third Maegashira #17 of 2020 to win!

November 2020: Days 3 to 6 Review (2/5)

Welcome to the second installment of MyDohyo’s tournament review series, where we’ll be looking at how various rikishi have performed compared to expected (based on previous reviews and pre-existing tournament data) and provide an update on the yusho title race contention.

Day 5 marks the end of the line for Shin-Ozeki Shodai’s November yusho hopes.

In an injury riddled tournament with both Yokozuna absent from Day 1, we could take some consolation in the stunning line up of 3 Ozeki rikishi, going into November’s meet. However, November has so far proven less straightforward than we had anticipated for our Ozeki trio: Asanoyama pulled out on Day 3 after sustaining a right shoulder injury and now Shodai has been forced to withdraw from play on Day 5, leaving Takakeisho. Takakeisho is not only the final Ozeki in play, but also the highest ranked wrestler left in the competition!

Shodai finishes the November tournament on a 3-1 record, after losing to Daieisho on Day 4. His reason for absence is an ankle injury he sustained in an earlier bout – likely linked to the bout he had with Takayasu on Day 3, where he was seen hobbling away from the Dohyo.

Yusho update

As of the last installment in this review series (Days 1 to 3), we had listed a group of 10 rikishi who were on perfect 3-0 scores: Shimanoumi, Chiyonokuni, Hoshoryu, Kotoeko, Endo, Hokutofuji, Terunofuji, Okinoumi, Takakeisho and Shodai.

Since then one of our favourites to win the title, (newly promoted to) Ozeki Shodai, suffered a defeat against Daieisho and has now withdrawn from play.

Of the 10 highlighted rikishi, only the following 3 now remain with a perfect 6-0 tournament record:

  1. Ozeki, Takakeisho.
  2. Komusubi, Terunofuji.
  3. Maegashira #14, Chiyonokuni

As for the other 6 rikishi:

Shimanoumi is on a 5-1 record after losing to Ichinojo (2-4) on Day 6.

Hoshoryu (3-3) has lost all of his subsequent matches since Day 3 – losing to Chiyotairyu (4-2) on Day 4, Chiyoshoma (3-3) on Day 5 and Tokushoryu (4-2) on Day 6.

Kotoeko currently has a 4-2 record after losing to Terutsuyoshi (2-4) on Day 5 and Tochinoshin on Day 6 (3-3).

Endo has had a decent start to the November meet, with a tournament record of 4-2. His losses were to Takarafuji (5-1) on Day 5 and Kotoshoho (3-3) on Day 6. It’s vital for Endo to stem his losses over the next few days so as not to fall too far behind the perfect scoring yusho group.

Hokutofuji is another on a 4-2 record as of the end of play on Day 6. He lost on Day 5 and 6 to Terunofuji (6-0) and Takanosho (4-2) – both very tough opponents – respectively. As with Endo, Hokutofuji must return to winning form from Day 7 onwards to be in with a fighting chance for the yusho.

Okinoumi, also on a 4-2 tournament record, has suffered defeats to Komusubi Terunofuji (6-0) and Sekiwake Mitakeumi (4-2) on Days: 4 and 6.

For the direct yusho contenders, the next few days may prove crucial in terms of their ability to win the November tournament: Takakeisho will face Okinoumi (4-2) on Day 7, Terunofuji will fight Wakatakakage (1-5) and Chiyonokuni will be up against Hoshoryu (3-3). Takakeisho and Terunofuji ought to win both of their respective bouts, although Okinoumi appears to be in relatively decent form and there is also somewhat of an outside chance for a surprise win from Wakatakakage – keep in mind though that his only win of this basho so far, is a win by default after Asanoyama withdrew with an injury. Chiyonokuni will face a difficult opponent in Hoshoryu, however, it is noted that Hoshoryu has lost every bout since the last review (Day 3) and appears to be off form.

How will the yusho shape up going forward? It’s still too early to predict a winner of this tournament, however, the next few days could prove critical for the 3 top scoring rikishi, since a “silly” loss here and there would demote them into a swathe of rikishi who are closely following and on 4-2 records.

Join us again on Day 9 for another installment of MyDohyo’s 3-Day tournament review series, where we’ll have a closer look at the yusho contention group and attempt to draw some conclusions from their tournament form and experience so far to see which direction the title race might go!

November 2020: Days 1 to 3 Review (1/5)

We’re now a fifth of the way through the November basho, which means it is time for MyDohyo’s first 3-Day review: Throughout the course of this tournament, we are striving to provide you with as much meaningful content as possible and aim to provide you with a series of 3-Day reviews to help get your head around the latest happenings within the world of professional Sumo.

Ichinojo off to a poor start in November

In the September basho, Ichinojo won 2 out of his 3 opening matches, bringing down the likes of Kyokutaisei and Shohozan, but losing to Hoshoryu in his opening bout. Like Ichinojo, Hoshoryu finished the tournament with an 8-7 kachi-koshi record and was promoted from Maegashira #16 to Maegashira #13 – the same rank as Ichinojo, albeit East Maegashira for Hoshoryu.

Unfortunately, November has not been so kind for the Mongolian rikishi, who is now suffering from a 3-Day losing streak against: Chiyonokuni, Kotonowaka and Chiyotairyu. Ichinojo faces a tough opponent in Sadanoumi on Day 4, however, both men have lost all of their opening bouts, so there is not much momentum behind either wrestler.

In complete contrast to Ichinojo, Hoshoryu has won all of his opening bouts this tournament, beating: Kaisei, Yutakayama and Enho. He faces Chiyotairyu on Day 4

And then there were two…Ozeki: Asanoyama pulls out with a deltoid injury.

Asanoyama’s tournament was brought to an abrupt end after suffering from a right shoulder (deltoid) injury. His stable master told reporters that Asanoyama had “hurt himself when he was struck in the (right) arm in his first bout (against rank-and-filer Kiribayama),” and that “He competed yesterday but he’s in pain and in no condition to wrestle. He needs to heal fully,” (source: Mainichi).

Asanoyama’s fellow Ozeki peers, Shodai and Takakeisho, have opened this tournament well with 3-0 perfect records apiece. Shodai had a close fight against former Ozeki Takayasu on Day 3, with both men on the tawada (straw bales marking the ring around the dohyo). A late twist by Shodai afforded him the opportunity to thrust down Takayasu, thereby winning him the match by tsukiotoshi (thrust down).

Yusho contention: 10 rikishi with perfect scores!

Now, it’s still far too early to call the yusho race since we are only on Day 3 out of 15, however, we can attempt to draw some knowledge from the current standings when cross-referencing with previous tournaments.

Currently, the 10 rikishi with perfect 3-0 records are as follows: Shimanoumi, Chiyonokuni, Hoshoryu, Kotoeko, Endo, Hokutofuji, Terunofuji, Okinoumi, Takakeisho and Shodai.

We’ve already mentioned Hoshoryu with regards to his contrasting performances when compared with Ichinojo, so we shall go no deeper with this rikishi for now then to say: “keep you eye on Hoshoryu”!

Endo, Terunofuji and the Ozeki pairing (Takakeisho and Shodai), from a technical and “recent performances” point of view are the most likely grouping within these 10 rikishi to continue in the yusho race until the final days of the November tournament.

Endo has had a mixed year, being bandied back and forth between Maegashira and Komusubi rankings since November 2019. In September 2020, he had to withdraw after 10 bouts, citing issues with “fluid building up in his right knee” (linked to a previous injury). Despite this see-sawing between ranks, he earned kinboshi (gold star award given to record a Maegashira’s win over a Yokozuna) back to back in the January tournament beating both Hakuho and Kakuryu. Additionally, his start to this November basho has been positive, overcoming the likes of January winner Tokushoryu, Terutsuyoshi and Aoiyama already, so don’t write the Maegashira #7 off the yusho race just yet!

