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Kyushu 2019 Day Twelve Recap
Hakuho might have the Kyushu basho on lock at this point. Nonetheless, matches everywhere else matter immensely, with so many rikishi fighting for kachi-koshi and/or survival at their rank.
M15w Daishoho (3-9) wins by yorikiri over J2w Yago (1-11)
Daishoho won't be able to avoid a Juryo demotion, but he got to face a beat up and out of sorts Yago, who deputized as the Juryo fill-in for the day.
M11e Ishiura (7-5) wins by kirikaeshi over M13w Kagayaki (8-4)
Officially, a kirikaeshi is a "backwards knee trip." Ishiura once again shows he is at his best by going sideways, as he got himself to a bizarre angle from Kagayaki at the jump and bundled him over at the tawara. Ishiura might have a chance at the technique prize.
M14e Terutsuyoshi (7-5) wins by yoritaoshi over M11w Chiyotairyu (6-6)
Terutsuyoshi successfully avoided Chiyotairyu's massive tachiai by getting under his arms and going head-to-chest. All Chiyotairyu could do was flail at the back of Terutsuyoshi's mawashi and go backwards.
M10w Shodai (9-3) wins by yorikiri over M15e Daishomaru (4-8)
Shodai continues his great basho with a very solid and effective yorikiri win over Daishomaru, who probably guaranteed he will go back to Juryo by sealing his losing record.
M9e Kotoshogiku (4-8) wins by yorikiri over M14w Nishikigi (3-9)
Kotoshogiku has had a difficult basho, but nowhere near as bad as Nishikigi, who is also on a likely one-way trip to Juryo.
M8e Shohozan (7-5) wins by uwatenage over M10e Shimanoumi (4-8)
Shohozan brought pure power, which Shimanoumi was able to withstand. In that moment of confusion, though, Shohozan grabbed Shimanoumi's mawashi and threw him over.
M13e Chiyomaru (8-4) wins by oshidashi over M8w Sadanoumi (6-6)
Sadanoumi really wanted a grip on Chiyomaru's mawashi, but Chiyomaru's bulk combined with forward motion made that essentially impossible.
M6e Onosho (6-6) wins by abisetaoshi over M9w Yutakayama (7-5)
This was Yutakayama's match, which would have given him kachi-koshi, but Onosho regrouped at the edge and took it back at Yutakayama so forcefully the match essentially ended with a tackle.
M12w Takanosho (8-4) wins by hatakikomi over M6w Enho (6-6)
Takanosho essentially invited Enho's submarining, which allowed him to put too much downward pressure for Enho to do anything. Takanosho gets his kachi-koshi.
M5e Aoiyama (6-6) wins by hatakikomi over M7e Tsurugisho (5-7)
Aoiyama showed once again he is excellent at parrying most pushing attacks.
M3e Takarafuji (5-7) wins by yorikiri over M7w Kotoeko (4-8)
Solid, redoubtable Takarafuji was back on the dohyo for Day Twelve.
M4w Kotoyuki (6-6) wins by hikiotoshi over M1e Daieisho (6-6)
Kotoyuki got pushed back a bit by Daieisho, but he managed to move himself to the side and pull Daieisho down.
M2e Myogiryu (6-6) wins by yorikiri over M1w Okinoumi (5-7)
In a battle of the veteran interlopers to the upper Maegashira ranks, Myogiryu had a little more power, although both men got solid grips on the others' mawashi.
K2e Hokutofuji (5-7) wins by tsukiotoshi over M2w Meisei (5-7)
Hokutofuji seemed to arrive on Day Twelve determined not to get a make-koshi for Kyushu.
K1e Abi (7-5) wins by tsukitaoshi over M4e Tamawashi (6-6)
This match should have featured much more hands to the neck violence, but Tamawashi almost backed off. Abi took it straight to Tamawashi from the beginning, and he got the easy win.
S1e Mitakeumi (6-6) wins by yorikiri over K2w Asanoyama (9-3)
MItakeumi might have just killed Asanoyama's yusho hopes and just kept his Sekiwake rank if he can win out. He does still have Takakeisho and Hakuho, which makes it very tough, but it's not impossible.
M5w Ryuden (5-7) wins by tsukiotoshi over O2e Takakeisho (8-4)
Somehow, Ryuden got Takakeisho with a very basic henka. Takakeisho can really only hope to play spoiler now.
Y1w Hakuho (11-1) wins by hatakikomi over K1w Endo (5-7)
Hakuho went for Endo's face and actually bloodied his nose. Endo withstood that as well as can be imagined, but withstanding the initial attack isn't a recipe for beating Hakuho. Now, the dai-Yokozuna needs just one more win to insure a playoff and two for an outright victory.