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Hatsu 2024 Day Eight



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Yusho Arasoi

7 Wins

05 Sekiwake East Kotonowaka

22 Maegashira #7 West Asanoyama

36 Maegashira #14 West Onosho

38 Maegashira #15 West Onosato


8 Wins

01 Yokozuna East Terunofuji

02 Ozeki #1 East Kirishima

03 Ozeki #1 West Hoshoryu

06 Sekiwake West Daieisho

30 Maegashira #11 West Oho


Notable Maneuvers

Yorikiri. Well, a yorikiri is normally pretty boring and Terunofuji shouldn't necessarily stand out for one. But he did get in a remarkably uncomfortable position thanks to Ryuden's ability to fight a completely odd match. Terunofuji was upright, with Ryuden lifting his arms up and having a strong grip himself. The Yokozuna still had the strength to make sure Ryuden got over the edge.


Match of the Day

27 Maegashira #10 East Tamawashi versus 22 Maegashira #7 West Asanoyama

Tamawashi has had a lot of success over a lot of years by putting his hands right under the other guy's chin and shoving hard. He did that to the undefeated Asanoyama, and it disrupted the match. That didn't mean Asanoyama was dead to rights immediately, but he never got comfortable. Eventually, as Asanoyama tried to work Tamawashi around for a yorikiri, the veteran of veterans was able to throw down Asanoyama for his first loss.


Recap

The yusho race blew open with Asanoyama's loss. Since 15-0 is an extremely rare record, he was not likely to keep winning for the rest of the basho. Yet losing on Day Eight to a fellow Maegashira shapes the way the race for the Emperor's Cup will go. He is now in a three way tie at 7-1, with five men right behind them on 6-2. The race is on as we face the last half of the basho.


Kotonowaka is an interesting spot, since he would likely be an Ozeki with 13 or more wins. 12-3 and a yusho MAY get there, since there's no automatic qualification. He got a freebie win over Takayasu on Day Eight, because Takayasu has a high enough fever that he is not able to compete. This will be his second absence of the tournament. That helps Kotonowaka, though, and he has not been fighting like he needs much luck. On Day Nine, he will see fellow Sekiwake Daieisho. He will still need to see Terunofuji, Kirishima, and Hoshoryu.


For his other three potential matchups, it sure seems like the schedulers have allowed for him to see Asanoyama, Onosho, and Onosato. Those are the other three one-loss rikishi with a share of the lead. Except they won't all remain on one defeat. Onosho and Asanoyama will square off on Day Nine. The matchup history favors Asanoyama 9-2, but Asanoyama fell hard in his match against Tamawashi. Also, Onosho is fighting as well as he has in a long time, keeping his feet unlike unusual and pushing hard as usual.


Onosato gets 5-3 Meisei. Meisei is a capable and talented rikishi. Yet Onosato has made capable and talented rikishi look silly. As an amateur, Onosato seemed like a boy amongst men. Now he's still looking too big, too strong, and too tough to beat against Makuuchi competitors. On Day Eight, Endo got shoved so hard at the tachiai that he never really even had a chance to gain his feet much less come up with a Plan B. Onosato is looming over this basho as a warning of the future of sumo without a chonmage yet.


The Yokozuna and the two remaining Ozeki do get their say as well. Terunofuji is not in pure Kaiju form, grabbing everyone he sees and tossing them aside. He is grabbing hold and finding ways to work out the opponent more often than not. Kirishima fell again on Day Eight, but his loss to Tobizaru doesn't necessarily crush his Yokozuna promotion. He wins out, he gets 13-2 and has beaten his most direct competitors. The same, of course, is true of Hoshoryu. But they can't both do it, since they need to face each other. We're coming down to it sooner rather than later.

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