For Terunofuji, Takakeisho and Shodai, not much introduction is needed. All of these rikishi have been Ozeki at somepoint in time (Takakeisho and Shodai still are) and all of them are in decent fighting spirits. It is worthy to note that Shodai had a close match against Takayasu on Day 3, where he appeared to have hurt his leg and was seen hobbling slightly on his way back to the dressing room. Hopefully this is nothing serious and that he comes back on Day 4 as strong as ever!

For the other rikishi with 3-0 wins, their paths going forward are much less certain as of yet and it will remain to be seen whether any one of them can carry their momentum forward to the latter stages of the basho. However, if the 2020 season has taught us anything, having no Yokozuna present and already having lost an Ozeki (possibly 2 if Shodai turns out to be injured), can cause quite a stir within the Sumo rankings with rank-and-filers being full of belief that the tournaments are theirs to win.

So it all remains open as of the end of play on Day 3 in this November basho. Only time will tell who will take the finale to this year of surprises in the top-tier of professional sumo!

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that you will join us again on Day 6 for the second in our series of 3-Day reviews.

November Basho – 2020

MyDohyo are returning for the November basho to bring you the latest information from the world of professional Sumo, with tournament progression updates every three days and live tweets to guide you along as the action unfolds!

After a lengthy absence from our calendars, Grand Sumo is set for a spectacular return to our screens on November the 8th. We’ve already seen an incredible 4 tournaments this year, with each providing plenty of twists and turns – including the stunning Yusho victories from Maegashira#17 rikishi Tokushoryu (January), Terunofuji (July) and the Ozeki promotion winning performance by former Sekiwake Shodai in September.

The only Yokozuna to win a yusho so far in 2020 is Hakuho, who won the march basho in a close fight against the West Yokozuna, Kakuryu. Both wrestlers have struggled attaining match fitness since this tournament, with Hakuho undergoing surgery on both knees after the July competition drew to a close while Kakuryu suffered from an elbow injury at the same time. Unfortunately, Kakuryu’s spell of bad luck will continue until the end of the 2020 season, as the Japan Times are reporting that the West Yokozuna has withdrawn from the November tournament, citing a “lower back complaint” (source). The same news outlet have reported that Hakuho has also pulled out from the November basho and will therefore end the season with 1 yusho (source). As can be seen in Figure 1, for Hakuho to win less than two tournaments within a season is a rare occurrence – to the end that it has only happened now twice in the last 14 years.

Figure 1: The Wikipedia listing of Hakuho’s professional sumo career.

Looking ahead to the November basho, there are numerous rikishi to keep a close eye on, all of whom are in good form and in with a chance at taking the yusho: Firstly, Shodai was the winner of the September tournament and secured promotion to the prestigious Ozeki rank and therefore cannot be taken lightly going forwards. Secondly, Former Ozeki Takayasu appears to be making somewhat of a comeback of late, with a new promotion to Sekiwake coming off the back of the September outing, where he finished with an impressive 13-2 kachi-koshi winning record and will be fighting to maintain his position.

All being said, there are so many rikishi that have done surprisingly well in recent tournaments, that it would be a crime to rule them out of yusho contention, the likes of: Mitakeumi, Onosho, Terunofuji, Wakatakakage and Tobizaru are well within a fighting chance of causing an upset during this basho and are worthy of mention.

Finally, regardless as to whether they are match fit or not, the trio of fantastic Ozeki present in this tournament in the forms of: Asanoyama, Takakeisho and Shodai, look set to light up our screens with excellent sumo action right from Day 1!

September 2020: Days 8-15 LIVE BLOG

  • Final Day

    (27/09/2020)
    Absences:
    • Terunofuji (Day 13)
    • Chiyotairyu (Day 13)
    • Endo (Day 12)
    • Kiribayama (Day 10)
    • Yutakayama (Day 8)
    • Kyokutaisei (Day 5)
    • Hakuho (Day 1)
    • Kakuryu (Day 1)
    • Abi (Day 1)
    • Azumaryu (Day 1)
    • Fujiazuma (Day 1)
    Commentary:

    • Start of Final Day


    • Ichinojo VS Chiyonoo: Ichinojo wins by Uwatenage (overarm throw) to finish the tournament with a 8-7 Kachikoshi record.

    • Ikioi VS Shohozan: Shohozan wins and finishes the basho with a 5-10 record. Ikioi ends with 3-12, both rikishi end with losing records.

    • Sadanoumi VS Hoshoryu: Hoshoryu with a Yorikiri frontal push out victory against Sadanoumi, to end the basho with a 8-7 Kachikoshi. Sadanoumi meanwhile was not so fortunate, and ended with a Makekoshi 7-8 record.

    • Shimanoumi VS Wakatakakage: Wakatakakage finished the Aki basho as he started, with a solid Yorikiri victory against Shimanoumi, to end on an 11-4 winning record. Shimanoumi finishes the basho with 6-9 Makekoshi.

    • Tokushoryu VS Onosho: Tokushoryu with a great thrusting attack to win by Yorikiri. Onosho had such a great start to this basho, he’s bound to be disappointed with the way it ended. Their records are: 7-8 and 10-5.

    • Kaisei VS Kagayaki: Kagayaki secures his Aki basho Kachikoshi, while Kaisei misses out and finishes with a Makekoshi. Their records are: 7-8 and 8-7 respectively.

    • Takayasu VS Meisei: A strong end to the basho for Takayasu with a tsukidashi frontal thrust out victory against Meisei, to end his tournament with a strong 10-5 winning record. Meisei has also got a winning record, and ends with 9-6.

    • Kotoeko VS Takarafuji: Kotoeko secures his Kachikoshi and beats Takarafuji for the first time after a back and forth bout that could have gone either way! Their records end on: 8-7 and 7-8 respectively.


    • 2nd Half

    • Kotoshogiku VS Terutsuyoshi: Tertsuyoshi with the victory against the injured Kotoshogiku with a win by Yorikiri. Their records end on: 2-10-3 and 5-10 respectively. Lots of speculation on the future of Kotoshogiku’s career, however, We would like to see him persevere and finish on a good note if his body allows it.

    • Myogiryu VS Enho: Enho with a shitatenage underarm throw to defeat his bigger opponent. Enho finishes on much better form than he started this basho and looks set to score well in November if he carries this momentum forward. Their records: 6-9 and 6-9.

    • Kotoshoho VS Tamawashi: Kotoshoho with a seemingly easy win against Tamawashi by tsukidashi thrust out. Their records are: 10-5 and 5-10.

    • Hokutofuji VS Tochinoshin: Hokutofuji wins by Oshidashi frontal push out to defeat Tochinoshin. Their records end on: 6-9 and 6-9 respectively.

    • Aoiyama VS Takanosho: Again a strong start from Aoiyama, but a switch from pushing thrusting to pulling and backtracking costs him the match. Takanosho now has 10-5 while Aoiyama gets a Makekoshi, 7-8.

    • Daieisho VS Okinoumi: Daieisho with good footwork to win by tsukiotoshi thrust down over Okinoumi. Their records end on: 5-10 and 4-11 respectively.

    • Kribayama VS Mitakeumi: Kiribayama defeats Mitakeumi by Yorikiri frontal force out to finish on a high of 9-4-2 while Mitakeumi finishes on 8-7.

    • Shodai VS Tobizaru: And Shodai wins to secure the Emperor’s cup against Tobizaru. His first ever Yusho and he now hopes to be promoted to Ozeki for the november basho! Great fighting spirit from Tobizaru who took Shodai right onto the tawara!

    • Asanoyama VS Takakeisho: A strange matta at the start of the match saw Asanoyama get a second go at Takakeisho, however, it was to no avail since Takakeisho’s footwork and strength were running on a full tank!


