Hatsu 2020 Day Eight Recap
Y1e Hakuho (1-3-4)
Below Expectations. Not just injured and kyujo, but has a fever, a heel contusion, and lower back pain.
Y1w Kakuryu (1-4-3)
Below Expectations. Also injured and kyujo.
O1e Takakeisho (7-1)
Above Expectations. Leading the Yusho race and standing out from other competitors.
O1w Goeido (3-5)
Below Expectations. He needs 8 wins to keep his Ozeki rank, and that is a tough row to hoe.
S1e Asanoyama (5-3)
Meeting Expectations. He is above .500, but he probably was hoping to be more in the yusho race. Once again, a loss to Shodai is ruining Ozeki hopes.
S1w Takayasu (3-5)
Below Expectations. He can still regain his Ozeki rank, but he needs to literally win out and doesn't look like he can do it.
K1e Abi (4-4)
Meeting Expectations. After all, an 8-7 would keep him at Komusubi East yet again.
K1w Daieisho (3-5)
Below Expectations. Although it should be noted that being a Komusubi is tough.
M1e Endo (6-2)
Above Expectations. Let's not forget that despite his Day Eight loss to Enho, he has two Kinboshi and is in the yusho race.
M1w Myogiryu (3-5)
Below Expectations. Although in fairness, he has the easier end of his schedule coming up and could still get eight wins.
M2e Hokutofuji (5-3)
Above Expectations. On pace for a 9-6 or so, with a kinboshi, which could move him into Sanyaku.
M2w Mitakeumi (4-4)
Below Expectations. Although that's probably because he and everyone else seemed to expect a quick bounce back into Sanyaku.
M3e Tamawashi (2-6)
Below Expectations. This has been a rough basho for the Mean Mongolian.
M3w Kotoyuki (0-0-8)
Below Expectations. Although he has missed the whole basho, so that was expected.
M4e Okinoumi (5-3)
Above Expectations. He's had a surprising number of strong bouts and has faced a lot of Sanyaku.
M4w Shodai (7-1)
Above Expectations. He's in the yusho race, and he gets Takakeisho to take sole possesion of the lead on Day Eight.
M5e Meisei (1-7)
Below Expectations. His injured left arm never did allow him to do great sumo and he has gone kyujo.
M5w Enho (4-4)
Meeting Expectations. If he can go kachi-koshi again, that's an achievement and his win over Endo on Day Eight was very nice.
M6e Takarafuji (3-5)
Below Expectations. He's seemed just a step too slow in most matches.
M6w Tochinoshin (3-5)
Below Expectations. Although his injured knee might change his expectations for March.
M7e Shohozan (4-4)
Meeting Expectations. Kachi-Koshi is certainly in play, which is always the goal.
M7w Onosho (4-4)
Meeting Expectations. See above.
M8e Aoiyama (4-4)
Meeting Expectations. See above.
M8w Ryuden (5-3)
Meeting Expectations. Although maybe the least expected thing is he's not too lopsided one way or the other.
M9e Takanosho (4-4)
Above Expectations. A winning record at Maegashira 9 would be a nice thing for Takanosho.
M9w Yutakayama (6-2)
Above Expectations. He has also looked very impressive collecting his wins.
M10e Sadanoumi (4-4)
Meeting Expectations. He's a .500 lower Maegashira wrestler.
M10w Ishiura (2-6)
Below Expectations. Plus he's been a choatic mess on the dohyo.
M11e Chiyotairyu (3-5)
Below Expectations. He has definitely lost some power.
M11w Kagayaki (6-2)
Above Expectations. Kagayaki is looking like he'll ascend to the upper ranks.
M12e Tsurugisho (3-5)
Meeting Expectations. Except that he's trying to gut out a knee injury and this could get ugly in a hurry.
M12w Chiyomaru (4-4)
Meeting Expectations. Maybe he's figured out how to be 8-7 or 7-8 in Makuuchi.
M13e Kotoshogiku (4-4)
Above Expectations. He actually looks like he'll hold on to his top division spot.
M13w Kotoeko (2-6)
Below Expectations. He's got this record despite looking okay on the dohyo.
M14e Terutsuyoshi (6-2)
Above Expectations. On Day Eight, he tried a dumb submarine maneuver against Yutakayama, but otherwise Terutsuyoshi has been succeeding by pushing full force on his opponent's upper chest.
M14w Shimanoumi (3-5)
Below Expectations. Shimanoumi has looked overmatched and outmuscled way too often.
M15e Azumaryu (5-3)
Above Expectations. Azumaryu has shown he has real skills at keeping his feet wide and set, which pays off quite often.
M15w Ikioi (2-6)
Below Expectations. Ikioi still looks like he's fighting against his foot as much as his opponent.
M16e Tochiozan (5-3)
Above Expectations. Tochiozan apparently needed that one basho in Juryo to steady himself.
M16w Kaisei (5-3)
Above Expectations. It hasn't always been pretty, but he's carried his bulk well enough to win fairly often.
M17e Kiribayama (4-4)
Meeting Expectations. Kiribayama's main goal had to be 8 wins and a continued stay in Makuuchi, and he's still on track for it.
M17w Tokushoryu (7-1)
Above Expectations. Tokushoryu has used his bulbous gut as a defensive weapon to surprising effect and is tied for the yusho lead.