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Hatsu 2024 Day Five

Public League Leaderboard

Scores from Fantasizr.

Yusho Arasoi

5 Wins

05 Sekiwake East Kotonowaka

22 Maegashira #7 West Asanoyama

4 Wins

01 Yokozuna East Terunofuji

02 Ozeki #1 East Kirishima

03 Ozeki #1 West Hoshoryu

06 Sekiwake West Daieisho

30 Maegashira #11 West Oho

35 Maegashira #14 East Kotoshoho

36 Maegashira #14 West Onosho

38 Maegashira #15 West Onosato

Notable Maneuvers

Shitatenage. Hokuseiho had a typical for him lengthy standoff with Shonannoumi, which meant he had a two minuted plus match featuring a lot of leaning. Once motion did start, Shonannoumi got the advantage by moving Hokuseiho, but the Miyagino Giant moved around and delivered a heavy underarm throw.

Match of the Day

05 Sekiwake East Kotonowaka versus 08 Komusubi West Ura

At the beginning, Ura may have gotten a jump on Kotonowaka, but not really for a matta. Instead, he had a tiny jump on the Ozeki hopeful. Then Kotonowaka found his feet again. So Ura went sideways and got Kotonowaka moving towards the edge. Then Kotonowaka found his feet again. Now in a lock-up, Ura tried to do some of his wild bendy sumo for the win and at least disrupted the Sekiwake. Then Kotonowaka found his feet again. When Ura ended up with his back to Kotonowaka, The Scion of Sadogatake-beya won with an easy rear push out.


Another Ozeki fell, and so the leaderboard after two days are a Sekiwake looking to make Ozeki and a former Ozeki. Both Kotonowaka and Asanoyama have been excellent on the dohyo, but their tougher schedule are ahead of them. As a Sanyaku wrestler, Kotonowaka is facing upper Maegashira and some lower Sanyaku before seeing a range of top-ranked men towards the end. Asanoyama is a mid-Maegashira who has only faced mid-Maegashira so far and may get a step up in competition.

Those two are also not pulling away from everyone else. The sole Yokozuna, the two competing Ozeki, and the other Sekiwake besides Kotonowaka are on 4 wins. Everyone is vulnerable, as demonstrated by Hoshoryu losing to Gonoyama with a surprisingly quick and strong yorikiri. That will likely just make Hoshoryu angrier for his Day Six match against Abi. Gonoyama's upset wasn't the only surprising grappling win, as Daieisho out-wrestled Wakamotoharu. He's got the ability to do interesting things when necessary.

Terunofuji is hanging in to the yusho race, even when he looks uncomfortable. Getting his hands to the ground for the tachiai seems difficult on his knees. Hokutofuji then got off a decent tachiai, but then the Kaiju grabbed him and leveled him backwards. Similarly, Kirishima had to deal with all Abi could do and regroup to win, but more in a needing plan b than a hurting bad way. Those kinds of ugly wins are what yusho are made of just as much as dominating performances.

There is a clutch of lower Maegashira who are also at 4-1. Oho and Kotosho are promising youngsters who have had both impressive basho and disaster tournaments in their relatively short careers. Onosho has been on that rollercoaster for years longer. Onosato, meanwhile, is a debutant, but also the most heralded amateur wrestler in history. They all have the ability to challenge for a yusho, but are longshots for a reason. All four have also passed the eye test. (They also present a weird word scramble with their similar names.)

The basho has two-thirds of its competition slate left. So far, the Yokozuna, Ozeki, and Sekiwake have been very, very good. The other contenders at this early stage have also been strong. The cluster of strong performing rikishi towards the top of the yusho arasoi mean there are many possible winners. The pattern does seem to show no one is backing in to this Emperor's Cup.

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