    • End of Final Day


    Results:
    EastWinnerWest
    Maegashira #17 Ichinojo
    (8-7)
    IchinojoJuryo #6 Chiyonoo
    (9-6)
    Juryo #1 Ikioi
    (3-12)
    ShohozanMaegashira #15 Shohozan
    (5-10)
    Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
    (7-8)
    HoshoryuMaegashira #16 Hoshoryu
    (8-7)
    Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
    (6-9)
    WakatakakageMaegashira #8 Wakatakakage
    (11-4)
    Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
    (7-8)
    TokushoryuMaegashira #9 Onosho
    (10-5)
    Maegashira #7 Ryuden
    (6-9)
    IshiuraMaegashira #13 Ishiura
    (4-4-7)
    Maegashira #12 Kaisei
    (7-8)
    KagayakiMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
    (8-7)
    Maegashira #6 Takayasu
    (10-5)
    TakayasuMaegashira #13 Meisei
    (9-6)
    Maegashira #10 Kotoeko
    (8-7)
    KotoekoMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
    (7-8)
    Maegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
    (2-10-3)
    TerutsuyoshiMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
    (5-10)
    Maegashira #3 Myogiryu
    (6-9)
    EnhoMaegashira #9 Enho
    (6-9)
    Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
    (10-5)
    KotoshohoMaegashira #2 Tamawashi
    (5-10)
    Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
    (6-9)
    HokutofujiMaegashira #4 Tochinoshin
    (6-9)
    Maegashira #7 Aoiyama
    (7-8)
    TakanoshoMaegashira #1 Takanosho
    (10-5)
    Sekiwake Daieisho
    (5-10)
    DaieishoKomusubi Okinoumi
    (4-11)
    Maegashira #5 Kiribayama
    (9-4-2)
    KiribayamaSekiwake Mitakeumi
    (8-7)
    Sekiwake Shodai
    (13-2)
    ShodaiMaegashira #14 Tobizaru
    (11-4)
    Ozeki Asanoyama
    (10-5)
    TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
    (12-3)
  • Day 14

    (26/09/2020)
    Absences:
    • Terunofuji (Day 13)
    • Chiyotairyu (Day 13)
    • Endo (Day 12)
    • Kiribayama (Day 10)
    • Yutakayama (Day 8)
    • Kyokutaisei (Day 5)
    • Hakuho (Day 1)
    • Kakuryu (Day 1)
    • Abi (Day 1)
    • Azumaryu (Day 1)
    • Fujiazuma (Day 1)
    Commentary:

    • Start of Day 14

    • Nishikigi VS Shohozan: Shohozan wins to go 4-10 while Nishikigi goes to 5-9. A win by Hatakikomi (slap down).

    • Ikioi VS Ishiura: Ishiura picks up his third win of the basho to proceed to the final day with a 3-4-7 record. Ikioi will continue with a 3-11 record.

    • Sadanoumi VS Ichinojo: Sadanoumi defeats Ichinojo by Yorikiri (frontal force out). Their records are now both 7-7.

    • Shimanoumi VS Kotoeko: Kotoeko with an Oshidashi (frontal push out) victory against Shimanoumi, taking their records to: 6-8 and 7-7 respectively.

    • Tokushoryu VS Kotoshoho: A close fight but Kotoshoho comes out victorious with a win by Oshidashi (frontal push out). Their records are now: 6-8 and 9-5 respectively.

    • Ryuden VS Kotoshogiku: An initial Matta caused by Ryuden charging whilst Kotoshogiku was not ready resulted in a brief pause of the action. On the restart, Kotoshogiku got the better Tachiai and took Ryuden onto the Tawara (straw bales that form the ring). However, Ryuden summoned great strength to overturn the odds and throw Kotoshogiku onto the flor of the dohyo to win by Uwatenage (overarm throw). Their records are now: 6-8 and 2-9-3.

    • Kaisei VS Aoiyama: was the preliminary victor of this bout with a good tachiai and an excellent pushing style to boot. However, it was not to be for the Bulgarian rikishi after he initiated the pulling action, which has lost him so many matches before and ultimately ended up in his defeat by Oshidashi today. Their records are now both 7-7.

    • Hoshoryu VS Kagayaki: Hoshoryu with the win by Kakenage (hooking inner thigh throw) taking their records to: 7-7.

    • Myogiryu VS Meisei: Meisei wins with a tsukiotoshi thrust down to go to 9-5. Myogiryu lost after his opponent disappeared from in front of him and couldn’t stop his own momentum (with a little shove from Meisei) from walking him out. Their records are now: 6-8 and 9-5.


    • End of 1st Half


    • Enho VS Terutsuyoshi: Excellent bout from Enho after dodging Terutsuyoshi’s tachiai and getting behind his opponent to win by Okuridashi. Their records are now: 5-9 and 4-10 respectively.

    • Hokutofuji VS Takayasu: Hokutofuji VS Takayasu: Takayasu with the win! Hatakikomi slap down victory for Takayasu against Hokutofuji after a pushing game from both rikishi. Their records are now: 5-9 and 9-5 respectively.

    • Tochinoshin vs Tamawashi: Tochinoshin and Tamawashi had a very even pushing thrusting match which could have gone either way, however, Tochinoshin eventually came out victorious to win by Yorikiri (frontal force out). Their records are now: 6-8 and 5-9.

    • Onosho VS Takanosho: Takanosho wins after a close pushing bout by hatakikomi slap down, taking Onosho out of the Yusho fight. Their records are 10-4 and 9-5 respectively.

    • Okinoumi VS Kiribayama: An easy victory for Kiribayama after manoeuvring Okinoumi onto the Tawara. A win by Yorikiri (frontal force out). Their records are: 4-10 and 8-4-2.

    • Daieisho VS Takarafuji: Takarafuji wins by Oshidashi. Their records are now: 4-10 and 7-7 respectively.

    • Wakatakakage VS Mitakeumi: Mitakeumi gains his Kachikoshi with a win by shitatenage (underarm throw). Conversely, this eliminates Wakatakakage from Yusho contention and takes their records to: 10-4 and 8-6 respectively.

    • Asanoyama VS Shodai: Shodai slams Asanoyama down to the clay and wins by Oshitaoshi, taking Asanoyama out of the Yusho contention. Their records are: 10-4 and 12-2.

    • Tobizaru VS Takakeisho: Takakeisho crushes Tobizaru’s title hopes in the final match of Day 14 with a win by hatakikomi slap down. Their records are now both 11-3 meaning that Shodai is the sole leader (12-2) going into the final day of sumo action.


    • End of Day 14

    Results:
    EastWinnerWest
    Juryo #1 Nishikigi
    (5-9)
    ShohozanMaegashira #15 Shohozan
    (4-10)
    Juryo #1 Ikioi
    (3-11)
    IshiuraMaegashira #13 Ishiura
    (3-4-7)
    Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
    (7-7)
    SadanoumiMaegashira #17 Ichinojo
    (7-7)
    Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
    (6-8)
    KotoekoMaegashira #10 Kotoeko
    (7-7)
    Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
    (6-8)
    KotoshohoMaegashira #12 Kotoshoho
    (9-5)
    Maegashira #7 Ryuden
    (6-8)
    RyudenMaegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
    (2-9-3)
    Maegashira #12 Kaisei
    (7-7)
    KaiseiMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
    (7-7)
    Maegashira #16 Hoshoryu
    (7-7)
    kakenageMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
    (7-7)
    Maegashira #3 Myogiryu
    (6-8)
    MeiseiMaegashira #13 Meisei
    (9-5)
    Maegashira #9 Enho
    (5-9)
    okuridashiMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
    (4-10)
    Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
    (5-9)
    TakayasuMaegashira #6 Takayasu
    (9-5)
    Maegashira #4 Tochinoshin
    (6-8)
    TochinoshinMaegashira #2 Tamawashi
    (5-9)
    Maegashira #9 Onosho
    (10-4)
    TakanoshoMaegashira #1 Takanosho
    (9-5)
    Komusubi Okinoumi
    (4-10)
    KiribayamaMaegashira #5 Kiribayama
    (8-4-2)
    Sekiwake Daieisho
    (4-10)
    TakarafujiMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
    (7-7)
    Maegashira #8 Wakatakakage
    (10-4)
    MitakeumiSekiwake Mitakeumi
    (8-6)
    Ozeki Asanoyama
    (10-4)
    ShodaiSekiwake Shodai
    (12-2)
    Maegashira #14 Tobizaru
    (11-3)
    TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
    (11-3)
  • Day 13

    (25/09/2020)
    Absences:
    • Terunofuji (Day 13)
    • Chiyotairyu (Day 13)
    • Endo (Day 12)
    • Kiribayama (Day 10)
    • Yutakayama (Day 8)
    • Kyokutaisei (Day 5)
    • Hakuho (Day 1)
    • Kakuryu (Day 1)
    • Abi (Day 1)
    • Azumaryu (Day 1)
    • Fujiazuma (Day 1)
    Commentary:

    • Start of Day 13

    • Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu have both withdrawn from the Aki basho.

