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Kyushu 2023 Day Eleven




Yusho Arasoi

9 Wins

03 Ozeki #1 West Kirishima

07 Sekiwake #2 East Kotonowaka

25 Maegashira #8 West Atamifuji


8 Wins

04 Ozeki #2 West Hoshoryu

19 Maegashira #5 West Midorifuji

28 Maegashira #10 East Ryuden

37 Maegashira #14 East Ichiyamamoto


Public League Leaderboard

Scores from Fantasizr.


Notable Maneuvers

Shitatenage. Whoever puts together the NHK explainers can clip the finish of Hoshoryu-Asanoyama for an underarm throw. Hoshoryu tipped over Asanoyama, kept his balance, and made sure Asanoyama hit the ground first.


Match of the Day

22 Maegashira #7 East Hokuseiho versus 32 Maegashira #12 East Oho

A pair of obviously-talented but frequently-frustrating rikishi squared off in an interesting one. Oho had the better tachiai, but Hokuseiho stood Oho up because of basic physics. Hokuseiho never really got a good grip, and Oho was able to keep moving forward. That sent Hokuseiho backwards, so he attempted a rough throw. Hokuseiho seemed like he was going to step out, but he held his position inside the dohyo as Oho slowly fell to the ground.


Recap

In his first match against an opponent near the top of the Banzuke, Ichiyamamoto easily lost to Daieisho. That ended up giving Kirishima and Kotonowaka the chance to enter the final four days with a share of the lead. Both men stepped up. Kirishima grabbed Wakamotoharu instantly, and, despite a valiant effort from the Sekiwake, Kirishima got a simple yorikiri. Kotonowaka withstood Takakeisho's initial blast, then spun the Yokozuna hopeful around and shoved him out from behind. Takakeisho's yusho hopes are gone, but Kotonowaka's Ozeki hopes are strengthened.


But Kirishima and Kotonowaka are in a three-way tie for first with 21-year-old, Maegashira #8 West Atamifuji. Atamifuji won the Jun-Yusho in his second Makuuchi basho in September, which came almost a year after his Makuuchi debut. He is fighting just as well in November. Last time out, the change in his strength of schedule that took place on Day Twelve saw him fall back. For Aki, he lost four of his final five, but now he will be looking to do better and possibly win a yusho.


On Day Twelve, he sees Ozeki Hoshoryu. That will be their first ever matchup, and it's a tough matchup for Atamifuji based on rank and style. Hoshoryu doesn't get overwhelmed by strength, plus he can find a trick to beat almost anyone. Hoshoryu can also use this match to boost his yusho chances. He sits at 8-3, with a shot at knocking back a leader. He also still needs to face rival and fellow Ozeki Kirishima. If either of these Ozeki win a yusho, there's a Yokozuna run on offer.


Kirishima's road isn't easy, either, of course. Not only does he still need to see both fellow Ozeki, but he gets Kotonowaka on Day Twelve. A Kotonowaka win leaves everyone staring at him and Atamifuji. Expect those two to clash in the next few days as well. Kirishima will probably get an Atamifuji match if Atamifuji keeps winning. If he doesn't see anymore Maegashira, then he closes entirely against Sekiwake and Ozeki with a matchup against a still game Daieisho.


Midorifuji, Ryuden, and Ichiyamamoto all also have a chance at factoring in the yusho race, since they're at 8-3. They do have a numbers problem, since they need everyone else to fall back. Midorifuji will get the Sekiwake challenge against Daieisho on Day Twelve, which is the test Ichiyamamoto failed on Day Eleven. Ryuden gets Takayasu, while Ichiyamamoto sees Nishikigi. Those are significant challenges. Day Twelve is set to help clarify the yusho race, but it won't determine anything. This Kyushu basho has just been too interesting.

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