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Haru 2024 Day Eight






Public League Leaderboard

Scores from Fantasizr.


Yusho Arasoi

8 Wins

42 Maegashira #17 East Takerufuji


7 Wins

19 Maegashira #5 West Onosato


6 Wins

03 Ozeki #1 West Hoshoryu

04 Ozeki #2 East Takakeisho

05 Ozeki #2 West Kotonowaka

08 Komusubi East Abi

29 Maegashira #10 West Mitakeumi

31 Maegashira #11 West Sadanoumi

32 Maegashira #12 East Shonannoumi



Notable Maneuvers

Oshidashi. Yes, Abi wins by oshidashi all the time. But on Day Eight, he gave the kind of shove that is worth remarking on. Ura gave some resistance at the tawara, and Abi sent him into the fifth row.


Match of the Day

23 Maegashira #7 West Tamawashi versus 19 Maegashira #5 West Onosato

Onosato took it straight at Tamawashi, as expected, but the longtime veteran put his hand to the youngsters throat for his trademark nodowa. That stopped Onosato in his tracks, and made him regroup. Regroup he did, in a manner rarely seen in his short career, and he took Tamawashi out with force. The Iron Man actually came up limping, so hopefully he keeps his longevity streak.


Recap

The leader of the basho still sits at the bottom of the banzuke. Takerufuji met a slight bit of resistance from Ryuden, compared to his previous matches. He still gathered himself, latched onto the mawashi, and bulldozed his way to a win. At 8-0, he has already secured his kachi0koshi and continued Makuuchi status in May. Now he's going for so much more. On Day Eight, he sees 6-2 Komusubi Abi in his first major test.


Onosato also kept up his excellent performance against Tamawashi. He looks so much like a high-level rikishi that it's almost odd to think of him as a mid-Maegashira. It's not just his ideal combo of size, strength, and skill, but the way he forces matches to his will. Tamawashi did exactly what he wanted, which is what he's done for a decade and a half to sekitori. Onosato just took the hand to the throat and moved forward. He also faces Sanyaku competition for the first time this basho on Day Nine when he sees Wakamotoharu.


The 6-2 septet are largely circling each other before any other eliminator matches come down. That doesn't mean they can't lose. Wakamotoharu, Onosho, Takayasu, and Nishikifuji all fell out of the 2-loss group with defeats on Day Eight. Abi's tough matchup with the yusho leader was mentioned above. 6-2 Shonannoumi sees 5-3 Onosho, while Sadanoumi gets 4-4 Churanoumi, a rikishi he has yet to beat in 5 tries. The leaderboard is likely to become less crowded with each day.


The Ozeki at 6-2 will likely wait until the last two days to have a round robin. Hoshoryu, Takakeisho, and Kotonowaka are unlikely to face Kirishima in the closing days, thanks to his poor performance. No one else may face Kirishima, as he looks decidedly out of sorts and probably should pull out to rest up. Abi has already faced the trio of Ozeki who are in contention, so he's also out as a future opponent for any of them. They'll keep fighting, look to win, and be in position to capitalize on mistakes by the youngsters above them in the hunt for the Emperor's Cup. (Actually, Takerufuji is just a little bit older than Hoshoryu.)


The mistakes made by Takerufuji and Onosato are likely to be against the Ozeki. Certainly, if everyone keeps winning, they'll all need to square off. There are only a limited number of matches left for each rikishi. That makes every bout even more important, even when leaders are not squaring off. The pace is hot this tournament, and it's more complicated by not being set by a Sanyaku wrestler.

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