    • Shimanoumi VS Shohozan: Shimanoumi wins by the rare kimedashi (arm barring throw) tecnique. Their records are now 6-7 and 3-10 respectively.

    • Hoshoryu VS Ishiura: Hoshoryu wins by Uwatenage (overarm throw). Their records are now 6-7 and 2-4-7 respectively.

    • Ichinojo VS Kotoshogiku: Ichinojo with a convincing victory against Kotoshogiku to win by Okuridashi (rear push out).

    • Sadanoumi VS Kaisei: Kaisei had a disappointing bout and was effectively escorted to the floor of the dohyo by Sadanoumi. Sadanoumi wins by tsukiotoshi (thrust down). Their records are both 6-7.

    • Enho VS Meisei: Meisei with a convincing victory over Enho, just simply pushing Enho out with a hatakikomi (slap down) win. Meisei gets his Kachikoshi with 8 wins and 5 losses. Enho meanwhile drops further, to proceed into Day 14 with a 4-9 losing record.

    • Tokushoryu VS Chiyotairyu: Chiyotairyu is kyujo and therefore Tokushoryu wins by default. Their records are: 6-7 and 5-8 respectively.

    • Kotoeko VS Aoiyama: A good victory for Kotoeko to win by Yorikiri (frontal force out) over Aoiyama. It was disappointing from Aoiyama, as he seemingly defaulted to a grabbing style rather than his usual pushing thrusting. Rikishi should stick true to their way of sumo to capitalise on their abilities! Their records are now 6-7 and 7-6 respectively.

    • Takayasu VS Kotoshoho: Takaysu wins to get his Kachikoshi for the Aki basho. The bout was won after Kotoshoho slips down to the floor of the dohyo to allow Takayasu the victory after his opponent lost by tsukite (hand touch down). Their records are both: 8-5.

    • Onosho VS Takarafuji: Onosho comes out of this bout the victor with a Yorikiri (frontal force out) over Takarafuji. Their records are 10-3 and 6-7 respectively, meaning Onosho is still within Yūshō contention.


    • End of 1st Half

    • Kagayaki VS Tochinoshin: Kagayaki wins after a mono-ii after Tochinoshin’s heel went out of the tawara, therefore Kagayaki wins by Oshidashi (frontal push out). Tochinoshin now has a Makekoshi losing record.

    • Myogiryu VS Tamawashi: Myogiryu slams down Tamawashi to win by abisetaoshi (backward force down). Their records now stand at 6-7 and 5-8 respectively. Tamawashi now with a make-koshi losing record.

    • Hokutofuji VS Terutsuyoshi: After 3 Matta, the bout was finally ready to play and Terustuyoshi jumped to the side of Hokutofuji’s tachiai to win – almost immediately – by okuridashi (rear push out). Their records are now 5-8 and 4-9. Makekoshi for both rikishi.

    • Tobizaru VS Takanosho: Tobizaru wins by Okuridashi (rear push out) to further consolidate his position as joint lead in this basho. Their records are now: 11-2 and 8-5 respectively.

    • After withdrawing from the competition, Terunofuji gifts Wakatakakage a walkover victory. Their records now stand at 8-5 and 10-3 respectively.

    • Okinoumi VS Ryuden: Yorikiri victory for Ryuden! It was a close match from both rikishi, Okinoumi had the initial upper hand, but Ryuden persevered to eventually force his opponent out of the dohyo. Their records now lie at 4-9 and 5-8 respectively.

    • Daieisho VS Kiribayama: This victory over Daieisho gives Kiribayama his 7th win. He goes to 7-4-2 while Daieisho goes to 4-9.

    • Shodai VS Takakeisho: Shodai with the victory! Shodai beats Takakeisho to go 11-2 into the 14th day of action. Takakeisho is not out of the running yet, however, his run on yusho is now in the hands of the other rikishi rather than his own. 10-3 for Takakeisho. #Sumo

    • Asanoyama VS Mitakeumi: Too much strength from the Ozeki for Mitakeumi to deal with. Asanoyama masterfully throws down his opponent by uwatenage to go 10-3. Mitakeumi still without his kachikoshi, and will want to win against Wakatakakage tomorrow to secure this winning record.


    • End of Day 13

    Fixtures:
    EastWinnerWest
    Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
    (6-7)
    ShimanoumiMaegashira #15 Shohozan
    (3-10)
    Maegashira #16 Hoshoryu
    (6-7)
    HoshoryuMaegashira #13 Ishiura
    (2-4-7)
    Maegashira #17 Ichinojo
    (7-6)
    IchinojoMaegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
    (2-8-3)
    Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
    (6-7)
    SadanoumiMaegashira #12 Kaisei
    (6-7)
    Maegashira #9 Enho
    (4-9)
    MeiseiMaegashira #13 Meisei
    (8-5)
    Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
    (6-7)
    TokushoryuMaegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
    (5-8)
    Maegashira #10 Kotoeko
    (6-7)
    KotoekoMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
    (7-6)
    Maegashira #6 Takayasu
    (8-5)
    TakayasuMaegashira #12 Kotoshoho
    (8-5)
    Maegashira #9 Onosho
    (10-3)
    OnoshoMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
    (6-7)
    Maegashira #6 Kagayaki
    (7-6)
    KagayakiMaegashira #4 Tochinoshin
    (5-8)
    Maegashira #3 Myogiryu
    (6-7)
    MyogiryuMaegashira #2 Tamawashi
    (5-8)
    Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
    (5-8)
    TerutsuyoshiMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
    (4-9)
    Maegashira #14 Tobizaru
    (11-2)
    TobizaruMaegashira #1 Takanosho
    (8-5)
    Maegashira #1 Terunofuji
    (8-5)
    WakatakakageMaegashira #8 Wakatakakage
    (10-3)
    Komusubi Okinoumi
    (4-9)
    RyudenMaegashira #7 Ryuden
    (5-8)
    Sekiwake Daieisho
    (4-9)
    KiribayamaMaegashira #5 Kiribayama
    (7-4-2)
    Sekiwake Shodai
    (11-2)
    ShodaiOzeki Takakeisho
    (10-3)
    Ozeki Asanoyama
    (10-3)
    AsanoyamaSekiwake Mitakeumi
    (7-6)
  • Day 12

    (24/09/2020)
    Absences:
    • Endo (Day 12)
    • Kiribayama (Day 10)
    • Yutakayama (Day 8)
    • Kyokutaisei (Day 5)
    • Hakuho (Day 1)
    • Kakuryu (Day 1)
    • Abi (Day 1)
    • Azumaryu (Day 1)
    • Fujiazuma (Day 1)
    Commentary:

    • Start of Day 12

    • Endo pulls out of the Aki basho on Day 12 after suffering a suspected right ACL injury (To be confirmed). His tournament record will be 3-9.

    • First bout of the day, Kotoshoho VS Ishiura: Kotoshoho had some excellent speed out of the tachiai to easily push Ishiura out of the ring by tsukidashi (frontal thrust out). Kotoshoho now has 8 wins and 4 losses, Ishiura meanwhile only has 2 wins, 3 losses and 7 absences.

    • Shohozan VS Kaisei: Kaisei wins against Shohozan via Oshitaoshi (frontal push down). They had a roughly even tachiai, however, Kaisei’s pushing game was on form today and he was too powerful for Shohozan.

