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Aki 2021 Day Ten



Yusho Arasoi

9 wins

Y1w Terunofuji

8 wins

M6w Onosho

M10w Myogiryu

7 wins

O1e Shodai

S1e Mitakeumi

M2w Kiribayama

M8e Okinoumi

M11e Endo

M17e Chiyonokuni

Notable Maneuvers

Uwatenage. Less because the overarm throw is that notable, and more because of how beautiful the one Kiribayama unleashed on Hoshoryu was.

Match of the Day

Maegashira 17 East Chiyonokuni versus Maegashira 9 West Hidenoumi

Hidenoumi stifled the hot-this-basho Chiyonokuni from the off, but didn't do much else. At the Tachiai, Hidenoumi made it a grappling match and took hold. Then the whole thing sort of stalled. Chiyonokuni never was able to disengage, and Hidenoumi wore him down and eventually out.


Who can beat Terunofuji? This is the key question of the last five days of the Aki basho. The sole Yokozuna is the sole leader, and someone will have to topple him for someone else to win the yusho. Ura gave him a scare on Day Ten, but Terunofuji pulled it out convincingly enough. For Onosho or Myogiryu to get the true surprise win, one loss from the Kaiju means they need to win out. For the group at 7 wins, Terunofuji must lose twice while they win out.

It is probably best to consider who Terunofuji will face from here on out. On Day Eleven, he gets the struggling Takayasu. After that, he could only face the rest of Sanyaku. That would possibly close out with, in order, Meisei, Mitakeumi, Takakeisho, and Shodai. This is the model end to a basho, with the top ranked wrestlers closing against each other. But it doesn't happen for a reason, that usually one of the top ranked rikishi has had a bad basho.

That would be Meisei this basho, who is at 4-6 and gets Shodai on Day Eleven. A Shodai victory would probably get someone else to slot in to Meisei's turn against Terunofuji. Onosho could be that opponent, but he probably needs to beat Takakeisho on Day Eleven. Those are two former school rivals, and Takakeisho is in an odd state physically, so it's possible. Myogiryu gets the 3-7 Maegashira 15 Ichiyamamoto. He might be the one to pop up.

Likely, though, Terunofuji's biggest challenge will come from Mitakeumi, Takakeisho, and Shodai. None of that trio has had the basho they would have drawn up beforehand, but they're hanging around. Mitakeumi and Shodai are leading the 7 win pack. Takakeisho is at 6 wins, after losing his first two matches and looking completely hopeless. He needs 8 wins to stay at Ozeki in November, which means he will be going hard for those last two wins.

There are playoff possibilities, too, of course. Terunofuji could lose twice and some non-crazy upsets happen, but that would not mean he loses the yusho. That would mean a playoff, and a chance to claim the Emperor's Cup. He would still have a less than ideal and surprising last five days. Someone else can still win, but Terunofuji controls his own destiny.

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