Haru 2019 Day Twelve Recap
J2w Enho (7-5) wins by oshidashi over M14w Toyonoshima (3-9)
Enho probably secured Toyonoshima's demotion to Juryo, while also inching closer to his promotion to Makuuchi.
M13e Tomokaze (7-5) wins by oshidashi over M15e Ishiura (6-6)
Tomokaze has struggled in Makuuchi when facing guys his size, but Ishiura is decidely not Tomokaze's size.
M13w Kagayaki (8-4) wins by yorikiri over M15w Kotoeko (6-6)
Kotoeko needs to find whatever form he had in the first week if he wants to avoid demotion. Kagayaki secures his winning record.
M12w Yoshikaze (9-3) wins by hatakikomi over M16w Yutakayama (3-9)
Yoshikaze's surprisingly good basho and Yuytakama's surprisingly bad basho continue apace.
M11w Meisei (8-4) wins by yoritaoshi over M17e Chiyoshoma (6-6)
Meisei will keep climbing up the banzuke in May after he gets his 8th win, and Chiyoshoma is still fighting for his Makuuchi life.
M16e Daishoho (5-7) wins by uwatenage over M9w Ikioi (1-11)
Commenting on Ikioi matches has becomes excessively sad.
M7e Aoiyama (10-2) wins by hikiotoshi over M11e Ryuden (8-4)
Aoiyama is just too strong and powerful for Ryuden to handle.
M7w Takarafuji (6-6) wins by yorikiri over M10w Yago (4-8)
Takarafuji's solid approach won the day over Yago, who is certainly having some issues in his second Makuuchi go round.
M6e Okinoumi (7-5) wins by yorikiri over M10e Shohozan (5-7)
Knowing Shohozan is a master brawler, Okinoumi just went right in to get a grip and forced him out.
M6w Abi (5-7) wins by hatakikomi over M14e Terutsuyoshi (3-9)
Abi once again staves off Make-Koshi for another day by dancing around and slapping around Terutsuyoshi.
M8w Kotoshogiku (10-2) wins by tsukiotoshi over M5e Chiyotairyu (6-6)
Kotoshogiku shook off Chiyotairyu's thunderous charge and took matters into his own hands for double digit wins.
M5w Onosho (5-7) wins by oshidashi over M9e Sadanoumi (3-9)
Onosho got somewhat back on form, as his balance looked much better against Sadanoumi.
M4w Ichinojo (11-1) wins by uwatenage over M8e Asanoyama (7-5)
You could argue that Asanoyama had a good match here, landing a solid grip and moving on Ichinojo, but that in the end it just did not matter with Ichinojo's current form.
M2e Daieisho (6-6) wins by tsukiotoshi M4e Tochiozan (2-10)
Tochiozan definitely is among the rikishi who just want this basho to be over with already.
M1e Kaisei (2-10) wins by yorikiri over M3w Shodai (2-10)
These two also just want the basho to be over with already.
M2w Myogiryu (5-7) wins by yorikiri over K1e Mitakeumi (5-7)
Mitakeumi has to be injured with his performance, but Myogiryu also deserves credit for getting a great position from the start.
K1w Hokutofuji (4-8) wins by oshidashi over M3e Nishikigi (3-9)
Hokutofuji has fought well all tournament, with little to show for it in terms of record, but he got a nice win over Nishikigi on Day Twelve.
S1w Tamawashi (5-7) wins by oshidashi over M1w Endo (4-8)
Tamawashi was dead to rights a couple of times in this match, and he had Endo on the edge before finally shoving him out. It was fun and exciting, if rather ugly, sumo.
O1w Goeido (10-2) wins by hatakikomi over S1e Takakeisho (8-4)
Goeido might have just stopped Takakeisho's Ozeki run with this match, as well as keeping himself in shouting distance of the yusho race.
Y1e Hakuho (12-0) wins by yorikiri over O2e Tochinoshin (6-6)
Tochinoshin was always at a distinct disadvantage against Hakuho, as he had beat him once before and was seriously hampered by his knee all tournament. Despite that, he got Hakuho in a brief stalemate and made the dai-Yokozuna work to stay perfect.
O1e Takayasu (10-2) wins by uwatenage over Y1w Kakuryu (9-3)
Takayasu shows that he can play with the big boys and maintains a spot in the yusho race by tossing around a Yokozuna on Day Twelve.