    • Chiyotairyu VS Mesei: A strong initial charge from Chiyotairyu, but the resistance quickly disappeared from Meisei after he switchd from pushing to pulling. Meisei wins by Tsukiotoshi (thrust down). Their records stand at: 5-7 and 7-5 respectively.

    • Shimanoumi VS Kotoshogiku: So close and yet so far for Kotoshogiku. He had an excellent start to the bout and had Shimanoumi up on the tawara (straw bales). Unfortunately it was not to be and Shimanoumi won by tsukiotoshi (thrust down). Their records now lie at: 5-7 and 2-7-3.

    • Enho VS Hoshoryu: Enho beats Hoshoryu by Hikiotoshi (hand pull down) to go 4-8 while Hoshoryu goes to 5-7.

    • Tokushoryu VS Ichinojo: Yorikiri (frontal push out) victory for Tokushoryu. Ichinojo is at risk of relegation back to Juryo if he can’t pick up the pace over the next couple of days. Their records are now: 5-7 and 6-6.

    • Tobizaru VS Wakatakakage: The rookie, Tobiazru goes 10-2 with a Hitatkikomi (slap down) victory against Wakatakakage. Wakatakakage now drops to 9-3 Aki basho record.

    • Sadanoumi VS Aoiyama: Aoiyama wins after playing his exceptional style of sumo to the end of that bout. A win by Tsukidashi to take him up to 7-5. Sadanoumi’s main hope was to manoeuvre his big opponent such that Aoiyama initiated some pulling action (his pulling game has severely let him down recently.). Sadanoumi goes to 5-7.

    • Myogiryu VS Kotoeko: A quick pushing tachiai from Myogiryu setup Kotoeko for quick and decisive defeat. Myogiryu won by Oshidashi (frontal push out). Their records are now: 5-7 apiece.


    • Start of the 2nd half

    • Ryuden VS Terutsuyoshi: Ryuden with a comfortable victory over Terutsuyoshi and winning by uwatedashinage. Ryuden stopped Terutsuyoshi’s tachiai dead and once the pair were locked in battle, there was only ever going to be one victor, great win for Ryuden! Their records are now: 4-8, 3-7.

    • Hokutofuji VS Tamawashi: Nice Oshidashi (frontal push out) win for Hokutofuji. Both men seemed in good fighting form but Hokutofuji’s pushing and thrusting game proved to be too high of a hurdle for Tamwashi. Their records are now both 5-7.

    • Terunofuji VS Onosho: Onosho! What a great fight from the pusher thruster to defeat the fromer Ozeki, Terunofuji. Both men have had a great basho so far and their records now stand at: Terunofuji (8-4), Onosho (9-3).

    • Kagayaki VS Takanosho: Takanosho with a convincing Oshidashi win against Kagayaki. Kagayaki was on the backfoot from the start and lost out to Takanosho’s pushing game. Their records are now: 6-6 and 8-4 respectively.

    • Okinoumi VS Tochinoshin: Okinoumi picks up his fourth victory after Tochinoshin appeared to be undecisive as to whether he should push and thrust or pull. It was ultimately the switch to pulling that lost him the bout. Their records are now: 4-8 and 5-7.

    • Takayasu VS Mitakeumi: An exciting bout of sumo there from both rikishi, with a victory by katasukashi (under shoulder swing down) for Takayasu. Their records are now both 7-5.

    • Shodai VS Takarafuji: ‘Beautiful’ win for Shodai says NHK’s Murray Johnson, with a quick and decisive attack to secure a 10-2 record. Takarafuji now goes to 6-6.

    • Asanoyama vs Daieisho: Asanoyama VS Daieisho: Asanoyama with the win after a back and forth bout and he goes to 9-3. Daieisho proceeds to Day13 with a 4-8 makekoshi record.

    • Takakeisho VS Endo: A fusensho win for Takakeisho after Endo has pulled out with a right ACL knee injury. Takakeisho with 10-2.


    • End of Day 12

    Fixtures:
    EastWinnerWest
    Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
    (8-4)
    KotoshohoMaegashira #13 Ishiura
    (2-3-7)
    Maegashira #15 Shohozan
    (3-9)
    KaiseiMaegashira #12 Kaisei
    (6-6)
    Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
    (5-7)
    MeiseiMaegashira #13 Meisei
    (7-5)
    Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
    (5-7)
    ShimanoumiMaegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
    (2-7-3)
    Maegashira #9 Enho
    (4-8)
    EnhoMaegashira #16 Hoshoryu
    (5-7)
    Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
    (5-7)
    TokushoryuMaegashira #17 Ichinojo
    (6-6)
    Maegashira #14 Tobizaru
    (10-2)
    TobizaruMaegashira #8 Wakatakakage
    (9-3)
    Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
    (5-7)
    AoiyamaMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
    (7-5)
    Maegashira #3 Myogiryu
    (5-7)
    MyogiryuMaegashira #10 Kotoeko
    (5-7)
    Maegashira #7 Ryuden
    (4-8)
    RyudenMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
    (3-9)
    Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
    (5-7)
    HokutofujiMaegashira #2 Tamawashi
    (5-7)
    Maegashira #1 Terunofuji
    (8-4)
    OnoshoMaegashira #9 Onosho
    (9-3)
    Maegashira #6 Kagayaki
    (6-6)
    TakanoshoMaegashira #1 Takanosho
    (8-4)
    Komusubi Okinoumi
    (4-8)
    OkinoumiMaegashira #4 Tochinoshin
    (5-7)
    Maegashira #6 Takayasu
    (7-5)
    TakayasuSekiwake Mitakeumi
    (7-5)
    Sekiwake Shodai
    (10-2)
    ShodaiMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
    (6-6)
    Ozeki Asanoyama
    (9-3)
    AsanoyamaSekiwake Daieisho
    (4-8)
    Komusubi Endo
    (3-9)
    TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
    (10-2)
  • Day 11

    (23/09/2020)
    Commentary:
    • End of Day 11

    • Exceptional show of strength from Ozeki Asanoyama to slam Okinoumi down to the floor! Asanoyama goes to 8-3, while Okinoumi gets a Make-Koshi 3-8 record.

    • Takakeisho wins against Takarafuji but struggled to get up after the bout. Let’s hope he’s not injured or otherwise hurt and can continue for the rest of the tournament. Takakeisho continues as a Yusho contender with 9-2 record. Takarafuji goes to 6-5.

    • A win for Mitakeumi VS Kagayaki by Yorikiri (frontal force out). There was not much resistance from his opponent and it was a relatively staightforward fight for the Sekiwake. 7-4 for Mitakeumi while Kagayaki goes to 6-5. Sumo

    • Terutsuyoshi loses and his record is now Make-Koshi (more losses than wins) for the Aki basho. Daieisho wins by Oshidashi to progress with a tournament record of 4-7.

    • Shodai with an impressive victory against Takayasu. Shodai was close to loosing his footing and back-tracking, but managed to turn things around and take Takayasu out for a spin! Oshitaoshi (frontal push down). Their records are now 9-2 and 6-5 respectively.

    • Tochinoshin with the win over Endo after the gyoji’s initial decision to award the victory to Endo was reversed by the mono-ii. Tochinoshin wins by Hatakikomi (slap down) to go 5-6 while endo now proceeds with 3-8 – Make-Koshi.

    • Terunofuji wins and gets a kachi-koshi against Myogiryu. He wins by Yorikiri (frontal force out) to go 8-3. Myogiryu meanwhile drops to a perilous record of 4-7 and not far away from attaining a make-koshi.

    • Easy victory for Takanosho over Tamawashi. A strong tachiai from Takanosho got Tamawashi on the back foot and it was thereafter a simple task for Takanosho to win by Oshidashi (frontal push out). Their records are: 7-4 and 5-6 respectively.

