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Hatsu 2024 Day Ten




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Yusho Arasoi

9 Wins

05 Sekiwake East Kotonowaka


8 Wins

01 Yokozuna East Terunofuji

02 Ozeki #1 East Kirishima

03 Ozeki #1 West Hoshoryu

36 Maegashira #14 West Onosho

38 Maegashira #15 West Onosato


Notable Maneuvers

Yorikiri. There were five frontal force out victories on Day Ten, but most notably in the day's marquee matchup. Kotonowaka took a stand up tachiai to make sure he could absorb Onosato's first shove. He did that, then grabbed the impressive rookie's belt for a simple but powerful


Match of the Day

02 Ozeki #1 East Kirishima versus 36 Maegashira #14 West Onosho

Onosho knew he had to keep Kirishima off the mawashi for a chance. He did a great job at that. With a series of thrusts, with both hands at an odd rhythm, Onosho kept Kirishima off balance, but he never finished him. Onosho went for the kill a few times, but Kirishima went into defense mode and eventually won with a careful and necessary hatakikomi.


Recap

Onosato and Onosho got significant leaps in their strength of schedule on Day Ten. Onosato saw Sekiwake Kotonowaka, and Onosho faced off with Ozeki Kirishima. They also both lost to fall off the top of the leaderboard. This gave Kotonowaka sole possesion of the yusho lead with a 9-1 record. Now five men sit right behind him at 8-2. They'll all help narrow the race even more.


On Day Eleven, Terunfoji faces Onosho in the main event. One of them will end up at 9-2, while the other gets knocked back to 3 losses. The Yokozuna is always favored, and the way he wrapped up and tossed aside Kinbozan shows he is on form enough to cast aside Maegashira. Similarly, Hoshoryu sees Onosato in a fascinating first battle between two men who should square off plenty in the near future. They'll have the same guaranteed outcome as Terunofuji versus Onosho.


Whether the victors of those matches, and Kirishima if he beats Daieisho, stand on the leaderboard is dependent on Kotonowaka toppling Oho. He is fighting like he should, which is not a slight to Oho but a statement on Kotonowaka's performance. This is a 26 year old who always had the gifts and is now putting them together as he enters his prime. A yusho will make him Ozeki, and he has been flirting with double-digit victories as a Sanyaku man for a year. The next step up was a yusho contender, and he has taken that step now.


He still has an extremely tough road. His final three matches will likely be against Terunofuji, Kirishima, and Hoshoryu in some order. In fact, that group is probably getting a round robin for the yusho, especially if Onosho and Onosato do not win on Day Eleven. This is how sumo should work, placing the top ranked men as yusho contenders against each other over the final days. The Yokozuna, two competing Ozeki, and top Sekiwake have delivered so far in the basho.


Of course, an Onosho or Onosato upset changes that calculation. Onosato could see a full top-rank gauntlet if he beats Hoshoryu and keeps winning. "Keep winning" will also mean beating the Ozeki and Yokozuna in a debut basho before he has his hair in any kind of a top knot, much less an official chonmage. It's a rare occurence, and he has a slim chance at pulling that off. But after Day Ten, we have a Yokozuna return yusho, a Yokozuna promotion, the start of a Yokozuna run, an Ozeki promotion, a surprise veteran Maegashira yusho, and a debut yusho still alive as possibilities.

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