    • Hokutofuji wins by Hatakikomi (slap down) from the tachiai against Ryuden. The pair were both on 3-7 but now Hokutofuji progresses to 4-7 while Ryuden moves down to 3-8.


    • End of the 1st Half
    • Aoiyama appears to lose his balance and ends up running out of the Dohyo… Kotoshoho with the victory by Hikiotoshi (pull down). Their records are now: Kotoshoho 7-4 and Aoiyama 6-5.

    • Tokushoryu with an Oshidashi victory over Hoshoryu. After the tachiai, they went chest-to-chest and Tokushoryu’s power proved too much for the young Hoshoryu to overcome. Their records are: 4-7 and 5-6 respectively.

    • Wakatakakage wins against Chiyotairyu for the first time to increase his Aki basho record to 9-2. Chiyotairyu, losing by Oshidashi (frontal push out) drops to a tournament record of 5-6.

    • Well, it looked like Enho had lost that bout after being twirled around by Shimanoumi, but it was not to be for the Maegashira #15 after Enho used his opponent’s momentum against him to win by Hikiotoshi (hand pull down). Their records are now: 3-7 and 4-7

    • An exciting bout from Tobizaru to win against Onosho by hatakikomi (slap down). The pair were Yusho leaders before this match and now Onosho drops to a record of 8-3 while Tobizaru continues with a 9-2 record. Sumo

    • Meisei defeats Sadanoumi by Oshidashi to go 5-5. Sadanoumi continues the Aki basho with a record of 5-6.

    • Ichinojo with a strong tachi-ai against Kotoeko. The Mongolian rikishi’s pushing games was simply too strong for his smaller opponent, and he wins by Oshidashi (frontal push out). Their records are now: 6-5 and 5-6 respectively.

    • Shohozan wins by Yorikiri (frontal force out) over Kotoshogiku. Kotoshogiku came back from a calf injury and it is clear that he is still struggling when it comes to the lengthy bouts. Their records are now: Shohozan 3-8 and Kotoshogiku 2-6-3.

    • Kaisei defeats Ishiura with an Oshidashi frontal push out. Their September basho records are as follows: Kaisei 5-6, Ishiura 2-2-7.

    • Welcome back to Sumo, we now start Day 11 with Ishiura VS Kaisei.


    • Start of Day 11
    Absences:
    • Kiribayama (Day 10)
    • Yutakayama (Day 8)
    • Kyokutaisei (Day 5)
    • Hakuho (Day 1)
    • Kakuryu (Day 1)
    • Abi (Day 1)
    • Azumaryu (Day 1)
    • Fujiazuma (Day 1)
    Fixtures:
    EastWinnerWest
    Maegashira #13 Ishiura
    (2-2-7)
    KaiseiMaegashira #12 Kaisei
    (5-6)
    Maegashira #15 Shohozan
    (3-8)
    ShohozanMaegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
    (2-6-3)
    Maegashira #17 Ichinojo
    (6-5)
    IchinojoMaegashira #10 Kotoeko
    (5-6)
    Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
    (5-6)
    MeiseiMaegashira #13 Meisei
    (6-5)
    Maegashira #14 Tobizaru
    (9-2)
    TobizaruMaegashira #9 Onosho
    (8-3)
    Maegashira #9 Enho
    (3-8)
    EnhoMaegashira #15 Shimanoumi
    (4-7)
    Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
    (5-6)
    WakatakakageMaegashira #8 Wakatakakage
    (9-2)
    Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
    (4-7)
    TokushoryuMaegashira #16 Hoshoryu
    (5-6)
    Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
    (7-4)
    KotoshohoMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
    (6-5)
    Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
    (4-7)
    HokutofujiMaegashira #7 Ryuden
    (3-8)
    Maegashira #2 Tamawashi
    (5-6)
    TakanoshoMaegashira #1 Takanosho
    (7-4)
    Maegashira #1 Terunofuji
    (8-3)
    TerunofujiMaegashira #3 Myogiryu
    (4-7)
    Maegashira #4 Tochinoshin
    (5-6)
    TochinoshinKomusubi Endo
    (3-8)
    Sekiwake Shodai
    (9-2)
    ShodaiMaegashira #6 Takayasu
    (6-5)
    Sekiwake Daieisho
    (4-7)
    DaieishoMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
    (3-8)
    Maegashira #6 Kagayaki
    (6-5)
    MitakeumiSekiwake Mitakeumi
    (7-4)
    Maegashira #5 Takarafuji
    (6-5)
    TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
    (9-2)
    Ozeki Asanoyama
    (8-3)
    AsanoyamaKomusubi Okinoumi
    (3-8)
  • Day 10

    22/09/2020
    Absences:
    • Kiribayama withdrew on Day 10.
    Results:
    EastWinnerWest
    Maegashira #17 Ichinojo
    (5-5)
    WakamotoharuJuryo #3 Wakamotoharu
    (5-5)
    Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
    (5-5)
    HoshoryuMaegashira #16 Hoshoryu
    (5-5)
    Maegashira #13 Ishiura
    (2-1-7)
    IshiuraMaegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
    (2-5-3)
    Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
    (5-5)
    SadanoumiMaegashira #15 Shimanoumi
    (4-6)
    Maegashira #9 Enho
    (2-8)
    ShohozanMaegashira #15 Shohozan
    (2-8)
    Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
    (3-7)
    TokushoryuMaegashira #12 Kaisei
    (4-6)
    Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
    (6-4)
    WakatakakageMaegashira #8 Wakatakakage
    (8-2)
    Maegashira #7 Ryuden
    (3-7)
    TobizaruMaegashira #14 Tobizaru
    (8-2)
    Maegashira #13 Meisei
    (5-5)
    AoiyamaMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
    (6-4)
    Maegashira #6 Takayasu
    (6-4)
    OnoshoMaegashira #9 Onosho
    (8-2)
    Maegashira #10 Kotoeko
    (5-5)
    KagayakiMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
    (6-4)
    Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
    (3-7)
    MyogiryuMaegashira #3 Myogiryu
    (4-6)
    Maegashira #1 Terunofuji
    (7-3)
    TakanoshoMaegashira #1 Takanosho
    (6-4)
    Komusubi Okinoumi
    (3-7)
    TakarafujiMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
    (6-4)
    Maegashira #2 Tamawashi
    (5-5)
    TamawashiKomusubi Endo
    (3-7)
    Maegashira #4 Tochinoshin
    (4-6)
    MitakeumiSekiwake Mitakeumi
    (6-4)
    Sekiwake Shodai
    (8-2)
    ShodaiMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
    (3-7)
    Ozeki Asanoyama
    (7-3)
    AsanoyamaMaegashira #5 Kiribayama
    (6-4)
    Sekiwake Daieisho
    (3-7)
    TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
    (8-2)
  • Day 9

    21/09/2020
    Results:
    EastWinnerWest
    Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
    (4-5)
    KotonowakaJuryo #2 Kotonowaka
    (7-2)
    Maegashira #15 Shohozan
    (1-8)
    ShohozanMaegashira #13 Ishiura
    (1-1-7)
    Maegashira #13 Meisei
    (5-4)
    TobizaruMaegashira #14 Tobizaru
    (7-2)
    Maegashira #16 Hoshoryu
    (4-5)
    KaiseiMaegashira #12 Kaisei
    (4-5)
    Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
    (6-3)
    OnoshoMaegashira #9 Onosho
    (7-2)
    Maegashira #9 Enho
    (2-7)
    EnhoMaegashira #17 Ichinojo
    (5-4)
    Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
    (2-7)
    TokushoryuMaegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
    (2-4-3)
    Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
    (5-4)
    AoiyamaMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
    (5-4)
    Maegashira #7 Ryuden
    (3-6)
    KotoekoMaegashira #10 Kotoeko
    (5-4)
    Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
    (4-5)
    SadanoumiMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
    (5-4)
    Maegashira #6 Takayasu
    (6-3)
    WakatakakageMaegashira #8 Wakatakakage
    (7-2)
    Maegashira #5 Takarafuji
    (5-4)
    TamawashiMaegashira #2 Tamawashi
    (4-5)
    Maegashira #1 Terunofuji
    (7-2)
    TerunofujiMaegashira #2 Hokutofuji
    (3-6)
    Maegashira #1 Takanosho
    (5-4)
    TakanoshoKomusubi Endo
    (3-6)
    Komusubi Okinoumi
    (3-6)
    TerutsuyoshiMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
    (3-6)
    Maegashira #3 Myogiryu
    (3-6)
    MitakeumiSekiwake Mitakeumi
    (5-4)
    Sekiwake Shodai
    (7-2)
    ShodaiSekiwake Daieisho
    (3-6)
    Maegashira #5 Kiribayama
    (6-3)
    TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
    (7-2)
    Ozeki Asanoyama
    (6-3)
    AsanoyamaMaegashira #4 Tochinoshin
    (4-5)
  • Day 8

    20/09/2020
    Absences:
    • Yutakayama pulls out on from the Aki basho on Day 8 to gift Asanoyama a fusensho win (win by default). Asanoyama goes 5-3.
    • Ishiura returned from injury today and defeated Shimanoumi after 7 days absence.
    Results:
    EastWinnerWest
    Maegashira #13 Meisei
    (5-3)
    MeiseiMaegashira #15 Shohozan
    (0-8)
    Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
    (4-4)
    IshiuraMaegashira #13 Ishiura
    (1-0-7)
    Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
    (6-2)
    IchinojoMaegashira #17 Ichinojo
    (5-3)
    Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
    (5-3)
    KaiseiMaegashira #12 Kaisei
    (3-5)
    Maegashira #16 Hoshoryu
    (4-4)
    HoshoryuMaegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
    (2-3-3)
    Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
    (3-5)
    SadanoumiMaegashira #14 Tobizaru
    (6-2)
    Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
    (1-7)
    KotoekoMaegashira #10 Kotoeko
    (4-4)
    Maegashira #7 Ryuden
    (3-5)
    OnoshoMaegashira #9 Onosho
    (6-2)
    Maegashira #9 Enho
    (1-7)
    AoiyamaMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
    (4-4)
    Maegashira #5 Kiribayama
    (6-2)
    KiribayamaMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
    (5-3)
    Maegashira #8 Wakatakakage
    (6-2)
    WakatakakageMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
    (5-3)
    Maegashira #6 Takayasu
    (6-2)
    TakayasuMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
    (2-6)
    Maegashira #1 Terunofuji
    (6-2)
    TerunofujiMaegashira #2 Tamawashi
    (3-5)
    Komusubi Okinoumi
    (3-5)
    OkinoumiMaegashira #1 Takanosho
    (4-4)
    Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
    (3-5)
    HokutofujiKomusubi Endo
    (3-5)
    Sekiwake Shodai
    (6-2)
    ShodaiMaegashira #3 Myogiryu
    (3-5)
    Sekiwake Daieisho
    (3-5)
    DaieishoSekiwake Mitakeumi
    (4-4)
    Ozeki Asanoyama
    (5-3)
    AsanoyamaMaegashira #4 Yutakayama
    (2-6)
    Maegashira #4 Tochinoshin
    (4-4)
    TochinoshinOzeki Takakeisho
    (6-2)

September 2020: Day-7 Fixtures & Results (19th of September) – Complete

Absent rikishi:

East Maegashira #16, Kyokutaisei – Day 5

West Maegashira #11, Kotoshogiku – Day 3 (Has now returned from absence, Day 7)

East Yokozuna, Hakuho – Day 1

West Yokozuna, Kakuryu – Day 1

West Maegashira #13, Ishiura – Day 1

West Maegashira #14, Abi – Day 1

West Juryo #7, Azumaryu – Day 1

East Juryo #14 , Fujiazuma – Day 1

Fixtures and results:

EastWinnerWest
Juryo #2 Kotoyuki
(5-2)
KotoyukiMaegashira #15 Shohozan
(0-7)
Maegashira #13 Meisei
(4-3)
MeiseiMaegashira #17 Ichinojo
(4-3)
Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
(4-3)
ShimanoumiMaegashira #12 Kaisei
(2-5)
Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
(6-1)
KotoshohoMaegashira #16 Hoshoryu
(3-4)
Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
(5-2)
TobizaruMaegashira #14 Tobizaru
(6-1)
Maegashira #9 Enho
(1-6)
KotoshogikuMaegashira #11 Kotoshogiku
(2-2-3)
Maegashira #10 Kotoeko
(3-4)
WakatakakageMaegashira #8 Wakatakakage
(5-2)
Maegashira #7 Ryuden
(3-4)
RyudenMaegashira #10 Sadanoumi
(2-5)
Maegashira #9 Onosho
(5-2)
KagayakiMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
(5-2)
Maegashira #6 Takayasu
(5-2)
TakayasuMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
(3-4)
Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
(1-6)
TakarafujiMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
(5-2)
Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
(2-5)
KiribayamaMaegashira #5 Kiribayama
(5-2)
Maegashira #3 Myogiryu
(3-4)
TakanoshoMaegashira #1 Takanosho
(4-3)
Maegashira #1 Terunofuji
(5-2)
TerunofujiKomusubi Endo
(3-4)
Sekiwake Daieisho
(2-5)
TochinoshinMaegashira #4 Tochinoshin
(3-4)
Maegashira #2 Tamawashi
(3-4)
TamawashiSekiwake Mitakeumi
(4-3)
Sekiwake Shodai
(5-2)
OkinoumiKomusubi Okinoumi
(2-5)
Maegashira #4 Yutakayama
(2-5)
TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
(6-1)
Ozeki Asanoyama
(4-3)
AsanoyamaMaegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
(2-5)

September 2020: Day-6 Fixtures & Results (18th of September) – Complete

Absent rikishi:

East Maegashira #16, Kyokutaisei – Day 5

West Maegashira #11, Kotoshogiku – Day 3

East Yokozuna, Hakuho – Day 1

West Yokozuna, Kakuryu – Day 1

West Maegashira #13, Ishiura – Day 1

West Maegashira #14, Abi – Day 1

West Juryo #7, Azumaryu – Day 1

East Juryo #14 , Fujiazuma – Day 1

Fixtures and results:

EastWinnerWest
Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
(3-3)
ShimanoumiMaegashira #17 Ichinojo
(4-2)
Maegashira #14 Tobizaru
(5-1)
TobizaruMaegashira #16 Hoshoryu
(3-3)
Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
(5-1)
KotoshohoMaegashira #15 Shohozan
(0-6)
Maegashira #13 Meisei
(3-3)
KaiseiMaegashira #12 Kaisei
(2-4)
Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
(2-4)
KotoekoMaegashira #10 Kotoeko
(3-3)
Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
(5-1)
ChiyotairyuMaegashira #9 Onosho
(5-1)
Maegashira #7 Ryuden
(2-4)
WakatakakageMaegashira #8 Wakatakakage
(4-2)
Maegashira #6 Takayasu
(4-2)
TakayasuMaegashira #8 Tokushoryu
(1-5)
Maegashira #9 Enho
(1-5)
KagayakiMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
(4-2)
Maegashira #7 Aoiyama
(3-3)
AoiyamaMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
(4-2)
Maegashira #5 Kiribayama
(4-2)
KiribayamaMaegashira #2 Tamawashi
(2-4)
Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
(2-4)
HokutofujiMaegashira #1 Takanosho
(3-3)
Komusubi Okinoumi
(1-5)
TerunofujiMaegashira #1 Terunofuji
(4-2)
Komusubi Endo
(3-3)
MitakeumiSekiwake Mitakeumi
(4-2)
Sekiwake Shodai
(5-1)
ShodaiMaegashira #4 Tochinoshin
(2-4)
Sekiwake Daieisho
(2-4)
DaieishoMaegashira #4 Yutakayama
(2-4)
Ozeki Asanoyama
(3-3)
AsanoyamaMaegashira #3 Myogiryu
(3-3)
Maegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
(2-4)
TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
(5-1)

September 2020: Day-5 Fixtures & Results (17th of September) – Complete

Absent rikishi:

East Maegashira #16, Kyokutaisei – Day 5

West Maegashira #11, Kotoshogiku – Day 3

East Yokozuna, Hakuho – Day 1

West Yokozuna, Kakuryu – Day 1

West Maegashira #13, Ishiura – Day 1

West Maegashira #14, Abi – Day 1

West Juryo #7, Azumaryu – Day 1

East Juryo #14 , Fujiazuma – Day 1

Fixtures and results:

EastWinnerWest
Juryo #1 Nishikigi
(2-3)
HoshoryuMaegashira #16 Hoshoryu
(3-2)
Maegashira #13 Meisei
(3-2)
MeiseiMaegashira #16 Kyokutaisei
(2-3)
Maegashira #17 Ichinojo
(4-1)
IchinojoMaegashira #12 Kaisei
(1-4)
Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
(4-1)
KotoshohoMaegashira #15 Shimanoumi
(2-3)
Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
(4-1)
ChiyotairyuMaegashira #15 Shohozan
(0-5)
Maegashira #14 Tobizaru
(4-1)
KotoekoMaegashira #10 Kotoeko
(2-3)
Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
(1-4)
SadanoumiMaegashira #10 Sadanoumi
(2-3)
Maegashira #9 Onosho
(5-0)
OnoshoMaegashira #7 Aoiyama
(2-3)
Maegashira #7 Ryuden
(2-3)
EnhoMaegashira #9 Enho
(1-4)
Maegashira #8 Wakatakakage
(3-2)
WakatakakageMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
(3-2)
Maegashira #5 Kiribayama
(3-2)
TakarafujiMaegashira #5 Takarafuji
(4-1)
Maegashira #6 Takayasu
(3-2)
TochinoshinMaegashira #4 Tochinoshin
(2-3)
Maegashira #4 Yutakayama
(2-3)
YutakayamaMaegashira #1 Takanosho
(3-2)
Komusubi Okinoumi
(1-4)
EndoKomusubi Endo
(3-2)
Sekiwake Shodai
(4-1)
ShodaiMaegashira #2 Hokutofuji
(1-4)
Sekiwake Daieisho
(1-4)
TerunofujiMaegashira #1 Terunofuji
(3-2)
Maegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
(2-3)
MitakeumiSekiwake Mitakeumi
(3-2)
Maegashira #3 Myogiryu
(3-2)
TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
(4-1)
Ozeki Asanoyama
(2-3)
AsanoyamaMaegashira #2 Tamawashi
(2-3)

September 2020: Day-4 Fixtures & Results (16th of September) – Complete

Absent rikishi:

West Maegashira #11, Kotoshogiku – Day 3

East Yokozuna, Hakuho – Day 1

West Yokozuna, Kakuryu – Day 1

West Maegashira #13, Ishiura – Day 1

West Maegashira #14, Abi – Day 1

West Juryo #7, Azumaryu – Day 1

East Juryo #14 , Fujiazuma – Day 1

Fixtures and results:

EastWinnerWest
Maegashira #17 Ichinojo
(3-1)
IchinojoJuryo #1 Ikioi
(1-3)
Maegashira #15 Shimanoumi
(2-2)
Shimanoumi Maegashira #16 Kyokutaisei
(2-2)
Maegashira #16 Hoshoryu
(2-2)
 HoshoryuMaegashira #15 Shohozan
(0-4)
Maegashira #14 Tobizaru
(4-0)
Tobizaru Maegashira #12 Kaisei
(1-3)
Maegashira #11 Chiyotairyu
(3-1)
Kotoshoho Maegashira #12 Kotoshoho
(3-1)
Maegashira #13 Meisei
(2-2)
Kotoeko Maegashira #10 Kotoeko
(1-3)
Maegashira #9 Enho
(0-4)
Onosho Maegashira #9 Onosho
(4-0)
Maegashira #10 Sadanoumi
(1-3)
Wakatakakage Maegashira #8 Wakatakakage
(2-2)
Maegashira #7 Ryuden
(2-2)
Ryuden Maegashira #7 Aoiyama
(2-2)
Maegashira #8 Tokushoryu
(1-3)
KagayakiMaegashira #6 Kagayaki
(3-1)
Maegashira #5 Kiribayama
(3-1)
 TakayasuMaegashira #6 Takayasu
(3-1)
Maegashira #5 Takarafuji
(3-1)
Takarafuji Maegashira #4 Tochinoshin
(1-3)
Maegashira #3 Myogiryu
(3-1)
Yutakayama Maegashira #4 Yutakayama
(1-3)
Maegashira #3 Terutsuyoshi
(2-2)
 EndoKomusubi Endo
(2-2)
Sekiwake Daieisho
(1-3)
 TakanoshoMaegashira #1 Takanosho
(3-1)
Komusubi Okinoumi
(1-3)
Okinoumi Sekiwake Mitakeumi
(2-2)
Sekiwake Shodai
(3-1)
 TerunofujiMaegashira #1 Terunofuji
(2-2)
Ozeki Asanoyama
(1-3)
Asanoyama Maegashira #2 Hokutofuji
(1-3)
Maegashira #2 Tamawashi
(2-2)
 TakakeishoOzeki Takakeisho
(3-1)

September 2020: Day 3 Roundup

We’re three days into the September basho and there already have been many talking points. So, without further ado, let’s discuss sumo!

Days 1 – 3

Well, not really surprising due to the amount of injuries going around in professional Sumo’s current climate, but many rikishi have pulled out of this Aki tournament:

Yokozuna, Hakuho, has withdrawn because he is still recovering from endoscopic surgery on his right knee (which took place on August the 13th), but is said to be ‘disappointed’ that he cannot be invovled in the September meetup. Fellow Yokozuna, Kakuryu, has also withdrawn due to injury. However, his future in sumo appears to be perilously hanging by a thread, with his stable master stating that “We’ve reached a stage where the question of retirement cannot be avoided” if his health does not recover sufficiently. (source: KyodoNews)

Maegashira #14, Abi, is serving a 6-month suspension due to breaching coronavirus restrictions during the July tournament; it was discovered that he had left his lodgings multiple times to visit friends and family at a restaurant. This was found to be in breach of the restrictions imposed by the sumo assocation on the rikishi for “health & safety” concerns – to reduce the risk of spreading, or contracting the novel coronavirus. Maegashira #13, Ishiura is also absent from this tournament, however, his reasons for withdrawal have not knowingly been disclosed.

West Juryo #7, Azumaryu and East Juryo #14 , Fujiazuma, have also withdrawn from the competition.

West Maegashira #11, Kotoshogiku withdrew on day three due to injury concerns (sustained on day two).

The first three days of action during the Aki basho have provided a fascinating insight into this tournament’s Yūshō contention, with the virtual elimantion of the two main suspects for the title: Asanoyama (0 wins and 3 losses) and Terunofuji (1 win and 2 losses). As of day three’s end, there were six rikishi on perfect records: Tobizaru, Chiyotairyu (3rd win comes by default due to Kotoshogiku’s withdrawal), Onosho, Kiribayama, Shodai and Myogiryu.

Notably, Onosho made a much better start to this tournament than in July, with a convincing opening victory against Sadanoumi. Further wins against Kotoeko and Wakatakage, suggest that Onosho has got back into the swing of wrestling and looking forward once again for promotion.

Yūshō hopeful, Shodai, has also made a spectacular start to this basho, with victories against heavyweights such as: Takanosho, Tamawashi and Endo already under his belt. Day four may prove decisive for Shodai and his title contention hopes, as he faces the July champion, Terunofuji – currently holding a 1 win and 2 losses losing record. If Shodai can defeat Terunofuji on the fourth day of play, he will prove his form is in great shape and will be well on his way to fight for not only the Aki title, but also for Ozeki promotion.

Sumo Kyokai with Shodai on his three day wining streak: “I won today, so now have three wins!”